Space-Age Forest Creatures

Yuko Shimizu is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and an instructor at Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts, her alma mater. Illustration is Shimizu’s second career, which she pursued in her 30s after quitting her job in corporate PR in Tokyo. Her art can be found on the covers and pages of publications such as the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times; the DC Comic series The Unwritten; and books, including Barbed Wire Baseball about Japanese American baseball player Kenichi Zenimura.

Shimizu’s Sketchbook has a distinctly modern look, but she …

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