Yuko Shimizu
November 2009
Fun in Tokyo.

With fellow Drawgers: Gary Taxali and Thomas Fuchs, along with our friend Thilo Rothacker, four of us recently finished ultra-limited edition messenger bag project for German brand tausche.
Total of 29 bags will be released and sold at tausche’s Daikanyama store in Tokyo, Japan starting December 4 (Fri) up to the end of the year. Each of the bags were hand drawn/painted/printed and one of a kind.
If you know anyone in Tokyo area, please spread the word!

Tausche Daikanyama Store: Sarugaku A-2F  26-2 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033
hours: 11AM ~ 7PM (Fri~Sun, holidays)
phone: +81 3-6802-7668  fax: +81 3-6802-7681 
e-mail:  website:

Gary Taxali
Thomas Fuchs
Thilo Rothacker
Yuko Shimizu
Map to tausche Daikanyama Store. Easy walking distance from Daikanyama Station in Tokyo, and located in Sarugaku Fashion Area. Showing starts on December 4th.
Gold Medal! Yay.

I am so psyched to learn about all the fellow Drawgers winning the medals. And, here is the news from me.
I have been a hermit trying to finish up everything before I take off to Hong Kong tomorrow morning, totally stressed out…. Then Anelle Miller, Director of the Society of Illustrators called me with a big cheer up present: A book cover I recently finished has won Gold Medal!
It is an upcoming book from WW Norton. Designer is one of my favorite book designers, Rodrigo Corral. AD was the sweet Albert Tang. It is a collection of short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, one of Japan's most respected modern writers.

Thank you Rodrigo, thank you Albert. Thank you all the judges, and fellow Drawgers who are all always always so supportive.
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone. I will off to judge Greater China’s first big illustration competition.  

wrap around cover design. We discussed about making it traditional and contemporary at the same time.
I love the fact that Rodrigo didn't choose the obvious deign choice of going very Japanese. His design is always so cool.
Josh Cochran Interview

First time I saw Josh Cochran’s work was when Marcos and I judged Society of Illustrators student competition, probably 4~5 years ago.  He had a bunch of beautiful and funny silkscreen prints and “wow”ed us. (We have no idea why he didn’t get into the competition, but his prints ended up accepted into all the major ‘pro’ shows that year, so it was all good.)
Later on we ended up becoming friends, and I have always been amazed by how talented, hard working, prolific, yet extremely humble and down to earth he is.

It was exciting to be able to interview him for my regular contributing article for Japanese ILLUSTRATION Magazine. I had so many questions I wanted to ask, like his transition from concept art to his current work, his multi-cultural background, and most of all, how he feels about all these copycats out there. And yes, he answered them all.

As usual, Penelope Dullaghan from Illustration Friday was kind enough to post the English version so all my friends, peers, and aspiring illustrators can read.
ILLUSTRATION Magazine issue No. 181 comes out in Japan at the end of the month.

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