Yuko Shimizu
January 2010
R. Gregory Christie Interview
My collaboration with Japanese Illustration Magazine is becoming something of a regular gig now. This time we featured children’s book illustrator R. Gregory Christie.

It was the longest interview I had so far and probably one of the most inspiring. 

Greg talks about his passion and mission to right the wrongs of American history by finding the buried Brown People heroes,  giving encouragements and advise to aspiring illustrators especially those who are minorities, and shares a funny story how he ‘fell into’ children’s book world which was not his initial plan. 

Because of the limited space I had to cut it down to essence of the whole story in the magazine, but for English-reading audience, the whole interview is now available on Illustration Friday, thanks to Penelope Dullaghan the woman behind Illustration Friday. So thank you to Greg and Penelope.

Happy New Year!
“Thank god 2009 is over!” Did you say that when the ball dropped? I did, and so did my friends who were with me on the new year’s.

If you didn’t have to say this, good for you. But 2009 was definitely not a fun year for most of us. Many of my friends have lost their jobs and a lot of them are still looking for new work. In the world of illustration, recession was not on our side either.

2010 is the year of the tiger (No, not the golf kind). In old Chinese saying it goes: “不入虎穴、不得虎子。(You have to go into the tiger lair to catch the tiger cub.)” In another word; take risk, and you will be rewarded.
What a nice saying to start a year. 

Wishing all the Drawger writers and readers a happy and prosperous 2010!
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