Yuko Shimizu
September 2010
my friend Ryan.

Last evening I learned that my really good friend Ryan has passed away.

I first met Ryan during Fine Art Studio Residency Program at School of Visual Arts in summer of 2001. We got along immediately. Although in recent years we were not spending as much time, as we both have been busy with our lives after school, but I still consider him as one of my very closest friends.
Last time I saw him was about a year ago in his new apartment doing potluck lunch party with Studio Residency alum. Ryan loved my  Guacamole  so much I gave him the recipe. He later that week called me and said he was eating the Guacamole all that week.

It is hard to digest this unexpected sudden news. All his close friends, including myself, are more confused than feeling sad. I spent most of last night half awake half asleep recalling all the fun memories we had together.

When we were still in school, I made a sketchbook documentary of his life. I decided dig up the pages and post here.
I know almost nobody who are reading this know Ryan, but his short precious life was worth knowing even if you didn't know him personally.

Blow Up opens.
Blow Up, a show of works by Tomer Hanuka, Sam Weber and myself, opened today at the Society of Illustrators (NYC). Opening reception will be held on September 10th, next Friday.

Our concept was to create an exhibit of three 'illustrators', to show the power of print, and wanted to share what kind of creative and thinking process go into creating the works.  

After a lot of ditched concepts and ideas, multiple meetings (over dinners and lunches), and needless to say, many many hours spent in front of our drawing tables, we are quite happy with the result, but then again, we have to let you the viewers decide themselves. It may not be a typical group show you may have been expected to see, so we are excited and nervous at the same time...
It would be great if you could visit, either at the opening party next week, or while the show is open.

We each created series of new images for the show that were not shown previously, and I am sharing some of my final pieces here. Mine were created using the definition of term 'blow up'.
Blow Up No.3: The Big Bang (original drawing: 22"x 30")

Blow Up No.2: Storm Forming (original drawing: 22"x 30")

Blow Up No.1: The Bubble (original drawing: 22"x 30")

mess on my drawing table...

long long hours of drawing....

In my personal pieces, I figure the composition out as I go. So some parts are completely finished while some are still in rough pencil stage.

I am not posting any photos of the final gallery spaces, because we want that to be a surprise when you come to the gallery. (I may post some photos after the opening party is over). But here are some pictures of work in progress last week.
on the top row from left: entrance area, invite flyer, and Tomer's works n the floor. on the bottom row: Tomer Hanuka on the left, Sam Weber on the right.

I just got this gorgeously eerie piece from Tomer!

... and here is from Sam!

Thank you Anelle, Tim and everyone else at the Society of Illustrators for this opportunity. And last but not least, thank you Mr. David Rhodes for generous support in helping to make this show possible.
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