Yuko Shimizu
February 2011
my dog, a proud Mexican!
I aquired a five year old dog last May. It was sort of like an accident. I was not looking to get a dog, well, not just yet. He just decided to be part of my lif.
Since then, I cannot think of a life without him.
He is sweet, friendly, well behaved, and keeps me great company.
When I was going to teach a workshop in Mexico last summer and needed to create a poster to announce the event, I wasn't sure what to pick as a subject. It should be something Mexican, but it shouldn't be a typical cliche.
Then I looked at the couch in my studio where he sleeps just like he always does while I work. Oh, of course, this is it! He is a proud Chihuahua, a Mexican. What is more appropriate than drawing him in the poster?

He became a bit of a star in the small town. Only thing was taht has was actually not there. Next time I am flying out to Mexico, he should come with me. See the motherland himself.
Happy Valentine's Day to you all.
six of my dogs on the poster!

he was depicted on a banner to announce the show and the workshop

he was also made into a tote bag (sold out)

he was seen around town of Xalapa, Mexico like this during the exhibition.

This is him in real life. We have matching outfit. (I don't dress dogs, up. He just needs sweater in this weather.)

Currently at the Society of Illustrators
Ah! It's ben SOOOOO long since I have posted anything here. I tend to try and wait till I have enough time to write a good process post. And that time has not come for a while. My life has been hectic since last fall. I finally gave up on the idea of keeping 'one person office' and started to have an awesome helper come in once a week to keep track on office stuff. It's been amazing.
Soon, I should be able to get back to posting more.
But for now, rather than keeping quiet, I decided to post three images that are currently being shown at the Society of Illustrators Editorial and Book show. Two of the covers from DC Comics Vertigo series The Unwritten (editor: Pornsak Pichetshote). And the double page spread opener which I recently finished for PLAYBOY (AD: Rob Wilson).
I will try and post process of those images soon.
The Unwritten #19 cover. I remember working on the sketches while teaching a workshop in Mexico....

The Unwritten #16 cover.

This image was recently created for PLAYBOY. Double page spread opener.

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