'Fish and Flutter"
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Yuko Shimizu is an award winning Japanese illustrator, born in Tokyo, Japan but raised in Kanagawa Prefecture. After graduating from a Japanese college with a degree in Advertising and Marketing, she took a job in the corporate PR department of one of Tokyo’s largest trading companies, where she worked for 11 years. Due to a midlife crisis, she left her PR job and moved to New York City to study illustration at the School of Visual Arts, where she graduted in 2003. Shimizu’s work is described as a mixture of traditional Japanese and surreal comic art, a combination of American pop and Japanese comic culture. The subject matter of her illustrations are often science-fiction fantasies or other creative visions, however there is also an erotic nature to her work which has lead magazines like Playboy to commission her. In the description of her self-titled monograph. “She draws her basic forms and figures with Japanese calligraphy brushes and later digitally supplements them with additional colors and backgrounds. This technique gives her elegant and harmoniously composed images the look of graphic prints.”