Archive for October, 2010


YUKO SHIMIZU is a freelance illustrator based in New York City and an illustration instructor at School of Visual Arts. Newsweek Japan has chosen her as one of “100 Japanese People The World Respects” in 2009.

Drawing had been Yuko’s hobby ever since she could remember. However, growing up in a traditional Japanese family, pursuing a path in art was just not an option. After receiving BA in advertising and marketing – the most creative of the practical field – from Waseda University she landed on a position in PR for a big corporation in Tokyo.
It never made her quite happy, and she was in a mid-life crisis at age of 22.

It still took Yuko more than 10 years of office job before she figured out what she really wanted to do and to save just enough so she could go back to school full time for 4 more years.
This is how Yuko came back to New York in 1999, where she briefly spent her childhood, and enrolled in School of Visual Arts (SVA).

Yuko graduated with MFA from Illustration as Visual Essay Program in 2003 and has been illustrating since. She also teaches a BFA Illustration course and occasionally advises MFA students at SVA.
She works in a studio in Manhattan, a space she shares with two artists whom she considers as her ‘New York family’. Yuko has not gotten into mid-life crisis since she became an artist.


Cool Inspiration

Toth M. Geza’s shorts

by Oana Anghelache

You can’t get to know someone within one hour. But if you watch his work for one hour, you get closer to knowing his conceptual universe therefore his way of perceiving and thinking.  Especially when it comes to short animations, the thinking must be centralized. So what can you find in a few seconds clip? You can find some irony, extremely funny situations and brilliant social caricatures.  After watching many shorts you can feel dizzy like under the influence of energy or exotic drinks.

This is the way Toth M. Geza’s short animations influence the psychic. You realize that a man like him can’t render common things or on the contrary, he’s one of those people that can transform everyday facts in something rare.  He’s funny, tonic, spiritual and always new. He uses different styles and techniques for each of his stories.

Toth Geza chooses his approach and style for his animation according to each subject. From stop-motion on the short “Icarus” to mixed technique and live action on “Mama”, 3d on “Maestro” and VJ lyrical Improvisation on Bella Bartok’s music with the great Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra. What do all these have in common? To begin with, remarkable and well-chosen sound, and a kind of humor that hides deeper thoughts and symbols.

Toth M. Geza the artist seems to be open to any kind of dialogue, to any style of animation and that’s because in any circumstance he seems to rely on a tiny brilliance engine inside his head. That’s why he always tries to express himself in different ways, and he’s in search of fresh perspectives, because he is not afraid of the darkness and the incertitude of new expeditions.

Short animations

Salesman Pete by Marc Bouyer, Max Loubaresse, Anthony Vivien

The production blog

The big girl

Kahani by Meg Park