• 9.1.10

    Yuko Shimizu in "Blow Up" at the Society of Illustrators

    Starting today through October 16th, 2010, the Society of Illustrators will exhibit "Blow Up" featuring Yuko Shimizu, Sam Weber, and Tomer Hanuka. Each artist comes from a distinct cultural background - Japan, Canada, and Israel, respectively. The show explores how their identities get "remixed" through meeting at an American crossroad.

    Shimizu creates 3 new works specifically for the show (Blow Up No.0 and No.1 pictured above). She says, "I wanted to show my creative process. I normally create loose sketches first, blow up the sketch to the size I want to draw, cut the watercolor paper, very loosely trace the sketch onto the paper using light box, then spend long hours (sometimes days) drawing with a Japanese brush that is specifically designed to write sutra as part of Buddhist practice. I try to figure out the details of the images as I create to make the long drawing process interesting and refreshing."

    L: Blow Up No.2, R: Blow Up No.3

    The finished drawing is then scanned and digitally colored. Color proofs are done to ensure consistency and to check details. Of the four works shown in the upstairs gallery, three are created specifically for the show.

    Shimizu explains, "'Blow Up No.0' was an actual recent assignment where the AD gave me a lot of freedom so I was able to play around and experiment with coloring, composition and imagery itself. Using this image as a starting point, I decided to create new pieces that play around with the definition of word 'blow up': bubble, storm blowing and explosion."

    The opening reception is September 10th at 6:30pm at the Society of Illustrators on 128 E. 63rd st, New York, NY. Hope to see you there.

    Original Art by Yuko Shimizu:
    1) Blow Up No.0: prelude (color corrected version)
    Originally published in PLANADVISER Magazine, AD: SooJin Buzelli
    Original drawing: ink on watercolor paper 17" x 22", colored on Adobe
    Photoshop
    2010

    2) Blow Up No.1: The Bubble
    Created specifically for this show
    Original drawing: ink on watercolor paper 22" x 30", colored on Adobe
    Photoshop
    2010

    3) Blow Up No.2: Storm Forming
    Created specifically for this show
    Original drawing: ink on watercolor paper 22" x 30", colored on Adobe
    Photoshop
    2010

    4) Blow Up No.3: The Big Bang
    Created specifically for this show
    Original drawing: ink on watercolor paper 22" x 30", colored on Adobe
    Photoshop
    2010



    Links:
    Society of Illustrators
    Yuko Shimizu
    Yuko Shimizu at Drawger

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