Yuko Shimizu is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts. Newsweek Japan has chosen Yuko as one of “100 Japanese People The World Respects in 2009. You may have seen her work on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans, VISA billboards, Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on the book covers of Penguin, Scholastic, DC Comics, and on the pages of NY Times, Time, Rolling Stone, New Yorker and in many other publications over last ten years.
If you missed Part 1 of the interview, click here.
In this episode, Yuko discusses:
-Trusting your intuitions. If you really want to do something, then do it.
-How something that you go through that doesn’t make sense at the moment sometimes makes perfect sense five years later when you look back at it.
-How hindsight can make you see that you loved something, hated something, or anything in between, but either is better than never having done it.
-There are people in your life that will try to discourage you to try to help you, but this is the point where you know where you see it clearly as to whether or not it is something you have to do.
-How the drawing portion of her work is like meditation. She gets in the zone and can just focus.
-How there is often too much work and often not enough work and how to deal with the in-between.
-How taking her dog for a walk and coming back fresh helps to re-motivate her when she is in a block.
-The importance of sleep when you want to be creative.
-How traveling to new places inspires her the most and also makes time slow down a bit.
-How routine makes days and years go so much faster.
Yuko’s Final Push is to TRUST YOUR INTUITION!
“I always get enough sleep.”
“You can’t just keep creating. Output comes from input. The biggest one is going to places I haven’t been.”
“Trust your intuition. That’s why you’re an artist.”