Good Ideas Make Great Illustration

What is that thin line that divides into “that's a pretty good illustration“ and “wow, that's amazing“? Simple answer: great illustrations are always based on good ideas. You have been wanting to make a leap into the latter side? Welcome to this course. We will work together on your idea skills, using various exercises – some simple, some not so simple, so you can flex your idea-brain, and ultimately make that leap into “wow that's great!“. We also aim to finish at least one illustration from start to finish during the workshop. Let's have fun for four days together!

Required material:
For idea exercises, bring a large inexpensive stack of drawing papers, sketchbook you normally use, pens, permanent markers, pencils and tape. Please also bring any material you want to use to make your final illustration, which is up to you to decide. You may want to look up reference materials, or do research, so having some kind of web device would also help (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc. Free wifi will be provided).
Required skills:
Recommended for intermediate level or above. Though there are no strict skill requirements, this course is not recommended for beginners. You should have some experience creating illustrations from start to finish.
Intermediate English proficiency: The course will be conducted in English, and there may be some reading materials/discussions involved.

Maximum number of participants: 12
Age limits: none
Course language: English

4 day Illustration Workshop
Good Ideas Make Great Illustration
July 16–19, 2018
EUR 600,–
Includes: workshop fee, lunch, soft drinks, coffee/tea, and snacks during breaks

Contact for further information
T. +43 1 535 67 62


YUKO SHIMIZU is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and an instructor at School of Visual Arts. Newsweek Japan has chosen Yuko as one of “100 Japanese People The World Respects 100)” in 2009. Her first self-titled monograph came out in 2011 (Gestalten), her second monograph “Living with Yuko Shimizu” was released from ROADS Publishing of Ireland in spring 2016. Other books include: A Wild Swan (collaboration with novelist Michael Cunningham, FSG, 2015) and a multi award winning children’s book Barbed Wire Baseball (written by Marissa Moss, Abrams, 2013). 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.
But illustration is actually Yuko’s second career. Although art has always been her passion, she had initially chosen a more practical path of studying advertising and marketing at Waseda University and took a job in corporate PR in Tokyo. It never quite made her happy. At age 22, she was in mid-life crisis. Yuko ended up working the corporate job for 11 years, so she could figure out what she really wanted in life, as well as to save up just enough to play a biggest gamble of her life: She moved to New York City in 1999, where she briefly spent her childhood, to study art for the first time. Yuko graduated with MFA from SVA’s Illustration as Visual Essay Program in 2003 and has been illustrating since. She has also been teaching the next generation of talents at the alma mater. She works at her studio in midtown Manhattan, and fulfills her passion of world travel by giving lectures and workshops around the world. She has not gotten into mid-life crisis since she has become an artist. Please do not mix her up with another Yuko Shimizu. This Yuko did NOT create Hello Kitty.


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