Yuko Shimizu

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Inktober tip of the day: dealing with your hand pain Freelance life looks great, choosing our projects and schedule. BUT, every freedom comes with responsibility. As a working artist, my drawing hand is my asset. If I injure it, my career would be in jeopardy. l l l l l l Ideally, don’t draw more than you can handle at a time. But of course, sometimes it’s not that simple. Using rubber grippers (2nd photo) definitely help. Some artists make their own. Heat the muscle pain. I use heat patches at night, especially in colder season. l l l l l l I have very strong pen pressure thus I get severe pain from drawing. Early in my artist life, I started eliminating mediums. Pencils and color pencils are the worst. I only use very soft pencils such as 3-4Bs only when I do final sketches. When I trace my drawing onto the paper, I won’t spend more than a few minutes. Roughs and thumbnails are drawn with very thick smooth-flowing gel pens. Final drawings are done with brush, which is my main medium I don’t have to think about pressure at all. When using computer, only #wacom pen tablets. No mouse, no track pads. (3rd photo) l l l l l l l I work with a personal trainer and yoga instructor once a week each. I used to have a severe tendinitis I couldn’t even open a soda can. Now, I can bench press about half of my weight. My tendinitis went away as my muscles got stronger. Bonus: I never have lower back pain that a lot of artists suffer from. (my dear trainers: @mikeeyoga @michaeldakaan @efficiencyFit and @billyhongkong ) l l l l l l l You want to be doing this for a long term, working professionally for decades, right? You can’t have your hand die before your career takes off. Take care of your health equals long lasting drawing life! #inktober #yukoinkingtips
If you are in LA area, I am taking a small part in a group exhibition organized by @japanese.american.women.speak (JAWS) a new initiative by fellow Japanese American female artists based in LA. The show Seeds of Our Grandmothers’ Dreams opens tonight at 341 FSN: 341 E. 1st St, Los Angeles, CA. Opening tonight till 10PM, including DJ dance party! So, come join. The image was originally published as cover of The University of Chicago Magazine, portrait of Japanese American poet Mitsuye Yamada who spent some of her teen years in Minidoka Japanese Interment Camp l l l l The show is up until October 24. My signed and framed art print is available for purchase. Your purchase will help this new JAWS initiative. Thank you 🙏 🇯🇵 🇺🇸 🙏
On my black and white drawings: Many asked about my process: “why do you only use black ink?” “do you ever hand color them?” “Do you color digitally?” “can you teach me your Photoshop technique?” All legit questions. Also much are just personal preferences and may not be relevant to you. (Inktober is about you, and not about me. :-) Then again, since there were many of the same questions: 1) I only draw with black ink, because I like it. If I have a choice, I may do all my work just in black ink. But since 90% of illustration projects are in color, I digitally color with Adobe Photoshop. 2) I sometimes use spot colors. My favorite is mixing red ink. Here are some samples. But I usually only do them for exhibit use and such. I loved silk screen in art school. (photos of Andy Warhol silkscreening attached.) It's time consuming and not practical for illustration. Digital gets that look, plus more. 4) I don’t really like to give Photoshop tutorials, because, no joke, 90% of what it offers, I have zero idea. ZERO. I just learned it enough so I can do what I need to. The process is really only useful to me, and I have no desire of teaching what I do to other artists. My general teaching philosophy is the same; I teach each student to become better at who they are. I never teach them to be me. What’s the point? Colorist @villarrubia.jose who’s colored all your favorite comics, often say I have the most inefficient Photoshop process, and he needs to teach me one day. Oh lol. Whenever I want to learn something, I Google tutorials, just like everyone else! It works! l l l l l That’s it for today. Happy #inktober #yukoinkingtips
Inktober tip of the day: Weekend fun edition! Today, I am not answering your questions (sorry!), but I am giving you a fun project to experiment over the weekend. Making infinity patterns using your art! YASSS. Follow the photos for the process. 1) Have a square paper ready. draw whatever you like, but don’t draw all the way to the edge 2) cut the paper exactly in the middle 3) attach the other ends together by taping from the back 4) and start drawing to connect the drawings together 5) but, again, don’t finish all the way to the edge 6) cut the other way into half 7) connect and start drawing 8) finish the drawing all the way 9) now you have a fully finished square drawing that connect as tiles! l l l l How fun was that!? Actually I learned this pattern technique from friend @juliarothman ’s @Skillshare pattern-making class. If you are not a member yet, please join Skillshare for 2 months free access. You can take my classes (inking + drawing), as well as Julia’s fun pattern class, and hundreds more to learn from. Please make sure to upload your final inked piece to my class for a chance to win 1year free membership + my signed prints. (total of 5 winners, $200USD value) Link in bio, or skl.sh/yuko_inktober #yukoinkingtips #inktober #skillshare #juliarothman
We quietly soft released new limited edition prints, and the first orders came in. They get shipped out tomorrow. Doing last min quality check...
Today is International Day of the Girl Child. This was a collaboration with Turkish nonprofit @aydindoganvakfi and @canfett to promote more education for girls. Not just in Turkey, but everywhere. #dayofthegirl #aydindoganvakfi #aydındoğanvakfı
Inktober tip of the day: beauty of brush strokes Some of you asked if I can explain pros and cons of brushes, nibs, technical pens. Let me focus on brushes today. (It’s my favorite medium after all.) You can use brush whichever way you like, but it helps you to know the basics of Chinese/Japanese calligraphy. Which is: unlike Roman Alphabet, Chinese and Japanese writing system relies heavily on different strokes and speed. Yes, speed. When we write, we stop and rest, move faster, have lines dissappear, turn quick, etc. There are rules and rhythms to different strokes. It’s like a brush dancing on the paper. (watch some calligraphy videos on line just see this. It’s fascinating, and you learn something new.) l l l l I am no calligraph specialist. But in Japan, calligraphy is a mandatory class curriculum, so we all know the basics. when I draw, I use the calligraphy tactics to move my brush in different speeds, strokes and rhythms depending on what I am drawing. If I am making a flowing light fabric or hair, I move brush quicker, disappear the end, to get more airy feel. If it is something stiff and heavy, slow even line to get the weight, etc. l l l l Attached 2nd image is what in calligraphy they call #永字八法 which means “ the letter FOREVER has all the 8 strokes you need to know in calligraphy all in one letter’. I know this is hard to understand from a picture. I’d love you to take advantage of free 2months @skillshare membership and take my ink drawing class if you haven’t already. I pride myself in taking one full segment to explain this in details, with the help of @aitatebayashi who often makes calligraphy letterings for my illustrations. Don’t forget to upload your final inking project to Skillshare. They are giving away 1 year free membership and my signed prints to five of you.You don’t need to be a new member. You just need to upload new project this month. So, please join for the contest with your Inktober masterpieces! We can’t wait to see them. Link in bio or skl.sh/yuko_inktober #inktober #yukoinkingtips
Inktober tip of the day: avoiding smudges “help! I always end up smudging ink and making a huge mess!” Some of you wrote me. Smudging is a problem working even with pencils, but with ink, it can be a whole another level of disaster. Here are some tips. 1) start drawing from the top left, and proceed to end at bottom right. (If you are a lefty, you do the opposite. Start from the top right.) There is a less chance your hand comes in contact with what you just drew. Of course, it does take some fun away following this precise order. You can jump around, but in the area you are working, follow this general rule. Turn paper around to avoid newly inked areas. 2) are you using the right paper? I use watercolor paper, because, well, the paper was made for the most watery medium. Liquid sinks away from the surface quicker. Thus, the least chance of smudging. But you may not like the toothy surface. Try ‘hot press’ which is less toothy than ‘cold press’. Still too rough? I understand. Try Bristol paper. A bit slower on ink drying time, surface is much more smooth. 3) are you using the right ink? What you have to keep in mind is, the slicker/smoother the paper, the slower ink dries. If you prefer super smooth surface, you may want to try out special ink for film. (2nd pic) Many technical pen brands make them. That means, this ink is very suitable for Rapidograph, Rotring, etc. (Not sure what they are? You may want to look in. 3rd pic. They are basically the ‘real’ versions of Microns.) Ink for film has a bit of chemical smell, but otherwise, it’s a very useful ink. Drying time is super fast, and you can draw on the surface you can’t normally draw on: film, plastic, Mylar, etc. If you want the super smooth line, thus choose smooth paper, try this fast drying ink. l l l l Avoid smudges, and happy inking! #inktober #yukoinkingtips
Inktober tip of the day: experimenting with unconventional mediums Some of you asked about unconventional mediums, like bamboo pens, and what’s my thoughts on them. Well, you probably know me already. I am ALL ABOUT fun experiments. And that does not stop with just bamboo pens. (2nd pic) l l l l Unconventional inking mediums may not give your drawings the most sophisticated look of, say, comic books you love. But they give charms that slick looking image may sometimes lack. Soul? In art classes in Japan, we often had to sharpen disposable chopsticks that come with takeout food, and draw with them. I haven’t done that in a while, but I am thinking how fun would that be to revisit. Almost like master artist Ben Shahn warmth. (3rd pic) Acclaimed illustrator Marshall Arisman, chair of @SVAMFAIllustration program where I studied, likes to break up cheap hair combs to different sizes, and draw with them to get cool crosshatching effect. (4th pic) Did you know Andy Warhol was an illustrator before he became a renowned fine artist? He first drew on the surface where ink don’t dry easily, then blotting that to get mono-print effect only another paper. That’s how he got those warm uneven lines. (5th pic) And don’t forget to have fun making splashes with old tooth brushes! It’s a messy goodness. (6th video) l l l l Adventurous inkers! Start looking at anything around you as if they are new inking medium. We have more than half the month of October left. so have fun going a bit overboard. :-) #inktober #yukoinkingtips #MarshallArisman #BenShahn #AndyWarhol #SVAMFAIllustration
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Inktober daily inking tip: NIBS part 2 Yesterday, some of you told me you tried nibs but you didn’t get the results you wanted, and ditched them. Let’s talk! Yes, it is true. Beginner nib users may experience frustration. You see what’s done by experienced nib user, like professional comic artists, and feel ‘mine doesn’t look anything like them’. While I don’t have a quick hacks, but I do have some advice and encouragements. l l l l When I taught second year college illustration students, first class rule was ‘you can’t use anything that were commonly used in high school (such as color pencils and markers), cheaper knock offs of the real medium (micron is a copy of technical pen, brush pen is a convenient version of real brush, etc), or digital media’. Use real art medium, get hands dirty, experiment and learn. if you are not open to learning, what’s the point of being in art school? "Real mediums" are hard to control, take time to learn. But once you learn and master them, they give effects like no other. l l l l Well, I know not everyone is up for the challenge. Inktober is just a fun hobby to be creative daily. That’s totally cool. I run, but for as long as I can remember, I don’t run more than 2miles, not fast. I am just doing it for my health, I don’t want anyone to convince me to train for a marathon. So, I get it. But I know some of you really want to use this month to challenge yourself. You may be dreaming of one day you will go to art school, or work professionally and make living creating artworks. (If you aren’t already.) Or, you just like to challenge yourself. The feeling of concurring obstacles one at a time, it’s a feeling like no other. l l l l So, yes. Nibs are hard to use. It’s definitely ‘training for a marathon’ equivalent in inking. No doubt. But more you use, the better you get, and eventually, you will surprise yourself. It takes time. It won’t happen overnight. But it’s a beautiful challenge. If you are up for it, take this month to experiment. Have fun with your challenge. #inktober #yukoinkingtips
It’s been an emotional roller coaster for many of us for the last couple of weeks. Let’s not lose hope. This is for all the women out there, and those who support us. 💪💪💪💪 have a good weekend, everyone.
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