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Smart Environmental Illustrations by Yuko Shimizu

Tuesday 07.16.2013 , Posted by
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With Superstorm Sandy still a recent memory, New York-based editorial illustrator extraordinaire Yuko Shimizu has recently put together a portfolio of her environmentally themed works. We’ve got to confess a strong affection for her incredible illustrative stylings, and when applied to something as vital as the environment, we’re in love. The flowing lines of her work lend themselves well to the inviting curves of the natural world and the very elements we so badly need to protect. These illustrations featured in articles ranging in topic from sustainable eating and deforestation, to oil drilling and environmentally friendly cars.

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Yuko has an incredible talent for producing works that are beautifully artistic, meaningful and clever. “If I come up with an idea that would look better as a photo, then my idea is not good,” she says, giving us a hint at her impeccably high standards. She’s worked for seriously high profile clients as a result, just a short sample including TIME, NY Times, The New Yorker, Pepsi, Rolling Stone and Playboy. Each of her works is hand illustrated and digitally colored, producing images that are both organic and perfect… just like nature.

You can see more work from Yuko Shimizu (not to be confused with the creator of Hello Kitty), on Behance, Facebook or her personal website.

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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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