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Yuko Shimizu
The Cat Man of Aleppo
Medium: Ink drawing with digital color

A picture book based on a real life story of an ambulance driver in Aleppo, Syria, who, instead of fleeing the city from the civil war, decided to stay and help the abandoned animals, and later orphaned children. The book was written by an American – Syrian duo. Because I have never been to Syria, half of the time I was given to create the images was spent on researching to make every single detail in each image as accurate as possible.

Client: Penguin Young Readers, Putnam
Art Director: Cecilia Yung
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