Yuki Toy (Yuki Toyooka Smith) is an artist and author in Los Angeles. She grew up in Hokkaido, Japan and teaches Anatomy Illustration and Figure Drawing at several colleges in Los Angeles. She has been published in multiple medical illustration books and her artwork has been part of the curriculum at USC and Cal Tech. Yuki received an MFA from CSU, Los Angeles, and a BFA from SUNY New Paltz, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Known for anatomical illustration in muted, pastel tones, her colored pencils create a subdued and nostalgic feel–evoking a tradition that spans from Leonardo da Vinci to Frank Henry Netter.



MFA Fine Art, California State University of Los Angeles, CA, USA

BFA Printmaking Fine Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY, USA

Associate Fine Art, SUNY Fulton Montgomery Community College, NY, USA

Study Abroad in Art, St. Andrews College, Dublin, Ireland


Work Experience

Faculty, Art:

Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

California State University of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

College of The Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA

El Camino College, Torrance, CA

City Honors Collage Preparatory School, Inglewood, CA

College of The Desert, Palm Desert, CA

American University of Health and Sciences, Signal Hill, CA


Freelance Writer:

Huffington Post, CA

B.glenish! Magazine, CA

DMM Magazine, CA

Japala Magazine, CA



Medical Illustration for Book of Surgery, USC Medical Center, 2018

Assistant for Rey Bustos’s Artistic Anatomy book, Art Center College of Design, 2018

California Institute of Technology, Medical and emotional illustration at the Neuroscience department with Dr. Ralph Adolphs, 2018

Comic Con, Artist in the comic book project at American University of Health Sciences, 2014