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Li Zhang

Li Zhang - United States based illustrator

From portraits to guide maps, and from spot imagery to front covers, Li Zhang’s unique conceptual approach makes her a very popular choice for clients in publishing and advertising. They love the way she quickly understands a brief and finds the right visual language for the project, as well as her professionalism and creativity.
Originally from Jiangsu Province in China, today Li is based in New York. Drawing on a whole range of influences from pop artists like David Hockney through to traditional Chinese painting, she has forged her own individual approach to painting and loves experimenting with perspective and geometry. Li enjoys a challenging brief with unexpected elements to it. With a degree in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, before devoting herself to illustration Li also trained as an engineer. Other influences include poetry, science fiction and architecture.


Using her own custom brushes as well as traditional ones, Li paints her visual elements and textures for her illustrations by hand. Then she switches to Photoshop to bring together the composition and execute the finer details.


With their grainy textures and her unique hand, Li’s artworks have a classic illustration feel to them. Her images are free-spirited and colourful with symbolism often driving the visual narrative.


2019 – Graphic Matters Poster Competition – Infographics – Winner 2019 – iJungle Awards – Self-promotion – Merit 2020 - American Illustration Annual 39 2020 - Communication Arts Illustration Shortlister


Fluent in English and Mandarin

Client list

Li has a client list that includes Washington Post, Sierra Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Melissa, Dotdash, Tripsavvy, Lifewire, Buunni Coffee, The Bump, Modern Weekly and more.
Li was great to work with, she was quick to respond and open to changes we needed to make. She followed my instructions from the brief, and was able to get us a few options to choose from. Working with IllustrationX and Karen specifically has been a great experience for us. Karen is always willing to help us get exactly what we need, and is quick to respond to any questions we have.
Brian Mellema, Focus on the Family
Li was wonderful to work with. We appreciate her creativity and help turning our vision into a beautiful illustration. She was attentive to our needs while offering excellent suggestions and feedback to improve the piece. I would definitely work with her again.
Alyssa Cowan, Compassion and Choices
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