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Li Zhang

Li Zhang -   NY, USA 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.

Approach

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.

Styles

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.

Awards

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

Languages

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.
Illustration is for the Modern weekly cover design
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Digital portrait of Frida Kahlo
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Portrait of fashion icon Iris Apfel
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Map illustration of Suzhou Gardens
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Portrait art of Geoffrey Hinton
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Flamenco dancers digital painting
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Illustration of To those men who look like playboys but actually are crying kids inside.
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Yoshua Bengio portrait illustration
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Digital portrait of Yann LeCun
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Digital painting of Buried Giant
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Conceptual art of young heart forever.
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Growing stronger illustration for The voyage of growth series
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Graphic design of dream house
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Open a new world illustration for The voyage of growth series
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Digital painting of Dream together
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Food illustration of Food geometry
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Yoga digital painting
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Girl is full of energy and ready to ride into the future
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Some emotion is "Real but not true".We must know how to control it.
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The poster is named "The good old days".
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portrait of  peacock dancer in Yang liping
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Unit illustration for international scarf design competition
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Icon's painting of Music instruments
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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
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