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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.
Sustainability Choices
Sustainability Choices
The Salvation Army's Peer Magazine commission Li Zhang for an artwork on Sustainability.
Sustainability Choices
St. Valentina
St. Valentina
Commissioned by Saga Magazine, Li Zhang imagines St. Valentina, the patron saint of friendship.
St. Valentina
A Positive Perspective
A Positive Perspective
Li Zhang illustrates for a Bristol Myers Squibb and Better Homes & Gardens feature on hope through a cancer diagnosis.
A Positive Perspective
The Fight for My Life
The Fight for My Life
Working with Foundry at Meredith, Li Zhang illustrates for a story on cancer treatment.
The Fight for My Life
Room With A View
Room With A View
A symbolic cover illustration for Modern Weekly is illustrated by Li Zhang
Room With A View
Women's Suffrage
Women's Suffrage
Li Zhang designs a T-Shirt for kid's clothing brand Piccolina in honour of Mabel Ping-Hua Lee.
Women's Suffrage
Palliative Care
Palliative Care
Li Zhang illustrates a kind-hearted artwork for Compassion & Choice Magazine.
Palliative Care
The Right Choice
The Right Choice
Focus on the Family Magazine commission Li Zhang for some marriage related illustrations.
The Right Choice
Packrafting
Packrafting
Backpacker Magazine ask Li Zhang for a spirited artwork showing the sport of rafting.
Packrafting
Rideshare Losses
Rideshare Losses
Li Zhang illustrates an article in the Washington Post on the decline of Uber rides.
Rideshare Losses
Li Zhang's SCRAPBOOK!
Li Zhang's SCRAPBOOK!
We talk to the US based artist Li Zhang for the next interview in our Scrapbook series.
Li Zhang's SCRAPBOOK!
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