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Splitting her time between Los Angeles and Chicago, Sunny Gu is an artist whose work is all about colour, glamour, fashion and ornamentation. With an instinctive and immediate approach, her live drawing skills are in as much demand as her studio illustration work.
Originally from China, Sunny emigrated to the US at 13 and is nicknamed ‘Bee’ because she’s so obsessed with flowers. If you look inside her wardrobe you’ll be overwhelmed by the colourful floral prints and patterns inside. She has plenty of accessories to go with the garments too, and like flowers they provide important inspiration for her illustration work. Sunny studied illustration at the Otis College of Art and Design in LA and has a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts.

Approach

Each illustration begins with a series of rough sketches to develop the composition. Then Sunny works on the detail and starts painting. Her favourite medium is watercolour, with graphite or acrylic used for some of the textures. Sunny will use a computer to create surface designs and textile patterns.

Style

Sunny is happiest when she’s painting and this optimism comes across in vibrant colour and rich detail. The focus on beauty and emotion is clear in her work and she wants to bring joy to whoever looks at it.

Client list

Sunny has worked for clients including Vogue, Elle, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Versace, Carolina Herrera, Shiseido, Neutrogena, Billboard, Camilla Franks and HBO.
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Senlis Fall Collection Launch
Sunny Gu paints guests at a live event organised by Senlis in their flagship Beverly Hills store.
Senlis Fall Collection Launch
Style Week OC
Sunny Gu draws at the Alice + Olivia Store at Fashion Island creating memories for the customers.
Style Week OC
Be Social
Sunny Gu spends an afternoon painting guests as a Newland Center HB Summer Party.
Be Social
The Second Opening
Camilla's second US store opens in South Coast Plaza with an event attended by the delightful Sunny Gu.
The Second Opening
A Prada Celebration!
Sunny Gu creates custom portraits at Prada Eyewear's Summer Celebration Event.
A Prada Celebration!
Slush
September Rose Co. use Sunny Gu's glamorous art for the cover of their new eye palette.
Slush
Disney Jewellery Collection
Sunny Gu works with Disney and Zales Jewellers on three magical fashion-art videos to promote the new collection.
Disney Jewellery Collection
Wearing Bulgari!
Sunny Gu celebrates Mother's Day at Bulgari Rodeo Drive.
Wearing Bulgari!
Camilla's Grand Opening
Sunny Gu celebrates the launch of the first Camilla Franks US Store with her custom fashion illustration.
Camilla's Grand Opening
Sugarfina X Barbie
A live event to celebrate Barbie's 60th anniversary sees Sunny Gu paint live portraits for the young guests.
Sugarfina X Barbie
Travel & Adventure
Sunny Gu paints canvasses live at the Travel Adventure Show for Arizona Office of Tourism.
Travel & Adventure
Sainsbury's Musical Carousel
Sunny Gu creates stunning carousel art for Sainsbury's festive All Butter Shortbread.
Sainsbury's Musical Carousel
An Event with Nine West
Sunny Gu Draws Live at Nine West's SS19 Preview Party
An Event with Nine West
Superga X Alexa Chung
Sunny Gu helps guests celebrate at the Alexa Chung and Superga kicks launch party.
Superga X Alexa Chung
Siren
Freeform ask Sunny Gu to illustrate inspiring women as mermaids for the launch of TV show Siren.
Siren
Time's Up
Sunny Gu is moved by the recent #timesup campaign and draws celebrities who wore black to support the movement at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Time's Up
Wear Once?
The Telegraph's Stella Magazine commission Sunny Gu for some stylish fashion illustrations.
Wear Once?
Care for your Hair
Sunny Gu creates a series of illustrations to accompany CVS's latest beauty guide.
Care for your Hair
INSIDE OUT: RuPaul’s Paper Dolls Book
How Sunny Gu created paper dolls depicting 10 all-time favourite contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race for a new book.
INSIDE OUT: RuPaul’s Paper Dolls Book
Body Brushing
Sunny Gu works for the The Girlfriend on some dry body brushing animations.
Body Brushing
Alice & Olivia Style Week
Sunny Gu puts smiles on faces at an Alice & Olivia fashion event.
Alice & Olivia Style Week
How to Fake Beautiful Eyebrows
Sunny Gu illustrates a video masterclass on how to create the perfect full brow.
How to Fake Beautiful Eyebrows
The Magic of Gyunel
Sunny Gu captures the sparkle of the Gyunel Couture AW18 runway show.
The Magic of Gyunel
Topshop Summer Kickoff
Sunny Gu paints customers live at Topshop's Summer Kickoff Party at The Grove, Los Angeles.
Topshop Summer Kickoff
Billboard Music Awards 2017
Sunny Gu captures red-carpet glamour at the recent music awards.
Billboard Music Awards 2017
A Dior Party
Sunny Gu draws live at Miss Sona's Dior themed party.
A Dior Party
Sunny Gu's SCRAPBOOK
Take a few moments to read an interview with the Chinese born, LA based illustrator Sunny Gu.
Sunny Gu's SCRAPBOOK
10 Today!
Sunny Gu is invited to a party to paint portraits of the birthday girl and her friends.
10 Today!
A Private Party
Sunny Gu is asked to attend a private birthday party and draw portraits of the children and birthday girl.
A Private Party
The Handmaiden Premiere
Dressed in white lace under a cherry tree, Sunny Gu paints live portraits at the premiere of Park Chan-Wook's film.
The Handmaiden Premiere
Pre-Emmy Excitement
Sunny Gu takes part in the Variety Magazine & Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration party, drawing celebrities and guests.
Pre-Emmy Excitement
Infinite Shoes
Sunny Gu satisfies her shoe obsession for a fashion illustration exhibition which is touring European shopping villages.
Infinite Shoes
Red Carpet Glamour
Sunny Gu captures the style of the Cannes Film Festival with these self-initiated artworks.
Red Carpet Glamour
Sunny in 1968
Los Angeles based artist Sunny Gu is interviewed by 1968 Magazine for their Spring 2016 issue.
Sunny in 1968
Marie Claire Likes
Sunny Gu creates a stunning portrait of famous fashion blogger Diane Pernet for Marie Claire Italy.
Marie Claire Likes
La Prairie Live Portraits
Sunny Gu travels to Seattle to draw live portraits of skincare brand La Prairie's customers.
La Prairie Live Portraits
FANCL X Dahlias
FANCL X & Sunny Gu launch a packaging range to celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentines Day.
FANCL X Dahlias
Lyst Angels
Sunny Gu creates magical Christmas Tree Angels for fashion website Lyst.
Lyst Angels
Eternal Beauty
Fancl release their fourth beauty collection with packaging illustrated by Sunny Gu.
Eternal Beauty
Sunny Live!
Sunny Gu draws live at InStyle & Macy's Emme Event.
Sunny Live!
Alfreda Patterns
Sunny Gu creates floral textile patterns for Brazilian clothing brand Alfreda.
Alfreda Patterns
Max & Riley
Sunny Gu designs a vivacious T-Shirt for Max & Riley in Boston.
Max & Riley
Illustrator Profile - Sunny Gu
Based in sunny Los Angeles, Sunny Gu is an artist who’s curious about culture.
Illustrator Profile - Sunny Gu
Sunny's FANCL Cosmetics
Sunny's FANCL Cosmetics