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Sunny Gu

Sunny Gu - International Fashion & Beauty illustrator. L.A

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.
'An Idea Arrived’ Illustration
'An Idea Arrived’ Illustration
Sue Gent illustrates a poem by Poet Laureate Laureate Simon Armitage
'An Idea Arrived’ Illustration
Songs in the Key of Life
Songs in the Key of Life
BBC Wildlife magazine commission Sue Gent to create this beautiful wildlife illustration celebrating the connection that musicians have with nature
Songs in the Key of Life
Innocent Folk
Innocent Folk
Who Do You Think You Are Magazine write about the origins of folk songs with help from Sue Gent
Innocent Folk
What if King John had Lived Longer?
What if King John had Lived Longer?
Sue Gent illustrates King John for her latest illustration in the History Revealed Magazine
What if King John had Lived Longer?
Orfeia Book Cover
Orfeia Book Cover
Sue Gent's latest decorative book cover for Joanne Harris is revealed
Orfeia Book Cover
Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
Sue Gent's latest for History Revealed Magazine features the commanding Alexander the Great.
Alexander the Great
If the Spanish Armada had Landed
If the Spanish Armada had Landed
History Revealed Magazine ask what would have happened if the events of 1588 took a different direction, complemented by Sue Gent's strong art.
If the Spanish Armada had Landed
Abubakari II
Abubakari II
History Revealed Magazine use Sue Gent's atmospheric style for a piece on the ruler Abubakari II.
Abubakari II
Sue Gent's SCRAPBOOK
Sue Gent's SCRAPBOOK
Sue Gent shares her studio and talks of her inspirations in our Interview with an Illustrator series.
Sue Gent's SCRAPBOOK
Gruesome Myths
Gruesome Myths
Sue Gent creates three spooky illustrations for Countryfile Magazine's Halloween feature.
Gruesome Myths
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