Born to Chinese parents in Yorkshire, Chrissy Lau grew up in a family that runs Chinese takeaways. She’s highly skilled with a wok and, if you’ve ever seen a cookery program where the wok is alight and the chef is flipping food up in the air – well, she can do that.
However, her pen and ink skills are even more impressive. She’s been a freelance illustrator since 2002 and has developed a bold-yet-intricate style that’s perfect for fashion, beauty and lifestyle work. It was a big commission from Orange that enabled her to travel from the UK to Australia, which is where she met her husband. Now settled in Sydney, she loves gardening and growing her own herbs, tomatoes, oranges and lemons.
Born to Chinese parents in Yorkshire, Chrissy grew up in a family that runs Chinese takeaways. She’s highly skilled with a wok and, if you’ve ever seen a cookery program where the wok is alight and the chef is flipping food up in the air – well, she can do that. She also has a degree in law but her passion has always been drawing and she’s inspired by her Chinese heritage, the alluring pattern work of Yayoi Kusama and Finnish illustrator Laura Laine.
Chrissy’s compositions develop organically but she usually starts with a focal point, adding the line work to build up the image and its textures. Flourishes of colour are added in Photoshop.
Flowing hair, detailed patterns and intricate line work are highlighted with dashes of colour – sometimes subtle, sometimes bold – and quirky, surreal twists. Metallic flashes occasionally give the work something extra.
2011 – IAB Search Marketing Awards – Marketing Campaign of the Year
2013 – Red Dot Design Awards – Winner – Communication Design
Royal Australian Mint
City of Sydney