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Chrissy Lau

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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.

Approach

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.

Style

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.

Awards

2011 – IAB Search Marketing Awards – Marketing Campaign of the Year 2013 – Red Dot Design Awards – Winner – Communication Design

Client list

Samsung Johnnie Walker Royal Australian Mint Guernsey Post Orange Mobile Mambo Red magazine Men's Health Elle Girl Virgin City of Sydney Jetstar
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We challenged Chrissy with a brief to create a mural that encapsulates our agency positioning ‘Lean into Change’. After working closely with key staff members, Chrissy created a brilliant image that we feel perfectly encapsulates the agency culture (first take). As the Mural was being developed the agency became more and more excited about the meticulous detail of the unravelling design. After a few days our mural was finally revealed and the decision was unanimous – a masterpiece had been created. Thanks for a brilliant job Chrissy, we love your work!
Jonathan Chadwick, Maxus
Having been a fan of Chrissy's work, it was such a pleasure to work with her. She has such a beautiful style that really brought our stars page to life, and turned the work around super quickly. I would highly recommend her to others and would love to work together again.
Nicola Rew, Red Magazine
Chrissy Lau is a multi-talented artist. I asked to pull from her various styles to create a fairly conceptual idea. She dove right in with enthusiasm and excellent communication. She was great to bounce ideas off of and open to changes. An absolute delight to work with!
Sara D'Eugenio - Associate Art Director, Seattle Met
I recently had the pleasure of working with Chrissy Lau on a recent campaign for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As is often the case with technology companies and their NDAs, the project had an impossibly short timeline. We asked Chrissy to create an artwork using only the Note II device in just a few days – perhaps a tough ask given the tight timeframe and unusual medium. Chrissy brought a level of creativity to the campaign that we had not anticipated. When we received her artwork submission, we were blown away by its sophistication and beautiful attention to detail. The team and client loved it – at least once we had convinced them that this intricate artwork had, in fact been created on the Note II. Her work and commitment to the project truly helped to brought our campaign concept to life, and her illustration was taken across many channels – including online, in video and in hundreds of billboards across Australia. We would jump at the chance to work with Chrissy again in the future and I would highly recommend her as a skilled and professional illustrator to anyone else.
Sandor Moldan, Samsung
I was looking for a particular illustration style when I came across Chrissy's portfolio, and she did not disappoint. It has been a real pleasure to work with such a talented artist and a delight to see initial concept ideas come to life as a beautiful set of stamps. Chrissy is passionate, professional and easy to work with; I would recommend her to anyone else and I look forward to working with her again in the future.
Dawn Gallienne, Guernsey Post Ltd
Chrissy is a pleasure to work with - from her communication to her creativity! She worked wonderfully for us under quick turnarounds and deadlines. Her composition skills and whimsical illustration made our project sing to retail consumers, leading to strong sales. I’m in Seattle and Chrissy in Australia: While working together on our project, I felt like I was receiving a little gift with my coffee when I opened her art files each morning. She beautifully transformed raw ideas discussed via words into delightful imagery!
Laura Buzard, Re-Marks
Chrissy’s illustrations and lettering were just beautiful in our magazine. You already know her style is unique and full of life, but Chrissy herself is communicative, thoughtful and super smart. An art director’s dream to work with, I’ve already sang her praises to friends in the industry and look forward to working together again.
Sara Stewart, Art Director, Restaurant Business Magazine
I came across Chrissy's work on the Internet and was instantly attracted to her unique style and the amount of detail in her art. Her communication is timely and her work has won us many great comments from our customers. It is often said success is not only to rely on one's talent but more importantly attitude, and Chrissy has shown she has both. I wish her every success and would highly recommend her as an artist and illustrator
Simon Kuong, Pikka Pikka
"I came across Chrissy's stunning portfolio, (required for a) brand identity of a new Italian restaurant in New York City. Chrissy's support has been incredibly helpful. She was able to bring to life a collection of meticulous illustrations of pasta, which lent a unique personality and a touch of craftsmanship to the restaurant's identity. I am confident to recommend her. She is extremely professional and demonstrates a sincere passion for her artwork. She is a dedicated illustrator and I am proud to have had the pleasure of working with her. I look forward to collaborating with her soon on another project."
Daniele Politini, Future Brands/Cafe Rouge