Based in Durham, NC, 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.
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.
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.
Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese
Client list Sunny has worked for clients including Vogue, Elle, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Versace, Carolina Herrera, Shiseido, Neutrogena, Billboard, Camilla Franks and HBO.