My name is Lily Qian, I am an illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn, New York.
Traditional analog techniques mean a lot to me and I take inspiration from experimenting with different materials and exploring accidents that occur when mixing different materials and textured backgrounds.
I love working with watercolor, ink, charcoal, pencil, and acrylic, mixed with digital techniques.
People, fashion, lifestyle, and still life are my favorite subjects. Besides storytelling, I love playing the line between abstract and recognizable shapes to create a moment of surprise in my illustrations.
Aside from illustration assignments, I am also currently working on Children's book stories.
Since 2017 I've been working on a very special and meaningful scarf & travel collection partnered with Others Trade for Hope. This amazing initiative has supported four generations of families. Each scarf celebrates the hand made - hand dyed, hand weaved, and hand embroidered by a small group of women and men in Bangladesh. Each scarf is a powerful purchase. To learn more about our project and to purchase a scarf, please visit:
Better Home and Gardens
Calvin Klein Performance
Essie (US, Germany)
Equinox x Ladurée
La Prairie (Artist in Residence)
Lord & Taylor
Others Trade for Hope
Saks Fifth Avenue
Style Watch Magazine
The Art Institute
The Style Line
Victoria's Secret PINK
The Big Draw Festival
Fashion Institute of Technology
Alberta College of Design
Cup of Jo x Nordstrom - Fall Trends
Taste the Style - Boss Babe
Six:02 / Footlocker - Featured Artist
Brand Assembly - TheAssemblist.com
Overt NYC - Follow The Girl - Day 1
Overt NYC - Follow The Girl - Day 2
Overt NYC - Follow The Girl - Day 3
Overt NYC - Follow The Girl - Day 4
Overt NYC - Follow The Girl - Day 5
Connect Editorial - The Art of Connection
Ansel and Opie - Featured Artist
Cestlulu - Qian's Complete Set
HUF Magazine - Featured Artist
CINEBURST x Lily Qian
@cineburst is a team of NYC Filmmakers producing original stories and creative visual contents. In this studio interview, fashion and lifestyle illustrator Lily Qian shares her story from Brooklyn, NY.
Drawing Stories - Interview by Lara Gato
Lara's team visits Lily's studio in Brooklyn, NY