Lily Qian is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York.

She has had the privilege of working with a wide range of clients in editorial, publishing, advertising, kid-lit, surface, fashion, and beauty. She's always seeking more meaningful assignments, especially in editorials and books.

Lily has a passion for combining traditional analog techniques with digital. She takes inspiration from experimenting and exploring accidents that occur when mixing different materials and textured backgrounds. Aside from storytelling, she loves playing with abstract shapes to create a moment of surprise in her illustrations.

Lily is honored to teach an illustration course at The Fashion Institute of Technology with the Illustration & Interactive Media Department. She was a judge for the Society of Illustrator's 63rd annual competition, and her work has been recognized by American Illustration and Society of Illustrators. She's been invited to be a guest speaker at Apple, SVA, Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Alberta College of Art & Design. 

Interview with Girls Club Asia

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Tel: +1 718 755 7622

Photo by  James Chororos


Select Clients

Editorial, Publishing, Advertising:
Apple, Audible, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Medium, Huff Post, Millie Magazine, The Ringer, Eater, Punch, Switchyard Magazine, The Assembly NC, Bitch Media, Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, Small Batch Books, Baldor Foods Mag, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, We the Barbarian, M Booth, DMA United, Happy Lucky, The Bromley Group, Factory PR, Universal Music Group, RCA Records

Adidas, ATM, Atout France, B&H Photo, Baccarat Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's, Bottega Veneta, Brand Assembly, Calvin Klein Performance, Champs, Chloé, Christian Dior Couture-Beauty-Parfume, Cosabella, Covergirl, Campari, David Webb, Delta, DKNY, Dream Hotel, Elizabeth Arden, Erin Fetherston, Essie (US, Germany), Equinox x Ladurée, Falconeri, Gabriella Hearst, Galeries Lafayette, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Intermix, Land's end, La Prairie, Lenovo, L'Oréal, Lord & Taylor, Louis Vuitton, Macy's, Manhattan Cosmetics, MaxMara, Milly, Moleskine, Mucinex, Neiman Marcus, NY&CO, Perry Ellis, Pomellato, REISS, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samsung, Sephora, Sisley Cosmetics, Six:02, Target, The Art Institute, Theory, Tiffany & Co., Others Trade for Hope, VS Pink, Victoria's Secret

Awards & Honors
American Illustration 41, 42
Society of Illustrators 65, 66
Communication Arts 2023 shortlisted
Washington Post, Best of Illo 2022
LA Times, Best of Data 2023

Guest Lecturer
Apple Williamsburg NYC
SVA Illustration
Pratt Institute
Fashion Institute of Technology
Alberta College of Art & Design
The Big Draw Festival

Competition Jury / Mentor
Jury for Society of Illustrators 63
FIT x Bulgari Student Design Competition Faculty Mentor

Girls Club Asia
Ballpit Mag
Voyage LA
Shout out LA
Canvas Rebel
Art Review City
Brand Assembly
Rockaway Beverages
Sunday Morning Stories
Others Trade for Hope
Overt NYC


Grumpy Bert's 8th & 9th Annual Red Envelope Show at Harman Projects Gallery

Book Announcement:
I illustrated a children's chapter book -  A Cat in Central Park: Nine Lives is Just the Beginning, written by Carolyn Benson. The book is available for purchase at Barnes and Noble. 

All images © Lily Qian 2024

All work NOT to be used for Artificial Intelligence

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