Jennifer Liu’s Graphic Art Is a Burst of Color

Illustrator Jennifer Liu takes her work exceptionally seriously, admitting that she doesn’t take to doodling. Her graphic work – bold and vibrant if somewhat grainy – is made digitally, which allows her to regulate the finished result. “I’ve always been too precious with my drawing to really enjoy doodling as a pastime,” she told AI-AP.

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“Currently I work 100% digitally, which gives me complete control and ease to work as freely and comfortably as I please,” she added, explaining that: “With analog mediums I’ve never been fully able to kick the anxiety I feel over ‘messing up a certain area of the drawing, although I did come from a very traditional background all throughout high school and university.”

With a small following on Instagram and features in publications like The New York Times, The New Yorker, TED, NPR, and Bloomberg her untraditional introduction to art proved to have paid off. Inspired by Asian hip-hop and anything nerdy the Toronto-based illustrator also teaches 4th Year Illustration at Sheridan College as an adjunct professor. 

But though she’s committed to perfecting her digital art, she says she doesn’t rule out the use of more traditional techniques. “Perhaps one day I’ll return to analog again when I finally learn how to not give a damn about perfection,” she concluded.

Take a look at some of her colorful pieces in the gallery below.