People: One Minute with Illustrator Julia Kuo

People: One Minute with Illustrator Julia Kuo

​Name: Julia Kuo

Creative Medium: Digital Illustration


Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work: Hello! I’m a Taiwanese American illustrator currently living in Chicago, Illinois. I started off drawing greeting cards for American Greetings but have been working as a freelance illustrator full time for over three years now. My clients include Little Brown & Co., Simon & Schuster, the New York Times, Capitol Records, and Universal Music Group.

If your portfolio could speak what would it say?

‘It would probably make some cute sounds and tell you that it’s hungry for cookies and cake. Then it would ask to go to the Natural History Museum and hang out at the zoo.’

What makes you different from other creatives? I’m pretty versatile - I love drawing in a variety of different styles and have been lucky enough to get away with finding clients who can give me opportunities to test out those different styles.

Who has been your greatest influences? Hayao Miyazaki, the director of Studio Ghibli - the Japanese animation studio that put out movies such as Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke. Bill Watterson of Calvin and Hobbes. Giant Robot magazine and all the artists that it’s featured over the years.

What does your workspace/studio look-like? Like a coffeeshop! I always work out of neighbourhood coffeeshops because it helps me to get dressed and going first thing in the morning. It’s also nice to have some regular human interaction because I live by myself.

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