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Yanjun Chen, also called Yann, is a freelance illustrator and artist based in London.


I graduated with MA in Illustration and Visual Media at the University of the Arts London LCC. I read my BA in Illustration and Comics from the China Academy of Art in 2019. I self-published my illustration Zines "Nightmare River" and "Shadow Self", which won awards in Communication Arts, Hiii Illustration and Creative Quarterly. My work focuses on the exploration of women's emotions, mental health and traditional folklore, and specializes in capturing the small shiny objects hiding beneath the calm surface of things.  Before joining the Master's program, I worked as an illustrator at an online advertising agency, doing editorial illustrations and marketing illustrations with clients such as Snowflake Beer and Meituan Takeaway.

When I'm not working, I enjoy listening to podcasts, watching documentaries about nature, I love all things about poetry and literature, and reading (I make a monthly reading list!) ), and going for a walk in the park and napping on the grass.



我本科毕业于中国美术学院插画与漫画专业,研究生毕业于伦敦艺术大学University of the Arts London,自出版插画Zine《Shadow Self阴影自我》,《Nightmare River噩梦河流》,于Communication Arts、Hiii Illustration、Creative Quarterly 等国际插画比赛中获奖,作品专注于对女性情感、心理健康和传统民俗的探索,擅长捕捉事物平静的表面下躲藏着的闪亮小物件。在加入硕士课程之前,她在一家在线广告公司担任插画设计师岗,与雪花啤酒、美团外卖等客户合作,创作社论插图和营销插图。




2021-2022, MA University of the Arts London, United Kingdom
2015 -2019, BA China Academy of Art, China



2023, Communication Arts Illustration Competition, Winner
2023, Creative Quarterly 71, Runner-up

2019, HiiiBrand Illustration Competition, Best of The Best



2023, The Movie, Shanghai Touch Art Centre, Unicorn Publishing Group, Shanghai&London

2023, DIY Market, London

2023, Parallax Art Fair, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London
2022, Purkinje Hermit Designer Popup Market, London


2023, Illustration Annual 64th, New York, USA

2023, Issue 71 of Creative Quarterly, Brooklyn, USA

2023, Little Press 'Doppelganger: My Shadow Self', Gosh!Comic, London, UK
2022, Communication Arts Magazine, Belmont, USA

2021, HiiiBrand International Illustration Portfolio 7th, China 


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