Jeannie Phan is an award winning freelance illustrator based in Toronto but originally from the prairies of Canada. Noted for her editorial work using vibrant colors and clever concepts, she’s also known for depicting the calming, more reserved parts of everyday life using demure characters and atmospheres. When Phan does not have a pen in hand, she’s busy getting dirty in her urban garden or petting cats.
What is your source(s) of inspiration, what moves you?
Nature, learning to nurture.
Your favorite museum, your favorite drink
Museum of Natural History & lychee bubble tea
Do you work at night or during the day?
Night, I am most definitely a night owl.
The artist you crave for (at the moment)
What is the most amazing present you ever received?
The most amazing present for me is being given time and attention by those I care for.
If I say « paper » what is first coming to your mind?
Mention a quote you feel is creatively inspiring
“The simplest things are often the truest” Richard Bach.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Horticulturalist or microbiologist.
Topics and causes that matter to you?
The experiences of cultural displacement and the perils and enjoyment of city living.
New York Times, New Yorker, Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, NPR, The Walrus, Lucky Peach, Real Simple, Variety, Scholastic, Penguin Books