Yunyi Dai

Yunyi Dai

(She/Her) • Los Angeles , USA

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Yunyi Dai is a Chinese illustrator based in Los Angeles. As a storyteller and a visual solver, Yunyi is passionate about creating Editorial Illustrations, Children’s Book Illustrations, Illustrated Gifs, and 3D Illustrations. Her work is full of witty, whimsical ideas in bright, bold colors. She wants to help people tell their stories through unique conceptual solutions.

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Selected clients

Client list: NPR Next Generation Radio, Green American Magazine, Current Magazine, Fashion Zoo Magazine, KUNR Public Radio, Capital Public Radio.

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  • Chosen Winner, American Illustration 41 (2022)
  • Finalist, Young Ones ADC Awards (2022)
    Short List, Communication Arts Illustration (2022)
  • SVA Alumni Scholarship (2022)
  • Short List, Communication Arts Illustration (2021)
  • Silver Award, 3×3 International Illustration Show (2021)
  • Merit Award, 3×3 International Illustration Show (2020)
  • New Talent Merit Award, iJungle Illustration Awards (2019)

Yunyi Dai in the Spotlight

e’re thrilled to welcome to our Gang LA illustrator & motion graphic artist, - Yunyi Dai - Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

We’re thrilled to welcome to our Gang LA illustrator & motion graphic artist, Yunyi Dai

An interview with

Yunyi Dai

Can you recall the first time you realized you were going to be an illustrator? What were your earliest impressions?

I realized I wanted to be an illustrator in my third year of college. I was a painter before I became an illustrator. I find it meaningful to help other people tell their stories and my own. I enjoy the problem-solving process of creating the visual narrative in an illustration.

Who or what influenced your art when you were young?

I grew up in a family of doctors with high expectations. When I was young, I sought a world of fantasy through books such as Grimms’ Fairy Tales and One Thousand and One Nights.

Do you remember what your first artwork looked like? Do you still have it?

My first artwork was a marker drawing of a fruit basket. It is currently in my parent’s study room in Shanghai. Creating food illustrations is still one of my favourite things to do today.

Did you study art in school?

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I recently earned my Master’s degree at the School of Visual Arts Illustration as Visual Essay Program. I am lucky to have pursued my passion and refined my skills in art schools.

Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?

I seek inspiration through movies, weekend adventures, food traveling, dreams, museums, and fun everyday conversations with my friends. I have a cat named Cookie, and I had fun observing her for character design ideas.

How would you describe the process of creating art?

I sketch in procreate, and I create the final illustration through Photoshop. I embrace the painterly method in my process. The main elements in my work are color psychology, shapes, and composition.

If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?

I have always had a strong interest in studying art history. My childhood dream was to become an archeologist or research historian.

Do you remember your first set of paints, pens, or markers?

My first art tool was Elmer’s Liquid Glitter Glue. I made a great mess out of it.

Do you have a favourite artist supply, a favourite method, or favourite location, where you like to create artwork?

My favourite method is to block out shapes and values in greyscale before beginning a project. I like to create my artwork in coffee shops for ambient noise outside of my desk.

If you could give a viewer clues to understanding your art, what would you say?

I try to build a world of fantasy with whimsical creatures, sometimes with a splash of dark humour.



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