New York Times, New Yorker, NPR, Reader's Digest, Vanity Fair (France), Vogue, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, The Economist, The Washington Post, Variety, Smithsonian, Scholastic, Macmillan, Pavilion Books, Penguin Books, Acqua di Parma, OpenTable, STACK, Children's Aid Foundation, British Airways, RBC, HP Canada, Sport Chek, Airbnb, Google
For full archive of work, click (here).
I'm Jeannie Phan, a full-time Toronto freelance illustrator with years of active experience in the field. I've had the pleasure of working in editorial, book, advertising, social media and personally as an influencer (@studioplants). I work on a broad spectrum of subjects with a personal interest within lifestyle, health & wellness, workplace issues and science.
I welcome work big and small; from spots to full campaigns. Available for web animated work (see “Animation”).
Bachelor of Design / Honours / OCAD University
National Magazine Awards / Applied Arts / American Illustration / 3x3 / Society of Illustrators
I'd love to work with you! Feel free to get in touch:
Jeannie Phan is an internationally published Vietnamese-Canadian illustrator who's work appears in editorial, book, and branding. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Phan eventually relocated to Toronto to attend OCAD University’s Illustration program, graduating with honours. She is actively practicing illustration in Toronto.
Phan is primarily a digital illustrator with a keen interest in new ways of art-making while pulling from traditional foundations. Her work is influenced by graphite textures and layered printing which becomes re-interpreted in a digital space. Known for her colorful palettes and bold characters, Phan's pieces invite a sense of playfulness rendered in vibrant hues. Often referencing the real world, Phan reduces objects and settings to their basic forms, which are then rebuilt using considerate line and texture.
Jeannie Phan is mostly known for her wide range of editorial work that encompasses subjects in the lifestyle, health, business and general interest field amongst others. Phan is often commissioned for her conceptual work, but is also tasked with stories needing particular sensitivities met such as those involving mental health and the female experience.
Phan is personally interested in the marriage of urban living and the primal desire to be in nature. As a person rooted in Toronto, Phan is observational of city life and its impact on the human condition. Work spaces, personal relationships and the need to enjoy natural surroundings are particular realms of exploration in her work. Being an avid gardener, she has a purposeful desire to incorporate botanicals, where appropriate, to function as a reminder to find a piece of nature to keep with us.
Many of these illustrations are available for licensing - if you see an existing portfolio piece you’d like to republish or use in any way, feel free to email me to check on its status. Please include the usage you have in mind in the email.
I work with a reliable in-studio animator to achieve simple animation (think web GIFs!). If you’d like your editorial piece or digital campaign animated, please include this in your initial email and I’ll send a custom quote. File outputs are typically .GIF, .MP4, TARGA, or any other requested format.
For clients looking to assign projects relevant to an artists’ lived experience: I am a woman of colour (Southeast Asian; Vietnamese), born in Canada but raised by immigrant parents. I’m also a millennial living in the city.
I’m a digital artist and work with high resolution raster in Photoshop in order to achieve the right texture and personal quality to the work. I’m able to deliver a master .PSD file with layers upon request if useful for the designers.
Unfortunately vector files are not available at this time.
The first step is to send me an email! If you need rush work, please indicate so, so I can expedite my reply. Replies in general are given within 1-4 hours during business hours. At the latest, you’ll hear back from me the following business morning. I don’t work weekends, but have exceptions if the project needs it (please mention if you need overtime hours, thanks!).
Business Hours: 9-6pm EST, Mon-Fri
After the introductory email exchanges and the work has been booked, we proceed with the following:
Discussion of a brief (your illustration needs!)
Sketches in black and white
Choose sketch of choice, revise if needed*
Final artwork, minor revise if needed (at this point, the work doesn’t deviate much from the sketch, and revisions are often colour tweaks)
*Depending on the project, coloured sketches and additional revisions stages are available for larger-scale projects requiring a more in-depth approval process.
I illustrate out of in a live-work space (my home) in Toronto. I’m in a dedicated studio room that fosters not only my business but all the side-projects I do! It’s full of natural light, quietness for creative thinking and of course it has plants. This space is also shared with my partner (the Animator mentioned above) and two cats.
I firmly believer in a work/life balance so when I’m not illustrating I practice mindfulness, am physically active and enjoy hobbies (gardening, sewing and fermentation - yes! I do have a scoby pet ✨). If you catch me on break, I’ll usually be at the park or along the lake shore.
As an almost-founder of the studio, Odin is responsible for keeping company morale up. He is the rock that centres the flow of the day.
A new member to the team, this tuxedo kiddo is our starry-eyed intern. Just "'okay” at making coffee but great at social media.