Model Citizen Guidelines 6 Cubicles
Communist China / The World Today
Is It Safe to Come Out Now / New York Times
How a Hong Kong Protester Became One of the Territory's Youngest Exiles / NBC News
Model Citizen Guidelines 9 Escalator
Model Citizen Guidelines 1 Team Player
Barbie / Model Citizen Guidelines
The Second Life of Yi Lei's Poetry / The New Yorker
My Therapist Says to Write Notes to My Future Self / Medium
Burning Boy / Model Citizen Guidelines
Model Citizen Guidelines 14 Water Mill
Red Blue Calendar 2020
My Therapist Says To Try an Elimination Diet for the Soul / Medium
Model Citizen Guidelines 8 Rainy Day
My Therapist Says I'm Apologising Wrong / Medium
Window / Insomnia Book
Medium 6 Months in lede
Baihuayou / Everyday Chinatown
Dissolving / Insomnia Book
Model Citizen Guidelines 13 Magritte
Penzi / Everyday Chinatown
Model Citizen Guidelines 5 Crying
Model Citizen Guidelines 4 Library
Diving / Insomnia Book
Sheep / Model Citizen Guidelines
Medium Vector Diaries Part 1 Iedeillo
Medium Covid Audit Part 3 ledeillo
Emperor and the Assasin / Junior Scholastics
Rabbit / Insomnia Book
Lightbulb / Insomnia Book
Xinmei Liu was born in Shanghai, China and now lives in New York, where she works as a freelance illustrator. Xinmei has a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and graduated from the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Illustration in 2020.
In her artistic practice, Xinmei combines digital and analogue methods to create unique textures while bringing linework and bright colors together to create moods. She produces highly conceptual imagery that also has rich narrative details. Her personal work is mostly inspired by her cultural background, social issues, childhood experience and history. Vintage ads and packaging, Asian calendar posters and propaganda posters are among the influences that shaped her style.
Xinmei has worked with various clients on a range of projects in the editorial and publishing fields. Her previous clients include: The New York Times, Medium, Amazon Publishing, Scholastic, Society6, Shanghai Museum amongst others.
Her dream jobs would be for brands and publications that are related to travel, food or lifestyle, theater and concert posters, and projects that have a rich cultural context. To some degree, illustrating is a channel through which she learns about the world.
Xinmei’s work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration (selected), 3x3 International Illustration Shows (Gold), Illustration West, Communication Arts Illustration Annual and other renowned professional annuals. She and her work has been featured on Creative Review, Creative Boom, PLAIN Magazine, Girls Club Asia and other press.
In addition to illustrating, Xinmei also works as a part-time comic book editor and designer for Paradise Systems, an independent publisher in Brooklyn.