Cinyee Chiu

Cinyee Chiu – Designer

I enjoy making conceptual illustrations and character design. My style has the warmth of traditional media with some digital touches.


I'm Cinyee Chiu, a Taiwanese illustrator now staying in Philadelphia, USA. I got my MFA from Illustration Practice MFA in Maryland Institute College of Art.

I usually draw traditionally and later collage them digitally, using gouache, charcoal, pastel, pencil, ink, etc.. I like to play with textures and colors, and have a preference of using warm colors. I always have great interest in book illustration, book cover and children's book. Nature, plants, animals are topics appears a lot in my works.

I enjoy making conceptual illustrations, and continuously working on editorial illustrations sharpen my ability of transferring texts into appealing informative visual stories .I also have experience in character design, making art for board game and animation (see Gallery.) Clients include PLANADVISER, Johns Hopkins Health Review, Nocturnal, Big Fun Idea, ThunderGryph Games, etc.

To work with my clients, I first discuss with them to have a brief idea about the style and feel they want, and then I propose some sketches and style test. You can also point out which of my previous works presents the ideal style, that helps me understand your need.

I can also do animations and gifs. For my thesis picture book project I did a 50s trailer, which I think is a great way to promote the book.
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Nature
Literary Fiction Poetry Short Story
  • AAD Outstanding Illustration Artist in Asia 2016
  • Creative Quarterly 46 winner
  • The Prize for Illustration 2017
  • Society of illustrators 60
  • Illustration West 56
  • 3x3 No.14
  • 2017 Applied Arts Student Awards
  • Hiii 2016

Work experience


Jul, 2016 — Present


The summer after graduating from college, 22-year-old Danny Wolinski takes a cross-country US road trip with his friend, Ian Perez, hoping to find the inspiration to reach his songwriting potential, start a band, and avoid student teaching in the fall.Danny is... read more
To the locals of Johnson City, Tennessee, Dr. John Livingston III is just a normal practicing pain specialist, a son to a well-known defense lawyer, and a husband to a beautiful wife named Hope. John represents the working, American family man, but with his br... read more

Cinyee has 3 reviews





Doug J.

Doug J.

Jan, 2018

Cinyee is a superb artist, and I could not be happier with the illustrations that she produced for my book. She needs to learn, however, that client relationship management is all about communication. Toward the end of the project she seemed to think she did not need to respond to my emails, and I would have to disagree.
Jonathan L.

Jonathan L.

Nov, 2017

I hired Cinyee to design the full cover for the print edition of my novel THE SUMMER OF CRUD, and I`m glad that I did. She sent me several great designs to choose from and continued making changes to the cover until it looked the way I wanted it to. She was professional throughout the entire process and remained reflexible with her schedule. The print copy of the book looks great (I used Ingram...
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Lauren J. B.

Lauren J. B.

Aug, 2017

Self publishing my first novel, I wasn't sure how the design process would go. I could not have chosen anyone better than Cinyee! She was quick to respond, willing to adapt to my needs, incredibly artistic and has a keen eye for detail. She is beyond easy to work with and extremely talented. She created the front cover, spine, back cover, and entire interior of my book with precision. I had no ...
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