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Katherine Lam

Katherine Lam - Designer

New York, NY, United States

Illustrator that focuses on evoking feelings and creating atmospheric and surreal images- Clients include NYTimes, Buzzfeed, Amazon, etc.


I am currently working as a freelance editorial illustrator for magazines and newspapers, and enjoying working on book covers, designs, and other artwork that compliments writing in any form. Clients include the NYTimes, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, and Amazon. Illustrating for books and novels is ultimately my goal.

My current work plays with light and shadows, with elements of surrealism to create images that balance both concept and narrative. My work can be seen as dark and melancholic, but I do enjoy creating images that are lighter and happier. I am comfortable with traditional and digital mediums, especially watercolor, and I believe that open communication and collaboration produce the best results.

Comics & Graphic Novels Crime & Mystery Dystopian Horror Paranormal Romance Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Comics (non fiction) Psychology True Crime


  • Society of Illustrations Student Competition 2016, 2017 - Recipient of the Nancy Lee Rhodes Scholarship
  • 3x3 International Student Competition 14, Gold Medalist
  • AI-AP 36 - Winner
  • Creative Quarterly 47 - Winner

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

July, 2017 – Present (9 months)

Created images for magazines, newspapers, and websites to add thoughtful visuals to the article or essay

Clients include:
-The Guardian
-The Outline
-Il Corriere dela Sera
-Outside Magazine
-Sierra Magazine
-New Jersey Monthly
-California Sunday Magazine
-Times Higher Education

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