Zixiao Chang

Zixiao Chang – Designer

Published book illustrator, specialised in children’s books and character design.


I started to focus on book illustration since 2015, after designing book cover for serval years. I have worked with publishers overseas and illustrated a series of children’s books. I also collaborate with comic writers and animators on graphic novel projects.

I work closely with authors and editors to understand their ideas and opinions. Each book is unique, I like to celebrate their spirits. From storyboarding to coloured artwork, every step I ensure to bring the most suitable illustrations to express stories. I use both traditional and digital methods to create images, so I can efficiently explore possible visual solutions to meet each book’s different requirements, also to add my creativities to the book.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books Short Story Young Adult
  • V&A Book Design Award
  • Best Picturebook of China 2020
  • Master of Design, Edinburgh College of Art

Work experience


Sep, 2015 — Present

Book illustrations, children’s boos and picture books


May, 2010 — May, 2015 (about 5 years)

Book cover illustration and design

Zixiao has 6 reviews





Therese L.

Therese L.

Apr, 2024

Working with Xiao has been an absolute dream. She is not only brilliantly talented but has been responsive and thorough in every part of the picture book illustration process. We discussed several options and came up with the perfect style and timeline for my debut picture book, "A Mole in One." It felt collaborative from the start to the finish. I'm not sure how she managed to do it with the t...
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Katie R.

Katie R.

Nov, 2023

The talent and professionalism, that she shows is exquisite. It was a true honor to work with her and look forward to working again in the future. Thanks for much for your beautiful work of art on "Roosky Forgets."
Patti C.

Patti C.

Sep, 2023

Working with Xiao is fantastic. She is so talented and smart, and has been great about talking through all the details to understand how I see the characters and the scenes. The character designs are lovely, as is the preliminary sketch for the larger illustration as we go deeper into the project.
Vesna P.

Vesna P.

Aug, 2023

It’s my first book and Zixiao has made it a wonderful experience! She makes you feel comfortable and easy to communicate with on a daily basis, if necessary. Her professionalism and beautiful illustrations are spot on! Vesna Pandovska
Gary K.

Gary K.

Mar, 2023

Exceptional work - great illustrations and a very creative eye.

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