Daily Inspiration: Illustrator/Art Director Deanne Cheuk

By L. Jennings

Deanne Cheuk is a testament to doodling, to living in ‘la la land’, to proving to your parents that your decision to be an artist was better than their decision not to. Her work is a cross between inspiring and depressing– (depressing to not be her, that is). I especially recommend looking at her art section–her obsession with mushrooms is intoxicating. In fact, she seems to draw upon organic patterns quite a lot–following no rules but that of mother nature–perhaps a rule to follow? Don’t stop Doodling!

“Deanne Cheuk is a New York-based art director, illustrator and artist from Perth, Western Australia (the most isolated city in the world). She got her first job as a magazine art director at the age of 19 — the same year that she graduated with a degree in graphic design from Curtin University. Since then, Cheuk has art directed or designed numerous publications, including Tokion Magazine. Cheuk’s art direction has been heavily influenced by her illustrative work and she is renowned for her illustrative typography. She has been commissioned by top international companies, including American Express, Dell, Lane Crawford, Levi’s, Nike, Converse, Sprint, Swatch, Target, MTV, Gap, Urban Outfitters, The Guardian, T Magazine and The New York Times Magazine. She has worked with David Carson, Doug Aitken and Conan O’Brien.  In 2005, Cheuk released her first book, Mushroom Girls Virus — which sold out worldwide immediately. Also in 2005, The New York Times Magazine began commissioning custom typography for William Safire’s ‘On Language’ column and Deanne Cheuk was the inaugural designer chosen for the series. In 2006, Target launched a line of “Deanne Cheuk” products. Cheuk sometimes self-publishes a non-profit contributor-based graphic ‘zine called Neomu. She has also judged competitions for the Art Director’s Club NY and the Type Director’s Club NY, and from 2008-2010 was on the Board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA/NY.” (http://www.deannecheuk.com/about/)

Stu Magazine Cover

Stu Magazine Cover

Blackbook Magazine Fiction Illustration

Blackbook Magazine Fiction Illustration

Urban Outfitters 'Winter' Catalog

Urban Outfitters ‘Winter’ Catalog
Tokion Magazine 36 Spread

Tokion Magazine 36 Spread

Mushroom Girls Virus Book Spread

Mushroom Girls Virus Book Spread

Ghostly Records Dykehouse Album Cover

Ghostly Records Dykehouse Album Cover

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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