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Yukai Du is a Chinese-born illustrator and animation director based in the UK. Since she was an animation student in Guang Zhou Academy of Fine Arts, she found her passion in creating crafty illustration and animation digitally. Graduated from Central Saint Martins London in 2014, she has been exploring and establishing her work in both still and moving images with her unique style. Yukai's inspiration for her work lies somewhere in the dichotomy of Impressionism, the dash of lines and layering of dots to create a surface, combined with a love for geometric shapes and playful vibrant patterns. Her clients include Adobe, Apple, WeTransfer, LUSH, the New Yorker, TED Talks etc. She also received a few international awards such as 3X3 Illustration Best of Show (Student Show), Adobe Design Award Honourable Mention and a D&AD New Blood Wood Pencil.

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“Yukai Du creates vibrant illustrations and animations. Her distinctive work is filled with bold colours and graphic patterns and is equally well suited to the page and the screen.”

Creative Review

“Yukai is an animator and illustrator, but also a translator — she distills complex topics down to their beautiful, swirling core.”


“Animator Yukai Du creates vibrant and intricate illustrated animations for all kinds of stories. Her catalogue of wondrous work for Ted-Ed has seen her bring to life topics ranging from plant communication to self-driving cars.”

It’s Nice That

“From illustrating rocket ships bursting through space to couples wining and dining, whatever topic Yukai Du depicts, it’s immediately recognizable as her work.”


“Yukai Du’s MA graduation film, “Way Out,” is a surreal cautionary tale that hits close to home. Her “nouveau 1990s” stylistic voice is refreshing: especially her use of pattern to support the narrative.”


“Yukai uses colourful illustrations and popping animation to explain concepts such as prime numbers, science and space, in a way that simplifies and demands attention. It’s a unique talent, and one we’re pretty jealous of.”

Digital Arts


Adobe Systems / Apple / The Atlantic / The New Yorker / American Express / TED Talks / WeTransfer / Facebook / New York Times / BMW / Renault / CNN / BBC / LYFT / LUSH Cosmetics / The Guardian / China Post / Buzzfeed / MTV


'An Anthology Vol.2' - Highly Commended (Experimental), World Illustration Awards 2019, UK

'YORA-What's Your Pet's Global Paw Print?' - Bronze (Animation), ADC Awards 2019, USA

'Night' - Merit (Illustration), ADC Awards 2019, USA

'An Anthology Vol.2' - Selected, Society of Illustrators Illustrator 61, USA

'An Anthology Vol.1' - Shortlisted, World Illustration Awards 2018, UK

'How Small We Are in the Scale of Universe?' - Official Selection (Commissioned Film), Annecy International Film Festival 2017, France

'Can Plants Talk to Each Other?' - Distinguished Merit(Professional), 3x3 Illustration Show No.14, USA

'Can Plants Talk to Each Other?' - Shortlisted, World Illustration Awards 2017, UK

'Can Plants Talk to Each Other?' - Selected, Illustrative 2016, Germany

'The Ethical Dilemma of Self-Driving Cars' - Official Selection (Commissioned Film), Annecy International Film Festival 2016, France

'The History of the Torturous Treadmill' - Official Selection (Commissioned Film), Annecy International Film Festival 2016, France

'Science Society of China' - Shortlisted, World Illustration Awards 2016, UK

'Way Out' - Best of Show (Student), 3x3 Illustration Show No.12, USA

'Digitised Me' - Wood Pencil Winner, D&AD New Blood, UK

'Way Out' - Emerging & Established Award, Cheltenham Illustration Awards, UK

'Adobe CC Illustrations' - Selected, Latin American Ilustración 4, USA

'Way Out' - Official Selection (Graduation Film), Annecy International Film Festival 2015, France

'Way Out' - Honourable Mention (Animation), Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2014, USA


The World Illustration Awards (2019) - Somerset House London, UK

'Character Walk' (2019) - Pictoplasma Berlin, Germany

Illustrator 61 Exhibit: Part One (2019) - Society of Illustrators New York, USA

The World Illustration Awards (2018) - Somerset House London, UK

'Time Off' (2017) - Solo Exhibition,  Atom Gallery London, UK

'SPLINTERS' (2015) - Solo Exhibition, DigitasLBi London, UK


Pictoplasma (2019) - Artist Talk, Berlin, Germany

Today at Apple Art Lab(2019) - Talk & Illustration Workshop, Apple Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Today at Apple Art Lab(2019) - Talk & Illustration Workshop, Apple Covert Garden, UK

Timberland Studio (2018) - Artist Talk & Craft Workshop, Timberland Covert Garden, London, UK

Playgrounds Blend (2018) - Artist Talk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Visual Playground (2017) - Artist Talk & Animation Workshop, Bucharest, Romania

Nicer Tuesdays (2017) - Artist Talk, Oval Space, London, UK

See No Evil (2017) - Artist Talk, Cafe 1001, London, UK

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