Jianrong Lin is a New York-based freelance illustrator whose work is targeted for editorial and advertising markets. Born and raised in China, he immigrated to the states at the age of 17, and was determined to become an illustrator.
Jianrong studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and received degrees in Fashion Illustration and General Illustration - disciplines that translate to his work in elegant, and bold illustrative concepts. While still in school, he started painting murals for local restaurants, and has a thriving side business doing large-scale works: https://www.darenart.net/
Right before graduation, Jianrong landed his first freelance illustration job, working on a couple of medical illustrations for Merck Pharmaceutical. Following a successful first project, Jianrong was contacted by Merck again to illustrate a series of medical advertising posters. Shortly after this job Jianrong had the honor of beginning work on a storyboard campaign for AT&T’s TV commercial with Grey Advertising - these jobs kick-started Jianrong’s illustration career.
Within a year after graduation, Jianrong had works accepted into Society of Illustrators’ Exhibition, and the 3×3 magazine’s annual.
“I feel thankful that I knew from early on what I want to do with my life; making art is all I think about. I am constantly inspired by the world around me, and my aim is to share my discoveries, to tell visual stories, and convey messages and ideas through imagery in an interesting way.”