Jun Qi - Art & Illustration

Jun Qi

storytelling and illustration

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Shan Shan and Friends - Children's Book Series

2022
Ongoing
Illustration showing Shan Shan out sketching under a tree by the river, with her animal friends.

This is a children's picture book series that I'm working on as both an author and illustrator, featuring a spirited young girl named Shan Shan along with her animal friends.

Here are pitches for the titles that I'm currently working on:

Shan Shan Has No Friends?

She's a quirky introvert who befriends books and animals instead of other kids. Her classmates think she's weird. Her animal friends think she's magical. And Shan Shan thinks: maybe it's time to make some human friends after all. Having someone else to trade snacks with or go bug hunting during recess would be nice, right? With the help of her quirky animal crew - a water monitor, an otter, a myna, and a kitten - she tries her best to impress at school... but their wacky attempts all end in disaster. Shan Shan is just about to give up when the unconditional love from her animal friends finally helps her seek out that one girl who might just be as weird as her...

Artworks

Double spread illustration showing Shan Shan and her animal friends playing at the playground in front of the preschool and park.
Illustration of Shan Shan and her animal friends embracing each other in a big hug in the park
Illustration of Shan Shan and Friends in a dance train, in a room with a colorful mural on the wall
Illustrations of Shan Shan in three different poses
Illustration showing Shan Shan out sketching under a tree by the river, with her animal friends.
Short animated Chinese New Year greeting card showing Shan Shan and Friends bounding upwards and greeting a happy year of the rabbit as flowers blossom
Digital painting of Shan Shan, Little Sister Kitty and Big Brother myna doing the Southern Lion Dance. Style is bright, graphic, with vivid colors, thick outlines and geometric shapes.