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Natalie Hui

I am a Chinese Canadian children's illustrator from Toronto that actually got my start half-way around the world in Hong Kong.

 

I have experience illustrating picture books and educational materials as well as collaboration experience with a range of clients from independent publishers, schools, non-profits, government sectors and commercial corporations.

My books and products can be found at major bookstores across Hong Kong!

This year is quite a busy one for me! I'm in the midst of wrapping up some picture books scheduled for completion in the summer. I'm working closely with the clients through the entire process and enjoying the close-knit collaboration style as well as having the space to take lead on art direction for the entire book including crafting a cohesive colour palette and text layout.

Working in partnership with a leadership academy, I am continuing a picture book series for kids 3-8 that nurtures character building through positive attitudes and stories encouraging good habits in a daily context.

 

At the end of 2022, I published "Tong Lau Book & Toy" a 3d play house encouraging hands-on play and interactive storytelling themed upon the close-knit community behind a typical tenement building in 1960s-80s Hong Kong. It has a focus on historical and cultural education and is available at major bookstores across Hong Kong.

 

My art book "Hong Kong Travelogue" was shortlisted for a picture book award. 

I'm currently working towards a new art book "Japan Travelogue" as well as compiling a zine from a Comics Account where I document adventures with my husband.

I also have experience creating large scale illustrations for public events and crafting family oriented visual stories for social advocacy, cultural campaigns and branding.  Most recently, I created a feature wall for a kid's corner of a lifestyle and home goods shop.

I'm a strong advocate for upholding the highest professional practice and contributing to a fair illustration industry.

 

I have a Youtube Channel which introduces viewers to my creative process.

I am currently seeking representation and look forward to picture book opportunities with publishers especially for the North American market.

Selected Children's Publications

 

  • Japan Travelogue, 64pg Illustrated Book, Winter 2023

    • Available at Major Bookstores across Hong Kong (Children's Bestseller at Eslite)

  • Gailan's Special Job, 32pg Picture Book

      Winter 2023, Hong Kong + Worldwide

  • Luca's Dim Sum Adventure, 32pg Picture Book

     Winter 2023, Singapore + Worldwide

  • Tong Lau Book & Toy, Self-published, Winter 2022 

    • Available at Major Bookstores across Hong Kong

    

  • Ryoconi - 16pg Picture Book Series, Published Books 1- 5. 

      Ongoing since Dec 2019 HK Academy of Leadership, HK + Australia

  • Emi Takes Hong Kong, 36pg Picture Book

      Fall 2019, Flying High Press, Worldwide

    (Ranked Top 10 Children's Books at Eslite, HK since 2020 )

  • Holidays Card Game, 50 cards, Spring 2021, AllGen International Inc, USA (Amazon)

  • Hong Kong Travelogue, 64pg Illustrated Book,  2018

    • Shortlisted for HK Picture Book Award 2022-2023​

    • Second Edition Printing 2021​​

    • Available at Major Bookstores across Hong Kong (Reached Number 1 Children's Bestseller at Eslite)

Selected Awards​​

  • Shortlisted Picture Book Award (for Hong Kong Travelogue), HK Golden Dragon Awards, 2022-2023

  • Awarded KidLit Women Scholarship, Highlights Foundation, 2021

  • Selected Mentee, AOI Global Mentorship Program, 2020-2021

  • Published Illustrator, Full page feature in Asia Art Book, Asia, 2019

  • Awarded competitive startup grant, Po Leung Kuk Young Entrepreneur Foundation, Hong Kong, 2018

  • Top 20 Outstanding Designer Award, Entrepreneur Day, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong, 2017

 

Media/Publicity

 

  • Magazine feature about "Hong Kong Travelogue", Tanoyaku, November issue, Japan nationwide, 2023

  • Book review about "Emi Takes Hong Kong", Expat Parent, November issue, Hong Kong, 2019

  • TV interview about Hong Kong illustrators with RTHK, 2019

  • Print interview about involvement as selected artist for Bibliotheque co-living hostel, Metropop Magazine, September Issue, Hong Kong, 2017

Stockists
For Hong Kong Travelogue and Tong Lau Book and Toy
  • Bookazine (7 Locations), Hong Kong

  • Eslite (11 locations), Hong Kong

  • Goods Of Desire (G.O.D.) (3 locations), Hong Kong

  • Lion Rock Press, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

  • Seeds Children's Bookstore, Central, Hong Kong

  • Little Kozzi, Canada

  • Yuto Bookstore, Canada

For Japan Travelogue
  • Bookazine (7 Locations), Hong Kong

  • Eslite (11 locations), Hong Kong

  • Lion Rock Press, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

 
Selected Clients
Children's Publishing & Education:​​

Commercial Publishing:

  • Seeds Children’s Bookstore (educational materials)

  • Hong Kong Academy of Leadership (picturebook series)

  • AllGen International Inc. (card game)

  • Natureplay in the City (Playgroup)

 

Institutions and Youth Services:

  • International Centre For the Gifted & Talented (autism consultant) 

  • Po Leung Kuk, Youth Services

  • Caritas Institute of Higher Education

Government:

  • Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK)

  • Buildings Department, HKSAR

  • Hong Kong Arts Centre, Comix Home Base

Branding:

  • Swire Properties Limited (StarStreet Community Branding Campaign)

  • Po Leung Kuk, Youth Services

  • Mother's Choice (Annual Community Fun Day)

  • Kiehl's

  • Hongkong-Asia Exhibition Holdings Ltd.

  • Synergy Biz Group (Bibliotheque Co-Living Residence and OIIO Lifestyle and Home Goods Shop)

 
Selected Exhibitions/ Events
 
  • Book Launch "Emi Takes Hong Kong", Hong Kong, 2019

  • Group Exhibition, Illusfair, Hong Kong, 2019

  • Book Launch "Hong Kong Travelogue" and vendor at Swire White Christmas Street Fair, Hong Kong, 2018

  • Solo Exhibition at Sheung Wan cafe, Hong Kong, 2018

  • Judging committee for children’s illustrated story contest“10th Annual My Story Creation" competition, Kids4Kids, Hong Kong, 2017

  • Solo Exhibition at Sheung Wan & Sai Wan Ho, MTR Roving Arts Program, Hong Kong, 2017

Languages

  • Native English

  • Fluent Spoken Cantonese

  • Conversational Japanese

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