Jade Feng Lee

Jade Feng Lee (they/them)  is a cartoonist and illustrator based in the DC Metro area whose work explores realms of cozy fantasies and contemplative feelings. Their work often draws inspiration from whimsical role-playing games, natural history, and their family’s food traditions.

Jade has self-published and exhibited their comics at various shows such as Small Press Expo and Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Previous illustration clients include Boom!, Lion Forge, and Girls Make Games. They are currently working on Coral, a middle grade graphic novel with Scholastic Graphix, about a young girl learning to face the uncertainties of friendship and growing up over the course of the Dragon Boat Festival. They are interested in working on projects that emphasize emotional visual storytelling.

Jade is also an avid collector of owl figurines and things.

What was your favorite book as a child?

The Little Prince by Antoine St. Exupery

Favorite travel spots:

Jiufen, Taiwan. It’s the town that inspired Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

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Art Process:

My goal when approaching any project is to convey a poignant emotional moment within an imagined narrative. I love focusing on subtle interactive details between characters and environments in an illustration or comic scene; small moments that echo bigger feelings. My process begins with sketching rough compositions that try to zero-in on what those key interactions are and what they symbolize. Then I build upon those anchor points while thinking about mood, color, line, and action to flesh out a complete composition.

Forthcoming books:

Coral, Scholastic Graphix, Spring 2022

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I have experience as an educator for non-profit organizations where I’ve taught classes in comics and literacy. I have also led youth workshops and panels on visual narrative and character design.