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Eileen Mao

illustration of Scratchboard and Micron on paper; 10 x 8 in; 2014
illustration of Anthropomorphic arrangement of a horrific scene at sea involving a surfer, piranhas, sharks, and a few other humans; erotic grotesque; hand drawn on paper and digitally colored; 2014
illustration of Microns on paper; 8 x 10 in

This piece was originally inspired by The Elephant Man (1980) by David Lynch, thus the name. The subject’s self-love and pride are reflected by her poise as well as her choice of frock. Those qualities have carried her quirky self through the markings of time and the changing tides of life, in disregard of the views of others.
illustration of Mixed media on paper; 8 x 10 in; 2014
illustration of Pen, acrylic, and watercolor on paper

17.5 x 23 in
illustration of Mixed media on paper
illustration of Design, Digital, Pen & Ink, Floral, Editorial, Fashion/Cosmetics, Holidays, Licensing, Feminine, Branding
illustration of Pen and ink on paper; 8.5 x 11 in
illustration of Pen and ink on paper; 2016

Featured in Abook Magazine, Oct 2016
illustration of Hand-drawn illustration with a few analogue elements collaged digitally

Drawn for a project to design paper bags for 11 Madison Park, New York

Features ingredients incorporated in the dishes done by the restaurant, including lavender, blue chicken feet, octopus, etc.



Eileen Mao is an illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. She moved from Taipei, Taiwan to Southern California at the age of 13. In 2016, she graduated from ArtCenter College of Design with a BFA in Illustration. Eileen’s work frequently deals with the concepts of abnormality and beauty. It constantly challenges viewers to question if what they see is appealing or unseemly, and enchants them to find and connect with something heart-felt and fascinating within the hideous or unconventional elements within. As an artist, one of Eileen's goals is for her viewers to empathize with what they've yet to experience personally. She is the most interested in revealing beauty in the grotesque.


Abstract, Acrylic, Black & White, Caricature, Collage, Colored Pencil, Design, Digital, Fine Art, Graphic, Line, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Painterly, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Watercolor, Floral, Film/Entertainment


Animals, Book Covers, Children's Books, Editorial, Fantasy, Fashion/Cosmetics, Food, Futuristic, Greeting Cards, Holidays, Landscape, Leisure, Licensing, Mystery, Nature, Portrait, Posters, Romance, Sci-Fi, Textiles, Web Illustration, Lifestyle, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Youth, Edgy, Grunge, Branding, Surface Design