Illustrator Spotlight: Lisa Wee Eng Cheng


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Feb. 2, 2024

We are pleased to feature illustrator Lisa Wee Eng Cheng and her banner design for Kidlit411, and her recent book MASKED HERO, written by Dr. Shan Woo Liu and Kaili Liu Gormley (MIT Kids Press 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

Tell us about yourself and how you came to illustrate for children.


Embarking on the journey of illustrating children’s book was born from my passion for both art and storytelling. Recognising the profound impact that visuals have on a child’s imagination, I decided to channel my creative energy into crafting illustrations that not only complement but enhance the enchanting narratives within children’s literature. It’s a fulfilling endeavour where my love for art converges with the joy of nurturing young minds through the magic of storytelling.

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Congrats on your winning banner design! Tell us how you approached this project.


Crafting the banner involves a harmonious dance between the words and visuals. Beginning with a concept that encapsulates the essence of Kidlit 411 community, I meticulously sketch characters and scenes. Bringing these sketches to life with vibrant colours, Imweave a visual narrative that create a sense of chaos- much like the beginning of writing a book. Iterative refinement ensures a seamless fusion of storytelling elements, resulting in a whimsical banner that serves as a captivating doorway to the enhanting world within the pages of the children’s book.

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Congrats on Masked Hero! Tell us about it.


In October 2023, Masked Hero, a non fiction story about Dr Wu Lien Teh. Dr Wu Lien Teh, a visionary doctor is credited with invention of the mask. His groundbreaking work in the early 20th century, particularly during the Manchuria plague, led him to develop a mask capable of effectively filtering airborne particles. This captivating story not only celebrate the remarkable journey of Dr Wu but also serves as a beacon for increased visibility of underrepresented communities. Through this picture book, it aim to inspire and empower, shedding light on diverse stories that resonate with individuals from all walks of life.

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What projects are you working on now?


Driven by a desire to extend my creative horizons, I found myself drawn to the world of story writing to complement my illustrations. The need to infuse my own narratives into visual tapestries I created became a compelling force for me this year. Embracing storytelling allows me to deepen the connection with illustrations.


What is your preferred medium/ illustration process?

The joy of creating illustrations on my iPad Pro with ProCreate is unparalleled, granting me the freedom to seamlessly blend art with nature during my hiking journeys. The portability of iPad allows me to capture the essence of my surroundings in real time, infusing my illustrations with the energy and inspiration drawn from diverse landscapes.

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What advice would you give to aspiring illustrators? 

For aspiring illustrators, embrace the learning process with curiosity and patience. Practice consistently, explore your own identity until you are at peace with your style, and don’t fear mistakes - they’re steps to improvement. Seek constructive feedback, stay open to inspiration from diverse sources, and most importantly, enjoy the journey of discovering your unique artistic styles.

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What is one thing most people don't know about you?

I was an A&E staff nurse. Drawing from my nursing background, I infuse my illustrations with a deep understanding of human experience. This unique perspective allows me to capture emotions. The intricacies of healthcare settings enhance my ability to empathise with characters, adding layers of authenticity that resonates with diverse range of emotions.


Where can people find you online?

I cherish the opportunity to connect with kids, authors and illustrators through my website and social media



As an illustrator specialised in diversity and inclusivity, Lisa is dedicated to crafting visuals that authentically mirror and celebrates the richness of our society. Recognising the profound impact of representation, Lisa diligently create inclusive, respectful, and affirmative images. 


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