Photography by Celine Kim

Hello!

I'm Justine Wong, a freelance illustrator based in Toronto and Tokyo. I am the creator behind the project '21 Days in Japan: An Illustrative Study on Japanese Cuisine', consisting of paintings for 100 meals discovered while I traveled Japan. I've since lived in Tokyo for a year and have the pleasure of illustrating in editorial publications, story books, and advertising campaigns in Canada and internationally.

When I am not illustrating, you can find me taking spontaneous flights across the world or baking sourdough bread at home with my two cats Kumo and Opal.

I am also a dedicated member of Toronto creative collectives Lunchroom and Makeshift Collective, where we practice and rebuild the ways we collaborate and grow together.

For any commissions or inquiries, please contact me at: hello@patternsandportraits.com


Process

The first step is to send me an email! Replies in general are given within 1-4 hours during business hours. At the latest, you’ll hear back from me the following business morning. I don’t work weekends, but have exceptions if the project needs it (please mention if you need overtime hours, thanks!).

Business Hours: 9-6pm EST, Mon-Fri, occasionally weekends.

After the introductory email exchanges and the work has been booked, we proceed with the following:

  1. Discussion of a brief (your illustration needs, usage + budget)

  2. Sketches in black and white line work.

  3. Choose sketch of choice, revise if needed. Once a sketch has been chosen, coloured sketches can be provided for projects requiring a more in-depth approval process.

  4. Final artwork, minor revisions if needed (at this point, the work doesn’t deviate much from the sketch, and revisions are often colour tweaks)

  5. Delivery, files can be provided in high resolution PDF, JPEG, or layered .PSD for designers. If there is a specific file type that you will need, please mention this within our brief.


Studio + Workshop

My humble studio space at Makeshift Collective is nestled in the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown. This is where I illustrate, hold my painting workshops, and hold community events with other creatives. On my off days I work in my home studio with the company of my two cats!

To schedule a meeting or to book a watercolour painting workshop, please email me with a date and any details.

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Selected Clients

AKQA Tokyo, Abokichi, Aeon Japan Ltd.Co, Canadian Living, Chatelaine, Chicago Magazine, Christopher Kimball's Milk Street, Glow, House & Home, Kyoto Journal, Literary Review of Canada, Lucky Peach, Monocle, On She Goes, Orange Coast, Peabody Essex Museum, Spinrite Yarn, That's Shanghai, The Cleaver Quarterly, The New York Times, The Vault, The Walrus, Today's Parent, Wieden & Kennedy, Westbank.


Exhibitions

"Between a rock and a hard place", 156 Studio, Toronto.

"21 Days in Japan: An Illustrative Study of Japanese Cuisine", Album Studios, Toronto.

"No Hard Feelings: A Solo Exhibition by Justine Wong", KAISU Hostel, Tokyo.

"No Hard Feelings: A Solo Exhibition by Justine Wong", Album Studios, Toronto.

"No Hard Feelings: A Solo Exhibition by Justine Wong", Possible Worlds, Ottawa.


Education

Bachelor of Design, Illustration & Graphic Design
OCAD University