Charlene Chua grew up in Singapore, where she divided her time between drawing, reading comics and failing her Mandarin classes. She started her working life in 1998 as a web designer, and went on to become a senior graphic designer, web producer and interactive project manager, with companies like Ogilvy Interactive and The Gate Worldwide. She decided to pursue illustration as a career in 2003, eventually moving over to full-time illustration in 2006.
Since then she has worked with clients from Canada, USA, Europe, Singapore and Australia on a wide variety of illustration projects. Her work has appeared in the American Illustration, Spectrum and SILA’s Illustration West, as well as several art books. She has illustrated several picture books to date, and also illustrated the short comics ‘Eidolon‘ and 'Worn' for Image comic’s Liquid City anthology.
Picture Books (Illustrator)
Julie Black Belt (2008) by Oliver Chin, Immedium Publishing
Julie Black Belt: The Belt of Fire (2013) by Oliver Chin, Immedium Publishing
Fishing with Grandma* (2016) by Susan Avingag and Maren Vsetula, Inhabit Media
Leah's Mustache Party (2016) by Nadia Mike, Inhabit Media
Akilak's Adventure* (2016) by Deborah Kigjugalik Webster, Inhabit Media
How Nivi Got Her Names (2017) by Laura Deal, Inhabit Media
* Selected for Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens Selections 2016–2017
Tully's Coffee, The Wall Street Journal, Cartamundi Cards, OWL, Chickadee, Chirp, Rubicon Publishing, Inhabit Media, Oxford University Press, Caltex, Evan Moor, Cogeco Cable, Oxford University Press, Dove, Best Health, Pearson education, Scholastic, Aga Khan Museum, HGTV Canada, Olympia Sports Camp, World Vision Canada, Coaching Association of Canada