photo credit: Jordi Busque
Hi there!  I’m Delphine Lee, an illustrator and artist based in Washington DC.   

Since 2017 I’ve been working as a full-time freelance illustrator. However, my path here was not a straight one. I studied fashion design in Parsons, and worked as a sweater designer in NYC for years until I decided to dive in fully to pursue my passion for art and illustration. I have been drawing all my life so the transition felt natural and organic.  

What really gets me going is creating images that encourage empathy through a careful navigation of humor and sensitivity to make stuff of life a bit more palatable and enjoyable. I also love to draw people’s faces!

In my free time I like to make things. I still love to work with textiles, making clothes from scratch, working with natural dyes, and embroidering silly things. I also love to try out new recipes I gather from my travels around the world. I’m at my most content self when surrounded by nature with a good book and a cup of hot coffee. With a sketchbook handy, of course!  

I would love to work with you!
Drop me a message here:


info (at) delphinelee (dot) com

Select Clients

  • The Washington Post
  • AARP
  • Desert Companion
  • Lonely Planet
  • George Washington
  • The Tampa Bay Times
  • Colgate University
  • University of North Carolina
  • The Boston Globe
  • INC
  • Discover
  • Believer Magazine
  • YES! Magazine
  • Rotman Management
  • Georgia Tech
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Smithsonian
  • NPR
  • Buzzfeed
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • Southern Foodways Alliance
  • Bucknell University
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