When looking through Yukai Du’s portfolio, one thing is clear: her style is the first thing that shines through. And a glance at her client list tells you that the likes of Adobe, The Guardian and Facebook seem to agree. Dynamic, lightly flecked and full of colour, it’s an aesthetic the animator and illustrator attributes to her moving to London from China six years ago. “My mum sent me to learn drawing and Chinese painting when I was four years old, so I started really, really early” she tells us. While her early classes influenced her understanding of tone and composition, in China, Yukai opted to study animation in order to acquire a skillset she felt would make her more employable. But keen to discover new inspirations, she enrolled on an MA at Central Saint Martins shortly after graduating. She reflects on her path, the importance of self-promotion and her experience of living and working in London.