Vancouver-based, Singaporean-American Illustrator Laan Cham grew up in a small town in New Jersey in a biracial and international household. From a very young age, she encountered and was encouraged to explore various cultures and different ways of thinking. One day, when her Dad came home from work, he told her that he found a film that she just had to watch: Princess Mononoke. From this point, she was forever in love with the art of storytelling. The concept that anything and everything was possible with such beautiful navigation was mind-blowing. She found the magic of animation to be endless, so she continued down that road. Her notebooks were paved with sketches of stories yet untold and held surprises behind every page. Eventually, this led her to further her love of drawing stories by getting a degree in animation.
Having grown up in an international household, she was inspired to take the leap and work abroad. So after completing her Masters, she traveled halfway around the world and worked as an editor on children’s cartoon shows and later traveled again to work as an editor in live-action films. The travels she did and the people she met helped shape not only her mind but also her drawings. She realized that there was always certain magic in stories made for children. These stories are timeless and meant just as much for adults as they are for children. Her love of drawing cute characters, unspoken magic, and vibrant colors drove her down her current path as an illustrator, where she continues to illustrate stories yet to be told.