AOI Mentorship Scheme 2023: Meet Taylor Yingshi

The 2023 AOI Mentorship scheme is fully underway, and we are proud to introduce and champion this year’s mentees in a new series of interviews. A free program first introduced in 2020, this initiative champions a select group of 22 underrepresented illustrators, empowering them with dedicated support and guidance in the course of six months.

Taylor Yingshi is an Illustrator based in the US, paired with mentor and Illustrator Matt Murphy. Continue reading to learn how her mentorship is going so far, her key takeaways from the experience, and much more.


What does being part of the AOI Mentorship mean to you?

I love my job as an illustrator not only because I get to draw every day, but also because I have the privilege of interfacing with a wide gamut of fellow artists whose unique perspectives and stories fuel my creative engine. Coming from an immigrant background I strive to share these important, unconventional narratives.

I avidly support the AOI Mentorship Scheme’s dedication to proliferating diverse talent across this industry. It’s an honor to be part of this initiative.


How has the mentorship helped you tackle your goals? In what way(s) has your mentor supported you?

My mentor, Matt Murphy, is an incredible illustrator who has helped me address a whole laundry list of questions. Through our meetings, I have developed a more solid understanding of how to secure an agent, negotiate with clients, and market myself. 

One goal I have for this mentorship is to acquire an interesting, creatively fulfilling editorial job — and I think I’m on my way.


I avidly support the AOI Mentorship Scheme’s dedication to proliferating diverse talent across this industry. It’s an honor to be part of this initiative.”
– Taylor Yingshi


What has been a key moment or takeaway from the mentorship so far?

On our second meeting, Matt and I discussed his journey into illustration. Seeing the zigzagged path he took and the hard work he’s put in really galvanized me to keep chipping away at the dream.

I’m also so thankful for his patient responses to my email barrages!


Thank you Taylor for taking the time to give us this interview. See more of her work on her website and instagram.

Keep checking our Mentorship section to meet more mentees!

Learn more about the AOI Mentorship and our 2023 Mentors.

The AOI Mentorship scheme is one of many initiatives offered by us. Find out more about membership today.


31st July 2023
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