Work samples

  • Bloom_KiranJoan.gif
    Bloom is a series of explorative motion illustrations that explore themes of femininity, religion, and sexuality. Through subtle movements the illustrations aim to not only evoke feelings of softness and sensitivity but also use nature as a teacher of life lessons. Please click on the image to see it animate!
  • Garden of Love
    Garden of Love takes from William Blake's poem, which argues the religious rules placed on people. This piece is an assortment of sculptures inspired by series of nature illustrations I created in 2021.
  • Politico
    Editorial Illustration for Politico on 'Could COVID-19 finally end hunger in America'
  • Self Love
    A personal piece exploring unique shapes of sex toys reimagined in a large open garden.

About Kiran

Baltimore City

Kiran Joan is a Baltimore-based illustrator whose magical worlds are influenced by a mix of cultures she grew up in, Oman, India, and the US. She graduated from the MFA Illustration Practice Program at Maryland Institute College of Art and went on to work with publications like The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News and more.

Editorial Assignments

  • New York Times
    Editorial Illustration for the New York Times on ‘How to teach a little girl to love her skin’ a heartfelt piece by Wajahat Ali.
  • Politico
    Editorial Illustration for Politico on 'Could COVID-19 finally end hunger in America'
  • LaTimes
    The best backpacking snacks can be found at your local Asian market. AD Taylor Lee 2022
  • LA Times
    Miso Soup illustration for the LA Times
  • Aquila Children's Magazine
    Editorial illustration of The Villa of Papyri
  • HuffPost
    Editorial Illustration for HuffPost on funerary practices. As concerns mount about the environmental impact of conventional burial and cremation, people are turning to alternative “green” death care practices.
  • Bob Ross
    Editorial Illustration for Nightingale Magazine by the Datavizualisation Society.

Garden of Love

Garden of Love is an explorative series of animations and illustrations. The title takes from William Blake's poem, which argues the religious rules placed on people.

Using interviews and research on how people navigate around these rules, this illustration project works as a method of manifesting love allowing people to embrace joy, desire, and community - both natural and important.

Through subtle movements, the illustrations aim to not only evoke feelings of softness and sensitivity but also use nature as a teacher of life lessons.
  • Garden of Love
    Garden of Love takes from William Blake's poem, which argues the religious rules placed on people. This piece is an assortment of sculptures inspired by series of nature illustrations I created in 2021.
  • Lajja
    Lajja meaning shame in Kannada (a south Indian language), is a ceramic sensual flower that further explores desire in a three dimensional format. This ceramic structure hangs between the virtual and real world.
  • Lajja
  • Self Love
    A personal piece exploring unique shapes of sex toys reimagined in a large open garden.
  • Fountain Lady
    2ft high sculpture of a wobbly lady Media: ceramic
  • Mugs
    Collection of mugs sold at local stores in Baltimore city
  • Eden

Lamplighter Brewing Company

Illustration for Cambridge-based brewery. ‘Steep Dreams’ with sleepy-time flavors of English-style Golden Ale Earl Grey Tea and Vanilla. 
  • Steep Dreams Golden Ale with Earl Grey Tea
  • Original Image for the packaging
  • Steep Dreams for Golden Ale with Earl Grey and Vanilla
  • Steep Dreams Golden Ale with Earl Grey Tea
  • Illustration with packaging design

PMS Exhibtion

Gif for Curated Online Exhibition  Oh My PMS! @ohmy.pms curated by Meltem Sahin.
The illustration is a take on the myth (and lived experience) that pheromones or other factors can influence and shift periods for women who live together.