Liv WanEdinburgh, Midlothian, GB
I’m a designer and illustrator who’s based in Edinburgh, UK, who has a thing about beautiful colours, bold and whimsical illustrations and patterns. I like to cheer people up with my illustrations and I hope to bring joy and happiness to my viewers through my illustrations and designs.
I like to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create illustrations but my illustrations always have a “hand-drawn” style. I find working digitally allows me to really express myself but my illustrations don’t necessarily look digital. I create all my textures myself using traditional mediums.
My inspiration. I was originally born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan then I lived in Shanghai for a year in 2006 before moving to the UK mid 2007. So you can say my inspiration is a bit of “East meets West” but coming from a Far Eastern background but living in the West for over a decade really helps me to generate ideas. I love to travel and I see travelling as one of my greatest sources of inspiration.
Before I turned my career around to be a professional illustrator I worked as a professional chef for many years and in a number of high-end restaurants but after my daughter arrived I wanted to spend a lot more time with my family. So I spent five years studying and just a couple years ago I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) with a BA(Hons) in Illustration.
If you really look through my website you’ll see a lot of my illustrations are food based. I have been really lucky to be able to combine my vast food knowledge with my illustrations. To date I’ve had two traditional cookbooks published; Home Made Taiwanese Cooking and Home Made Chinese Cooking, but in 2015 I published my first illustrated cookbook with the popular “They Draw and Cook” website. I’ve also illustrated for a Foodies Festival and I’ve been involved with food packaging design, most notable for Lee’s foods who’s products are in most supermarkets in the UK.
If you’d like to learn more about me, would like to enquire about a commission or you’d even like to collaborate, or even if you just want to say hi, then get in touch via the contact form on this website.
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Maps By Liv Wan
Edinburgh is a special place to me because it's my second "home". I've been living in Edinburgh for 12 years and 3 months now and so many sweet and sour memories happened in this beautiful city and shockingly I have never illustrated anything about Edinburgh before. That's why I decided to illustration this beautiful city as my second entry for this competition. I use to working in one of restaurant in this map for 4 and half years as a professional chef before I turned my career into professional illustrator. My first Children's menu commission job was commissioned by one of the most delicious burger restaurant in Edinburgh and it's also in this map. All the locations I decided to illustrated in this map are my favourite location in Edinburgh. Maybe one day when you have chance to visit Edinburgh you can use my map as guide!
I visited Chiang Mai Thailand last December and I just instantly fall in love with this beautiful and relaxing city. I love the mountains, the trees, elephants, food and shopping! I use yellow as my main colour as the colour of yellow reminded me my favourite noodle soup from Chiang Mai: Khao soui (Curry noodle soup). I love illustrate map because it bring back the happy and beautiful memories if the subject is the country or city I've visited before or give me hope and expectation if the subject is the country I've never visited before.
I'm working on a zine project which is introduce some of the best restaurants, bakery and cafe in Edinburgh. This illustration is first one of this zine I'm working on. Also my first submission for They draw and travel