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about liv wan illustration
liv wan illustration office
liv wan illustration office
liv wan illustration office
liv wan illustration office
liv wan illustration office
liv wan illustration office

Hello There!

I’m a designer and illustrator based in west London and I love creating all kinds of illustrated designs with lots of colour and fun. 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. I spent five years studying to become an illustrator, first at Edinburgh College where I did an HND in Illustration, followed by a full degree from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) with a BA(Hons) in Illustration.

As of late 2022, I have moved to west London where I’m really looking to expand my business with hand-crafted markets and hopefully pick up more London-based clients.

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 whose products are in most supermarkets in the UK.

But I don’t only specialise in food illustrations. I’ve worked with a few well-known clients including Snapchat, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Edinburgh Zoo, and all kinds of other customers ranging from individuals to large agencies.

When I’m not working I love gardening, watching horror movies, and eating/cooking delicious food. My studio is basically a little cozy cubby hole in my kitchen and this is why I named my shop “The Illustrated Kitchen”.

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.

I’d love to hear from you!


What kind of media do you use?

For most projects I hand draw everything initially then trace into Adobe Illustrator where I do all of my line work and colouring. Everything is then finished in Photoshop complete with textures. I find working digitally gives me the ultimate control and any changes can be made relatively easy and quick.

What is your turnaround for work?
As quick as possible but in total honesty it depends on my workloads and the complexity of the project. For example if you just want a single image that’s quite simple with a possible one or two changes then you will be looking at just a few days. However if you’re creating an animation that needs dozens or hundreds of elements to illustrate then this will naturally take a lot longer. You’re best asking this when contacting me.

How do you supply the final images and in what format?

Unless requested in another format, 99% of my work is provided via Dropbox and file types are agreed per clients.

What is your style?
Bold, colourful, fun and often with some humour. I like to work with strong images that will make the audience smile. That’s how I like my personal work to look but I’m quite adaptable.

Are you willing to work in other styles?

No. I have my style and I have worked with hundreds of different clients due to my style. If you’re not sure about my style, I’m afraid I’m not the right person for you.

What do you charge for illustrations?

Prices are dependent on a huge range of factors, including size of project, complexity of the project, usage rights and so much more. All commissions go through my agent but do get in contact to discuss.

Can you provide prints?

Sure. I make and sell thousands of products every year so can provide prints for projects.

Do you make any products?

This website is almost all about my shop. I handmade posters, postcards, jigsaw puzzles, stickers, keychains and tote bags. I also sell washi tapes, keychains and ornaments.

Who are your big influences?

There are a lot of “illustrators” that I really like but a few that really standout are Steve Simpson, Benji Davies, Meomi (Octonauts) and Marc Boutavant.


Shortlisted 2018 Hiii Illustration International Competition

2018 Ijungle International Illustration Competition Self-Promotion Merit

2019 No.16 3×3 International Illustration Professional Show Self-Promotion Honour

3×3 International Illustration Picture Book Show 2014 Honorable Mention

3×3 International Illustration Student Show 2014 Merit

2015 Adobe Design Achievement Award Semi-finalist


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