Taiwan Treat Packaging Design and Illustrations

Taiwan Treat Packaging Design and Illustrations

This summer I was commissioned by a San Francisco food company “Taiwan Treat” to illustrate their new food packaging. Taiwan Treat, just to give you a little information, is a subscription based food service. You pay a monthly fee and a box of food arrives, quite cool.

My client sells delicious Taiwanese snacks, tea and treats, so initial ideas were based upon and inspired by Taiwanese culture and attractions. So I illustrated the front of the box as well the inside of the box.

So for the front of the box, I illustrated Taiwan’s night markets, the 1010 building, The Red house theatre, Presidential office, tea culture, mountain, pearl milk tea / bubble tea, hot springs…etc. The whole image is colourful but not too over the top. It also stands out and is full of Taiwanese culture. You may not know what’s inside the box but you will at least know that it’s related to Taiwan.

For the inside-the-box illustration, my client wanted me to illustrate some fun and cute characters. I decided to depict Native Taiwanese (also know as the indigenous peoples of Taiwan) children wearing their traditional costumes while playing and feeding a Formosan black bear with some Taiwanese snacks. I’m sure I don’t need to mention don’t try feeding a bear but if you see one, don’t, run!

I decided to use native Taiwanese children as part of the main characters as I’ve always been fascinated by the native tribe culture. There’s a “Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Cultural Park” in Pingtung which I have visited a couple times and it’s extremely fascinating. Also when I was around 8 or 9 years old I wen to a Native Taiwanese culture camp and just loved their culture and stories. So I decided to create my characters based on the biggest tribe called “Amis” and to illustrate those kids wearing Amis’s costumes and hair pieces.

I also decided to illustrate a Formosan black bear because bears are one of my favourite animals to illustrate and can look very cute. Formosan black bears were voted the most representative wildlife of Taiwan in 2001 and even now you can still see a lot of Taiwan souvenir’s and materials that use Formosan black bears as the main character.

Over the last six months I’ve been commissioned with a lot of food packaging illustrations and designs and I really love this kind of project. So if you need an illustrator to illustrate and design your food packaging or you need someone to draw something for you, I’d love to hear from you.

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Edinburgh Illustration Postcards

Edinburgh Illustration Postcards

I have lived in Edinburgh for over 6 years now and I still feel like a tourist sometimes. I feel like I’m on an interesting journey most of the time. So I created two illustrations from two of my favourites places in Edinburgh. One is the Shore which is full of barges, great looking buildings, great bars and even better restaurants. So I illustrated a small section of the shore for exhibition at Hula Juice Bar and Gallery. But I hope in the future I can illustrate more parts of the Shore.

Me and my husband Chris often thinking about wish one day can live in this area. But as more and more tourists visit Edinburgh, also, more and more foreign students study and live in the city centre. We found the price of live in the city centre are getting impossible for us to live. So Edinburgh city centre is really beautiful but it’s really only for the tourists. Poor local like us have to move quite far out and comes to Edinburgh city centre during weekend for “visit or tour”.

The other area I illustrated is Canongate Kirk. I’ve always found Canongate Kirk is like a building from a fairytale. I have visited this place a few times throughout the different seasons but my favourite season at Canongate Kirk is the spring when the cherry blossom blooms. The top of the building has a unique shape and when the cherry blossom blooms it gives the whole scene a romantic feel.

With the cherry blossom giving the whole scene a romantic feel I also illustrated a young couple kissing under the tree. I just tried to give the whole illustration a “loved up” feeling. I always like illustrating “happiness” as I really feel like is too short to focus on depressing, horrible and cold things. I wish to bring happiness to people who see my illustrations and to hopefully put a smile on their faces.

edinburgh canongate kirk illustration

So the actual postcards print out look like the photo below: 

Edinburgh Beehive Inn Illustrated Review

Edinburgh Beehive Inn Illustrated Review

This is one of my personal projects from 2013. The idea was to illustrate one of my favourite local pubs and make three double spreads to introduce the history, atmosphere, food and drink of this pub. I choose the Beehive Inn for several reasons with the first being the location. So I created this Edinburgh Beehive Inn illustrated Review.

Beehive Inn is located in Grassmarket in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. I also chose this pub as Chris had been here before for a client meeting and he said it had a real country pub feeling, something he really loves (he’s a country boy at heart). The other was for the food. Chris said the food looked excellent and the food really was excellent. I had fish and chips and Chris had a steak pie and both were absolutely delicious. Importantly also the Beehive Inn has a large beer garden, something which every pub should have.

I also did some research about this pub and found out Prince Charles had eaten here before. Finally the pub has regular comedy shows and the staff were all really friendly to me (trust me, a lot of places in Edinburgh aren’t friendly to me at least).

It was great fun illustrating the Beehive Inn and it’s making me think maybe in the future I can expand on this project to introduce more locations in Edinburgh and make a full illustrated travel guide of Edinburgh.

 

Illustrated introduction of Edinburgh Beehive Inn History

Prince Charles Beehive Inn Pub Food

Edinburgh Beer Garden Pub and comedy show

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