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.
I’d love to hear from you!
Recipes By Liv Wan
I created this "Abstract Tropical Fruit" pattern for a online course assignment. Abstract art is always give me headache but I decided to use my favourite tropical fruits as inspiration to create this fun and juicy pattern. :)
I created this delicious, hot and spicy Mexican food pattern illustration for a competition. I would be very happy if one day I can see my food illustration in a cookbook! Perhaps a Mexican food cook book! :D
I learnt this delicious ox cheek pie recipe from my mother in law over the Easter holiday this year. She is amazing cook and she taught me so many traditional British cuisine. If you like some comfort food you must try this ox cheek pie.