Chia Ying Lin is an illustrator, visual designer, vegan and nature lover. She likes to draw people’s life in her little corner and makes self-published zines besides her working time.

Chia Ying Lin

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We asked Chia a few questions about her work...

What is your favourite illustration that you have ever done? Why did you make it?

Still to this day, I still really like the series “Orlando” I made four years ago which was a visual narrative focusing on feminism. During this time, I started to read about feminist issues and wanted to immerse my concerns into my art work. Back then, I was still at university so I had

I didn't think too much about it at the beginning. I just made pictures and paintings into postcards and sold them on the street. I slowly encountered more opportunities and started to go to the market or some cafes, and also took on hand-painted designs. I am still very surprised I am able to survive this way, I am so thankful for this


What feelings do you often wish to express in your art work?

Expressing deep feelings. Some of them are about movies, some through poetry, and some feelings are from stories in my life. I believe that something that helps me can definitely help others. So I use painting as a tool to present the message I wish to express.


You used to be a vegan chef, do you think working in the kitchen ever influences your art work? Can you compare the two processes of producing something for people to enjoy?


I feel that the two help each other, and the common point is I express both of them through using my hands. I like cooking, but I have always found the rhythm of the restaurant difficult to adapt to. After I started painting, I found that it made me happier and more creative with my cooking, so I think of the two mutually.


You will be drawing caricatures  at our art market, can you describe your method of drawings others? What features do you tend to look at first and what kind of interaction do you usually have with your sitter/model?


I will present the lines I see by observing their characteristics, and I will colour if necessary. I hope to pass blessings through this process. If they do not have time to sit, I can simply take of photograph of them so they can go off and see other things at the market and then come back later to collect their caricature.