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

My inspirations come from my daily life, so subconsciously I started to depict myself in my illustrations.

Where do you find inspiration to draw?

 

I often find inspiration  from my encounters, whether its moments with my friends, strangers, news, dreams and exhibitions etc., all kinds of things are my source of inspiration.

 

You have only been drawing for two years now, what made you take up this hobby and how have you managed to refine a very particular style in such a short amount of time?

In the beginning, in order to stop taking up a new hobby and then doing it halfhearted, I challenged myself to post illustrations on Instagram continuously for 30 days. Gradually, I got used to doing it. After a period of time and from receiving positive support and feedback from my close and unfamiliar friends, it urged me to create more and better drawings.

At the beginning when I had no idea about drawing, I surfed on the internet for images to inspire me and turn it into my spectacular illustrations with poignant meaning.

 

How has your work and style changed over these two years? How did you decide ‘this is it, this is the style that I want to keep as White Eyes Mumu for now’?

 

At first, I drew with watercolour, but it took more time and was difficult to juggle with working late. In order to sleep earlier, I changed the colourful style into black and white. The change made me draw quicker and meant I could draw anywhere, even while I was commuting! This simultaneously improved the quality of my life and increased the detail in my illustrations.

 

By day you work as an interior designer, in your most recent drawings you have started to included buildings and architecture in your work, do you think this has anything to do with your day job?

 

Honestly, there's no direct relationship between my job and my illustration. Most of the time, I just want to record the moment with the environment. For example, on my birthday this year, I drew the restaurant because I wanted to vividly depict the delicious meal and nice atmosphere with friends.