life in vancouver, illustrated
One of the first friends I made here is Angeline. We have a lot in common: We're both from South-east Asia, our husbands are both pastors in the making, and we enjoy being creative. Her gift: illustration, calligraphy and custom portraits (check out her Instagram account @teaylormade).
One of her most popular works of art comprise a series of comics featuring her experiences in Vancouver. These hand-drawn images are filled with humour and irony, and they never fail to make me chuckle. I'm overjoyed that she's agreed to share them on this blog :)
View some of my favourite picks below, and find out more about Angeline's style of art and what inspires her!
Hi, Angeline! Describe your style of art in three words.
"Cute (I think I have made my peace with this word), clean, and warm."
What has life in Vancouver been like for you?
"Life has been an emotional rollercoaster ride. Six months ago, I arrived in a foreign land with no friends, no work permit, no income and nothing familiar. I often felt insecure, inferior and intimidated. I needed a way to release my anxiety and talk about my feelings, so I started drawing about my struggles living here as a newcomer (with a little bit of humour). As cliche as it may sound, my drawings saved me. I started having conversations with people because they could relate to my drawings. My friends and family back home felt more connected, because they got to know more about my life here through my drawings. I started to have more conversations with myself too. Slowly, the fact that I am now living in a new place with a new community has sunk in. I certainly feel more settled and at home in Vancouver now. We are safely sheltered in a tiny apartment we now call home, doing life with strangers we now call friends, and we've braved through failures we now call lessons learned. God has been very, very, very good."
What do you enjoy most about living in Vancouver?
"Definitely the space and time to do what I love - art! Although no one restricted me from doing so back home, somehow I was always held back from exploring my creativity in full. Over here, I had a four-month window to do whatever I wanted to do while waiting for my work permit to get approved. So I signed up for continuing study courses in Emily Carr University, one of the best art and design universities in Canada.
I created my own art brand TeaylorMade on my 31st birthday, and participated as a vendor in a Christmas Artisan Market for the first time in my life! Since then, I have been drawing portraits for clients and even shipped an order to the U.S. I would not have been able to experience any of these if had stayed in Malaysia and continued my routine life in my comfort zone."
What do you want people to feel when they see your art?
"People often tell me that my art makes them feel warm and happy. I want people to see the world with a childlike heart: To always believe, always trust, always hope and always love."
What are some artists' Instagram accounts you’re obsessed with right now and why?
"I love the characters @mimochai creates, her creative storytelling and her ever-inspiring dreams. @anneliesdraws shows me endless possibilities with colour pencils, the colours she uses and the importance of tiny little details. @mizutamahanco's account is clean, cute and full of fun illustrations and stationery to ogle at. And @heikala has amazing watercolour skills - her drawings are full of detail."
View more of Angeline's comics on her personal Instagram @angelineteay, and her works at @teaylormade.