taiwanese-style

“She soars through the clouds.”

Kaitlyn Liao - prismacolor pencils, pen and ink, collage

There’s a silent peace in the tragedies
Water washes clean, until they’re dry 
Turn your shattered dreams into rhapsodies
——
I need you to be free.

So this is where I leave you 
Sitting in a palace covered in gold inside my head. 

“Palace” Hayley Kiyoko


[ CHINESE TRANSLATION → ENGLISH ]

LEFT PAGE
身在梦里 → My body is stuck in a dream.
想走出去 → I want to walk (come) out.

RIGHT PAGE
云开雾散 → The clouds part, fog disperses.
飞到天上→ I fly to the sky.


Final Notes: This is the finished piece for my giveaway winner, @min-kah. 😊 I wanted to explore Kaitlyn’s personal journey from The Freshman to the Sophomore; to evoke the freedom and confidence that our gal emerged with. I had a lot of fun using traditional Chinese/Taiwanese art styles and writing Mandarin phrases (shoutout to my parents!) to match the symbolism. 

I hope you all love it as much as I enjoyed making it! Kaitlyn lovers, I hope I did your girl justice. 💞

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Pang Jiun (龎均) (1936, China/Taiwan)

Pang Jiun is a Chinese painter resident in Taiwan. An earlier exemplar of western influence in Chinese art, his painting with oils reveals his influence of Impressionism and Fauvism, but usually portraying traditional themes in Chinese landscape painting.

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Food porn post.

Food court food. Noms. Japanese rice bowls are always the best in Taiwan. I don’t think I’ve had a bad one yet. At all. Taiwanese style Japanese food. 忠孝復興站。

Old fashioned grilled sandwich and a red milk tea / black milk tea near the NIA. Had to take care of some errands and my cousin took me here. The sandwich was hearty and the milk tea hit the spot. They have an English menu too. I didn’t catch the name but according to my cousin, this restaurant is a franchise and it’s also located inside a mall with lines for days…??? They have various sandwich options and meals. 小南門站。

Nola - Western food restaurant located very close to my current living space. It’s got that soul food element, which is super nice bc the taste mimics US standards. I love waffles. I also found it quite hilarious how alcohol and coffee beans are kept so close to each other. 象山站。

Info Meme!!

I was tagged by sepiidae!

  • Name: It’s pretty easy to figure out! 
  • Nicknames: Minty 
  • Birthday: March 11
  • Gender: F
  • Sexuality: food  
  • Height: 5’2…..-3”? 
  • Time zone: UTC - 05:00
  • What time and date is it there: 12:35 PM, Sept 1. (It’s now 1:00 because I’ve been slacking on this) 
  • Average hours of sleep I get a night: 7-8 hours, getting good sleep is so important to me!
  • Last thing I googled was: “lao beijing yogurt” because I have been seeing posters for these things plastered all over the place. It just tastes like regular yogurt but seems like a good summer refreshment. 
  • Most used Phrase(s): “IT’S ALMOST FRIDAY” is my new mantra
  • First word that comes to mind: "food" 
  • One place that makes me happy and why: GROCERY STORES AND MARKETPLACES….lmao I can get lost in one for hours and not buy anything, there is something magical about being in a place that you may or may not leave with goodies. 
  • How many blankets I sleep under: One plus a cat for a footrest/warmer. 
  • Favorite beverage(s): Taiwanese style milk tea (y).  
  • Last movie I watched in the cinema: I thiiink it was HTTYD2? 
  • Three things I can’t live without: food, my sketchbook, indoor plumbing.  
  • A piece of advice to all my followers: Don’t fret about if you need fancy materials or programs to make great art - a pencil and paper and a little bit of time will do wonders for you if you allow it to. Also, references and studies, so important!! Everyone’s art starts off looking like poop, there is no way around this so no need to rush it. 
  • You all have to listen to this song: Vance Joy- Riptide has been my jam lately.

OKAY TIME TO TAG PEOPLE: I’m very lazy with this so if you guys find it fun to do go right ahead and info away!