Yu Chiao is an illustrator from Taiwan

Yu Chiao is an illustrator from Taiwan. Currently based in Cambridge. Yu Chiao loves to create different characters and take explorations into different techniques. She likes to play with acrylic paints and collages to create a dynamic and fun story! Mono-prints also play an important part in her illustration.

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When did you start illustrating?

I started drawing when I was little. I can still remember when I was 6 or 7, all of the blank areas of my books were full of my sketches!

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?

Definitely everyone I knew in the Children’s Book Illustration course! I studied my MA course at Anglia Ruskin University and met a lot of great illustrators who were willing to share. I got so much good advice to elevate my drawing skills and a lot of inspiration and opportunities!

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

Yes, I do think so. I was always drawing and keep learning more about it. I am very lucky to have art as a major part in my life.

What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

Animals and natural scenery were my favourite subjects to draw! I was born in the countryside so I am really related to those subjects!

How would you describe your style?

My drawings are childlike, fresh, and delicate. I always try to explore different techniques with thin pencil lines and I like to different muted colour palettes to express different emotions.

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

I love Miyazaki Hayao a lot! I can watch the films from Ghibli Studios all day! I admired all the settings and different worlds view from those movies.

If you have any questions or a specific project in mind, please do get in touch: [email protected]

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