Illustrator Perfectly Captures the Overlooked Joys of Living Alone

Yaoyao Ma Van As Benefits of Living Alone Illustrations

Known for her beautiful background paintings, Los Angeles-based artist Yaoyao Ma Van As boasts an impressive professional portfolio. In addition to her collection of commissioned work, the painter, illustrator, and “occasional animator” also creates charming personal pieces that explore the overlooked benefits of living alone.

Each playfully drawn depiction features a female figure (undeniably rendered in Ma Van As' own likeness) demonstrating the perks of single life. Predominantly set inside her colorful, cozy house, the series presents the ins-and-outs of the character's everyday life, which range from comical to heartwarming. Whether she's hovering in front of the fridge searching for a midnight snack, unashamedly making a mess, or quietly sipping coffee, the solitary subject appears happy. And, with her adorable little dog by her side, she proves that living alone doesn't necessarily mean one is lonely.

Ma Van As' delightful illustrations are rendered in the artist's distinctive style and characteristically colorful palette. If, like us, you love this aesthetic, you can purchase a print of most of her empowering pieces through her online shop.

Through her charming illustrations, Los Angeles-based artist Yaoyao Ma Van As presents the benefits of living alone.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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