25 Illustrations That Perfectly Capture the Joy of Living Alone as an Introvert

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to live alone, you know just how glorious it can be — especially if you’re an introvert who thrives in solitude.

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

Yaoyao Ma Van As, a painter and illustrator in Los Angeles, lived alone for eight years before getting married. She created a gorgeous series of drawings about the magic of being on her own.

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

Yaoyao, who describes herself as introverted and shy, draws inspiration for her artwork from her own experiences — and especially from times of solitude, such as when she’s exercising or listening to music.

Yaoyao Ma Van As

The 34-year-old has done background art for shows like “Rick and Morty” and “BoJack Horseman.” Unfortunately, working in the industry left little time to draw for herself.

Yaoyao Ma Van As

That’s why Yaoyao created a series about living alone — like her independent life, this artwork was all hers.

Yaoyao Ma Van As

“Whether living alone or living together, I just want people to be comfortable being with themselves,” she told Introvert, Dear.

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Her drawings often include her nonhuman “roommate” — her beloved dog Parker.

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

Because of her introversion, Yaoyao admits that she can be “pretty socially awkward” in certain situations. “That said, I also like to speak my mind when it’s necessary,” she told Introvert, Dear.

Yaoyao Ma Van As

Her drawings focus on her favorite aspects of living alone. She would often draw, take a bath, or just get lost in the moment of enjoying her own company.

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

 

Yaoyao Ma Van As

Her message for introverts? “You can express yourself in different ways, and those ways can speak just as loudly as being extroverted.”

Yaoyao Ma Van As

Also, being on your own doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, it can be just what an introvert needs.

Yaoyao Ma Van As

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  • Daniel Hua

    These pieces are so lovely! I feel that together they really give a warm feel of introversion. I decided to put these on a slideshow for my desktop wallpaper

    • Gerard Schreyer

      Good morning! Yes, I love the pics too, but how can I put them on a slideshow?

      • Daniel Hua

        Hi Gerard, I am so so sorry for the late reply! I’m going to assume you use windows 10, since it’s the most popular. Go to your settings by searching ‘settings’ in the start menu. Click on personalisation then under the menu that says Background, click slideshow. You will have to create a folder with all the pictures saved into it (save a picture by right clicking it and selecting Save image as, make sure you save it into the folder, not elsewhere.) Once you’ve created the folder with the images inside, click browse and find it. You’re all set. There are some additional options you can change. I put my slideshow to change every 10 minutes, and I recommend selecting ‘centre’ under choose a fit – as otherwise it tries to stretch the image to fill the screen which makes it look a bit wonky.

        • Gerard Schreyer

          Anyhow thanks for the answer! I`ll save it and ask my daughter who will come to see me. She knows a lot more then me. I feel lucky for she has such a busy job and lives far away

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  • Donya M Dunlap

    Beautiful! Makes me miss my independent life.

  • Stephen Welch

    Nice scenes though I submit that living with a pet isn’t really living alone. Pets are the best company and companions.

    • njguy54

      But pets won’t judge or criticize you for anything you choose to do “alone.”

      • Jason P.

        You haven’t met my cat.

        • njguy54

          At least they keep their snide remarks to themselves…

  • Bean

    I’m a single man in his 40s with a small dog that also works from home. Almost every drawing that Ms. Ma Van As represents my life with my dog (except painting my nails). Thank you for the articles.

  • Dunja Radosavljevic

    very beautiful. makes me understand my ex-partner a lot more. the one thing i would add that they are not alone, they are almost always with their pet, which could mean that they do want connection but only one that feels safe is with an animal.

  • Kalistar

    I like the dog feature and I thought I was the only one who did the hair in the bathroom thing. ugh

  • Myrrh23

    You are my Hero! :))

  • Amocide

    What I learned from this is that the girl loves her dog a little TO much.

  • GalvyGal

    OMG. This looks like absolute heaven.

  • Lucy Smith

    Can’t say how much I love this series!!!! Any chance of these coming out in a book!?!? Blissful – peace inducing images 😉

  • Yuki

    This is me. But with a cat instead 😉 Amazing, amazing art. Great post!

  • Michaela Chung

    I loved this so much! <3

  • S~~!!~~S(CHA)

    Good thing she’s apparently really hot because damn, what a slob! Shame since it looks like she’s living in some sort of palace if this is an actual depiction. These illustrations are great.

    • redwildorchid

      Apparently you didn’t see a couple drawings where she actually depicts herself cleaning. I think probably many people fall into a similiar routine, I know I do, where chaos creeps in before I get bitten by the cleaninh bý=4 ore I am extremely organised and prefer a clean (with regular deep cleaned) home, but when life gets busy those underlying habits are the safety ner

  • Per Zackrisson

    How wonderful aren’t these pieces!
    I don’t have any animals, and I don’t paint, but I totally recognise myself in the illustrations.

  • Surely It Is Well

    This is simply wonderful and made me smile.