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1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I’m from China and I’m an independent illustrator. I grew up in an ordinary small mountain village but I like it very quietly and naturally. I am the only person in the family who is engaged in art-related work. Because I love it, I will always stick to it.



2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

My illustrations are composed of lines of pencil drawn as flat patches of color, usually with delicate details and rich colors. I do not like to paint the facial features of people. I think emotions can be felt from the screen.


3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Gouache, acrylic and digital (pencil brushes). I like the texture of the combination of acrylic and gouache, they can be combined with each other and produce very rich changes. The pencil can show a very delicate picture. This is my style.


4. What is your artistic process like?

When I have an inspiration and picture in my head, I will draw drafts on the computer and modify the composition. Then I think about color, color is a very important part of my illustration and it determines the effect of its final presentation, so I will spend a lot of time to choose colors.


5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Photos, movies, life, and travel can all give me a lot of inspiration. Wonderful nature is my biggest source of inspiration. My family and friends have always given me the strongest support.



6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

I’m complete with art. My eyes, brains, and hands are always depicting my life. It can show everything in the world and even create new life.


7. Where did you study?

I didn’t really study at the art school. For illustration, I am 100% self-educated. I learnt by practicing, self exploration.This is a never-ending process.

我并没有真正在艺术学院学习。 就插图而言,我是100%自学的。 我通过练习,自我探索。这是一个永无止境的过程。

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to start a small illustration exhibition and try to draw more series of illustrations. There is a distinct and independent style on the illustration.


9. What about in ten?

I want to combine my own illustrations and products and create my own design brand that will allow the illustration to be integrated into my life. Hope more people love painting!


10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I hope it can convey warmth and give people strength.



11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

My father grows fresh seasonal vegetables fruits and meals cooked by my family.


12. Favourite book?

This is difficult to choose. When I come across a new book, I may find many new things. The student’s time,i was like Mr. Lu Xun’s book, the poems of Hai Zi and Gu Cheng very much and also contacted the national masterpieces. The best book for me right now draws me from the beginning and looks back as if there was a magical world waiting for me.


13. Favourite genre of music?

Different genres except heavy metal. Favorite concerts change with mood.


14. What are your hobbies?

Travelling, photography, painting, hiking and camping out in nature, reading,Hand-made related to painting


15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

I think I would be a farmer, I like planting and nature, hahahaha~