We are very proud to be representing Mae, an illustrator based in China. Our fluent English speaking Chinese agent Tianyin who is based in Shanghai, is on hand to guide and assist you through every stage of the commissioning process, so delivering first class commissions to tight deadlines is easy. Mae graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2003, she began work as a character designer in Sichuan, China; she then decided to embrace her love of illustration and has been working as a full-time children's illustrator since 2007. Mae uses traditional media, pencil and watercolour to create texture and light within her enchanting illustrations.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Mae: When I was a child, I like the Japanese comic book very much, and I think it’ll be the happiest thing is to be a comic book artist. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Mae: I entered Sichuan Art College to learn oil painting, two years. Question: Where are you originally from? Mae: I come from Chongqing China, the city’s full of mountains. The city is built on the hill, and it’s different from other cities. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Mae: I live in Chongqing now, close to friends and family. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Mae: My living room. Question: Describe the view from your studio window? Mae: There is a big banana tree out of my window, and many birds, my cat is always excited when she sees them flying. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Mae: It’s hard to say, sometime it’ll be a song, a photo or the snippet from a movie, sometimes it’ll be some funny action from my cat and dogs.
Question: Do you collect anything? Mae: Some games and movies, puppets and stamps. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Mae: To illustrate children's picture books and fairy tales. Question: Who is/are your art hero/es? Mae: Miyazaki Hayao, Joe Hisaishi, Zhiyong Chen. Question: Who is/are your musical hero/es? Mae: Joe Hisaishi. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Mae: I couldn’t imagine what else I can do except painting. Question: Do you have any pets? Mae: I got one cat and two dogs. Question: If you won the lottery what would you do with the money? Mae: Buy a big house within a big lawn, and my dogs could have fun there, or travelling. Question: If you could travel back in time, who would be the one person you would want to meet? Mae: My Grandpa, I loved his stories. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if your were painting their portrait? Mae: My dogs and my cat.