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.
Cafe: I don't like coffee
Art Equipment/Tool: watercolour, pen
Food: nothing special
Drink: red dates