An Illustrator’s Mind


The Illustrator & Designer Who Creates Captivating Work All From His Imagination – Fu Chunqiang

Drawing or sketching often starts when we see an image and wish to replicate it. Sometimes we just see where our imagination takes us and create something completely unexpected. Beijing local Fu Chunqiang started to do the latter when he was just four years old.

“I began to copy some images out of fairy books, picture books, and whatever I could get my hands on. I simply picked up the pen and went for it. Later this year I will be twenty-eight, so it’s been twenty-four years I’ve been doing this basic form of painting, every day since. Painting is an expression to me, I like to capture ideas, stories, experiences, and sentiment through the medium of pen and paper, to record it so other people can see what is inside my mind.”

Fu Chunqiang is an independent designer and illustrator. I asked how he describes his own creative process: “My creative process is divided into two areas. The first is if you take the business illustrations list, then I will be rigorous in accordance with the sketch, hook the line, the light hatching, picturing the big relationship, the screen details, and so on. The second is my personal creativity, and sometimes my creations are very casual, not a draft, and is directly from the picture in my mind, pushing the boundaries of painting. Sometimes we simply make a pencil, and then slowly create from it.”

I wondered what tools Fu uses to make the drawings: “My creations are all hand painted or drawn. I like to use a lot of hand-painting tools, such as a pen, needle pen, beauty pen, color pencil, solid watercolor, color needle pen, watercolor pen, and so on. Different tools can draw and create different effects. According to their own aesthetic, I always wish to show the effect and style, to choose a different tool for each piece.”

For examples of inspiration, Fu chose Dürer: “I like Dürer, I like his work, especially. It’s rigorous, delicate, rich in detail. When I was in school, I had some works of Dürer.”

With over 24 years of experience, I asked what advice would he give his younger self? “If you like painting, I suggest that the first step is to copy. Copy a lot of peoples work to accumulate skills and experience. Draw every day then slowly over the years you will adhere strong hand painting skills, then you will be more relaxed when you do bigger projects.”

Finally, I asked what plans he has for the future: “My plans for the future are to carry on with what I am doing, to be more free and relaxed. And to paint everyday still and carry on to self-teach myself design, calligraphy, painting. I wish to be more efficient and more creative with my work and to carry on pushing myself.”

Fu’s work is superbly detailed and very well constructed, juxtaposing different objects within the frame of his work. With every day that passes, Fu’s skill and imagination will grow and continue to develop, and it’ll be interesting to see how his work progresses in future.

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