Wish we could post all the work of Chinese illustrator Oamul Lu but unfortunately space is limited. The Xiamen-based artist works primarily in paints and watercolors but has also dabbled in animation and hand-carved sculptures. We love the simplicity and innocent quality of his illustrations depicting a lot of what he has seen, heard and experienced in daily life. In an interview on Medium he says this about his background and illustration influences:
â€œI always liked drawing when I was younger, but I had no idea it was something I could do full-time. I didnâ€™t even know the word for â€œillustratorâ€ (æ’ç”»å®¶) when I started! My only official training comes from those run-of-the-mill art classes in high schoolâ€Šâ€”â€Šthe kind where you learn basic watercolors and sketching, and then there are tests.â€
â€œI studied interior design in college, and it wasnâ€™t until after I graduated and moved to Xiamen that I ended up befriending a lot of illustrators and started to draw again.â€
â€œA friend told me that my work was good enough to maybe earn money off of, so I just started trying it out. Eventually, publishers started contacting me and asking to put my work in magazines. In 2014, I quit my job and started illustrating full-time.â€
â€œNature has always been a big inspiration. My ancestral home is a small town in the mountains, so growing up I spent a lot of time around mountains and plants. These days, I like to pick places with really unique natural landscapes when I go traveling.â€
Images: Courtesy of Oamul Lu.