“Chinese illustrator and comic artist Xiao Bai has studied traditional Chinese painting since a young age. Her slick and beautiful illustration work features mostly females, and almost all of her characters have a tattoo. This is influenced by her other job as a tattoo artist. Xiao Bai has worked for various magazines and publications, in both China and France. She is also an active member of the local Association of Illustrators in China.” – bio quoted from LostAtEMinor.com
HOW I FOUND HER
Unlike most of my Inspirational Artists, whose work I discovered online, I first saw Zhang Xiao Bai’s art in person, at the 2015 MCM Comic Con. She had a lovely display in the centre of the hall, separate from the artist ally, so it was only by chance that I found her. She had so many prints to look at, I was like a kid in a candy store! Thirty minutes later I purchased a print and told her how much I loved her work. She came across as such a sweet person, and as you can see from the photos, her art is beautiful.
HOW HER ART MAKES ME FEEL
To pick a favourite art piece is incredibly hard, but I have to, and so my favourite is the painting called Jian Jia. It’s the one just above this text, the girl with the red stockings on. This is the painting I purchased at Comic Con. It has a vibe I love. I can almost feel her hair blowing in the wind as she peacefully reminisces. So beautiful!
WHAT I'VE LEARNT AFTER STUDYING HER ARTWORK
I find Zhang Xiao Bai’s art to be so beautiful. As I often find myself saying after studying my favourite artists work, I’m struggle to pinpoint the words to describe how they make me feel. I maybe can’t describe it, but it feels good and that’s all that matters. What I’ve learnt from studying her work, is that I’m not only drawn to pastel colours, but also muted shades. Looking back at Ilya Kuvshinov’s art, I can see now that there is a theme developing. Muted tones seem to connect with me.
I also realised I love movement in my art, again, looking back at another of my favourite artists, Sergio Lopez, I see movement is one of the keys themes I highlighted. Like Sergio, Zhang Xiao Bai captures movement beautifully. I love this as it pulls me in, and allows my mind to start imagining the scene, really bringing the characters to life.
I find her art to be intensely emotional. I’m always left feeling positive, no matter the mood, even if the characters appear to be hurt, lonely or vulnerable, I still feel incredibly positive and hopeful for them. These females all radiate a confidence and contentment that’s made studying Zhang Xiao Bai’s art a real joy.
These images and more can now be found on my
Inspirational Artists Pinterest Board
ZHANG XIAO BAI WAS ADDED TO MY INSPIRATIONAL ARTISTS ON 1st DECEMBER 2015
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“Pay attention to the things and culture that you enjoy as it will assist you in forming your own appreciation of beauty and help the development of your own artistic style.” – Zhang Xiao Bai
“…the most important motor for me, a great story. Stories are everywhere: in movies, games, comics, in life itself, and some great stories can not only inspire, but to change the whole man and all his existence.” – Ilya Kuvshinov
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