Fang Liu

Biography

Despite suffering from hearing loss, the Chinese artist Fang Liu (Hiro) is persistent in creating her works by hand and is known for creating images full of the grace of the East. She introduces a variety of drawing techniques into cartoon and anime styles, which has given her works a distinct flavor that is instantly recognizable to readers.

Shan Hai Legend, created by Hiro in 2016, is a Chinese comic inspired by the Chinese classic The Classic of Mountains and Seas. It follows ancient demons living in the modern era and involves a series of crimes.

The Classic of Mountains and Seas is an ancient encyclopedia that is full of the extraordinary, ranging from exotic flowers and rare herbs to mythical birds and strange animals. Hiro uses her vivid imagination to first illustrate the human shapes of these animals, visually personifying their forms.

For example, Luan is a red bird that can bring peace to the human world. The first image of Luan in Hiro's head was of a bird singing in the clouds. She used this image to inform the movements of Luan's human form, as well as attributes like hair style and clothes.

Hiro says that "the visualized human shape is the hardest part of the whole process. There are so many animals and different actions that must fit with their personality as much as possible."

"However," she adds, "as an artist a difficult challenge stimulates my desire to create."

Videos

Salt Painting
This sophisticated Chinese artist Fang Liu (Hiro) is demonstrating how to use salt to create a unique effect with Chinese watercolors.

Zhu Yin, Chinese watercolor painting
Zhu Yin was an ancient demon that lived on Zhong Mountain. It had a human face, but the body of a long red snake. Chinese artist, Fang Liu, is drawing a dragon on Zhu Yin's shoulder

Books

Modern Life of The Immortals: Illustrated Edition
Price: Free! Words: 70. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017 by NOWDO. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art, Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional)
(5.00)
In a world, full of fantasy and adventure, there is also conflict. The modern age of the human world is full of complexity, as the rise of human emotion threatens all living things. On the mountain, high above mankind lies another group of beings. They are the Immortals and this is their story. 
Shan Hai Legend Vol.1, [Part 2of2]
You set the price! Words: 130. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016 by NOWDO. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Crime & mystery
Once upon a time, there were many mysterious and strange animals, immortals and monsters How did they look? A snake with a human being face, a dog similar to a cat, a bird with colorful feather... Are they still alive? God knows, maybe extinct, maybe still living among us...
Shan Hai Legend Vol.1, [Part 1of2]
Price: Free! Words: 290. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016 by NOWDO. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
Once upon a time, there were many mysterious and strange animals, immortals and monsters How did they look? A snake with a human being face, a dog similar to a cat, a bird with colorful feather... Are they still alive? God knows, maybe extinct, maybe still living among us...

Fang Liu's tag cloud

action    adventure    chinese    comic    cthulhu    fantasy    illustration    immortals    manga    manhua    martialarts    oriental    supernatural    watercolor