In conversation with visual storyteller, Wanqing Wu

Wanqing Wu, a freelance illustrator hailing from London, finds her creative spark in the wonders of daily existence and the beauty of natural wildlife. Infused with vibrant colours, her illustrations are packed with humour while skilfully breathing life into everyday stories.

What is your creative process?

First, I write down some keywords, then I take some paper to draw sketches. If I need some references, I will use Google. I often use lots of paper to do sketches.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Sometimes, I search for ideas online. But most of the time, my inspiration comes from my daily life. For example, recently I am drawing the comic: Diary of an unemployed person.

What does your typical day involve?

Get up at 7:30 am, go to the library at about 9:30 am, send emails or do my commissions until 4 pm, go swimming, and then go back to watch TV series and manga.

What has been your favourite project to date and why?

My favourite project is the comic work day, because that is my real life. The characters are my colleagues.

How do you switch off?

Swimming can cure my body as well as my mental health.


A big thank you to Wanqing Wu for contributing to our series of creative conversations with industry experts.

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