Qing Han aka Qinni Dies: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Qing Han aka Qinni Dies

Twitter/Qinni Art Qinni pictured on her Twitter page on January 27.

Qing Han aka Qinni has died at the age of 29 following a battle with cancer. The Canadian artist had amassed more than two million followers on Instagram and was a celebrated creative on DeviantArt.

It was fellow illustrator, Courtney “Seage” Howlett who broke the sad news of Qinni’s passing. Howlett tweeted, “I’ll be away for some time while I sort through my emotions. I love you, qing… I’ll miss you. Rest in paradise.”

In the wake of Qinni’s sad passing, many of her fans have taken to social media to spread her artwork using the hashtag “galaxiesforqinni.”

Here’s what you need to know about the tragic death of Qinni:


1. Qinni Said in December 2019 That Doctors Had Given Her At Least a Year to Live

On December 28, 2019, Qinni told her social media followers that she had been diagnosed with stage 4 fibrosis sarcoma. The disease was terminal, Qinni said. She tweeted that her doctor had told her that she had “a year or year and a half left.” Qinni added, “hey guys how do i stop randomly bursting into tears lol.”

In a follow-up statement on the diagnosis, Qinni said, “I appreciate all the support on Twitter and people becoming my patron is just so sweet, thank you guys so much. I apologize my condition might only get worse before it gets better though, I still have a lot pain problems right now actually… [I] think that’s the worst part ofo thise though, is the pain. god. I’m so tired.”

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??? The sunny weather outside doesn't match my mood…hahaha… • • Just some rambling as usual, feel free to ignore me hahaha. sorry I haven't really been posting much… I've been a little stressed. No surprises there haha. The doctors don't know what to do with me or my heart disease, I'm not getting call backs even after doing tests, but most of all as time goes on I feel more and more useless and like…a waste of space…? It's just this feeling of guilt, inadequacy of not being able to do anything to help anyone or even earn a decent living, instead living off my parents because I'm too sick and stressed and busy with rehab stuff to work right now. It doesn't help that my mom's injured her arm and was diagnosed with low white blood cell (low immune system) a few weeks ago…we're like two sick ppl taking care of each other lmao "orz so yah I've been avoiding social media a bit…I drew this one thing that started off nice and sunny and as my mood worsened it turned sad ?. I was randomly bursting into tears and shit, and that's not fun lol… I'm so tired. Thanks for all your support and kind words though….but I'm so tired…of just, like, everything hahaha… Sorry, rambled again lmaooo you guys must be super tired of reading these depressing-ish shit lmaooo sry, I don't mean to do it but there aren't a lot of ppl I can talk to about this stuff, especially not my family cause it stresses them out lolll~ though if this stressed you out I'm sorrryyyy haha @-@;;; umm thanks for making it this far lol this is a true ramble. Here's a cookie. Wait, it's summer, so here's some ice cream ?? • • • #illustration #goldfish #summer #mood #procreate

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On February 5, Qinni posted on Instagram about her condition saying, “Not feeling the best today, but at least last round of chemo went better than my first round so I will take it. ” Qinni said that despite the illness, she had “never had such strong urge to keep drawing, so I might have pushed my body a little too far yesterday…”


2. Qinni Grew Up in a Household Where Her Artistry Was Not Encouraged

Iphone Finger Painting (Procreate App) – Star BirthsI was testing out Procreate Pocket on my iphone. That app has its own recording thing so that's pretty cool. It's so hard for me to handle any kind of art without something to hold onto lol. My finger was getting tired after dotting all the stars xDD. I should get me mobile device stylus thing… And Happy leap day :D Music – 神山純一-心のふるさと Instagram: http://instagram.com/qinniart Tumblr: http://qinni.tumblr.com dA: http://qinni.deviantart.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/qinnih2016-02-29T22:00:03.000Z

Qinni had said previously that she was introduced to DeviantArt in 2005 but did not begin posting her own work until 2008. In February 2017, Qinni was awarded DeviantArt’s Deviousness Award. Qinni was celebrated as having, “Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.” At the time of the award, Qinni wrote on the website that she grew up in a household where artistic pursuits were not encouraged.

Qinni added, “[Deviant Art] was really the place where I got the encouragement and confidence to try and convince my parents I wanted to become a professional artist.”

The website paid tribute to Qinni with a tweet on February 10 that read, “Today, the world has lost a wonderful artist, and a wonderful person. Thank you for inspiring us with your art, Qinni. We hope you rest in peace.”


3. Qinni Says Her Parents Agreed to Let Her Study at in College Because it Was Relatively Cheap

Moonlight in Her Eyes – Watercolor + Gouache Painting SpeedpaintInstagram: http://instagram.com/qinniart Facebook: http://facebook.com/qinnih Tumblr: http://qinni.tumblr.com dA: http://qinni.deviantart.com "Moonlight and stardust pool from her eyes" Tools: Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbook: http://goo.gl/rtMr51 Gouache: http://goo.gl/3FX3aO Acrylic Gouache (luminous colors for stars): http://amzn.to/2l4ZGlz Watercolor: http://amzn.to/2lsXh4T Toothbrush to flick white paint for stars. Paintbrush I used is a Korean brand called HwaHong Music: Joey Pecoraro – Warm Chopin nocturne 72 no 1 from Musopen.org performed by Luke Faulkner Debussy – Clair de Lune (from audiomicro) All music are royalty-free and I have permission to use them.2017-06-13T19:00:03.000Z

Qinni graduated from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, in 2012 with a BAA in Animation, according to one online profile. That bio says that Qinni has worked with Disney XD and for Motorcity. The piece adds that Qinni had been working as an artist since 2008.

Night Light – Animated Short FilmFacebook: http://facebook.com/qinnih Instagram: http://instagram.com/qinniart Tumblr: http://qinni.tumblr.com dA: http://qinni.deviantart.com A girl and her magical brush ✨ Basic rundown of how this was done: http://qinni.tumblr.com/post/46871873465 My animated short film, which I did in 2012. I remember spending over at least 4-5 months where I worked on this for almost 12 hours every day until it was done. It's the last (proper) animation I've ever done. I'm not sure if I could ever slog through it again though. Sorry for the absence from Youtube, I've been really tired and worn out from work and trying to finish a sketch everyday…but it's so hard… Thank you guys so much for all the love here. Hope you guys are okay with this little old thing. I have 2 more painting processes lying around, I just need to get around to editing and polishing it…it's a lot of work…xD;;. Music Composed by Paul Levasseur: https://www.facebook.com/PaulEmilLevasseur/ End music: Chopin Nocturn Op.9, No.2, performed by Aya Higuchi. both performance and piece are public domain, courtesy of Musiopen.org2016-06-25T03:30:00.000Z

Qinni told Urban Muse in 2017 that her family agreed to let her study art partly because of the relatively cheap cost of college compared to the United States.


4. Qinni First Told Her Fans of Her Heart Health Issues in 2015

Qinni has spoken openly about her health issues in the past. On her Twitter profile, she boasted of having gone through four successful open-heart surgeries thanks to a genetic heart condition. In 2015, Qinni first disclosed her health issues to her fans. Later, Qinni said that her doctors advised her to seek care at a clinic in the United States. Qinni joked, “US medical fees are so much I dunno if I’d wanna go or just die and save some money for my aging parents.” In that same post, Qinni said that on top of her own health issues, she also wanted to go to China to visit her ailing grandfather who was suffering from cancer.

Qinni said of her various health issues, “I actually think I managed to produce better stuff when I was depressed hahaha. I think this sort of feeling is great fuel for emotional art, and it just feels good to sort of blarrgh feelings onto a page. Art therapy is a real thing hahaha.”


5. Qinni’s Work Became So Popular in 2016 That it Generated a Snapchat Filter

In 2016, one of Qinni’s most famous pieces of work, “Starred Freckles,” became a makeup trend, according to Pop Sugar. The Pop Sugar report said that Qinni’s trend became so big that Snapchat developed a photo filter around it.

Qinni said that in making “Starred Freckles,” she was “Mapping out the constellation with her freckles, in the night sky…” Qinni said of her fame in her Urban Muse interview, “I’m still having a hard time comprehending it. I try not to think about it to be honest… it’s pretty daunting and I’d have to sort of watch what I say all the time now… and of course put up with a lot of people who hate me because they, like me, don’t understand why this happened, hahaha. I just wanted to be like…medium-well-known. Like, a hundred thousand people was already a lot to me and I was pretty happy with that. But now it’s just crazy.”

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