Feifei Ruan is a New York based illustrator and graphic novelist. She grew up inShenzhen, China and studied graphic design at Guangzhou University. In 2013, she came to the United States to study visual storytelling and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts.
Feifei’s work can be seen on book covers, magazines, websites, apps, merchandise, and murals. Her style ranges from eastern classic to science fiction and fantasy.
Her work has been recognized by Society of Illustrators, Spectrum, 3×3, The Library of Congress, and more. She was the Grand Prix winner of the Hiii Illustration International Competition 2015, the jury of iJungle Awards 2017, and she is also a member of the Society of Illustrators and Art Directors Club.
The JimHenson Company
“What is the story?” is always my first question to ask. The process of creating anart piece is like retelling a story through visual language. When I was working onthe mural project commissioned by Hakata Ramen Restaurant, the description I got was the name “岚” , which means “storm” in Japanese. After some research, I found that in ancient Animism culture – fearing the uncertainty of nature, people believed that all of nature’s objects and phenomena have souls. Fūri(風狸), a naughty and mischievous monster who often appears in Chinese and Japanese tales is believed to be the cause of the storm. Inspired by the myths, I sketched out some ideas and discussed them with the client. After inking and coloring, a 23-feet long storm themed mural was created.