One of the reasons why ARMYs love BTS is because of the meaning behind the lyrics they produce. They openly talk about social issues such as mental health, which is one of the biggest challenges the current generation faces. With this, ARMYs becomes more motivated to love themselves before loving others.
For this article for #FanContentFriday, we interviewed XiaoHui, also known as @hx_hui on Twitter. They have 15.8k followers on Twitter. BTS’ message inspired XiaoHui to use creating fanarts as one of her coping mechanisms. They create realistic/semi-realistic drawings of BTS members that resembles BTS exactly, and which made ARMYs fall in love with their fanarts and way of drawing.
Through this interview we got to know more about XiaoHui, their drawing process, and BTS journey.
How did you get into creating fanarts and specifically BTS fanart?
Before I get into BTS I already like drawings. When I was finally getting into them and saw their pictures, I just wanted to draw their beautiful profiles and here I am.
When did you start creating fanarts?
For BTS fanarts specifically around mid-2016.
Tell us more about the drawing process.
I usually choose the references based on my liking/motivation, whether it’s the atmosphere the picture gave, or just simply wanted to draw that specifically, I will put the ref side by side with my canvas and just start to draw it. More of my drawing process can be found on my YouTube channel: XiaoHui
When did you become an ARMY?
Who is the member that you love drawing?
Taehyung, also he’s the member I drew for the first time.
Who is the member you find most difficult to draw?
Jin. I don’t know why but I always felt my art couldn’t bring justice to his handsome face and always end up dissatisfied with the result, it took me extra effort trying to do justice with his good looking face.
What inspires you to create these fanarts?
BTS themselves, fans always try to convey their love for their idols in many different ways, and my way to convey my love as an artist is to create these fanarts.
Do you have an artist that you look up to?
There are many, especially artists that show their drawing process from the scratch, one of the example is Wlop.
What is your preferred style of creating fanarts?
On the contrary of my own style which is realism/semi-realism, I wanted to create a more “manga” style which is hard for me but still trying to practice.
What’s next on your list? Like what next fanart of yours should we look out for?
Actually before this interview, I’ve been planning on hiatus (even deactivating my instagram acc, heck I have even delete all my arts from my twitter acc). So I can’t really say that there’s something to look forward from me. I know it’s disappointing. But I’ve been battling with my mind and honestly it’s tiring me out. BTS and some of the wonderful ARMYs I made [friends with] are the reasons I could still go on. I don’t want to say that I have depression or something like that because that matter is serious and can’t be spoken lightly of. I just don’t want to diagnose myself with one since I’ve witnessed what it can do to people and someone who is close to me in the past [experienced it]. For all I know I’m stressed, I feel burden with myself, I don’t meet up my own expectation and I’m being too hard on myself. BTS isn’t just a k-pop group to me. They have helped me in hard times and because of them I also met wonderful ARMYs that keep on supporting me. But because I am also being too hard on myself to create things, I just felt like to have a rest. I won’t stop supporting BTS, and I won’t stop drawing, I will come back, but for now I will rest. For how long? I don’t exactly know, it might be weeks or months, depend on my mental state.
What are the usual feedback you receive?
That I shouldn’t be too hard on myself, that it’s okay to not creating anything perfect and just draw what I like. It’s hard. I always find myself hating on everything that I created, but I also feel relieved when someone say they love my arts when I don’t.
What are your goals, be it in creating fanarts or your personal ones?
My goals are so that I can improve more in my arts and doing more a creative one such as webtoon, but since I’ve been doing realism/semi-realism too much I still need a long way and lots of practice to be able to do that but it is on my plan.
What do you want to tell ARMYs?
ARMYs, you are wonderful, thank you for being kind and it’s okay to not feel okay all the time. We don’t have to force yourself to keep on smiling when we are sad on the inside, we are still human, but don’t let it consume us too much. Let the time heal and believe that happiness will come to you again. Please be happy, stay safe and take good care of your health.
Interview by: Euni 🌞