Beloved DeviantArt Artist Qinni Passes Away From Cancer at 29


After a long battle with cancer, talented artist Qing Han, aka Qinni, passed away at age 29 earlier this month.

The beloved artist from Canada, whose work inspired many for over a decade, left a multitude of fans and followers online devastated. 

Qinni first got attention for her artwork on the website DeviantArt back in 2008. Over the years, her anime-inspired art has captured the hearts of millions, giving her the confidence to pursue a career out of it.

Qinni started professionally by working as a background painter for animation studio Titmouse. In her spare time, she also continued doing tutorials and mentored other artists online. 

It did not take long for her to become influential in the art world, accumulating over two million followers on Instagram. Beyond Instagram, Qinni’s work has been widely shared by millions more online.


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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 @[email protected];;; 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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The online art community has come to know Qinni not only for her remarkable talent but also for her kindness and positive vibe. She was even recognized by Deviantart for “helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community” with the DeviantArt’s Deviousness Award in 2017.

Qinni has previously revealed her genetic heart condition and opened up about having undergone open-heart surgery multiple times. Just after Christmas, she also announced that she had been diagnosed with terminal stage 4 fibrosis sarcoma cancer. Her doctor said that she had “a year or year and a half left.” 


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So…I have stage 4 Fibrosis Sarcoma cancer…..Doctor says I have about a year, year and a half left, so.. …I’m not really sure what to say tbh. I’ve been cracking jokes on twitter but, well, tbh I’m pretty stressed haha… though, I’m already pretty nihilistic so I really just need to get over my mortality haha…easier said than done tho xD. Uhh….well, I guess I don’t have to worry about recycling anymore, my emission’s about to get cut real short lmao. Still gotta crack jokes or it’s just sad man lol • that’s all I have to say right now. 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 of pain problems right now actually…i think that’s the worst part of this though, is the pain. god. I’m so tired. • edit: I don’t JUST have cancer, I ALSO have a severe heart condition and I’m on a LOT of heart medication which I need to live, so please refrain from making medical advice unless you’re an oncologist, cardiologist, or both. Honestly. Please please.

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“Hey guys, how do I stop randomly bursting into tears? lol,” she added.

Despite the diagnosis, which sparked an outpouring of sympathy from her fans, Qinni continued making art up until last week.


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[Fragile] ☔️ • • • Consider joining my $1 patreon? Link in my profile :3~ Haha a girl’s gotta try xD~ • Hey guys, long time no update here. Not feeling the best today, but at least last round of chemo went better than my first round so I will take it. I feel so tired and weak but I’ve never had such strong urge to keep drawing, so I might have pushed my body a little too far yesterday…. I’ve made a list of all these old artwork I want to redo for an artbook so I’m slowly working through that. Thanks for sticking around, I know I don’t update nearly as much here…do you guys wanna see me take screenshots of my twitter updates and throw them up on my story? I don’t know how many of you guys follow me on twitter or even use it haha. I just wanna keep this a clean gallery-like place where I talk about my health stuff in the comments xD~ Lemme know in the comments? • Not sure how much I’m making sense now, my chemo brain is still pretty bad haha, but yeah, thank you guys for all the support, seriously <3~ #illustration #artistsoninstagram #drawing

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Fellow artist Courtney “Seage” Howlett shared the heartbreaking news of her death on February 10.

“She was a light in my life and meant more to me than I can explain,” he spoke of his friend on Twitter.

DeviantArt posted a tweet on February 10 celebrating Qinni’s work: “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.”

The site also paid tribute to Qinni by posting an old interview it had with the artist.

“It’s always hard to lose a member of our community, but especially to lose someone who contributed as much to the community as Qinni did. From all of us at DeviantArt, we’re sending our condolences and well-wishes to everyone impacted by her passing,” the post added in the end.

Qinni’s fans from the world over have been expressing their grief online via tributes while the numerous artists who admired her work posted art for her using the hashtag #galaxiesforqinni.

Feature Image via @qinniart

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