Meet the 2021 Wellington Advent Calendar artist
Mary Guo is the artist (and Wellington café fan) behind this year’s whimsical Wellington Advent Calendar illustrations
I was very excited when I received an invitation to draw this year's calendar. I particularly enjoyed placing cute animals in the scenes.
A self-confessed ”mega manga and comic fan”, Mary taught herself to draw and then worked as a game artist and illustrator for several years in China. “I learnt most of my skills on the job since I didn't study art in school or university. After coming to Wellington, I decided to study art at Weltec, helping me understand the traditional art theory and practice – woodcraft, sculpture, art framing and printing, how to organise an exhibition, and so forth.”
Mary loves the city’s friendly people, the mountains, the sea, and the cafés. She says Wellington inspires her to create art. “So, as you can imagine, I was very excited when I received an invitation to draw this year's calendar. I particularly enjoyed placing cute animals in the scenes, to let them wander around and have fun in the shops and different locations around Wellington."