An artist died.
Then thieves made NFTs of her work.
Qing Han’s rise to fame was explosive.
In April 2018, the digital artist, who was best known as Qinni, had just under 20,000 followers on Twitter.
By early 2020, her illustrations – focusing on her obsession with the Japanese anime series Cardcaptor Sakura – has brought in more than 200,000 followers.
On Instagram her following climbed to 2.5 million.
Her fans admired the colouring work and detail in her vivid illustrations of popular anime characters.
It was around this time when Qing, who was a four-time open heart surgery survivor, received devastating news.
“Got diagnosis today,” she tweeted on December 28, 2019.
“Cancer, Stage 4, doc says I got about a year or a year and a half left…” She also included an original artwork: a girl being consumed by an inky shadow.
Between the end of 2019 and her death, aged just 29, in February 2020, the adoration of Qing’s fans turned to heartbreak as the art that she began to create near the end of her life revolved around her battle against chronic illness and her cancer relapse.

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