Qinni, DeviantArt celeb behind ‘Crying Puddle’ meme, has died


Qing Han, also known as Qinni, has passed away at age 29 after a battle with cancer. The Canadian artist initially found fame in the online art community DeviantArt, where she first began uploading her works in 2008.

Her pieces have since gained her a loyal fanbase beyond the platform and turned her into a prominent figure of the online art scene. Her Instagram has 2.3 million followers and her YouTube channel, where she posts timelapse videos of her work, has 432k subscribers.

Her success eventually led her to pursue a career as a professional artist and end up working as a background painter for an animation studio in Vancouver.

One of her most famous pieces, Starred Freckles, became so popular it inspired a Halloween makeup trend and convinced Snapchat to create a filter based on the work.

‘Mapping out the constellation with her freckles, in the night sky…’ described Qinni in a post back in 2016.

But beyond the art scene, one of Qinni’s works has also become the stuff of Internet legends. Many are unaware, but she’s the creator behind the ‘Crying Puddle’ meme, which sees a person lying on their back in a puddle of their own tears.

Apparently, ‘Crying Puddle’ was a work born out of frustration after she constantly failed at her attempts at speed painting. In reference to her illness, she tweeted the viral meme, writing ‘Well, no matter what happens, at least my meme sketch will be immortalized forever on the internets’.

According to Mashable, Qinni had undergone four open-heart surgeries in the past due to a medical condition before revealing that she had terminal stage 4 fibrosis sarcoma cancer in December. The doctor told her that she had a year and a half to live.

‘Hey guys, how do I stop randomly bursting into tears’ she wrote.

But in spite of the diagnosis, Qinni continued to churn out pieces and was also no stranger to poking fun at her predicament. In an interview with Urban-Muse, she says her down moments, brought about by her complicated medical history, are her biggest sources of inspiration.

‘I actually think I managed to produce better stuff when I was depressed. I think this sort of feeling is great fuel for emotional art, and it just feels good to sort of ‘blarrgh’ feelings onto a page.

Art therapy is a real thing.’


But even with her optimism, Qinni sadly passed away last February 10 after detailing what would be her last struggle with chemotherapy.

‘Not feeling the best today, but at least last round of chemo went better than my first round so I will take it.’ read her last post.

‘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….’

Fellow artist Courtney ‘Seage’ Howlett and DeviantArt confirmed the news of Qinni’s passing, with the latter writing ‘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.’


Twitter was soon flooded with tributes from fellow artists, who posted their own artworks inspired by Qinni’s unique, star-laden visual style.

‘The brightest star is now up in there, shining in the sky. Thank you Qinni for everything you did’, read a tribute.