The first photos of Mr. Hou’s 3D chalk art first appeared last month on Sina Weibo (a Chinese microblog service like Twitter) and Chinese netizens nicknamed him “Chalk God”. One netizen said: “Is he an architect like in ‘Inception‘?” There were even netizens shouting one after another: “This isn’t chalk, this isn’t chalk.”
With regards to his own creative ideas, Mr. Hou said: “I think these 3D artworks actually aren’t that rare/surprising, but the idea is very key, and only with the idea can you move people. For example, I once went to a tourist sight/attraction, and there was a sculpture at this intersection. Below the sculpture, on all four sides, were a bunch of advertisements for counterfeit official documents. I felt this was so representative of China today, so I started drawing, never expecting to become so popular.”
Mr. Hou expressed that the piece that he is most satisfied with was “drawing ‘happy birthday’ for my son, and the vegetable planting piece was created last year when stealing vegetable games were really popular”.