Fox Feribo in Lu Mao's illustrations. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Lu Mao, or Oamul Lu, a 28-year-old painter living in Xiamen in Fujian province created a fox named Feribo in a series of cute and fresh illustrations. His paintings was described as "healing" by his followers on Weibo. And they call him "my boyfriend", "my husband", or "an illustrator who can heal me".
Lu Mao used many soft colors in his painting. Light green plants with large leaves, pale pink flowers in full bloom all found their way into his illustrated world.
Fox Feribo is a story about unconditional love and change. How people change for their loved ones is illustrated through lovely pictures in the book.
In the story, Feribo had a crush on a rabbit when he met her on a nice day. She ran away when he wanted to say hello, yet Feribo still wished he could make the rabbit like him.
Being pure and mild, Feribo's love for the rabbit is not possessive but something similar to hope. This kind of affection may remind many readers' of the meaning of true love: to give, not to ask.