Illustrator Andrew Hou just set the bar for all your future lovers. Hou had a hard time expressing his love for his wife because of a language barrier — he was born in Canada and his wife, Kate, in Korea. “Korean not being my native tongue, didn’t help,” he told The Huffington Post. “So making silly, sappy doodles was my workaround for the problem.”
And so the illustration series “HJ-Story” began.
HJ are the initials of his wife’s Korean name. While the project began as a personal blog, it developed a lot of followers pretty quickly.
The drawings are simple, but show how much he loves her.
When Andrew and Kate first started dating, he would send her artwork. “[Kate] was busy with school and I was busy with work, so we didn’t have a lot of time to meet up or even talk on the phone,” he said. “So during work, I’d pretend to be ‘working’ and create these tiny doodles and send it to her on her cellphone.”
Hou began posting the doodles online. Eventually he turned his sketches into the finalized drawings.
Here’s what he has to say about his motivation behind the project. “We’re all so busy and caught up in everything that we forget about the little moments that are important — myself included,” he told The Huffington Post. “Drawing HJ-Story for me is not only to capture the moments of a relationship, but to remind me of the little moments that are easily forgotten.”
You can see more of Hou’s doodles on his Facebook and Instagram.
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