I get this a lot. Yes, I am the creator of cute and whimsical art. Being an author and illustrator for Children’s Market, hearing that sentence gives me a joyful chill. Using the cute and whimsical style, like cartoony in soft way, I like to connect to children and youthful minded people. Also I like to see my works are evoking viewers’ imagination and curiosity. “What happened? Or what is going to happen next?”
My inspiration comes from adventures. Since I decided to pursue Illustrations, my life adventure had started. I moved to US by myself, with a hook of boyfriend, changed my major, re-started 4 years of college. Also I love travel and like to know about other cultures and people. My favorite book for long time is ‘Far away nations, Neighboring nations’ which introduces other countries and their histories and culture to young readers in deep level. Although I did not intend, the idea of adventure shows up as a common thread through my works. This is why I picked my website name as ‘Illustrative Adventures.’
Traditionally trained for Visual Communication from the University of Kansas, I am capable of graphic design and animation by using Adobe Creative Suite. The spectrum of interesting projects is broad: picture books, board books, book covers, activity books, packaging, games, puzzles and more.
My background can be defined as bicultural. One is Korea, and the other is America.
I was born and raised in Gangnam area, Seoul, Korea. The internationally known competitive educational society, studying from waking up till sleeping, and moving from school to private after school to study rooms were all part of my life. At college, I majored in two subjects, Economics and Politics and Diplomacy. Although I knew the passion for art in my heart, it was not a choice to pursue as a career under the conservative parents and the expensive cost for art education. Still participating in cartoon clubs and animation clubs almost constantly through my school lives, I could extend my creativity.
Coming to America through study abroad program changed my perspective and life. First I met my guy. Second, I saw the opportunity in the art world. After I graduated the first KU, Konkuk University in Seoul, I decided to go another KU, the University of Kansas. I could get the formal train for Visual Communications covering both graphic design and illustration there. Often the question of ‘why Kansas’ comes in here, because I could go anywhere like New York or San Francisco. Well… my man was in Kansas.
This is my current status. I am living in Chapel Hill, NC with a husband and two kids. My everyday life is really mixed up the two cultures. I have a typical Caucasian American husband, American family in his side in North Carolina, Korean family on my side back in Korea, meeting friends from Korean community and friends from American community. I use both languages to my kids. It sounds confusing but actually amazing to be able to experience both cultures in very detailed level. As a mom of two active kids, I try to be active with riding bicycles, scooters, rollerblades and thing on the days of good weather. In the hope of making the society better, I have been volunteering for Korean-English story time for pre-school aged kids at a Durham county library.
For my creative life, I participate in various local and regional events, art and craft fairs, artists’ collaborations and local art scenes beside commissioned illustration projects. I have been a member of SCBWI since 2011.