Instagram: @_arearea_

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Hello, I am a freelance illustrator working under the name of Atelier Arearea based in the Republic of Korea. I am very pleased to be here. Thank you.

μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš”! ν•œκ΅­μ—μ„œ ν™œλ™ν•˜κ³  μžˆλŠ” ν”„λ¦¬λžœμŠ€ μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄ν„° μž‘κ°€ β€œμ•„ν‹€λ¦¬μ— μ•„λ ˆμ•„λ ˆμ•„β€ 라고 ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ§Œλ‚˜ λ΅™κ²Œ λ˜μ–΄ λ°˜κ°‘μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

β€˜Love by people’, that is what I try to imply in my works. I try to paint that feeling of love, whether it is the love at present, or the love in the past, or even the love that has not yet come but yet you still dream of it. I love people and through my works, I would like to share the adorable feeling you get from other people when you are in love.

You can just view my works in a warm, relaxing way. There is no big meaning behind them. If β€˜love’ comes to your mind after viewing my work, then that is the story I have hoped to share.

μ‚¬λžŒμ˜ μ‚¬λž‘μ„ 그림으둜 λ‹΄κ³  μžˆμ–΄μš”. 그림을 톡해, κ·Έλ“€μ˜ μ§€κΈˆμ˜ λͺ¨μŠ΅μ΄κ±°λ‚˜ ν˜Ήμ€ μžŠμ—ˆλ˜ μ‚¬λž‘μ˜ 마음, 그리고 κΏˆκΎΈμ—ˆλ˜ μ‚¬λž‘μ˜ ν˜•νƒœλ₯Ό 그림으둜 κΈ°λ‘ν•˜κ³ , μˆ˜μ§‘ν•˜λŠ” μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•΄μš”.

μ €λŠ” μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•˜κ³ , μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ—κ²Œ 받은 μ‚¬λž‘μŠ€λŸ¬μ›€μ„ 그림으둜 κ·Έλ € 더 많이 λ‚˜λˆ„κΈΈ μ›ν•΄μš”. 제 μž‘μ—…λ“€μ€ κ·Έμ € νŽΈν•˜κ³  μ„ ν•˜κ²Œ λ°”λΌλ³΄μ‹œλ©΄ λΌμš”. 그림을 보며 μ‚¬λž‘μ„ λ– μ˜¬λ € μ£Όμ‹ λ‹€λ©΄ 그게 μ œκ°€ κ°€μž₯ λ§ν•˜κ³  싢은 그림의 μ΄μ•ΌκΈ°μ˜ˆμš”.

3. What is your favorite medium and why?

I like traditional mediums because I find them lyrical: how the texture of the paper and the pencil lines overlapping with paints move people’s feelings unintentionally. On the digital mediums, however, I like having the size freedom of the paper which allows me to work in a more detailed and diverse way.

Watercolor and gouache are my favorites in traditional mediums and for the digital works, I usually use Photoshop and Paint.

μˆ˜μž‘μ—…μ€, μ’…μ΄μ˜ 질감, μ—°ν•„ μ„ κ³Ό κ²Ήμ³μ§€λŠ” 물감이 κ³„μ‚°ν•˜μ§€ μ•ŠλŠ” 감동을 μ£ΌλŠ” μ„œμ •μ μΈ μž‘μ—…μ΄λΌ μ’‹μ•„ν•˜κ³  디지털 νŽ˜μΈνŒ…μ˜ κ²½μš°λŠ”, μ’…μ΄μ˜ ν¬κΈ°λ‘œλΆ€ν„° μžμœ λ‘œμ›Œμ§ˆ 수 μžˆμ–΄ μ’€ 더 μ„Έλ°€ν•˜κ³  ν™•μž₯된 μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•  수 μžˆμ–΄ μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”.

μˆ˜μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•  λ•Œμ—λŠ” 주둜 μˆ˜μ±„ν™”μ™€ 과슈λ₯Ό 즐겨 μ‚¬μš©ν•˜κ³ , 디지털 νŽ˜μΈνŒ…μ€ 포토샡과 페인트 ν”„λ‘œκ·Έλž¨μ„ 즐겨 μ‚¬μš©ν•˜κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I start by picking a sentence out either from the conversations I had with other people or from a story I come across. After that, I imagine the scene for the sentence and do research for an attractive composition, and after I have set the composition, I start sketching then I move on to coloring.

I find a composition to be the most important part of the process, hence I spend the most time on it.

μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Ό λ‚˜λˆˆ λŒ€ν™”λ“€ ν˜Ήμ€ κΈ€ μ†μ˜ 이야기듀 μ†μ—μ„œ κ·Έλ €λ‚˜κ°ˆ ν•œ μ€„μ˜ λ¬Έμž₯을 λ– μ˜¬λ¦¬λ©° μž‘μ—…μ„ μ‹œμž‘ν•΄μš”. λ¬Έμž₯을 ν‘œν˜„ν•  κ·Έλ¦Ό 속 이야기, μž₯면을 μƒμƒν•˜κ³  맀λ ₯적으둜 보이기 μœ„ν•œ ꡬ도에 λŒ€ν•œ μžλ£Œλ“€μ„ μˆ˜μ§‘ν•˜κ³  ꡬ도가 결정이 되면 λ°‘κ·Έλ¦Όκ³Ό 채색을 ν•΄μš”. μ €λŠ” μž‘μ—… κ³Όμ • 쀑에 β€œκ΅¬λ„β€μ— λŒ€ν•œ 고민을 κ°€μž₯ 많이 ν•˜κ³  μ€‘μš”ν•˜κ²Œ μƒκ°ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

β€œConversations with the people I love.” Feelings I get from talking to other people, books, photographs, short sentences in social media, movies, and sceneries, they all get combined with my imagination and inspire me every now and then. As I listen to their stories, I get to see a different perspective on love and various forms of love, which is always my good source of work inspiration.

β€œμ‚¬λž‘ν•˜λŠ” μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Όμ˜ λŒ€ν™”.”

λŒ€ν™”λ₯Ό λ‚˜λˆ„λ©° 였고 κ°€λŠ” 감정듀이, μ±…, 사진, SNS의 짧은 λ¬Έμž₯, μ˜ν™” 그리고 풍경과 상상λ ₯을 더해져 μ˜κ°μ„ λ°›κ³€ ν•΄μš”. κ·Έλ“€μ˜ 이야기λ₯Ό λ“£λ‹€ 보면 μ‚¬λž‘μ˜ μ—¬λŸ¬ λͺ¨μŠ΅μ— κ΄€ν•œ μƒˆλ‘œμš΄ μ‹œμ„ κ³Ό κΉ¨λ‹¬μŒμ„ 얻을 수 μžˆμ–΄ 늘 μž‘μ—…μ˜ 귀감이 λ˜μ–΄μš”.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Art is what made me a better person. It heals me when drawing a sorrowful memory. It allows a lovely memory to linger in me. It forgives my somewhat foolish acts in the past. It can also be filled up with my dreams. Art makes me a kind, thoughtful person.

그림을 κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” 일은, λΆ€μ‘±ν•œ λ‚˜λ₯Ό μ„±μž₯μ‹œν‚€κ³  μ„±μˆ™ν•˜κ²Œ λ§Œλ“€μ–΄μš”. μ•„νŒ λ˜ μˆœκ°„μ„ 그리며 치유λ₯Ό, μ‚¬λž‘ν–ˆλ˜ μˆœκ°„λ“€μ„ 그리며 μ—¬μš΄μ„, λͺ»λ‚¬λ˜ λ‚˜μ˜ κ³Όκ±°λ₯Ό μš©μ„œλ°›μœΌλ©°, 꿈으둜 μ±„μšΈ μˆ˜λ„ 있게 λ§Œλ“€μ–΄μš”. 그림은 μ €λ₯Ό 사렀 깊고 상λƒ₯ν•œ μ‚¬λžŒμœΌλ‘œ λ§Œλ“€μ–΄ μ£Όκ³  μžˆμ–΄μš”.

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7. Where did you study?

Painting has always been around me. I am self-taught and I have learned the skills of paintings all because I loved painting.

그림은 κΎΈμ€€νžˆ 제 곁에 μžˆμ–΄μ™”κ³ , μ§€λ‚˜μ˜¨ 과거와 ν™˜κ²½μ—μ„œ 그림이 μ’‹μ•„ 슀슀둜 ν„°λ“ν•˜κ³  배우게 λ˜μ—ˆμ–΄μš”.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I hope to become the artist who paints in a balanced way. I hope to have developed my own stable style that people can recognize my work just by looking at it. I would also like to have the freedom of not worrying about living expenses. I hope to have nicely solved these two problems so that I have the privilege of working on my work continuously.

5λ…„ λ’€μ—λŠ” κ· ν˜•κ° 있게 그림을 κ·Έλ €λ‚˜κ°€λŠ” μž‘κ°€κ°€ λ˜μ—ˆμœΌλ©΄ μ’‹κ² μ–΄μš”. 그림만 보아도 μ•„λ ˆμ•„λ ˆμ•„μ˜ 그림이닀! ν•˜κ³  μ•Œ 수 μžˆλŠ” μŠ€νƒ€μΌμ˜ μ•ˆμ •κ°κ³Ό, 그림을 그릴 λ•Œμ— 빈번히 κ³ λ―Όν•˜κ²Œ λ§Œλ“œλŠ” 그림을 μœ„ν•œ μƒν™œλΉ„μ˜ μ•ˆμ •κ°. 이 μ»€λ‹€λž€ 두 κ°€μ§€μ˜ μˆ™μ œλ₯Ό 잘 ν’€μ–΄λ‚˜κ°€μ„œ κ·Έλ•Œμ—λ„ 즐겁게 그림을 그리고 μžˆμ—ˆμœΌλ©΄ μ’‹κ² μ–΄μš”.

9. What about in ten?

In 10 years from now, I would like to have a space where I can share my works closely with people. I have endless ideas on this but first, I hope to accomplish your previous question, β€œWhere do you see yourself in five years?” so that I can dream bigger.

10λ…„ λ’€μ—λŠ”, 그림을 κ°€κΉκ²Œ λ‚˜λˆŒ 수 μžˆλŠ” 곡간을 κ°–κ³  μ‹Άμ–΄μš”. κ·ΈλŸ¬ν•œ μ•„μ΄λ””μ–΄λŠ” λ¬΄κΆλ¬΄μ§„ν•œλ°, ν˜„μž¬λŠ” μ•žμ˜ 질문인 5λ…„ λ’€μ˜ λ‚΄κ°€ 잘 μ„±μž₯ν•΄μ„œ 10λ…„ λ’€μ˜ κΏˆμ„ 더 크게 ν‚€μ›Œλ‚˜κ°ˆ 수 있길 λ°”λž˜μš”.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I hope to become a warm-hearted artist who can communicate with the viewers and whose works give a warm, relaxing feeling to the viewers.

온기 μžˆλŠ” μž‘κ°€μ΄μž μ†Œν†΅ν•  수 μžˆλŠ” μœ μ—°ν•œ μž‘κ°€λ‘œ μ„±μž₯ν•΄μ„œ, 그림을 λ³Ό λ•Œμ— νŽΈν•˜κ³  μ„ ν•œ λ§ˆμŒμ„ κ°–κ²Œ ν•΄μ£ΌλŠ” μž‘κ°€λ‘œ 자리 μž‘μ„ 수 있기λ₯Ό λ°”λž˜μš”.

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Nicely fermented kimchi with a warm bowl of rice.

μž˜μ΅μ€ κΉ€μΉ˜μ™€ λ”°λ“―ν•œ λ°₯.

12. Favourite book?

It is a Korean book written by Lee Byung-ryul (이병λ₯ ). It is called Kkeullim (끌림) which means β€˜Attraction’ in Korean.

20λŒ€μ˜ λ‚΄κ°€ μ‚¬λž‘ν•œ 이병λ₯ μ˜ β€œλŒλ¦Ό.”

13. Favourite genre of music?

I love fork music. Especially a Korean singer named Kim Kwang-seok (김광석 in Korean) and Jaejooboys (μž¬μ£Όμ†Œλ…„ in Korean) are my favorites. The way they sing as if reading a poet and the sound of the classical guitar with it is it.

포크. νŠΉλ³„νžˆ 톡기타 μ†Œλ¦¬μ™€ μŠμ‘°λ¦¬λ“― λ…Έλž˜ν•˜λŠ” 김광석과 μž¬μ£Όμ†Œλ…„μ˜ μŒμ•…μ˜ 그것.

14. What are your hobbies?

Drinking beer and having a conversation with people all night.

μ—¬ν–‰μ§€μ—μ„œ λ§₯μ£Όλ₯Ό λ§ˆμ‹œλ©° λ°€μƒˆ 이야기λ₯Ό λ‚˜λˆ„λŠ” 것.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Actually, I had a different life prior to being an illustrator. I had worked as a fashion designer for a long time and because of that I think, if I weren’t an artist, I would have continued that job. However, I chose art and I would choose art again if I were at the same crossroads.

μ‹€μ œλ‘œ 그림을 그리기 μ΄μ „μ˜ 삢이 μžˆμ—ˆμ–΄μš”. μ΄μ „μ—λŠ” νŒ¨μ…˜λ””μžμ΄λ„ˆ 일을 μ˜€λž˜κ°„ 해왔기에, 그림을 그리지 μ•Šμ•˜λ‹€λ©΄ νŒ¨μ…˜νšŒμ‚¬μ—μ„œ λ””μžμ΄λ„ˆ 일을 계속 ν–ˆμ„ 거라 μƒκ°ν•΄μš”. 갈림길의 선택은 κ²°κ΅­ λ‹€μ‹œ κ·Έλ¦Όμ΄κ² μ§€λ§Œμš”.

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