Instagram: @hayleyjskim

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

I am a nomad. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and then now I am living in New York, US. I have been moving around for my entire life, and I don’t even know where I will end up living in. I really am a nomad.



2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

Flowers, beautiful sceneries, organic lines and shapes, and bright colors are the things I love and am intrigued by.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Although I use a bunch of different media, colored pencils are my all-time favorite. I am deeply fascinated by their textures.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I do not draw the whole illustration on paper, but I draw each element separately and collage them using photoshop. I start with a very loose sketch. It is so loose that people barely recognize what it is. And then I move on to the coloring with colored pencils. Then, I digitally collage all the elements and adjust things to tidy them up.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

One of the reasons I love living in New York is that I get to see great artworks and meet great artists. I am influenced and inspired by all the illustrators around me and their works. Also, well-written books and song lyrics are good sources of inspiration.

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

I drew to cope with stress and depression when suffered from mental depression. When I first moved to Canada, I felt like I was useless because I didn’t know a single word. Drawing was the language that I could communicate with. Eventually, my drawing became the most fluent language that I can speak.



7. Where did you study?

I studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I do not know where I will end up living in, but one thing for sure is that I will keep drawing and making art in any form. Hopefully, I will be working as a full-time illustrator.

9. What about in ten?

Full-time Illustrator earning more money. I also want to run my own business, making stuff like stationeries, textiles and etc.- out of my illustration and design.

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

I dedicate my illustrations to the people who are hurt by the harsh reality. I believe that art can influence someone’s feeling, day, or life. I want my art to help people coping with stress and depression. I also want to draw to empower and support women in our society.



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

If I have to name every single food I love, it would take forever. Well, I am craving sushi rolls and toro nigiri from Vancouver right now. The Japanese restaurants in Vancouver are so delicious and cheap!

12. Favourite book?

Recently I started reading Beauty Sick by Renee Engeln. I recommend this book to every woman in the world. This book made me get rid of the unnecessary things I put on every day and helped me concentrate on things that are more important in my life.

13. Favourite genre of music?

It really depends on the day I am having.

14. What are your hobbies?

I love traveling around the world and experiencing their culture. Last year, I took a gap year and went on a trip to Europe. It was so different from where I was. I learned a lot from the trip, and those memories eventually became a good inspiration for my illustration.

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

A flight attendant. I understand it is laborious and tiring to serve customers on the plane, but it would be exciting to travel all around the world, and I am so fascinated by the free flight ticket they get.

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