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1. Whatโ€™s your story? Where are you from?

Iโ€™m Samsoopil, a freelance illustrator from South Korea. I enjoy the whole process of making images with what I think and what I see. Iโ€™ve drawn illustrations for album covers and magazines. I always try to keep myself open to every kind of opportunity. It has helped me broaden my perspectives and most importantly, love my life more.ย 

ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„œ ํ™œ๋™ ์ค‘์ธ ์ผ๋Ÿฌ์ŠคํŠธ๋ ˆ์ดํ„ฐ ์‚ผ์ˆ˜ํ•„์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ €๋Š” ๋ณด๊ณ  ๋“ฃ๊ณ  ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜๊ณ  ๊ฒƒ์„ ์ด๋ฏธ์ง€ํ™”ํ•˜๋Š” ๊ณผ์ •์„ ์ฆ๊น๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์•จ๋ฒ” ์ปค๋ฒ„์™€ ์žก์ง€ ์‚ฝํ™” ๋“ฑ์„ ๊ทธ๋ ธ๊ณ  ์ž‘์—…์˜ ์ข…๋ฅ˜์— ์žˆ์–ด ํ•œ๊ณ„๋ฅผ ๋‘์ง€ ์•Š์œผ๋ ค๊ณ  ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ๊ธฐํšŒ๋ฅผ ํ†ตํ•ด ๊ด€์ ์ด ๋„“์–ด์กŒ๊ณ , ๋ฌด์—‡๋ณด๋‹ค๋„ ์‚ถ์„ ๋” ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋˜์—ˆ๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I like looking at nicely matched colors. The object can be anything. It can be a scene from a movie, a bottle of beer, a cover of a book, a poster, prints on clothes and so on. When I draw, I believe I can tell different stories by changing the colors I use.

์˜ํ™”์˜ ํ•œ ์žฅ๋ฉด, ๋งฅ์ฃผ๋ณ‘, ์ฑ… ํ‘œ์ง€, ํฌ์Šคํ„ฐ, ์˜ท์˜ ๋ฌด๋Šฌ ๋“ฑ ๋Œ€์ƒ์ด ๋ฌด์—‡์ด๋“ , ์กฐํ™”๋กœ์šด ์ƒ‰ ๋ฐฐ์น˜๋ฅผ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ๊ทธ๋ฆด ๋•Œ๋„, ์ƒ‰์„ ๋ฐ”๊ฟˆ์— ๋”ฐ๋ผ ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ์ „ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋‹ค๊ณ  ๋ฏฟ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Procreate is my go-to application. Itโ€™s intuitive and practical and I relate to these features. One of my goals is to be a digital nomad. So, when I make decisions for what I do now, the first thing I consider is whether it will help me achieve my goal or not. Thatโ€™s why I prefer digital drawing.

์ง๊ด€์ ์ด๊ณ  ์‹ค์šฉ์ ์ธ ๋ถ€๋ถ„์ด ์ €์™€ ์ž˜ ๋งž๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ํ”„๋กœํฌ๋ฆฌ์—์ดํŠธ๋ฅผ ์ž์ฃผ ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ œ ๋ชฉํ‘œ ์ค‘ ํ•˜๋‚˜๋Š” ๋””์ง€ํ„ธ ๋…ธ๋งˆ๋“œ๊ฐ€ ๋˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ž˜์„œ ์ง€๊ธˆ ๋ฌด์—‡์„ ํ• ์ง€ ๊ฒฐ์ •ํ•  ๋•Œ, ์ œ์ผ ๋จผ์ € ๊ณ ๋ คํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์€ ์ด ์„ ํƒ์ด ๋ชฉํ‘œ๋ฅผ ๋‹ฌ์„ฑํ•˜๋Š” ๋ฐ ๋„์›€์ด ๋˜๋Š”๊ฐ€์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋Ÿฐ ๋งฅ๋ฝ์—์„œ ๋””์ง€ํ„ธ ๋“œ๋กœ์ž‰์„ ์„ ํ˜ธํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

4. What is your artistic process like?

On a daily basis, I make a lot of notes and try to record my thoughts. I prefer writing. These days, I write short novels and essays as a hobby and it also helps me come up with new ideas for my drawings. I often imagine what the characters in my novels would look like. And, thatโ€™s why I have so many portraits of imaginary people. 

I also get inspiration from random songs I run into. In that case, I start making a lot of sketches until I find the best way to express the feelings I got while listening to music.  

๋งค์ผ ์ƒ๊ฐ์„ ๊ธ€๋กœ ๊ธฐ๋กํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์š”์ฆ˜์—๋Š” ๋‹จํŽธ์†Œ์„ค๊ณผ ์—์„ธ์ด ์“ฐ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ์ฆ๊ธฐ๋Š”๋ฐ, ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ์œ„ํ•œ ์•„์ด๋””์–ด๋ฅผ ๋– ์˜ฌ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๋ฐ์—๋„ ๋„์›€์ด ๋ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ข…์ข… ์ œ๊ฐ€ ์“ด ์†Œ์„ค์˜ ์ธ๋ฌผ๋“ค์ด ์–ด๋–ป๊ฒŒ ์ƒ๊ฒผ์„๊นŒ ์ƒ์ƒํ•˜๊ณ  ์ดˆ์ƒํ™”๋กœ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. 

์šฐ์—ฐํžˆ ๋“ฃ๊ฒŒ ๋œ ๋…ธ๋ž˜์—์„œ ์˜๊ฐ์„ ๋ฐ›๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋Ÿฐ ๊ฒฝ์šฐ์—๋Š”, ๋…ธ๋ž˜๋ฅผ ๋“ค์œผ๋ฉฐ ๋Š๋‚€ ๊ฐ์ •์„ ํ‘œํ˜„ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” ์ด๋ฏธ์ง€๊ฐ€ ๋‚˜์˜ฌ ๋•Œ๊นŒ์ง€ ๊ณ„์† ์Šค์ผ€์น˜๋ฅผ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. 

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

I like to spend time alone because thatโ€™s when I get inspired the most. Basically, what I see and hear inspires me. Then, I put my thoughts into drawings. But, I canโ€™t always just wait for inspiration to come. Thatโ€™s when I start making lots of sketches. Itโ€™s the process of searching for inspiration in a more active form.

์ €๋Š” ํ˜ผ์ž ์žˆ์„ ๋•Œ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์˜๊ฐ์ด ๋งŽ์ด ๋– ์˜ค๋ฅด๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ํ˜ผ์ž ์‹œ๊ฐ„ ๋ณด๋‚ด๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ œ๊ฐ€ ๋ณด๊ณ  ๋“ฃ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์—์„œ ์˜๊ฐ์„ ์–ป๊ณ  ๊ทธ๋•Œ ๋“  ์ƒ๊ฐ๋“ค์„ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์œผ๋กœ ์˜ฎ๊น๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ๋Š˜ ์˜๊ฐ์ด ๋– ์˜ค๋ฅผ ๋•Œ๊นŒ์ง€ ๊ธฐ๋‹ค๋ฆฌ๊ธฐ๋งŒ ํ•  ์ˆ˜๋Š” ์—†๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ์Šค์ผ€์น˜๋ฅผ ๋งŽ์ด ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ €์—๊ฒŒ ์Šค์ผ€์น˜๋Š” ๋” ์ ๊ทน์ ์œผ๋กœ ์˜๊ฐ์„ ์ฐพ์•„๊ฐ€๋Š” ๊ณผ์ •์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

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

Art helps me find balance in my life. Iโ€™m a realistic and rational person, especially when it comes to my career and relationship. Iโ€™m afraid of making mistakes. And, it often stresses me out because everyone makes mistakes! Art frees me from all these concerns and obsession over perfection.

๋ฏธ์ˆ ์€ ์ œ ์‚ถ์˜ ๊ท ํ˜•์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ผ์ด๋‚˜ ๊ด€๊ณ„์— ์žˆ์–ด์„œ ํ˜„์‹ค์ ์ด๊ณ  ํ•ฉ๋ฆฌ์ ์ธ ํŽธ์ด๊ณ  ์‹ค์ˆ˜ํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ๋‘๋ ค์›Œํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ ‡์ง€๋งŒ ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋‚˜ ์‹ค์ˆ˜๋ฅผ ํ•˜๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ์ œ ์„ฑ๊ฒฉ ์ž์ฒด๊ฐ€ ์ŠคํŠธ๋ ˆ์Šค๋กœ ๋‹ค๊ฐ€์˜ค๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ฏธ์ˆ ์€ ์ €๋ฅผ ์™„๋ฒฝ์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์ง‘์ฐฉ๊ณผ ๊ณ ๋ฏผ์œผ๋กœ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ๋ฒ—์–ด๋‚˜๊ฒŒ ํ•ด ์ค๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

7. Where did you study?

In Korea and US. I grew up in Korea but went to university in the US. The art curriculum was impressive. It taught me how to draw what I think and feel. I still think about the art class when Iโ€™m stuck in a rut while drawing.

ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„œ ์ž๋ž๊ณ  ๋ฏธ๊ตญ์—์„œ ๋Œ€ํ•™์„ ๊ฐ”์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ ํ•™๊ต์˜ ๋ฏธ์ˆ  ์ˆ˜์—…์ด ์ธ์ƒ ๊นŠ์—ˆ๋Š”๋ฐ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜๊ณ  ๋Š๋ผ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๋ฐฉ๋ฒ•์„ ๊ฐ€๋ฅด์ณ์ฃผ์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ง€๊ธˆ๋„ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๋ฉด์„œ ๋ง‰ํžˆ๊ฑฐ๋‚˜ ์Šฌ๋Ÿผํ”„๊ฐ€ ์˜ค๋ฉด ๊ทธ๋•Œ ๋“ค์—ˆ๋˜ ๋ฏธ์ˆ  ์ˆ˜์—…์„ ๋– ์˜ฌ๋ฆฝ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to do book designs and more album art. I like working on my own too but I love collaborating with others. I have to admit that I enjoy being credited by the clients. Iโ€™m not an artist who just keeps drawing something for my own satisfaction. I like sharing my works with others. So, I definitely want to build my career in that direction. And, I see myself travelling more.

์ฑ… ๋””์ž์ธ๊ณผ ๋” ๋งŽ์€ ์•จ๋ฒ” ์•„ํŠธ ์ž‘์—…์„ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”. ํ˜ผ์ž ์ž‘์—…ํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ๋„ ์ข‹์ง€๋งŒ ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ๋ถ„๋“ค๊ณผ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ์ž‘์—…ํ•  ๋•Œ ์ •๋ง ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์›Œ์š”. ์ œ ๋งŒ์กฑ๋งŒ์„ ์œ„ํ•ด์„œ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ๋ณด๋‹จ ๋‚จ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ๋ณด์—ฌ์ฃผ๊ณ  ์นญ์ฐฌ๋ฐ›๋Š” ๊ฒŒ ๋” ์ฆ๊ฒ๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ๊ทธ๋Ÿฐ ๋ฐฉํ–ฅ์œผ๋กœ ๊ฒฝ๋ ฅ์„ ์Œ“๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ , 5๋…„ ๋’ค์—” ๋” ๋งŽ์ด ์—ฌํ–‰ ๋‹ค๋‹ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”.

9. What about in ten?

I live alone now and I love it but in ten years, I want to have my own family. It doesnโ€™t have to be a husband and kids. It can be a cat, a dog, a roommate or anything/ anyone. 

์ง€๊ธˆ์€ ํ˜ผ์ž ์‚ฌ๋Š” ๊ฒŒ ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ์ข‹์ง€๋งŒ ์‹ญ ๋…„ ํ›„์—๋Š” ์ €๋งŒ์˜ ๊ฐ€์กฑ์„ ๊ฐ–๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”. ๊ผญ ๋‚จํŽธ๊ณผ ์•„์ด๊ฐ€ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋”๋ผ๋„ ์ƒ๊ด€์—†์–ด์š”. ๊ณ ์–‘์ด๋‚˜ ๊ฐ•์•„์ง€, ๋ฃธ๋ฉ”์ดํŠธ๊ฐ€ ๋  ์ˆ˜๋„ ์žˆ๊ณ ์š”. 

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

Nothing. I donโ€™t want to set any goals with art. Itโ€™s just one of the things I enjoy in my life and I donโ€™t want it to be the only thing I can love. I will keep drawing not because I want to achieve something with it but because I like it. If something amazing happens, it will be great. But, even if nothing happens, I wonโ€™t complain because I already had fun with it.

๊ทธ๋ฆผ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์— ์žˆ์–ด์„œ๋Š” ๋ชฉํ‘œ๋ฅผ ์ •ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์ง€ ์•Š์•„์š”. ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์€ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ์‚ด๋ฉด์„œ ์ฆ๊ธฐ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ๋“ค ์ค‘ ํ•˜๋‚˜์ง€๋งŒ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•˜๋Š” ์œ ์ผํ•œ ๊ฒƒ์€ ์•„๋‹ˆ์—์š”. ๋ฌด์–ธ๊ฐ€๋ฅผ ์„ฑ์ทจํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์„œ ๋ณด๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ทธ๋ƒฅ ์ข‹์œผ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ ๊ณ„์† ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๋” ํฌ๊ฒŒ ์„ฑ๊ณตํ•œ๋‹ค๋ฉด ๊ธฐ์˜๊ฒ ์ง€๋งŒ ๊ทธ๋ ‡์ง€ ์•Š๋”๋ผ๋„ ์ด๋ฏธ ์ถฉ๋ถ„ํžˆ ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์› ๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ๊ทธ๊ฑธ๋กœ ์ถฉ๋ถ„ํ•  ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”.

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

Whatever my mom makes. Sheโ€™s the best cook.

์—„๋งˆ๊ฐ€ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด์ฃผ๋Š” ๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฒƒ. ์—„๋งˆ ์Œ์‹์ด ์ œ์ผ ๋ง›์žˆ์–ด์š”.

12. Favourite book?

If there was a parallel universe and there were thousands of versions of me, all of โ€œmeโ€ would read Harry Potter. It defines my childhood.

๋งŒ์•ฝ ํ‰ํ–‰์šฐ์ฃผ๊ฐ€ ์กด์žฌํ•ด์„œ ๊ทธ ์•ˆ์— ์ˆ˜์ฒœ ๋ช…์˜ ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ์žˆ๋‹ค๋ฉด, ๋ชจ๋“  ๋ฒ„์ „์˜ ๋‚˜๋Š” ํ•ด๋ฆฌํฌํ„ฐ๋ฅผ ์ฝ์„ ๊ฑฐ์˜ˆ์š”. ์ œ ์–ด๋ฆฐ ์‹œ์ ˆ์„ ๋– ์˜ฌ๋ฆฌ๋ฉด ํ•ด๋ฆฌํฌํ„ฐ๊ฐ€ ๋จผ์ € ์ƒ๊ฐ๋‚˜์š”.

13. Favourite genre of music? 

Masego is my favorite genre. I especially love his song, Black Love.

๋งˆ์„ธ๊ณ ๊ฐ€ ์žฅ๋ฅด๋‹ค! ํŠนํžˆ ๋ธ”๋ž™ ๋Ÿฌ๋ธŒ๋ผ๋Š” ๊ณก ์ข‹์•„ํ•ด์š”.

14. What are your hobbies? 

I love tasting nice food if that can be a hobby too. Itโ€™s the only thing I can truly enjoy without feeling any pressure or stress!

์ง„์งœ ๋ง›์žˆ๋Š” ์Œ์‹์„ ๋ง›๋ณด๋Š” ๊ฑธ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ด์š”. ์ด๊ฒŒ ์ทจ๋ฏธ๊ฐ€ ๋  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š”์ง€ ๋ชจ๋ฅด๊ฒ ์ง€๋งŒ ์•„๋ฌด๋Ÿฐ ์••๋ฐ•์ด๋‚˜ ์ŠคํŠธ๋ ˆ์Šค ์—†์ด ์ฆ๊ธธ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” ์œ ์ผํ•œ ์ทจ๋ฏธ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”.

15. If you werenโ€™t an artist, what would you be?

I would be a rich investor and buy a lot of artwork.

๋ˆ ๋งŽ์€ ํˆฌ์ž์ž๊ฐ€ ๋ผ์„œ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ๋งŽ์ด ์‚ด ๊ฑฐ์˜ˆ์š”.