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

Hello, I am Hwarim Lee. I was born and raised in South Korea and I am currently working as a freelance illustrator in New York. As far as I can remember, I was always drawing and I am excited to create and make art for the rest of my life. My never-ending curiosity motivates me to face any new challenges. I enjoy communicating with diverse audiences and I am very happy to be featured on Ballpit.

์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š” ์ €๋Š” ์ดํ™”๋ฆผ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„œ ํƒœ์–ด๋‚˜ ์ž๋ž๊ณ  ํ˜„์žฌ ๋‰ด์š•์—์„œ ํ”„๋ฆฌ๋žœ์„œ ์ผ๋Ÿฌ์ŠคํŠธ๋ ˆ์ดํ„ฐ๋กœ ํ™œ๋™ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ธฐ์–ต ์† ์ €๋Š” ํ•ญ์ƒ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ๊ทธ๋ ธ๋Š”๋ฐ์š” ์ œ ๋‚จ์€ ์ธ์ƒ๋„ ๊ณ„์† ์ฐฝ์กฐ์ ์ธ ์ผ์„ ํ•˜๊ฒŒ๋˜์–ด ๊ธฐ์ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํ˜ธ๊ธฐ์‹ฌ์ด ์™•์„ฑํ•ด์„œ ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ๋„์ „์„ ์ฆ๊น๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค๊ณผ ๊ต๋ฅ˜ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์—ˆ๋Š”๋ฐ Ballpit์— ์†Œ๊ฐœ๋˜์–ด ํ–‰๋ณตํ•ด์š”.


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

Rather than stressing on accurate proportions and perspective, I mainly focus on trying to harmonize ideas and themes into one composition through line quality. Wonky but confident lines are merely controlled but make sense in my world.

์ •ํ™•ํ•œ ํˆฌ์‹œ๋‚˜ ๋น„์œจ๋ณด๋‹ค ์„ ์„ ์ด์šฉํ•œ ์กฐํ™”๋กœ์šด ์„ธ์ƒ์„ ๊ตฌ์ถ•ํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ์ค‘์ ์„ ๋‘ก๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.ํ”๋“ค๋ฆฌ์ง€๋งŒ ํ™•์‹คํ•œ ์„ ๋“ค์€ ๋ฏธ์•ฝํ•˜๊ฒŒ ์ปจํŠธ๋กค ๋˜์ง€๋งŒ ์ œ ์„ธ์ƒ์†์—์„œ ์ž์—ฐ์Šค๋Ÿฝ๊ฒŒ ์กด์žฌํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Although I enjoy experimenting with all kinds of media, I am most drawn to the pen, especially those with felt and metal nibs. Not only is it really portable, but the pen gives me really great line quality and control. I can either draw simply or really dig in and make very complex, textured works. I feel that the pen helps bring out my own personal, distinctive style. I would say the pen and I make a great match!

์‹คํ—˜ํ•  ๋• ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ ์žฌ๋ฃŒ๋ฅผ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ์“ฐ๋Š”๊ฑธ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ํ‰์†Œ ์ž‘์—…์‹œ์—” ํŽœ๊ณผ ์ž‰ํฌ๋ฅผ ์ด์šฉํ•œ ์ž‘์—…์„ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์„ ํ˜ธํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ธˆ์† ์ด‰๊ณผ ํŽ ํŠธ ์ด‰ ํŽœ ๋‘˜ ๋‹ค ์ข‹์•„ํ•ด์š”. ํŽœ์€ ์–ด๋””๋“ ์ง€ ๋“ค๊ณ  ๊ฐ€๊ธฐ ํŽธํ•  ๋ฟ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ผ ์„ ์„ ์ปจํŠธ๋กคํ•˜๊ธฐ ํŽธํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํŽœ์„ ์ด์šฉํ•ด์„œ ์•„์ฃผ ๊ฐ„๋‹จํ•˜๊ฒŒ๋„ ๊ทธ๋ฆด ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ณ  ์•„์ฃผ ํŒŒ๊ณ ๋“ค์–ด ๋ณต์žกํ•˜๊ณ  ํ…์Šค์ณ๋กœ ๊ฐ€๋“ํ•˜๊ฒŒ๋„ ๊ทธ๋ฆด ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํŽœ์„ ์‚ฌ์šฉํ–ˆ์„๋•Œ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์ €๋‹ค์šด ์Šคํƒ€์ผ์ด ๋‚˜์˜ค๊ธฐ ๋‚˜์˜จ๋‹ค๊ณ  ๋Š๋‚๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํŽœ๊ณผ ์ €๋Š” ๊ถํ•ฉ์ด ์ž˜ ๋งž๋Š” ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”.

4. What is your artistic process like?

It depends on the work but usually it begins with a spark of inspiration. Once I decide on the general subject matter, I then go over what aspects and elements of the story I want to convey and focus on. This process is usually figured out through many rough thumbnail sketches; I draw as many as I need to until they make sense compositionally and thematically. Thatโ€™s when I finally start the line drawing of the final piece. Some of my work is only line drawings while others are digitally colored. When I do apply color to my work, itโ€™s very interesting to see the transformation of a line drawing to a fully colored drawing.

์–ด๋–ค ์ž‘์—…์„ ํ•˜๋Š๋ƒ์— ์กฐ๊ธˆ์”ฉ ๋‹ค๋ฅด์ง€๋งŒ ๋ณดํŽธ์ ์œผ๋กœ ์˜๊ฐ์ด ๋– ์˜ค๋ฅด๋ฉฐ ์‹œ์ž‘ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ฌด์—‡์„ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์‹ถ์€์ง€ ๋ช…ํ™•ํ•ด์ง€๋ฉด ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ํ†ตํ•ด ๋ฌด์—‡์„ ๋งํ•˜๊ณ  ์ค‘์ ์„ ๋‘๊ณ  ์‹ถ์€์ง€ ์ •ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ ํ›„ ํ•„์š”ํ•œ ๋งŒํผ ์ž‘์€ ์ธ๋„ค์ผ ์Šค์ผ€์น˜๋ฅผ ๊ทธ๋ฆฝ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ธ๋„ค์ผ์ด ๋จธ๋ฆฌ์†์˜ ์ด๋ฏธ์ง€์™€ ๋งž์•„๋–จ์–ด์ง€๊ณ  ์˜ณ๋‹ค๋Š” ๋Š๋‚Œ์ด ๋“ค๋ฉด ์„  ์ž‘์—…์— ๋“ค์–ด๊ฐ‘๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.์–ด๋–ค ์ž‘์—…๋“ค์€ ์„ ์—์„œ ๋๋‚˜๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•˜๊ณ  ๋””์ง€ํ„ธ๋กœ ์ƒ‰์„ ์ž…ํžˆ๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์„ ๋งŒ ์žˆ๋Š” ์ž‘์—…๊ณผ ์ƒ‰์ด ๋“ค์–ด๊ฐ„ ์ž‘์—…์˜ ์ฐจ์ด๋ฅผ ๋ณด๋Š”๊ฒŒ ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ์žฌ๋ฐŒ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

My personal work is usually inspired by non-illustration related forms, such as music, poetry, and books. A lot of songs and books help me visualize all of these different concepts and atmospheres. Sometimes I work off of only one source of inspiration; other times I deviate from the original and create something entirely different. I also re-visualize and take inspiration from my personal journal, where I document my daily feelings and thoughts. My journals are non-fiction but my illustrations are fictional.

์ œ ๊ฐœ์ธ ์ž‘ํ’ˆ๋“ค์€ ๋Œ€๋ถ€๋ถ„ ์‹œ๊ฐ ์˜ˆ์ˆ ์ด ์•„๋‹Œ ํ˜•ํƒœ์˜ ์˜ˆ์ˆ ์—์„œ ์˜๊ฐ์„ ๋ฐ›์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์˜ˆ๋ฅผ ๋“ค์–ด ์Œ์•…, ์‹œ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์ฑ… ๋“ฑ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋…ธ๋ž˜์™€ ๊ธ€๋“ค์€ ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ์ปจ์…‰๋“ค๊ณผ ๋ถ„์œ„๊ธฐ๋“ค์„ ์‹œ๊ฐํ™”ํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ๋„์›€์„ ์ค๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ œ ์ž‘ํ’ˆ ์ค‘ ๋ช‡์€ ํ•˜๋‚˜์˜ ์˜๊ฐ์„ ๊ทธ๋Œ€๋กœ ๊ตฌํ˜„ํ•˜๋ ค๊ณ  ํ•˜๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์–ด๋–ค ์ž‘ํ’ˆ๋“ค์€ ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ์•„์ด๋””์–ด์™€ ๊ฒฐํ•ฉ์‹œ์ผœ ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ๋ฉ”์„ธ์ง€๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋“ญ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ €๋Š” ์ œ ์ผ๊ธฐ์—์„œ๋„ ์˜๊ฐ์„ ๋ฐ›๊ณ  ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ์ด๋ฏธ์ง€๋ฅผ ์ฐฝ์กฐํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ผ์ƒ์—์„œ ๋ณด๊ณ  ๋Š๋‚€์ ๊ณผ ์ƒ๊ฐ๋“ค์—์„œ ์˜๊ฐ๋ฐ›์•„ ๋‹ค์‹œ ์‹œ๊ฐํ™” ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ œ ์ผ๊ธฐ๋Š” ๋…ผํ”ฝ์…˜์ด์ง€๋งŒ ์ œ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์€ ํ”ฝ์…˜์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

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

Art really broadens my world and allows me to communicate a lot of different topics to a lot of different people. Illustrating helps me digest my own experiences, thoughts, and emotions. When I am drawing, I can look back and analyze my routines, rethink my interpretations, and comprehend my feelings more indepthly. I see my finished pieces as refined compositions of myself.

๊ทธ๋ฆผ์€ ์ €์˜ ์„ธ์ƒ์„ ๋„“ํžˆ๊ณ  ๋˜ ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ์ฃผ์ œ๋กœ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค๊ณผ ์†Œํ†ตํ•˜๊ฒŒ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์€ ์ œ ๊ฒฝํ—˜, ์ƒ๊ฐ๊ณผ ๊ฐ์ƒ์„ ์†Œํ™”์‹œํ‚ค๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ๋•์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์œผ๋กœ์จ ์ €๋Š” ์ œ ์ผ์ƒ์„ ๋˜๋Œ์•„๋ณด๊ณ , ๊ฐ์ƒ์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด ๋‹ค์‹œ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•ด ๋ณด๊ณ , ์ œ ๊ฐ์ •์„ ์ดํ•ดํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ œ ์™„์„ฑ๋œ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์€ ์ €์˜ ๊ฐ์ƒ์˜ ์ •์ œ๋œ ํ˜•ํƒœ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.


7. Where did you study?

I recently graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. I had a great, but intense, four years of studying illustration with inspirational people.

์ตœ๊ทผ์— ๋ฏธ๊ตญ์—์„œ ๋กœ๋“œ ์•„์ผ๋žœ๋“œ ๋””์ž์ธ ์Šค์ฟจ์—์„œ ์ผ๋Ÿฌ์ŠคํŠธ๋ ˆ์ด์…˜๊ณผ๋ฅผ ์กธ์—…ํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์‚ฌ ๋…„ ๋™์•ˆ ํฅ๋ฏธ๋กœ์šด ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค๊ณผ ๋ถˆํƒ€ ์˜ค๋ฅด๋ฉฐ ๊ณต๋ถ€ํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Within five years, I want to explore different fields of Illustration, such as editorial, animation, and toy design. I see myself jumping from one thing to the next, discovering all of the wonderful aspects of Illustration. I am also really open to collaborating with people from different professions, including those who are not artists or designers. If anyone is interested, please feel to contact me and letโ€™s make something creative!

์˜ค๋…„๊ฐ„ ์ €๋Š” ์ผ๋Ÿฌ์ŠคํŠธ๋ฅผ ํ™œ์šฉํ•œ ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ๋ถ„์•ผ๋ฅผ ๊ฒฝํ—˜ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์˜ˆ๋กœ ๋“ค๋ฉด ์‹œ์‚ฌ์ถœํŒ, ์• ๋‹ˆ๋ฉ”์ด์…˜, ์žฅ๋‚œ๊ฐ ๋“ฑ ๋งŽ์€ ๋ถ„์•ผ์— ๊ด€์‹ฌ์ด ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ €๋Š” ์ฆ๊ฒ๊ฒŒ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ ๋ถ„์•ผ๋ฅผ ๊ฒ…์ค‘๊ฒ…์ค‘ ๋›ฐ์–ด๋‹ค๋‹ˆ๋ฉฐ ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ์•„์ด๋””์–ด์™€ ํ˜•ํƒœ๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด ๋‚ด๊ณ  ์žˆ์„ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”. ์ผ๋Ÿฌ์ŠคํŠธ์˜ ๊ฐ€๋Šฅ์„ฑ์„ ์‹œํ—˜ํ•ด๋ณด๊ณ  ์‹ถ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ €๋Š” ๊ผญ ์•„ํ‹ฐ์ŠคํŠธ์™€ ๋””์ž์ด๋„ˆ ๋ฟ ์•„๋‹Œ ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ๋ถ„์•ผ์˜ ์ „๋ฌธ๊ฐ€๋“ค๊ณผ ์ฝœ๋ผ๋ณดํ•ด๋ณด๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”. ํŽธํ•˜๊ฒŒ ์—ฐ๋ฝ์ฃผ์„ธ์š”. ๊ฐ™์ด ์ฐฝ์กฐ์ ์ธ ์ผ์„ ํ•ด๋ด…์‹œ๋‹ค!

9. What about in ten?

Iโ€™m not sure if this could happen in just ten years, but it would be great if I could create my own brand. I want to produce seasonal illustrations related to different themes using different medium and platforms. I also would like to be collaborating often with others in ten years.

์‹ญ๋…„์•ˆ์— ๊ฐ€๋Šฅํ• ์ง€๋Š” ๋ชจ๋ฅด๊ฒ ์ง€๋งŒ ์ €๋Š” ํ•˜๋‚˜์˜ ๋ธŒ๋žœ๋“œ๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด ๋ณด๊ณ ์‹ถ์–ด์š”. ๊ฐ๊ฐ์˜ ์ฃผ์ œ์— ๋งž์ถฐ ์‹œ์ฆŒ๋ณ„๋กœ ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ํ˜•ํƒœ์˜ ์ผ๋Ÿฌ์ŠคํŠธ ์ž‘ํ’ˆ๋“ค์„ ๋ณด์—ฌ๋“œ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์‹ถ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ฌผ๋ก  ์‹ญ๋…„ ํ›„์—๋„ ๊ณ„์† ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ๋ถ„๋“ค๊ณผ ์ฝœ๋ผ๋ณด๋ ˆ์ด์…˜์„ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์„๊ฑฐ์—์š”.

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

I hope to successfully convey my own interpretations and feelings about a variety of different topics through my work.

์ €๋Š” ์ œ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ํ†ตํ•ด ์„ฑ๊ณต์ ์œผ๋กœ ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ์ฃผ์ œ๋“ค์„ ์ €๋งŒ์˜ ํ•ด์„๊ณผ ๋Š๋‚Œ๋“ค์„ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐํ•ด๋ณด๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”.


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

Recently, I got addicted to Layโ€™s classic potato chips. I even ordered 5 bags of party size Layโ€™s on Amazon. Hopefully, I donโ€™t eat too much that I actually become them.

์ตœ๊ทผ ๋ ˆ์ด์ฆˆ ๊ฐ์ž์นฉ์— ์ค‘๋…๋˜์—ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ฌด๋ ค ์•„๋งˆ์กด์—์„œ 5๋ด‰์ง€์˜ ํŒŒํ‹ฐ์‚ฌ์ด์ฆˆ์˜ ๊ฐ์ž์นฉ์„ ์ฃผ๋ฌธํ–ˆ์–ด์š”. ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๋จน๋‹ค๊ฐ€ ๊ฐ์ž๊ฐ€ ๋ ๊นŒ๋ด ๊ฑฑ์ •์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

12. Favourite book?

Choosing a favorite is always hard but if I would recommend one book from my bookshelf, The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers. The story is full of imagination and the detail of the world is over the top.

๊ฐ€์žฅ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ๊ผฝ๋Š”๊ฒƒ์€ ํ•ญ์ƒ ์–ด๋ ต์ง€๋งŒ ์ œ ์ฑ…์žฅ์—์„œ ํ•œ ์ฑ…์„ ์ถ”์ฒœํ•ด ๋“œ๋ฆฌ์ž๋ฉด ๋ฐœํ„ฐ ๋ซผ์–ด์Šค์˜ ๊ฟˆ๊พธ๋Š” ์ฑ…๋“ค์˜ ๋„์‹œ๋ฅผ ๊ถŒํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ด ์Šคํ† ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์ƒ์ƒ๋ ฅ์œผ๋กœ ๊ฐ€๋“์ฐจ์žˆ๊ณ  ์ตœ๊ณ ๋กœ ์„ฌ์„ธํ•œ ์„ธ๊ณ„๊ด€์„ ๊ฐ€์ง€๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

13. Favourite genre of music?

I really love rock music. Rock just has this great energy and I love listening to how all of the instruments harmonize with one another.

์ €๋Š” ๋ฝ์„ ์ •๋ง ์ข‹์•„ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ฝ์—์„œ ๋Š๊ปด์ง€๋Š” ๊ฐ•ํ•œ ์—๋„ˆ์ง€์™€ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ ์•…๊ธฐ๋“ค์ด ์–ด์šฐ๋Ÿฌ์ง„ ์†Œ๋ฆฌ๋ฅผ ๋“ฃ๋Š”๊ฒƒ์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ด์š”.

14. What are your hobbies?

I play electric guitar for fun. There are so many connections between playing musical instruments and drawing. It is really exciting whenever I find the connections.

์ทจ๋ฏธ๋กœ ์ผ๋ ‰๊ธฐํƒ€๋ฅผ ์นฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์•…๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ์—ฐ์ฃผํ•˜๋Š”๊ฒƒ๊ณผ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๋Š”๋ฐ๋Š” ์—ฐ๊ด€์ ์ด ๋งŽ์€๋ฐ ์—ฐ๊ด€์ ์„ ์ฐพ์„๋•Œ ๋งˆ๋‹ค ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์›Œ์š”.

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

I would say psychologist. Psychology was the major I looked into before deciding to go to art school. When I was in high school, I did not want to major in art because I was afraid I would not love drawing anymore when it became my job. Now, I am very happy I chose to go to art school.

์•„๋งˆ ์‹ฌ๋ฆฌํ•™์ž์ด์ง€ ์‹ถ์–ด์š”. ์‹ฌ๋ฆฌํ•™์€ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ๋ฏธ์ˆ  ํ•™๊ต์— ๊ฐ€๊ธฐ๋กœ ๊ฒฐ์ •ํ•˜๊ธฐ ์ „์— ๊ด€์‹ฌ์žˆ์–ดํ–ˆ๋˜ ๊ณผ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ณ ๋“ฑํ•™๊ต๋•Œ ์ง์—…์œผ๋กœ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๋ฉด ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๋Š”๊ฒƒ์„ ์‹ซ์–ดํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋ ๊นŒ๋ด ์ทจ๋ฏธ๋กœ๋งŒ ๊ฐ„์งํ•˜๊ณ  ์ „๊ณต์œผ๋กœ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ดํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š์•˜์–ด์š”. ์ œ๊ฐ€ ๋ฏธ์ˆ ์„ ์„ ํƒํ•ด์„œ ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ํ–‰๋ณตํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.