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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.

μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš” μ €λŠ” μ΄ν™”λ¦Όμž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. ν•œκ΅­μ—μ„œ νƒœμ–΄λ‚˜ 자랐고 ν˜„μž¬ λ‰΄μš•μ—μ„œ ν”„λ¦¬λžœμ„œ μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄ν„°λ‘œ ν™œλ™ν•˜κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. κΈ°μ–΅ 속 μ €λŠ” 항상 그림을 κ·Έλ ΈλŠ”λ°μš” 제 남은 인생도 계속 창쑰적인 일을 ν•˜κ²Œλ˜μ–΄ κΈ°μ©λ‹ˆλ‹€. ν˜ΈκΈ°μ‹¬μ΄ μ™•μ„±ν•΄μ„œ μƒˆλ‘œμš΄ 도전을 μ¦κΉλ‹ˆλ‹€. λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Ό ꡐλ₯˜ν•˜κ³  μ‹Άμ—ˆλŠ”λ° Ballpit에 μ†Œκ°œλ˜μ–΄ ν–‰λ³΅ν•΄μš”.


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.

μ •ν™•ν•œ νˆ¬μ‹œλ‚˜ λΉ„μœ¨λ³΄λ‹€ 선을 μ΄μš©ν•œ μ‘°ν™”λ‘œμš΄ 세상을 κ΅¬μΆ•ν•˜λŠ”λ° 쀑점을 λ‘‘λ‹ˆλ‹€.ν”λ“€λ¦¬μ§€λ§Œ ν™•μ‹€ν•œ 선듀은 λ―Έμ•½ν•˜κ²Œ 컨트둀 λ˜μ§€λ§Œ 제 μ„Έμƒμ†μ—μ„œ μžμ—°μŠ€λŸ½κ²Œ μ‘΄μž¬ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€

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!

μ‹€ν—˜ν•  땐 μ—¬λŸ¬ 재료λ₯Ό ν•¨κ»˜ μ“°λŠ”κ±Έ μ’‹μ•„ν•˜μ§€λ§Œ ν‰μ†Œ μž‘μ—…μ‹œμ—” 펜과 μž‰ν¬λ₯Ό μ΄μš©ν•œ μž‘μ—…μ„ κ°€μž₯ μ„ ν˜Έν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. κΈˆμ† 촉과 펠트 촉 펜 λ‘˜ λ‹€ μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”. νŽœμ€ 어디든지 λ“€κ³  κ°€κΈ° νŽΈν•  뿐 μ•„λ‹ˆλΌ 선을 μ»¨νŠΈλ‘€ν•˜κΈ° νŽΈν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. νŽœμ„ μ΄μš©ν•΄μ„œ μ•„μ£Ό κ°„λ‹¨ν•˜κ²Œλ„ 그릴 수 있고 μ•„μ£Ό νŒŒκ³ λ“€μ–΄ λ³΅μž‘ν•˜κ³  ν…μŠ€μ³λ‘œ κ°€λ“ν•˜κ²Œλ„ 그릴 수 μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. νŽœμ„ μ‚¬μš©ν–ˆμ„λ•Œ κ°€μž₯ μ €λ‹€μš΄ μŠ€νƒ€μΌμ΄ λ‚˜μ˜€κΈ° λ‚˜μ˜¨λ‹€κ³  λŠλ‚λ‹ˆλ‹€. 펜과 μ €λŠ” ꢁ합이 잘 λ§žλŠ” 것 κ°™μ•„μš”.

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. That’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, it’s very interesting to see the transformation of a line drawing to a fully colored drawing.

μ–΄λ–€ μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•˜λŠλƒμ— μ‘°κΈˆμ”© λ‹€λ₯΄μ§€λ§Œ 보편적으둜 영감이 λ– μ˜€λ₯΄λ©° μ‹œμž‘ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 무엇을 그리고 싢은지 λͺ…확해지면 그림을 톡해 무엇을 λ§ν•˜κ³  쀑점을 두고 싢은지 μ •ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ·Έ ν›„ ν•„μš”ν•œ 만큼 μž‘μ€ 썸넀일 μŠ€μΌ€μΉ˜λ₯Ό κ·Έλ¦½λ‹ˆλ‹€. 썸넀일이 λ¨Έλ¦¬μ†μ˜ 이미지와 λ§žμ•„λ–¨μ–΄μ§€κ³  μ˜³λ‹€λŠ” λŠλ‚Œμ΄ λ“€λ©΄ μ„  μž‘μ—…μ— λ“€μ–΄κ°‘λ‹ˆλ‹€.μ–΄λ–€ μž‘μ—…λ“€μ€ μ„ μ—μ„œ λλ‚˜κΈ°λ„ ν•˜κ³  λ””μ§€ν„Έλ‘œ 색을 μž…νžˆκΈ°λ„ ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ„ λ§Œ μžˆλŠ” μž‘μ—…κ³Ό 색이 λ“€μ–΄κ°„ μž‘μ—…μ˜ 차이λ₯Ό λ³΄λŠ”κ²Œ ꡉμž₯히 μž¬λ°ŒμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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.

제 개인 μž‘ν’ˆλ“€μ€ λŒ€λΆ€λΆ„ μ‹œκ° 예술이 μ•„λ‹Œ ν˜•νƒœμ˜ μ˜ˆμˆ μ—μ„œ μ˜κ°μ„ λ°›μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 예λ₯Ό λ“€μ–΄ μŒμ•…, μ‹œ 그리고 μ±… λ“±μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ…Έλž˜μ™€ 글듀은 λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ 컨셉듀과 λΆ„μœ„κΈ°λ“€μ„ μ‹œκ°ν™”ν•˜λŠ”λ° 도움을 μ€λ‹ˆλ‹€. 제 μž‘ν’ˆ 쀑 λͺ‡μ€ ν•˜λ‚˜μ˜ μ˜κ°μ„ κ·ΈλŒ€λ‘œ κ΅¬ν˜„ν•˜λ €κ³  ν•˜κΈ°λ„ ν•˜κ³  μ–΄λ–€ μž‘ν’ˆλ“€μ€ λ‹€λ₯Έ 아이디어와 κ²°ν•©μ‹œμΌœ μƒˆλ‘œμš΄ 메세지λ₯Ό λ§Œλ“­λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ €λŠ” 제 μΌκΈ°μ—μ„œλ„ μ˜κ°μ„ λ°›κ³  μƒˆλ‘œμš΄ 이미지λ₯Ό μ°½μ‘°ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μΌμƒμ—μ„œ 보고 λŠλ‚€μ κ³Ό μƒκ°λ“€μ—μ„œ μ˜κ°λ°›μ•„ λ‹€μ‹œ μ‹œκ°ν™” ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 제 μΌκΈ°λŠ” λ…Όν”½μ…˜μ΄μ§€λ§Œ 제 그림은 ν”½μ…˜μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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.

그림은 μ €μ˜ 세상을 λ„“νžˆκ³  또 λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ 주제둜 μ—¬λŸ¬ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Ό μ†Œν†΅ν•˜κ²Œ ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그림을 κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” 것은 제 κ²½ν—˜, 생각과 감상을 μ†Œν™”μ‹œν‚€λŠ” 것을 λ•μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그림을 그림으둜써 μ €λŠ” 제 일상을 λ˜λŒμ•„λ³΄κ³ , 감상에 λŒ€ν•΄ λ‹€μ‹œ 생각해 보고, 제 감정을 μ΄ν•΄ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 제 μ™„μ„±λœ 그림은 μ €μ˜ κ°μƒμ˜ μ •μ œλœ ν˜•νƒœμž…λ‹ˆλ‹€.


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.

μ΅œκ·Όμ— λ―Έκ΅­μ—μ„œ λ‘œλ“œ μ•„μΌλžœλ“œ λ””μžμΈ μŠ€μΏ¨μ—μ„œ μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄μ…˜κ³Όλ₯Ό μ‘Έμ—…ν–ˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 사 λ…„ λ™μ•ˆ ν₯미둜운 μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Ό λΆˆνƒ€ 였λ₯΄λ©° κ³΅λΆ€ν–ˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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 let’s make something creative!

μ˜€λ…„κ°„ μ €λŠ” 일러슀트λ₯Ό ν™œμš©ν•œ λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ λΆ„μ•Όλ₯Ό κ²½ν—˜ν•˜κ³  μ‹ΆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 예둜 λ“€λ©΄ μ‹œμ‚¬μΆœνŒ, μ• λ‹ˆλ©”μ΄μ…˜, μž₯λ‚œκ° λ“± λ§Žμ€ 뢄야에 관심이 μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ €λŠ” 즐겁게 μ—¬λŸ¬ λΆ„μ•Όλ₯Ό 겅쀑겅쀑 λ›°μ–΄λ‹€λ‹ˆλ©° μƒˆλ‘œμš΄ 아이디어와 ν˜•νƒœλ₯Ό λ§Œλ“€μ–΄ λ‚΄κ³  μžˆμ„ 것 κ°™μ•„μš”. 일러슀트의 κ°€λŠ₯성을 μ‹œν—˜ν•΄λ³΄κ³  μ‹ΆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ €λŠ” κΌ­ μ•„ν‹°μŠ€νŠΈμ™€ λ””μžμ΄λ„ˆ 뿐 μ•„λ‹Œ λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ λΆ„μ•Όμ˜ μ „λ¬Έκ°€λ“€κ³Ό μ½œλΌλ³΄ν•΄λ³΄κ³  μ‹Άμ–΄μš”. νŽΈν•˜κ²Œ μ—°λ½μ£Όμ„Έμš”. 같이 창쑰적인 일을 ν•΄λ΄…μ‹œλ‹€!

9. What about in ten?

I’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.

μ‹­λ…„μ•ˆμ— κ°€λŠ₯ν• μ§€λŠ” λͺ¨λ₯΄κ² μ§€λ§Œ μ €λŠ” ν•˜λ‚˜μ˜ λΈŒλžœλ“œλ₯Ό λ§Œλ“€μ–΄ λ³΄κ³ μ‹Άμ–΄μš”. 각각의 μ£Όμ œμ— 맞좰 μ‹œμ¦Œλ³„λ‘œ λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ ν˜•νƒœμ˜ 일러슀트 μž‘ν’ˆλ“€μ„ λ³΄μ—¬λ“œλ¦¬κ³  μ‹ΆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ¬Όλ‘  μ‹­λ…„ 후에도 계속 λ‹€λ₯Έ λΆ„λ“€κ³Ό μ½œλΌλ³΄λ ˆμ΄μ…˜μ„ ν•˜κ³  μžˆμ„κ±°μ—μš”.

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.

μ €λŠ” μ œκ·Έλ¦Όμ„ 톡해 μ„±κ³΅μ μœΌλ‘œ λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ μ£Όμ œλ“€μ„ μ €λ§Œμ˜ 해석과 λŠλ‚Œλ“€μ„ 이야기해보고 μ‹Άμ–΄μš”.


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

Recently, I got addicted to Lay’s classic potato chips. I even ordered 5 bags of party size Lay’s on Amazon. Hopefully, I don’t eat too much that I actually become them.

졜근 레이즈 κ°μžμΉ©μ— μ€‘λ…λ˜μ—ˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 무렀 μ•„λ§ˆμ‘΄μ—μ„œ 5λ΄‰μ§€μ˜ νŒŒν‹°μ‚¬μ΄μ¦ˆμ˜ κ°μžμΉ©μ„ μ£Όλ¬Έν–ˆμ–΄μš”. λ„ˆλ¬΄ λ¨Ήλ‹€κ°€ κ°μžκ°€ 될까봐 κ±±μ •μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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.

κ°€μž₯ μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λŠ” 것을 κΌ½λŠ”κ²ƒμ€ 항상 μ–΄λ ΅μ§€λ§Œ 제 μ±…μž₯μ—μ„œ ν•œ 책을 μΆ”μ²œν•΄ λ“œλ¦¬μžλ©΄ λ°œν„° λ«Όμ–΄μŠ€μ˜ κΏˆκΎΈλŠ” μ±…λ“€μ˜ λ„μ‹œλ₯Ό κΆŒν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 이 μŠ€ν† λ¦¬λŠ” 상상λ ₯으둜 κ°€λ“μ°¨μžˆκ³  졜고둜 μ„¬μ„Έν•œ 세계관을 가지고 μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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.

μ €λŠ” 락을 정말 μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ½μ—μ„œ λŠκ»΄μ§€λŠ” κ°•ν•œ μ—λ„ˆμ§€μ™€ μ—¬λŸ¬ 악기듀이 μ–΄μš°λŸ¬μ§„ μ†Œλ¦¬λ₯Ό λ“£λŠ”κ²ƒμ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”.

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.

취미둜 일렉기타λ₯Ό μΉ©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ•…κΈ°λ₯Ό μ—°μ£Όν•˜λŠ”κ²ƒκ³Ό 그림을 κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ”λ°λŠ” 연관점이 λ§Žμ€λ° 연관점을 μ°Ύμ„λ•Œ λ§ˆλ‹€ ꡉμž₯히 μ¦κ±°μ›Œμš”.

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.

μ•„λ§ˆ μ‹¬λ¦¬ν•™μžμ΄μ§€ μ‹Άμ–΄μš”. 심리학은 μ œκ°€ 미술 학ꡐ에 κ°€κΈ°λ‘œ κ²°μ •ν•˜κΈ° 전에 κ΄€μ‹¬μžˆμ–΄ν–ˆλ˜ κ³Όμž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ³ λ“±ν•™κ΅λ•Œ μ§μ—…μœΌλ‘œ 그림을 그리면 κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ”κ²ƒμ„ μ‹«μ–΄ν•˜κ²Œ 될까봐 취미둜만 κ°„μ§ν•˜κ³  μ „κ³΅μœΌλ‘œ ν•˜κ³  μ‹Άμ–΄ν•˜μ§€ μ•Šμ•˜μ–΄μš”. μ œκ°€ λ―Έμˆ μ„ μ„ νƒν•΄μ„œ ꡉμž₯히 ν–‰λ³΅ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.