Instagram: @illuhee


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

Nice to meet you. My name is Donghee Lee and I’m from Korea. I have been drawing for a long time, working as a graphic designer for a while and now I am working as a freelance illustrator in various fields such as picture books, textbooks, and advertisements.

๋ฐ˜๊ฐ€์›Œ์š”. ์ œ ์ด๋ฆ„์€ ์ด๋™ํฌ(ํฌ)์ด๊ณ , ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„œ ์‚ด๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์˜ค๋žซ๋™์•ˆ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ๊ทธ๋ ธ๊ณ  ๊ทธ๋ž˜ํ”ฝ ๋””์ž์ด๋„ˆ๋กœ ์ž ๊น ์ผ์„ ํ–ˆ์—ˆ๊ณ  ์ง€๊ธˆ์€ ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ๋ถ„์•ผ์—์„œ ์ผ๋Ÿฌ์ŠคํŠธ๋ ˆ์ดํ„ฐ๋กœ ํ™œ๋™ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I like cute things and various colors of toys. I feel a lot of excitement through the colorful colors. I also like antiques because it makes me feel comfortable. They remind me of my fluffy childhood.

์ €๋Š” ๋”ฐ๋œปํ•œ ์ง‘์— ์žˆ๋Š” ์•„๊ธฐ์ž๊ธฐํ•œ ๊ฒƒ๋“ค์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์žฅ๋‚œ๊ฐ๋“ค์˜ ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ์ƒ‰์ƒ๋“ค์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๊ตฌ์š”. ์–ด๋ฆด์  ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์šด ์‹œ๊ฐ„์„ ๋ณด๋ƒˆ๋˜ ๋•Œ๊ฐ€ ๋– ์˜ค๋ฅด๊ธฐ๋„ํ•˜๊ตฌ์š”. ์•Œ๋ก๋‹ฌ๋ก ์ƒ๋™๊ฐ ๋„˜์น˜๋Š” ์ƒ‰์ƒ์„ ํ†ตํ•ด ์ €๋„ ๋ฉ๋‹ฌ์•„ ์‹ ๋‚˜๋Š”๊ฑธ ๋Š๋‚€๋‹ต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋˜ ์˜ค๋ž˜๋œ ์†Œํ’ˆ๋“ค์—์„œ ์˜ค๋Š” ํŽธ์•ˆํ•จ์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๊ตฌ์š”.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I prefer to work with photoshop because it’s easy. Photoshop is convenient because it has various editing functions, easy to modify, and various transformations through layer work.

๊ฑฐ์˜ ๋ชจ๋“  ์ž‘์—…์„ ํฌํ† ์ƒต์œผ๋กœ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํฌํ† ์ƒต์„ ํ†ตํ•œ ๋””์ง€ํ„ธ ์ž‘์—…์€ ๋‹ค์–‘ํ•œ ํŽธ์ง‘๊ธฐ๋Šฅ๊ณผ ์ˆ˜์ •์ด ํŽธ๋ฆฌํ•˜๊ณ  ๋ ˆ์ด์–ด ์ž‘์—…์„ ํ†ตํ•ด์„œ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๊ฐ€์ง€ ๋ณ€ํ˜•์„ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์–ด ํŽธ๋ฆฌํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I often see images I like and other works. And when I find elements I like, I go through the process of adding stories to those elements. I sketch and paint in Photoshop.

์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š” ์ด๋ฏธ์ง€๋“ค์„ ๋จผ์ € ๋ณด๊ฑฐ๋‚˜ ๋‹ค๋ฅธ์ž‘ํ’ˆ๋“ค์„ ์ข…์ข… ๋ด์š”. ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ๋ง˜์— ๋“œ๋Š” ์š”์†Œ๋“ค์„ ๋ฐœ๊ฒฌํ•˜๋ฉด ๊ทธ ์š”์†Œ๋“ค์— ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ง๋ถ™์ด๋Š” ๊ณผ์ •์„ ๊ฑฐ์นฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํฌํ† ์ƒต์—์„œ ์Šค์ผ€์น˜์™€ ์ฑ„์ƒ‰์„ ๋‹ค ์ง„ํ–‰ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

I got inspired by toys, gardens and houses.

์žฅ๋‚œ๊ฐ, ์ •์›, ์ง‘ ์ด๋ฏธ์ง€๋ฅผ ๋งŽ์ด ๋ด…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

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

I keep asking to myself about who I am. The question is what I like and what I want to talk about. Through the my painting, I find my own happiness.

๊ทธ๋ฆผ์€ ๋‚˜๋Š” ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ์ธ๊ฐ€์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ๋ฌผ์Œ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š”๊ฒƒ์€ ๋ฌด์—‡์ด๊ณ  ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์€ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ๋Š” ๋ฌด์—‡์ธ์ง€์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ๋ฌผ์Œ์ด์—์š”. ๋‚˜ ๋˜ํ•œ ๋‚ด ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ํ†ตํ•ด ํ–‰๋ณต์„ ์ฐพ์•„๊ฐ€๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.


7. Where did you study?

My major was visual design. I was interested in the overall design, and I was interested in animation and motion graphic. After that I worked as a game UI designer.

๋Œ€ํ•™๊ต์—์„œ ์‹œ๊ฐ๋””์ž์ธ์„ ์ „๊ณตํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋””์ž์ธ ์ „๋ฐ˜์ ์ธ ๋ถ€๋ถ„์— ๊ด€์‹ฌ์ด ๋งŽ์•˜๊ณ  ์• ๋‹ˆ๋ฉ”์ด์…˜๊ณผ ํšŒํ™”์—๋„ ๊ด€์‹ฌ์ด ๋งŽ์•˜์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ฒŒ์ž„ ui๋””์ž์ด๋„ˆ๋กœ๋„ ๊ทผ๋ฌดํ–ˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to make my own character and story. I want to draw my story steadily with my dog, my ongoing story. I would like to challenge cartoon and graphic novels.

๋‚˜๋งŒ์˜ ์บ๋ฆญํ„ฐ์™€ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋“ค๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”. ์ง€๊ธˆ ์ง„ํ–‰์ค‘์ธ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์ธ ๋‚ด ์• ์™„๊ฒฌ๊ณผ ๋‚˜์˜ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๊พธ์ค€ํžˆ ๊ทธ๋ ค๊ฐ€๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”. ๋งŒํ™”, ๊ทธ๋ž˜ํ”ฝ๋…ธ๋ธ”์—๋„ ๋„์ „ํ•ด๋ณด๊ณ  ์‹ถ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

9. What about in ten?

I want to live with art for a long time. I want to live in a beautiful little city in Italy.

์˜ค๋žซ๋™์•ˆ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๋ฉฐ ์‚ด์ˆ˜์žˆ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ํฌ๋งํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์ดํƒˆ๋ฆฌ์•„์˜ ์ž‘์€ ๋„์‹œ์—์„œ ์‚ด์•„๋ณด๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”.

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

I hope that people can smile for a moment through my art. Also, I like to give pure and happy energy through my work.

๋‚ด ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์„ ํ†ตํ•ด ์ž ๊น์ด๋ผ๋„ ๋ฏธ์†Œ์ง€์„ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์œผ๋ฉด ์ข‹๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ˆœ์ˆ˜ํ•˜๊ณ  ํ–‰๋ณตํ–ˆ๋˜ ์–ด๋ฆด์  ๊ฐ์„ฑ์„ ๋– ์˜ฌ๋ฆฌ๋ฉด์„œ ์•„๊ธฐ์ž๊ธฐํ•œ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ์ƒ์ƒํ•ด๊ฐˆ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ฐ”๋ž๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.


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

I like Korean food. I love rice and kimchi, bean sprouts soup, and dried radish leaves soup. Sounds weird, but it is very tasty. I hope you try it sometime.

ํ•œ๊ตญ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์ธ ๋งŒํผ ํ•œ์‹์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ด์š”. ๋ฐฅ๊ณผ ๊น€์น˜, ์ฝฉ๋‚˜๋ฌผ๊ตญ, ์‹œ๋ ˆ๊ธฐ๊ตญ์„ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

12. Favourite book?

I like all the beautiful picture book comics. Especially Dragon Ball is most remembered. DragonBall made me draw.

์•„๋ฆ„๋‹ค์šด ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์ฑ…์€ ๋ชจ๋‘ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํ˜„์žฌ๋Š” ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ ๊ทธ๋ฆผ์ฑ…, ๋งŒํ™”์ฑ…์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ
๊ทธ๋ž˜๋„ ์–ด๋ฆด๋•Œ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์ข‹์•„ํ–ˆ๊ณ  ๊ทธ๋ฆผ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๊ณ„๊ธฐ๊ฐ€ ๋˜์—ˆ๋˜ ๋“œ๋ž˜๊ณค๋ณผ์„ ์„ ํƒํ•˜๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

13. Favourite genre of music?

I listen to vocal-oriented songs. I like the piano sound, and I like New Age too. I also listen to R & B and hip-hop.

๋ณด์ปฌ์œ„์ฃผ์˜ ๋…ธ๋ž˜๋ฅผ ๋“ฃ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํ”ผ์•„๋…ธ์†Œ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ์ข‹์•„ ๋‰ด์—์ด์ฆˆ๋„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๊ตฌ์š”. ์•Œ์•ค๋น„์™€ ํž™ํ•ฉ๋„ ์ฃผ๋กœ ๋“ฃ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

14. What are your hobbies?

I like to sing, I like toys like LEGO.

๋…ธ๋ž˜๋ถ€๋ฅด๋Š”๊ฑธ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žฅ๋‚œ๊ฐ, ๋ ˆ๊ณ  ์กฐ๋ฆฝ์„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

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

I would have been a graphic designer. I like making things so i’ll be making something.

๊ทธ๋ž˜ํ”ฝ ๋””์ž์ด๋„ˆ๊ฐ€ ๋˜์—ˆ์„๊ฒƒ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋งŒ๋“œ๋Š”๊ฑธ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ด์„œ ๋ฌด์—‡์ด๋“  ๋งŒ๋“ค๊ฑฐ๋‚˜์š”.