Instagram: @nayoillustration

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

Hello, my name is Nayo and I am a freelance illustrator from South Korea.Β 
I liked painting since I was young, but after a short career in the company after graduating from university, I decided, “Let’s draw my own paintings.”.Β Since then, I have been drawing illustrations for about seven years. Time flies!Β 
Recently, I changed my environment because I wanted to live in a place where I could see more nature, and I think it was a good choice.

μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš”. μ €λŠ” ν•œκ΅­μ—μ„œ ν”„λ¦¬λžœμŠ€ μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄ν„°λ‘œ ν™œλ™ν•˜κ³  μžˆλŠ” λ‚˜μš”λΌκ³  ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.Β 
그림은 어렸을 λ•ŒλΆ€ν„° μ’‹μ•„ν–ˆμ§€λ§Œ, λŒ€ν•™κ΅ μ‘Έμ—…ν•˜κ³  잠깐의 νšŒμ‚¬ μƒν™œμ„ ν•˜κ³  λ‚˜μ„œμ•Ό “이제 그만 μ €μ˜ 그림을 그렀보자”라고 κ²°μ •ν–ˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.Β 
κ·Έ ν›„λ‘œ 그림을 그렀온 지 7λ…„ 정도가 ν˜λ €μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ‹œκ°„ μ°Έ λΉ¨λΌμš”!Β 
μ΅œκ·Όμ—λŠ” μ’€ 더 μžμ—°μ΄ 많이 λ³΄μ΄λŠ” κ³³μ—μ„œ μ‚΄κ³  μ‹Άμ–΄μ„œ ν™˜κ²½μ„ λ°”κΎΈμ—ˆκ³ , λ‚˜λ¦„ μž˜ν•œ μ„ νƒμ΄μ—ˆλ‹€κ³  μƒκ°ν•΄μš”.Β 

2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I am fascinated by the beauty of natural flow, light, and color.Β I like something organic, something that’s sometimes intense, but soft and warm. And they make me want to talk about them in my artworks.

μ €λŠ” μžμ—°μŠ€λŸ¬μš΄ 흐름과 λΉ›, 컬러의 아름닀움에 λ§ˆμŒμ„ λΉΌμ•—κΉλ‹ˆλ‹€. 유기적인 무언가λ₯Ό, 가끔은 강렬해도 λΆ€λ“œλŸ½κ³  따듯함이 λŠκ»΄μ§€λŠ” λͺ¨λ“  것듀을 μ’‹μ•„ν•˜κ³ , λ˜ν•œ 그것듀을 μ „ 그림으둜 λ§ν•˜κ³  μ‹Άμ–΄μ§‘λ‹ˆλ‹€.Β 

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

The illustrations are all based on digital work.Β I prefer digital work because it’s easy to try and modify quickly to catch the direction that I want.Β However, textures are made directly from acrylic or watercolors on paper. They are used in various ways for digital work.Β It can be textured digitally, but I don’t think it’s possible to follow the natural brush textures.Β 

그림은 λͺ¨λ‘ 디지털 μž‘μ—…μ„ 기반으둜 ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.Β μ œκ°€ μ›ν•˜λŠ” λ°©ν–₯을 λΉ λ₯΄κ²Œ μ‹œλ„ν•˜κ³  μˆ˜μ •ν•˜κΈ° μ‰¬μ›Œμ„œ 디지털 μž‘μ—…μ„ 더 μ„ ν˜Έν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.Β ν•˜μ§€λ§Œ ν…μŠ€μ³λŠ” 쒅이 μœ„μ— μ•„ν¬λ¦΄μ΄λ‚˜ μˆ˜μ±„ν™”λ‘œ 직접 μ œμž‘ν•΄μ„œ 디지털 μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•  λ•Œ 이듀을 λ‹€μ–‘ν•˜κ²Œ μ΄μš©ν•˜λŠ” νŽΈμž…λ‹ˆλ‹€.Β λ””μ§€ν„Έλ‘œλ„ ν…μŠ€μ³κ°μ„ λ‚Ό μˆ˜λ„ μžˆκ² μ§€λ§Œ, λΆ“μ˜ μžμ—°μŠ€λŸ¬μš΄ ν…μŠ€μ³λŠ” λͺ»λ”°λΌμ˜€λŠ” 것 κ°™μ•„μš”.Β 

4. What is your artistic process like?

First, I draw thumbnails on the paper for the content or images that I would like to draw.Β Then, I develop my ideas by sketching them roughly on the monitor.Β It’s fun to change colors while thinking about the story of how the image came to mind.Β Finding the best direction in this process is really exciting.

그리고 싢은 λ‚΄μš©μ΄λ‚˜ λ– μ˜€λ₯Έ 이미지듀은 일단 쒅이 μœ„μ— μΈλ„€μΌλ‘œ κ·Έλ €λ†“μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그런 λ‹€μŒ λͺ¨λ‹ˆν„° μœ„μ—μ„œ λŸ¬ν”„ν•˜κ²Œ μŠ€μΌ€μΉ˜λ₯Ό ν•˜λ©΄μ„œ 아이디어λ₯Ό λ°œμ „μ‹œμΌœ λ‚˜κ°€κΈ°λ„ ν•΄μš”.Β μ–΄λ–€ λŠλ‚ŒμœΌλ‘œ 이미지가 λ– μ˜¬λžμ—ˆλŠ”μ§€ μŠ€ν† λ¦¬λ₯Ό μƒκ°ν•˜λ©΄μ„œ 색감 등을 이리저리 λ°”κΏ”λ‚˜κ°€λŠ” μž‘μ—… 과정이 재미있고, 이 κ³Όμ •μ—μ„œ κ°€μž₯ λ§ˆμŒμ— λ“œλŠ” λ°©ν–₯을 찾으면 λ„ˆλ¬΄ 신이 λ‚©λ‹ˆλ‹€.Β 

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

I usually get inspiration from nature, seasons, new places, song lyrics, movie scenes, photos, daily life and so on.Β Especially, I am interested in nature and travel, so I usually find stories of my illustration while searching for photos of beautiful scenery.

μžμ—°, κ³„μ ˆ, μƒˆλ‘œμš΄ μž₯μ†Œ, λ…Έλž˜ 가사, μ˜ν™” μž₯λ©΄, 사진, 일상 λ“±μ—μ„œ μ˜κ°μ„ 얻을 λ•Œκ°€ λ§Žμ•„μš”. 특히 μžμ—°κ³Ό 여행에 관심이 λ§Žμ•„μ„œ μ•„λ¦„λ‹€μš΄ 풍경을 담은 사진을 μ°Ύλ‹€κ°€ 일러슀트 μŠ€ν† λ¦¬λ₯Ό 찾게 λ©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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

I think art is a kind of way to get to know myself.Β There must be also the way by communicating with people , but while painting my own, I feel like I’m looking at myself deeply.Β I think it ends up helping me have a stronger power to see the world.

μ˜ˆμˆ μ€ 제 μžμ‹ μ„ μ•Œμ•„κ°€λŠ” ν•˜λ‚˜μ˜ 방법인 것 κ°™μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.Β μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Ό μ†Œν†΅ν•˜λ©΄μ„œ μ•Œμ•„κ°€λŠ” λ‚΄ λͺ¨μŠ΅λ„ μžˆκ² μ§€λ§Œ, λ‚˜λ§Œμ˜ 그림을 κ·Έλ¦¬λ©΄μ„œ λ‚΄ μžμ‹ μ„ 깊이 λ°”λΌλ³΄λŠ” 것 κ°™μ•„μš”. 그것은 κ²°κ΅­ μ œκ°€ 세상을 λ³΄λŠ” νž˜μ„ μ’€ 더 κ°•ν•˜κ²Œ κ°€μ§ˆ 수 있게 도움을 μ£ΌλŠ” 것 κ°™μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.Β Β 

7. Where did you study?

I majored in visual design at Seoul National University of Science and Technology in South Korea.Β The design I studied as a student is still very helpful in many ways.

ν•œκ΅­μ˜ μ„œμšΈκ³Όν•™κΈ°μˆ λŒ€ν•™κ΅(Seoul National University of Science and Technology)μ—μ„œ μ‹œκ°λ””μžμΈμ„ μ „κ³΅ν–ˆμ–΄μš”. 학생 λ•Œ κ³΅λΆ€ν•œ λ””μžμΈμ€ μ§€κΈˆλ„ μ—¬λŸ¬λͺ¨λ‘œ 도움이 많이 되고 μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.Β 

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Maybe I am going to draw more illustrations with more diverse themes than now. These days I have been thinking a lot that I would like to connect more widely with people through artworks.

μ§€κΈˆλ³΄λ‹€ μ’€ 더 λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ 주제둜 λ§Žμ€ 그림을 κ·Έλ¦¬λ©΄μ„œ 지내지 μ•Šμ„κΉŒ μ‹Άμ–΄μš”. 그림으둜 μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Ό 더 λ„“κ²Œ 이어지고 μ‹Άλ‹€λŠ” 생각을 μš”μ¦˜ 많이 ν•˜κ±°λ“ μš”.Β 

9. What about in ten?

In 10 years, there will be more good people around me than now, and I might have my own little studio.Β When that time comes, I would like to make my studio as a place with warm tea and stories, not just as my workroom.

10λ…„ ν›„μ—λŠ” μ§€κΈˆλ³΄λ‹€ 제 μ£Όμœ„μ— 쒋은 μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ΄ λ§Žμ•„μ§€κ³ , μ €λ§Œμ˜ μž‘μ€ μŠ€νŠœλ””μ˜€λ₯Ό κ°–κ³  μš΄μ˜ν•˜κ³  μžˆμ„μ§€λ„ λͺ°λΌμš”.Β κ·Έ λ•Œκ°€ 였면 μ €μ˜ μŠ€νŠœλ””μ˜€κ°€ μž‘μ—…μ‹€ 뿐만이 μ•„λ‹Œ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Ό λ”°λ“―ν•œ 차와 이야기가 μžˆλŠ” κ³΅κ°„μœΌλ‘œ λ§Œλ“€μ–΄κ°€κ³  μ‹Άλ„€μš”.Β 

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

For now if my artworks and stories are empathised and sometimes comfort and encourage people, I think that’s the biggest achievement.

μ§€κΈˆμ€ μ €μ˜ κ·Έλ¦Όκ³Ό 이야기가 곡감이 λ˜μ–΄ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ—κ²Œ λ•Œλ‘œλŠ” μœ„λ‘œμ™€ 힘이 λ˜μ–΄μ€€λ‹€λ©΄ 그게 κ°€μž₯ 큰 성취라고 ν•  수 μžˆμ„ 것 κ°™μ•„μš”. 

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

Tomato spaghetti. I like food with tomatoes.

μ „ ν† λ§ˆν†  μŠ€νŒŒκ²Œν‹°λ₯Ό μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. ν† λ§ˆν† κ°€ λ“€μ–΄κ°„ μŒμ‹μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”.

12. Favourite book?

Collection of photographs. And autobiography of Ando Tadao, “I’m an architect”. 

사진집듀. 그리고 건좕가 μ•ˆλ„ λ‹€λ‹€μ˜€(Ando Tadao)의 μžμ„œμ „, “λ‚˜λŠ” 건좕가닀”.

13. Favourite genre of music? 

I listen to various genres of music such as New Age, Lo-fi, classical music, and pop.Β When I draw, I like to listen to Hisaishi Joe’s music in Studio Ghibli’s work the most.

뉴에이지, Lo-fi, ν΄λž˜μ‹, 팝 λ“± λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ μž₯λ₯΄μ˜ μŒμ•…μ„ λ“£λŠ” 편인데, κ·Έλ¦Ό 그릴 λ•ŒλŠ” μŠ€νŠœλ””μ˜€ μ§€λΈŒλ¦¬(Ghibli) μž‘ν’ˆ 속 νžˆμ‚¬μ΄μ‹œ 쑰의 곑듀을 κ°€μž₯ μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”. 

14. What are your hobbies? 

My hobby is growing indoor plants and playing the piano. And collecting pictures of cute cats.

싀내식물을 ν‚€μš°κ³ , ν”Όμ•„λ…Έλ₯Ό μΉ©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그리고 κ·€μ—¬μš΄ κ³ μ–‘μ΄λ“€μ˜ 사진을 λͺ¨μ•„μš”.

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

Probably I would be a florist or a vet. πŸ™‚

μ•„λ§ˆλ„ ν”Œλ‘œλ¦¬μŠ€νŠΈλ‚˜ μˆ˜μ˜μ‚¬κ°€ 됐을 κ±°μ˜ˆμš”. πŸ™‚