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

Hello! My name is BaekYeon. I work as a freelance illustrator based in South Korea. I draw strange sceneries and odd fancies of my own. I think the happiest moment I have is when I draw and appreciate paintings.

μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš”. μ €λŠ” λ°±μ—°μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. ν•œκ΅­μ—μ„œ ν”„λ¦¬λžœμ„œ μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄ν„°λ‘œ ν™œλ™ν•˜κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ‚―μ„  μž₯λ©΄κ³Ό μ €λ§Œμ˜ μ΄μƒν•œ 상상듀을 그리고 μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ·Έλ¦Ό κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” μˆœκ°„κ³Ό 그림을 κ°μƒν•˜λŠ” μˆœκ°„μ΄ κ°€μž₯ ν–‰λ³΅ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.


I like drawing some strange and odd spaces. These spaces are the production of my imagination. I sketch my imaginary place and fill it with colors I like. I think it’s a pleasant thing to convey my fantasy in the form of paintings. I hope that each painting can be made into a short fairy tale (one-page fairy tale).

μ €λŠ” λ‚―μ„€κ³  μ΄μƒν•œ 곡간을 κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” 것을 μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ·Έ 곡간은 μ €λ§Œμ˜ 상상이죠. 제 λ¨Έλ¦Ώμ†μ—μ„œ κ·Έλ¦° κ·Έ 곡간을 μŠ€μΌ€μΉ˜ν•˜κ³ , 그것을 μ œκ°€ μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λŠ” μƒ‰κ°λ“€λ‘œ μ±„μ›λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ¨Έλ¦Ώμ†μ˜ 상상을 그림으둜 μ „ν•˜λŠ” 것은 κ½€ 즐거운 일이라 μƒκ°ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그것이 단 ν•œ μž₯으둜 그렀진 λ‹¨νŽΈ λ™ν™”λ‘œμ„œ(ν•œ μž₯짜리의 동화) μ „λ‹¬λ˜μ—ˆμœΌλ©΄ ν•˜λŠ” λ°”λžŒμ΄ μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I like various mediums. I like to draw with colored pencils and watercolors as well as pencils, and my favorite medium is acrylic paints. Since I began to work in real earnest as an illustrator, I’ve worked on my pictures by sketching with a pencil and coloring them using digital tools. I’ve addressed the coloring method for my work to find out the best way to make the most of the feeling of a pencil drawing which I prefer. As a result, I usually sketch with pencils and then color it using Photoshop so that the feeling of the pencil sketch remains vivid. I’m currently thinking about ways to mix manual work and digital work in a harmonious manner.

μ €λŠ” κ½€ λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ μž¬λ£Œλ“€μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ—°ν•„ λ“œλ‘œμž‰μ€ λ¬Όλ‘  색연필과 μˆ˜μ±„ν™” 물감, 특히 아크릴 물감을 μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 본격적으둜 μž‘μ—…μ„ μ‹œμž‘ν•œ μ΅œκ·Όμ—λŠ” μ—°ν•„λ‘œ μŠ€μΌ€μΉ˜λ₯Ό ν•œ ν›„, 디지털 μž‘μ—…μ„ ν†΅ν•˜μ—¬ μ±„μƒ‰ν•˜κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ—°ν•„μ˜ λ“œλ‘œμž‰ μ§ˆκ°μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•˜κΈ° λ•Œλ¬Έμ— 그것을 μ΅œλŒ€ν•œ 살릴 수 μžˆλŠ” 채색법에 λŒ€ν•΄ κ³ λ―Όν•˜μ˜€μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ•Œλ¬Έμ— μ—°ν•„λ‘œ μŠ€μΌ€μΉ˜ν•œ ν›„, 포토샡을 ν™œμš©ν•˜μ—¬ μ΅œλŒ€ν•œ μ—°ν•„μ˜ λŠλ‚Œμ„ μ‚΄λ € μ±„μƒ‰ν•˜κ²Œ λ˜μ—ˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. μš”μ¦˜μ€ μˆ˜μž‘μ—…κ³Ό 디지털 μž‘μ—…μ˜ μ μ ˆν•œ μ‘°ν™”λ₯Ό μœ„ν•΄ κ³ λ―Όν•˜κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I read my favorite books or watch movies. Sometimes I take pictures. I look up lots of reference materials. I like to watch many old and beautiful things. When an image pops up in my mind, and I make a small, rough sketch and then draw based on it. I draw with a pencil and color it on Photoshop.

μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λŠ” 책을 μ½κ±°λ‚˜ μ˜ν™”λ₯Ό λ΄…λ‹ˆλ‹€. 사진을 찍기도 ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ§Žμ€ 자료λ₯Ό μ°Ύμ•„λ΄…λ‹ˆλ‹€. 였래되고 μ•„λ¦„λ‹€μš΄ 물건듀을 λ³΄λŠ” 것을 μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그리고 문득 λ– μ˜€λ₯΄λŠ” 이미지가 있으면 μž‘κ²Œ μŠ€μΌ€μΉ˜ν•΄ κΈ°λ‘ν•˜κ³  그것을 ν† λŒ€λ‘œ κ·Έλ¦½λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ—°ν•„λ‘œ μŠ€μΌ€μΉ˜λ₯Ό ν•˜κ³  ν¬ν† μƒ΅μœΌλ‘œ μ±„μƒ‰ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Recently, I’m searching for something that can inspire my work among those in nature. I guess my mother who loves flowers had an influence on me, so I like things like plants, the moon, night times and rainbows. I’m particularly fond of pictures that feature the moon. I think the moon is a good subject matter to express a β€˜strange’ image.

μ΅œκ·Όμ—λŠ” μžμ—°μ˜ 것듀을 μ‚΄νŽ΄λ³΄λŠ” μ€‘μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. 꽃을 μ‚¬λž‘ν•˜μ‹œλŠ” 저희 μ–΄λ¨Έλ‹ˆμ˜ 영ν–₯을 많이 받은 것 κ°™μ•„μš”. 식물듀과 달, ꡬ름, ν•˜λŠ˜, λ¬΄μ§€κ°œ λ“±μ˜ μ†Œμž¬λ“€μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 특히 달을 μ†Œμž¬λ‘œ ν•œ 그림을 μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 달은 β€˜λ‚―μ„ β€™ 이미지λ₯Ό ν‘œν˜„ν•˜κΈ°μ— μ μ ˆν•œ μ†Œμž¬λΌκ³  μƒκ°ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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

I’ve drawn pictures since I was a little child. Drawing pictures is a natural thing for me. Whenever I was asked about my dream, I always answered I want to become an β€˜artist’. Whenever I come across something, I always think of how I can apply this in my drawings.

그림을 κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” 것은 어렸을 λ•ŒλΆ€ν„° μžμ—°μŠ€λŸ½κ²Œ μ­‰ ν•΄μ™”μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. κΏˆμ— λŒ€ν•΄ μ§ˆλ¬Έμ„ 받을 λ•Œλ©΄ μ €μ˜ λŒ€λ‹΅μ€ 항상 β€˜κ·Έλ¦Ό κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” μ‚¬λžŒβ€™μ΄μ—ˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 항상 무엇이든 μ ‘ν•  땐 μ–΄λ–»κ²Œ 그림에 ν™œμš©ν•  수 μžˆμ„μ§€ μƒκ°ν•˜κ²Œ λ©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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7. Where did you study?

I’ve majored in Visual Communication Design since my entering university. I completed the master’s course at Hongik University (Seoul, Korea) and I currently work as an illustrator.

μ €λŠ” ν•™λΆ€ μ‹œμ ˆλΆ€ν„° μ‹œκ°λ””μžμΈμ„ μ „κ³΅ν•˜μ˜€μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그리고 ν™μ΅λŒ€ν•™κ΅ λŒ€ν•™μ›(ν•œκ΅­, μ„œμšΈ)μ—μ„œ 석사λ₯Ό 마친 ν›„, μž‘κ°€ ν™œλ™μ„ ν•˜κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to complete my picture book and study my area of expertise in depth. Moreover, I would like to work in various fields and in various countries.

μ €λ§Œμ˜ κ·Έλ¦Όμ±… μž‘μ—…μ„ μ™„μ„±ν•˜κ³  더 깊게 κ³΅λΆ€ν•˜κ³  μ‹ΆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 또 λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ 뢄야와 λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ λ‚˜λΌμ—μ„œ μž‘μ—…μ„ μ§„ν–‰ν•˜κ³  μ‹ΆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

9. What about in ten?

I want to become an artist who persistently draws pictures. I want to write, too. I want my paintings and writings to get together. My dream is to become prolific in painting and writing.

κΎΈμ€€νžˆ κ·Έλ¦Ό μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•˜λŠ” μž‘κ°€κ°€ 되고 μ‹ΆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 글도 μ“°κ³  μ‹Άκ³ μš”. 제 κ·Έλ¦Όκ³Ό 제 글이 ν•¨κ»˜ ν–ˆμœΌλ©΄ μ’‹κ² μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ‹€μž‘ν•˜λŠ” μž‘κ°€κ°€ κΏˆμž…λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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

I’ve always been comforted by paintings and I wish my paintings can comfort others, either. I wish my paintings can be like β€˜resting’ a while to them.

μ €λŠ” 그림을 톡해 항상 μœ„λ‘œλ₯Ό λ°›μ•„μ™”κ³ , μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ—κ²Œ 제 그림이 μœ„λ‘œκ°€ λ˜μ—ˆμœΌλ©΄ ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 잠깐의 β€˜μ‰Όβ€™ 으둜써 제 그림이 μ „λ‹¬λ˜μ—ˆμœΌλ©΄ ν•˜λŠ” λ°”λžŒμ΄ μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.


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

I love chocolates and coffee. I cannot even work without them (those containing caffeine). πŸ™‚ And I naturally love Korean dishes.

μ €λŠ” 초콜릿과 컀피λ₯Ό μ‚¬λž‘ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그것듀(카페인)이 μ—†μœΌλ©΄ μž‘μ—…μ„ λͺ» ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. πŸ™‚ 그리고 λ‹Ήμ—°νžˆ ν•œμ‹μ„ μ‚¬λž‘ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

12. Favourite book?

I like novels (especially Harry Potter), essays and especially fairy tales. I try to read many picture books. There is nothing more pleasant than appreciating the picture books of my favorite artists. When I travel somewhere, I surely drop by a bookstore in that area to buy some picture books. It’s one of my biggest pleasures of traveling. I feel really grateful to my travel mates for always accompanying me in my β€˜picture-book tours’. πŸ™‚

μ†Œμ„€(특히 해리포터), 에세이 그리고 동화책을 특히 μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ§Žμ€ 그림책을 보기 μœ„ν•΄ λ…Έλ ₯ν•˜κ³  μžˆμ–΄μš”. μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λŠ” μž‘κ°€λ‹˜λ“€μ˜ 그림책을 κ°μƒν•˜λŠ” 일보닀 즐거운 것은 없을 κ±°μ˜ˆμš”. 여행을 κ°€λ©΄ κΌ­ μ„œμ μ— λ“€λŸ¬ 그림책을 μ‚½λ‹ˆλ‹€. 그것이 μ—¬ν–‰μ˜ κ°€μž₯ 큰 μ¦κ±°μ›€μ΄μ—μš”. 제 β€˜κ·Έλ¦Όμ±… 탐방’을 μœ„ν•˜μ—¬ μ—¬ν–‰μ§€μ—μ„œ 항상 ν•¨κ»˜ μ„œμ μ— κ°€μ£ΌλŠ” μΉœκ΅¬μ—κ²Œ 정말 κ³ λ§™μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. πŸ™‚

13. Favourite genre of music?

I like various kinds of music. I listen to k-pops, New Age music and classical music. I prefer calm and relaxing music. I like the original soundtracks of films, too. Recently I’m into the original soundtrack of the Korean movie [The Beauty Inside, 2015].

λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ μŒμ•…μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. k pop도 많이 λ“£κ³  뉴에이지, ν΄λž˜μ‹λ„ 많이 λ“€μ–΄μš”. μ°¨λΆ„ν•œ μŒμ•…μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ˜ν™” ost도 많이 λ“£κ³  μžˆμ–΄μš”. μ§€κΈˆμ€ ν•œκ΅­ μ˜ν™” <λ·°ν‹° μΈμ‚¬μ΄λ“œ (The Beauty Inside, 2015)>의 ostλ₯Ό λ“£κ³  μžˆμ–΄μš”.

14. What are your hobbies?

I’ve become even more into reading books since I purchased an e-book reader. The best part of the e-book reader is you can read at night without turning on the lights. I began to read [Harry Potter] series again even though I’ve read it countless times. Recently I read [The man who mistook his wife for a hat] written by Oliver Sacks.

λͺ‡ λ…„ 전에 이뢁 리더기λ₯Ό μ‚° μ΄ν›„λ‘œ μ±… 읽기에 λ”μš±λ” ν‘Ή λΉ μ‘ŒμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 밀에 λΆˆμ„ μΌœμ§€ μ•Šμ•„λ„ 책을 읽을 수 μžˆλ‹€λŠ” 점이 제일 μ’‹μ•„μš”. μ…€ 수 없이 많이 읽은 <해리포터> μ‹œλ¦¬μ¦ˆλ₯Ό λ‹€μ‹œ 읽기 μ‹œμž‘ν–ˆμ–΄μš”. μ΅œκ·Όμ—λŠ” μ˜¬λ¦¬λ²„ μƒ‰μŠ€μ˜ <μ•„λ‚΄λ₯Ό λͺ¨μžλ‘œ μ°©κ°ν•œ λ‚¨μž>λ₯Ό 읽고 μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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

I think I would write if I weren’t an artist. I have a dream of it even now and I wish I can give β€˜comfort to hearts’ of others through my writings and paintings someday.

글을 μ“°κ³  μžˆμ§€ μ•Šμ„κΉŒ μƒκ°ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ§€κΈˆλ„ κ·Έ κΏˆμ„ κ°–κ³  있으며, β€˜λ§ˆμŒμ˜ μœ„μ•ˆβ€™μ„ 쀄 수 μžˆλŠ” 글을 μ“°κ³ , 그림을 그리고 μ‹Άμ–΄μš”.