Instagram: @sunlee_art
Website: www.sunleeart.com

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

Hi, I’m Sun Lee, a freelance illustrator. I was born in Seoul, Korea. When I was one, my family moved to Tokyo and lived there for about 7 years and then came back to Korea. I think living in Japan influenced me in some way. Since I watched a lot of Japanese cartoons and animation there, I started to love drawing girls in beautiful clothes and make stories. My parents were open and supported me in art, so I was able to go to art school since 7th grade. I never stopped drawing my whole life. After graduating from university, I worked as a shoe designer and an art teacher for a few years and now I just draw for myself and sometimes work with clients. I am living in Seoul with my husband and soon to be a newborn baby. He is from the US and enjoys living in Korea and coding in his free time. My husband made my website for me. Both of us are quiet and love alone time. So we made a sweet little workspace at home for us and spend most of the time there.

μ•ˆλ…•ν•˜μ„Έμš”. ν”„λ¦¬λžœμ„œ μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄ν„° 이선 μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€.
μ–΄λ¦° μ‹œμ ˆ 일본 도쿄에 7λ…„ μ‚° 것을 μ œμ™Έν•˜κ³ λŠ” ν•œκ΅­μ—μ„œ λŒ€λΆ€λΆ„μ˜ ν•™μ°½ μƒν™œμ„ λ³΄λƒˆμ–΄μš”. 어릴 λ•Œ 일본에 μ‚΄λ©΄μ„œ 일본 μ• λ‹ˆλ©”μ΄μ…˜μ„ 많이 λ³Έ 것이 κ·Έλ¦Ό κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” 것을 μ’‹μ•„ν•˜κ²Œ 된 이유 쀑에 ν•œκ°€μ§€ κ°™μ•„μš”. 특히 예쁜 μ˜·μ„ μž…μ€ μ—¬μžλ“€μ„ κ·Έλ¦¬λ©΄μ„œ 이야기λ₯Ό λ§Œλ“œλŠ” 것을 μ’‹μ•„ν–ˆμ–΄μš”.
λΆ€λͺ¨λ‹˜μ΄ κ·Έλ¦Ό κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” 것을 μ§€μ§€ν•΄μ£Όμ…”μ„œ 예술 쀑, κ³ λ“±ν•™κ΅μ—μ„œ 미술 곡뢀λ₯Ό ν•˜κ³  미술 λŒ€ν•™μ„ μ‘Έμ—…ν–ˆμ–΄μš”. μ‘Έμ—… ν›„μ—λŠ” μ—¬μ„±ν™” λ””μžμ΄λ„ˆλ‘œ μž μ‹œ μΌν–ˆκ³ , 미술 μ„ μƒλ‹˜μœΌλ‘œλ„ μΌν–ˆμ–΄μš”. μ§€κΈˆμ€ 개인 일러슀트 μž‘μ—…μ„ 주둜 ν•˜λ©΄μ„œ ν•œκ΅­, λ―Έκ΅­ λ“± μ—¬λŸ¬ λ‚˜λΌ ν΄λΌμ΄μ–ΈνŠΈλ“€κ³Ό 콜라보 μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•˜κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.
ν˜„μž¬ μ„œμšΈμ—μ„œ ν•œκ΅­μ„ μ‚¬λž‘ν•˜λŠ” 미ꡭ인 λ‚¨νŽΈκ³Ό 뱃속에 곧 νƒœμ–΄λ‚  아이λ₯Ό κΈ°λ‹€λ¦¬λ©΄μ„œ 즐겁게 μ‚΄κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ‚¨νŽΈμ΄ νœ΄μ‹μ‹œκ°„μ— μ½”λ”©κ³Ό μ›Ήμ‚¬μ΄νŠΈ μ œμž‘μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μ„œ 제 μ›Ήμ‚¬μ΄νŠΈλ„ 직접 λ§Œλ“€μ–΄ μ£Όμ—ˆμ–΄μš” πŸ™‚ λŒ€λΆ€λΆ„μ˜ μ‹œκ°„μ„ 집에 μžˆλŠ” μž‘μ—… κ³΅κ°„μ—μ„œ 각자 ν•  일을 ν•˜λ©΄μ„œ μ§€λƒ…λ‹ˆλ‹€.

1. Leopard in Succulent Garden

2. Tell us about your aesthetic

My work is feminine, positive and colorful. I love drawing a lot of things but especially girls, animals, plants, tropical and bohemian vibes with bright, vivid colors and contrast between the colors. Color is everything, and choosing the palette is my favorite part. I love letting myself flow and see what comes out.

μ—¬μ„±μŠ€λŸ½κ³  밝고 ν™”μ‚¬ν•œ 그림을 κ·Έλ¦½λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ·Έλ¦Όμ—λŠ” μ—¬μž, 동물, 식물이 주둜 λ“±μž₯ν•˜κ³  νŠΈλ‘œν”ΌμΉΌν•˜κ³  λ³΄ν—€λ―Έμ•ˆ λŠλ‚Œμ΄ λ‚˜λŠ” μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•˜λŠ” 것을 μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μž‘μ—…μ—μ„œ 색이 큰 비쀑을 μ°¨μ§€ν•˜κ³  색을 κ²°μ •ν•˜κ³  μΉ ν•˜λŠ” 과정을 κ°€μž₯ μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”. μ—¬λŸ¬ 가지 색을 μ‚¬μš©ν•˜λ©΄μ„œ μƒ‰κ³Όμ˜ μ‘°ν•©κ³Ό κ²°κ³Όλ₯Ό λ³΄λŠ” 것이 큰 μ¦κ±°μ›€μ΄μ—μš”.

3. What is your favorite medium and why?

Right now I love using watercolor, gouache, acrylic. These mediums allow me to achieve fast results, with the result being diverse. I prefer hand drawing to digital painting because it’s way easier for me, but I started to try doing more digital drawings as well.

μ§€κΈˆμ€ μˆ˜μ±„ν™” 물감, 과슈, 아크릴을 주둜 μ‚¬μš©ν•˜κ³  μžˆμ–΄μš”. 건재료 보닀 빨리 그릴 수 μžˆμ–΄μ„œ μ’‹μ•„μš”.
μ†μœΌλ‘œ κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” 것이 μ΅μˆ™ν•΄μ„œ 더 μ’‹μ•„ν•˜μ§€λ§Œ, 디지털 μž‘μ—…λ„ 많이 ν•˜λ €κ³  μ‹œλ„ν•˜κ³  μžˆμ–΄μš”.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I always love collecting inspirational images. When I see pictures or something that inspire me then I sketch them or save and take pictures. Before I start sketching, I look through all the inspirational images. Once an idea pops into my head, I start sketching it with a pencil roughly and make a loose composition. When I finish the sketch, I start to color it extemporally.

μΌμƒμƒν™œμ—μ„œ 항상 μ˜κ°μ„ μ£ΌλŠ” 자료λ₯Ό μˆ˜μ§‘ν•΄μš”. μž‘μ—…μ„ μ‹œμž‘ν•˜κΈ° 전에 λͺ¨μ•„λ‘” μžλ£Œλ“€μ„ κ²€ν† ν•˜λ‹€ 아이디어가 λ– μ˜€λ₯΄λ©΄ κ°€λ³κ²Œ ꡬ도λ₯Ό μž‘μœΌλ©΄μ„œ μŠ€μΌ€μΉ˜ν•˜κ³  μ±„μƒ‰ν•΄μš”

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

I lived in San Francisco for a few months in my twenties and fell in love with the colorfully diverse city. The city inspired me a lot. I love to express those happy feelings with a lot of colors in my painting since then. And I am also inspired by women, fashion, interior magazine, films, nature, traveling, streets, artists…These days I get a lot of good ideas at Pinterest too.

λŒ€ν•™ μ‹œμ ˆ μƒŒν”„λž€μ‹œμŠ€μ½”μ—μ„œ λͺ‡ 달을 μ§€λƒˆλŠ”λ° μ•Œλ‘λ‹¬λ‘ν•˜κ³  자유둜운 λ„μ‹œλ₯Ό λ³΄λ©΄μ„œ λ§Žμ€ μ˜κ°μ„ 받은 κ±° κ°™μ•„μš”. κ·Έλ•Œ 느꼈던 행볡함을 λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ μƒ‰μœΌλ‘œ μ‚¬μš©ν•˜κΈ° μ‹œμž‘ν–ˆκ³  μ—¬ν–‰ ν›„λ‘œλŠ” 계속 밝고 ν™”μ‚¬ν•œ μƒ‰κ°μ˜ μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•΄μ™”μ–΄μš”.
μ—¬μž, νŒ¨μ…˜ μž‘μ§€, μΈν…Œλ¦¬μ–΄ μž‘μ§€, μ˜ν™”, μžμ—°, μ—¬ν–‰, κΈΈ, μ•„ν‹°μŠ€νŠΈ λ“±μ—μ„œλ„ μ˜κ°μ„ λ°›μ•„μš”. μš”μ¦˜μ€ ν•€ν„°λ ˆμŠ€νŠΈκ°€ μžλ£Œλ“€μ„ μˆ˜μ§‘ν•˜κΈ°μ— νŽΈλ¦¬ν•΄μ„œ 많이 μ‚¬μš©ν•΄μš”.

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

I think art is everything to me since I was little, I just can’t imagine how my life would be without it. Art makes me excited, more curious, and communicate with the world.

어렸을 λ•ŒλΆ€ν„° κ·Έλ¦Ό κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” 게 일상이고 μ‚Άμ΄μ—ˆμ–΄μš”. μ˜ˆμˆ μ€ 제게 ν˜ΈκΈ°μ‹¬, μžκ·Ήμ„ μ£Όκ³ , 세상에 더 λ§Žμ€ 관심을 κ°–κ²Œ ν•΄μ£Όκ³  μ—¬λŸ¬ λ‚˜λΌ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Ό μ†Œν†΅ν•˜κ²Œ ν•˜λŠ” κ±° κ°™μ•„μš”.

4. Communication

7. Where did you study?

I’ve received BA at Ewha women university in Fiber art and oriental painting in Seoul, Korea.

μ΄ν™”μ—¬μžλŒ€ν•™κ΅μ—μ„œ μ„¬μœ μ˜ˆμˆ μ „κ³΅, 동양화 뢀전곡을 ν–ˆμ–΄μš”.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope I will be an established freelance illustrator, a good mother, and wife. Also, I hope I will be developing my style. I would love to collaborate with some interesting artists and working on fun projects.

μž‘μ—…μ„ κΎΈμ€€νžˆ ν•˜λŠ” μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄ν„°μ΄μž 쒋은 μ—„λ§ˆ, 쒋은 μ•„λ‚΄κ°€ λ˜μ–΄ μžˆμ—ˆμœΌλ©΄ μ’‹κ² λ„€μš”. 제 μž‘μ—…μ΄ μ’€ 더 λ°œμ „ν•΄ 있기λ₯Ό 바라고, μž¬λ―ΈμžˆλŠ” μ½œλΌλ³΄μ™€ ν”„λ‘œμ νŠΈλ“€λ„ 더 많이 ν•˜κ³  μ‹Άμ–΄μš”.

9. What about in ten?

I think it’s similar to above. Keep doing my work, hope to have exhibitions of my artwork sometime and make a lot of goods with my painting. I also want to have my own work studio full of plants, ornaments that I like and artwork hanging.

8번과 λΉ„μŠ·ν•  κ±° 같은데 계속 μž‘μ—…ν•˜λ©΄μ„œ μ „μ‹œλ„ ν•˜κ³ , λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ ꡿즈λ₯Ό μ œμž‘ν•˜κ³  μ‹Άμ–΄μš”. 예쁘게 κΎΈλ―Ό 식물듀과 μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λŠ” μž₯신ꡬ듀이 κ°€λ“ν•œ μž‘μ—… 곡간도 κ°–κ³  μ‹Άλ„€μš”.

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

I want my artwork to be easy to understand and friendly to people. So I started to share my paintings on Instagram and became an illustrator since 2017. I am just happy when people feel good vibes and enjoy seeing my work as much as I enjoy doing it. If my artwork can make people happy and inspire that would be more appreciated. Also, I hope to communicate with people from different countries. The most rewarding thing is getting to connect with people all around the world. When someone you don’t even know sends you some love and appreciates what you are doing it is THE BEST feeling.

λ‚¨λ…€λ…Έμ†Œ μ‰½κ²Œ μ ‘κ·Όν•  수 μžˆλŠ” κ·Έλ¦Όμ΄μ—ˆμœΌλ©΄ μ’‹κ² μ–΄μš”. κ·Έλ¦Ό κ·Έλ¦¬λŠ” 게 μ €λ₯Ό ν–‰λ³΅ν•˜κ²Œ λ§Œλ“œλŠ” κ²ƒμ²˜λŸΌ λ‹€λ₯Έ λˆ„κ΅°κ°€λ„ μ €μ˜ 그림을 보고 행볡해지고, μ˜κ°μ„ λ°›λŠ”λ‹€λ©΄ 정말 기쁠 κ±° κ°™μ•„μš”. 그림으둜 μ—¬λŸ¬ λ‚˜λΌ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Όλ„ μ†Œν†΅λ„ ν•˜κ³  μ‹Άμ–΄μš”. 그림으둜 μ „ μ„Έκ³„μ˜ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Ό μ†Œν†΅ν•  수 μžˆλ‹€λŠ” 게 μ°Έ 멋지고 맀λ ₯적이라고 μƒκ°ν•΄μš”. λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ λ‚˜λΌμ—μ„œ 제 그림을 보고 μ’‹μ•„ν•΄ μ£Όμ‹œλŠ” 뢄듀을 λ§Œλ‚˜κ±°λ‚˜ λ©”μ‹œμ§€λ₯Ό λ°›μœΌλ©΄ 정말 기쁘고, κ°μ‚¬ν•΄μš”.

7. Girl Relaxing with Cat

11. Now, tell us a little more about you a person: What is your favorite food?

I love all kinds of food. I also love trying new dishes. But I think I can say my favorite food is Sushi and Asian food.

가리지 μ•Šκ³  λ‹€ 잘 λ¨ΉλŠ”λ° 특히 초λ°₯, μ•„μ‹œμ•„ μŒμ‹μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”.

12. Favorite book?

I love novels and really enjoyed reading Paulo Coelho novels.

μ†Œμ„€μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λŠ”λ° 특히 파울둜 μ½”μ—˜λ£Œ μ†Œμ„€μ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”.

13. Favorite genre of music?

I love listening to music while I draw. I’m not picky about music. But I always love Adele, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, and Bruno Mars’s songs. I also listen to Jazz these days after watching β€œLa La Land”.

μž‘μ—…ν•˜λ©΄μ„œ λ…Έλž˜ λ“£λŠ” 것을 μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”. μž₯λ₯΄ 가리지 μ•Šκ³  λ“£μ§€λ§Œ, νŒμ†‘μ„ 많이 λ“£κ³  Adele, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars λ…Έλž˜λ“€μ€ μ•„μ£Ό μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”. λΌλΌλžœλ“œ μ΄ν›„λ‘œ 재즈 μŒμ•…λ„ 많이 λ“£κ²Œ λμ–΄μš”.

14. What are your hobbies?


Doing yoga, watching movies, going to see cute stores and cafes, organizing my diary and collecting plants.

μš”κ°€ ν•˜κΈ°, μ˜ν™” 보기, 예쁜 κ°€κ²Œλ“€κ³Ό μΉ΄νŽ˜λ“€ κ΅¬κ²½ν•˜κΈ°, 닀이어리 정리, 식물 ν‚€μš°κΈ°

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

I think I would be the owner of a design cafe which you can get coffee, desserts, stationery, clothes, plants, books everything I love.

예쁜 문ꡬ, 식물, 옷, λ””μ €νŠΈλ₯Ό νŒŒλŠ” λ””μžμΈ 카페λ₯Ό ν–ˆμ„ κ±° κ°™μ•„μš”.

3. Short Hair Girl and Leopard in Garden2. Garden Day