Instagram: @whimsybreezy_guak, @whimsybreezy_official


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

Hi, my name is YooJin Guak and I’m currently working as a freelance illustrator and designer at my own art and design studio called Whimsy Breezy, located in Seoul, Korea. I was born and raised in Seoul until 13 years old, then I moved to Toronto, Canada where I stayed until I finished my undergraduate studies at OCADU. My family has always been my best supporter even if we were far away from each other while I was studying abroad. The biggest reason I decided to move back home was because of my supportive family.

μ €λŠ” ν˜„μž¬ μ„œμšΈμ—μ„œ ν”„λ¦¬λžœμ„œλ‘œ ν™œλ™μ€‘μΈ μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄ν„° κ³½μœ μ§„μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. ν˜„μž¬ 제 개 인 μž‘μ—…μ‹€μΈ β€˜μœ”μ§€λΈŒλ¦¬μ§€β€™μ—μ„œ μ°½μž‘λ¬Όμ„ λ§Œλ“€κ³  μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 14μ‚΄ λ•Œ ν† λ‘ ν† λ‘œ μœ ν•™μ„ κ°”κ³ , OCADU λŒ€ν•™μ—μ„œ 학업을 마친 ν›„ ν•œκ΅­μœΌλ‘œ κ·€κ΅­ν•˜μ˜€μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. ν•œκ΅­μ— λŒμ•„μ˜€κ²Œ 된 κ°€μž₯ 큰 κ³„κΈ°λŠ” μ œκ°€ν•˜λŠ” μž‘μ—…μ— λŒ€ν•΄ μ‘°μ–Έν•΄μ£Όκ³  μ§€μ†μ μœΌλ‘œ μ˜μ§€κ°€ λ˜μ–΄μ€€ κ°€ μ‘±λ“€ λ•Œλ¬Έμž…λ‹ˆλ‹€.


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

My work is all about colors, shapes, compositions, and patterns. Sometimes I make humorous and whimsical images, other times I make very serious conceptual illustrations. It all depends on what I am inspired by at the time. These days, I draw and paint immediately when I’m inspired by things I see or experienced.

제 μž‘μ—…μ€ 주둜 색감, λͺ¨ν˜•, ꡬ도, 그리고 νŒ¨ν„΄μ— μ§‘μ€‘λ˜μ–΄ μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ·Έλ•Œκ·Έλ•Œ λ– μ˜€ λ₯΄λŠ” 감성에 따라 μž‘μ—…μ— 영ν–₯이 많이 κ°€λŠ”λ°, λ•Œλ‘œλŠ” μœ λ¨ΈλŸ¬μŠ€ν•˜κ³  λ”°λœ»ν•œ 이미지 λ₯Ό ν‘œν˜„ν•˜κ±°λ‚˜, λ•Œλ‘œλŠ” μ‹¬μ˜€ν•œ μ»¨μ…‰μŠˆμ–Ό 이미지λ₯Ό 그리기도 ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μš”μ¦˜μ—λŠ” 주둜 μ œκ°€ 보고 κ²½ν—˜ν•œ 것을 톡해 μ˜κ°μ„ μ–»μ„λ•Œλ§ˆλ‹€, κ·Έλ•Œκ·Έλ•Œ λ°”λ‘œ λ“œλ‘œμž‰μ΄λ‚˜ νŽ˜μΈνŒ… 을 ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

It is hard to choose one since it’s always changing time to time. For a time I would use acrylic paint, but these days I’m really in love with watercolor. It is fascinating to see how the images turn out when you use watercolor because you have to paint very quickly and finish your piece almost all at once. Also I use watercolor straight from the tube rather than allowing it dry. This way allows me to achieve more vibrant and strong colors.

μ΅œκ·Όμ—λŠ” μˆ˜μ±„ν™”μ˜ 맀λ ₯에 ν‘Ή λΉ μ Έμ„œ 지내고 μžˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ˜ˆμ „μ—λŠ” 아크릴 물감을 많 이 μ‚¬μš©ν•˜μ˜€λŠ”λ°, μ΅œκ·Όμ—λŠ” 주둜 말리지 μ•Šμ€ μˆ˜μ±„ν™” 물감을 λ°”λ‘œ μ§œλ‚΄μ„œ μ“°λŠ” νŽΈμž… λ‹ˆλ‹€. λ°”λ‘œ μ§œλ‚΄μ„œ μ‚¬μš©ν•  경우 일반적인 μˆ˜μ±„ν™” 물감이 λ³΄μ—¬μ£ΌλŠ” μ»¬λŸ¬λ³΄λ‹€ 더 κ°•ν•œ 색감을 λ‚˜νƒ€λ‚Ό 수 있고, 특히 μˆ˜μ±„ν™” 물감의 νŠΉμ„± 상 λΉ λ₯Έ μ‹œκ°„ μ•ˆμ— μž‘μ—…μ„ μ™„μ„±ν•΄μ•Ό ν•˜λŠ”λ°, κ·Έλ ‡κ²Œ λ‚˜μ˜€λŠ” 결과물이 μƒλ‹Ήνžˆ 맀λ ₯μ μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I love to research a lot of different things in the media, on the internet, browse through blogs, Instagram for inspiration. In particular I like to see a lot of things about fashion, food, travel, nature, and dogs. I then save the images or write down some phrases which I’m inspired by, and I draw straight from the images. When I’m working on projects or making conceptual images, I summarize the topic I need to work on in one sentence, and then brainstorm rough sketches and ideas.

μ €λŠ” λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ λ§€μ²΄μ—μ„œ 자료λ₯Ό 찾아보며 λ¦¬μ„œμΉ˜ ν•˜λŠ” 것을 μ¦κΉλ‹ˆλ‹€. 특히 μ›Ήμ‚¬μ΄νŠΈ, λΈ”λ‘œκ·Έ, μΈμŠ€νƒ€κ·Έλž¨ λ“±μ—μ„œ μ œκ°€ μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λŠ” κΈ€μ΄λ‚˜ 이미지λ₯Ό 보고 μ˜κ°μ„ λ°›λŠ” 편인 데, κ·Έ 쀑 특히 νŒ¨μ…˜, μŒμ‹, μ—¬ν–‰, μžμ—°, 강아지에 κ΄€λ ¨λœ 이미지에 λŒ€ν•΄ 관심 있게 μ°Ύ μ•„λ΄…λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ·ΈλŸ¬λ‹€ λ§ˆμŒμ—λ“œλŠ” 문ꡬλ₯Ό μ μ–΄λ†“κ±°λ‚˜ μ €μž₯해두고, 그것을 ν† λŒ€λ‘œ λ°”λ‘œ λ“œλ‘œμž‰μ„ μ‹œμž‘ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. ν”„λ‘œμ νŠΈλ₯Ό μ§„ν–‰ν•˜κ±°λ‚˜ μ»¨μ…‰μŠˆμ–Ό μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄μ…˜ μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•  λ•Œμ—λŠ”, 주제λ₯Ό ν•œ λ¬Έμž₯으둜 μ••μΆ•ν•˜μ—¬ 적어놓고 그것을 κ³±μ”ΉμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. κ·Έ 이후 브레인 μŠ€ν† λ°μ„ ν•˜λ©° λ– μ˜€λ₯΄λŠ” 아이디어λ₯Ό μŠ€μΌ€μΉ˜ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Everything. People around me, things I see, dogs, fashion, food, music,

λͺ¨λ“  κ²ƒμ—μ„œ μ˜κ°μ„ μ–»μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 제 μ£Όλ³€ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€, μ œκ°€ λ³΄λŠ” λͺ¨λ“  것듀, 강아지, νŒ¨μ…˜, 음 식 μŒμ•…, μ±… λ“±…μ£Όμœ„μ˜ λͺ¨λ“  사물을 μ°Έμ‘°ν•˜κ³  κ³ λ―Όν•˜λ©° μ˜κ°μ„ μ–»μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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

I started to draw since I was very little, around 2 years old or so, and my mom’s passion for art has inspired me a lot. She’s not working in art field, but she used to paint beside her work and I was always fascinated by her painting. Art is just part of my life. I like to express my emotions and feelings through my drawings and paintings. Sometimes I try to represent them in a visual metaphor, especially when I feel down, as it helps to relieve my stress at some point. If you see some of my drawings, they can be very serious and emotional, but most of them are pretty happy and whimsical.

μ €λŠ” 2μ‚΄ λ•ŒλΆ€ν„° 그림을 그렸던 것 같은데, μ–΄λ¨Έλ‹ˆμ˜ 그림에 λŒ€ν•œ 열정이 μ €μ—κ²Œ 많 은 영ν–₯을 μ£Όμ—ˆλ‹€κ³  λ΄…λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ–΄λ¨Έλ‹ˆκ»˜μ„œλŠ” μ˜ˆμˆ μ—…κ³„μ— μ’…μ‚¬ν•˜μ‹œμ§€λŠ” μ•Šμ§€λ§Œ, 일을 ν•˜μ‹œλ©΄μ„œλ„ ν‹ˆν‹ˆμ΄ 그림을 κΎΈμ€€νžˆ 그리셨고, μ „ μ–΄λ¦° λ‚˜μ΄μ—λ„ 항상 μ–΄λ¨Έλ‹ˆμ˜ κ·Έλ¦Ό 을 보며 κ°νƒ„ν–ˆλ˜ 기얡이 λ‚©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 이런 ν™˜κ²½μ—μ„œ μžλΌμ™”κΈ° λ•Œλ¬Έμ— μ˜ˆμˆ μ€ μ €μ˜ μ‚Άμ˜ 일뢀라고 μƒκ°ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. μ €λŠ” μ €μ˜ 감정과 λŠλ‚Œμ„ μž‘μ—…μœΌλ‘œ λ‚˜νƒ€λ‚΄λŠ” 것을 μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λŠ” 데, 특히 μ œκ°€ νž˜λ“  일이 μžˆκ±°λ‚˜ μš°μšΈν•  λ•Œμ˜ 감정을 μ€μœ μ μœΌλ‘œ μž‘μ—… μ•ˆμ—μ„œ ν‘œν˜„ν•˜ λŠ” 것을 즐기고, μ΄λŸ¬ν•œ 감정이 μž‘ν’ˆμœΌλ‘œ λ“œλŸ¬λ‚˜ μ™„μ„±λ˜μ—ˆμ„ λ•Œ 카타λ₯΄μ‹œμŠ€λ₯Ό λŠλ‚ λ‹ˆλ‹€. 제 μž‘ν’ˆ 쀑 μΌλΆ€λŠ” μ‹¬μ˜€ν•œ 이미지λ₯Ό ν‘œν˜„ν•˜κΈ°λ„ ν•˜μ§€λ§Œ, λŒ€μ²΄μ μœΌλ‘œ 밝고 λ”°λ“― ν•œ λŠλ‚Œμ˜ μž‘μ—…μ΄ λ§ŽμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.


7. Where did you study?

I studied illustration at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada.

μ €λŠ” μΊλ‚˜λ‹€ 토둠토에 μœ„μΉ˜ν•œ OCADU μ—μ„œ μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄μ…˜μ„ μ „κ³΅ν•˜μ˜€μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Probably I will still be working as an illustrator or painter. Maybe I would make more art products from my studio and selling them worldwide.

μ•„λ§ˆ κ·Έλ•Œλ„ μΌλŸ¬μŠ€νŠΈλ ˆμ΄ν„°λ‘œμ„œ μž‘μ—…μ„ ν•˜λ©° 지내지 μ•Šμ„κΉŒ μ‹Άμ–΄μš”. 제 μž‘μ—…μœΌλ‘œ 예술 μƒν’ˆμ„ 더 λ§Œλ“€μ–΄μ„œ λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ λ‚˜λΌμ—μ„œ νŒλ§€ν•˜κ³  μžˆμ„ μˆ˜λ„ μžˆκ³ μš”.

9. What about in ten?

I do not know where I would be. May be I might have some kids or dogs, maybe living in different city or country with my husband, but anyhow I will still be making art.

10λ…„ ν›„μ—λŠ” μ–΄λ””μ—μ„œ μ–΄λ–€ 일을 ν•˜κ³  μžˆμ„μ§€ λͺ¨λ₯΄κ² μŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. 아이λ₯Ό λ‚³μ•„ κΈ°λ₯Ό μˆ˜λ„, 강아지와 ν•¨κ»˜ μ‚΄κ³  μžˆμ„ μˆ˜λ„ 있고, λ‹€λ₯Έ λ„μ‹œλ‚˜ λ‹€λ₯Έ λ‚˜λΌμ—μ„œ 제 λ‚¨νŽΈκ³Ό ν•¨κ»˜ μ‚΄κ³  μžˆμ„μ§€λ„ λͺ¨λ₯΄κ² μ–΄μš”. κ·Έλ ‡λ‹€ 해도 κ·Έλ•Œλ„ μ—¬μ „νžˆ 그림은 그리고 μžˆμ„ λ“― ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

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

I would love to create images that can make people smile and give them comfort. As I feel joy and get excitement every time I have a new assignment, I hope the results of my artwork would make others feel the same way I do when they see my final work.

제 μž‘ν’ˆμœΌλ‘œ μΈν•΄μ„œ λ‹€λ₯Έ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ΄ λ―Έμ†Œλ₯Ό μ§€μ—ˆμœΌλ©΄ μ’‹κ² κ³ , μœ„λ‘œκ°€ 될 수 μžˆλŠ” κ·Έλ¦Ό 을 그리고 μ‹ΆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€. μƒˆλ‘œμš΄ ν”„λ‘œμ νŠΈλ‚˜ 의뒰λ₯Ό 받을 λ•Œλ§ˆλ‹€ 항상 기쁘고 즐거운데, κ·Έ 기뢄을 ν”„λ‘œμ νŠΈ 결과물을 λ³΄λ©΄μ„œλ„ 느끼고 μ‹Άκ³ , 제 μž‘ν’ˆμ„ λ³΄λŠ” μ‚¬λžŒλ“€λ„ 동일 ν•œ λŠλ‚Œμ„ λ°›μ•˜μœΌλ©΄ ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.


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

I love chicken. Especially Korean chicken dish like Chi-mac (fried chicken and
beer), Jjim Dak(braised chicken), Dak galbi (spicy stir fried chicken), and Sam gyetang(Gingeng chicken soup). I love sushi and pizza as well.

μ €λŠ” λ‹­ μš”λ¦¬λ₯Ό 무척 μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€. 특히 ν•œκ΅­μ‹ λ‹­ μš”λ¦¬μš”. 치λ§₯, μ°œλ‹­, λ‹­κ°ˆλΉ„, 삼계 탕.. λ‹€ μ’‹μ•„μš”. μŠ€μ‹œμ™€ ν”Όμžλ„ μ’‹μ•„ν•©λ‹ˆλ‹€.

12. Favourite book?

I’ve been reading a book called β€˜Keeping a Distance’ by Japanese author Ayako
Sono. I’ve read it several times already.

μš”μ¦˜ 읽고 μžˆλŠ” 책은 μ†Œλ…Έ μ•„μ•Όμ½”μ˜ β€˜μ•½κ°„μ˜ 거리λ₯Ό 두닀’ λΌλŠ” μ±…μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€. 졜근 μ—¬λŸ¬ 번 μ½μ—ˆμŠ΅λ‹ˆλ‹€.

13. Favourite genre of music?

I listen to everything. These days, I’m listening to Frank Ocean and K-hiphop.

μž₯λ₯΄λ₯Ό 가리지 μ•Šκ³  λ‹€ λ“£λŠ” 것 κ°™μ•„μš”. μš”μ¦˜μ—λŠ” Frank Ocean의 λ…Έλž˜μ™€, ν•œκ΅­ νž™ν•© 에 λΉ μ Έμžˆμ–΄μš”.

14. What are your hobbies?

Go out and eat, socializing with my friends, watching Korean TV shows.

λ‚˜κ°€μ„œ μ’‹μ•„ν•˜λŠ” μ‚¬λžŒλ“€κ³Ό λ§›μžˆλŠ” 것 λ¨Ήκ³ , μˆ˜λ‹€ λ–¨κ³ , 그리고 ν•œκ΅­ μ‡Ό ν”„λ‘œ λ³΄λŠ” 것 을 μ¦κΉλ‹ˆλ‹€.

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

May be I would be a matchmaker. haha. We have a company called Duo in Korea,
it’s the matchmaking company for the purpose of marriage, and my friends make
fun of me saying I should run Guak’s Duo. I’ve arranged a lot of blind dates for
people around and it’s just so delightful to see when they are happy together.

μ œκ°€ μ˜ˆμˆ κ°€κ°€ μ•„λ‹ˆμ—ˆλ‹€λ©΄, μ €λŠ” μ•„λ§ˆ κ²°ν˜Όμ •λ³΄νšŒμ‚¬μ—μ„œ μΌν•˜κ³  μžˆμ§€ μ•Šμ„κΉŒ μ‹Άλ„€ μš”. ν•˜ν•˜. 제 μΉœκ΅¬λ“€μ΄ κ³½β€™λ“€μ˜€β€™λΌκ³  놀릴 μ •λ„λ‘œ μ‚¬λžŒλ“€ μ„œλ‘œ μ†Œκ°œν•΄μ£Όκ³  μ΄μ–΄μ£ΌλŠ” 것을 μ’‹μ•„ν•΄μš”. μ£Όλ³€μ‚¬λžŒλ“€μ΄ ν•¨κ»˜ κΈ°λ»ν•˜λŠ” λͺ¨μŠ΅μ„ 보면 저도 κΈ°λ»μš”.