Who are you?
I am Mikyung Lee, a freelance illustrator and designer from the busy city of Seoul, South Korea. I graduated with a multimedia film and design BFA degree from Korea National University of Arts. I mostly studied animation and design, so naturally, I was drawn into motion graphics. A few months after graduation, however, I realized that motion graphics was not the only direction I wanted to pursue.
Illustration, for me, is a great way to be creative and experiment freely, so I started freelancing. It’s not easy, but I believe it was the right decision. I make an effort to challenge myself every day with both commissioned and personal projects. I have a very long way to go to achieve my goals in my career, but I love the journey!
What are you working on?
Right now I am working on a personal project called ‘ODYSSEY’. I get my inspiration from both nature and humanity. After I made Desert Woman, I wanted to extend this series more. It’s exciting that with this direction I will be able to dive deeper into my illustrative techniques and perspectives.
Choose a favorite shot of yours. Why is it a favorite?
This one is from my ‘JAZZ’ illustration series. I had so much fun making this. I tried to create a scene where the viewer can sense the motion and sound of the bass. I also really love this color palette, the bold angles with rough textures, and detailed expressions that I always try to put into my work. I am so satisfied with this result.
Tell us about your setup. What tools did you use to create the shot (e.g. hardware, software, pens, paper, blowtorch)?
I normally prefer a portable and light set-up to move around with. I use a pencil and paper (or sketchbook) for my initial idea development. I then use my 15” MacBook Pro to develop my sketch in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. Depending on the kinds of projects that I’m working on I may need some special programs, and I mostly work with Adobe products. When I animate, I connect the big screen to my laptop. Recently, I find I’m doing almost everything in Photoshop.
Choose a favorite shot from another Player. Why do you dig it?
This is very tough. There are many talented designers on Dribbble and each have their own unique styles, so it is hard to pick just one player. If I had to choose one it would be this lovely illustration by Lana Marandina. I love the storytelling in this illustration.