Kyung Soon Park

Great new find for me. I love how she has pronounced her lines through a soft colour pallet. The core characters seem to float through and over the context of the artworks making them feel very much alive. All in all her illustrations feel uncluttered, interesting, alive and beautiful.

She has a more organic feel to James Jean probably due to her mediums which are water colour and ink. There is an uncanny similarity between Kyung – Adventure and James Jean – Haze, dont you think? I would also say her subject matter is similar to both James Jean and Yuko Shimizu but a more subtle version of Yuko Shimizu.

Quote from the illustrator: “I try to set the tone of the story being told. Everybody comes with their own unique set of preconceptions that can alter challenge, or reinforce.”  Enjoy!


Kyung Soon Park - Jellyfish
Kyung Soon Park - Jellyfish

 

Explore the world of Ana Bagayan

Ana is Armenian but moved to the US when she was 16 years old. Reading her Bio one gets the sense that she had an angelic time in California where she plaid amongst tall grass and immersed herself in the natural world. You can see these early influences coming through in her artwork.

I love her work – style & message. I am especially enjoying the non-macabre pieces – refreshing in amongst so much of this darkness we see in contemporary illustration. Pieces like Willow, Critters and Fox. For me the underlying theme shows youth comfortably immersing themselves in nature/life whilst discovering life, death and themselves. Exploration of self and the world through the innocence of youth and the reality of life. In this way I think her illustrations could be very personal.

A note from the illustrator:  “I don’t think style or concept can stand alone, one without the other. I like to use subtle humor, a dark twist, and a lot of detail in my artwork to pull the viewer in. ”

She entered Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration.

Enjoy!