Heehyun is an illustrator and surface designer based in New York, NY and Atlanta, GA. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, she now pursues her MFA in illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA. Lately, she sticks to collage work and creates line-based illustrations on her iPad. She enjoys exploring new textures and color palettes, trying to convey narrative in her illustrations. Interested in seeing fun updates? Follow her on Instagram. See her line-based illustration on @heehyun.line
shape-based illustration on @heehyun.aiand surface pattern design work on @heehyun.design
I love observing daily scenes and objects around me to discover a new narrative fueled by my imaginations. For example, sometimes, I may imagine myself becoming a random object in the room, and I’ll consider what experiences I may have from such a perspective. Even the weird or ridiculous ideas that I conjure during this process can make sense once illustrated within the paper's four corners. This is one of the reasons I love to create illustrations. I also enjoy putting light-hearted humor in my illustrations, and you may find a funny scene or witty relationships between my characters, especially in my picture book illustrations.
The emotions that I feel in daily life are another source of inspiration for my works. Due to their abstract nature, all emotions are shapeless. To describe the abstract idea in a visual form, I brainstorm to find metaphors or symbols and take notes on my phone. Dissecting and expressing common human emotions delicately is a process of self-reflection for me and a journey that I can share with other viewers of my works. My work may elicit empathy or invoke pangs of happiness or satisfaction.
All in all, it is a very productive process. As viewers of my work share their observations and thoughts when viewing my work, I have been able to grow artistically and personally. As an artist, my goal is to consistently discover, imagine, and empathize with others through my illustrations.