We had the good fortune of connecting with Hyunjung Yi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hyunjung, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I think a combination of a positive mindset and driving force is key to my success.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What I am confident and proud of is my ability to see the shapes. I think this makes me shine among the others. The ability to see the shapes well seems to have been an actual reason for choosing a job to paint. It is a valuable ability, so I am working hard to make it shine more. To me, art is a means of communication with myself. I feel like I’m getting to know who I am by drawing pictures. I have to actually illustrate what kind of story I want to tell the world and what form I like to convey. It has not been easy to communicate with myself since I first thought I should paint, and the conversation is still going on. I can never say it was easy. It was about five years ago that I decided to take illustration as my business. At that time, I was studying graphics, and I found it fun to make shapes and tell stories, so I focused on illustration. At this point, I think the readers would know that I like to learn. Haha. I came to the Art Center because I wanted to focus on illustration. I’m learning what illustration is while blaming myself for many sleepless nights. The illustration was not as easy as I thought. It was excruciating. Even though it’s an illustration that I liked, but I was scared and stressed to do it, and there were times when I thought about why I would do it. But I didn’t give up because it was my choice and what I wanted. I didn’t give up, and I stayed up all night until I got a satisfactory job. Then, one day, I had a moment I thought, “This is it!” Now, I always enjoy working. I’m also looking forward to what else I’ll produce.
In the meantime, there were times when I felt relatively frustrated when I met talented peers. I tried hard in my own way, and sometimes I thought that effort could not beat talent. But this idea doesn’t help at all. Never compare yourself to others! If you do what you like, don’t blame yourself or compare yourself to a favored friend. As Nike says, just do it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s hard to answer, and I’m blanking the place I’ve been since I rarely go out after Covid, haha. I want to recommend a day on Laguna beach. Under the warm sunshine and cool breeze from the ocean will erase your stress! When I need to relax, I used to go to the beach and lie down. Close my eyes and listening to the sounds that ocean waves make is always working therapy for me. After sunbathing, you should go to Driftwood Kitchen for food! The view from the restaurant is beautiful, and I recommend Steamed Carlsbad mussels. You’ll be satisfied, haha.
Then return to LA on Route 1, setting the destination as Palos Verdes Starbucks! Enjoy your drive 🙂
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to say thank you to Paul Rogers. He’s my instructor at ArtCenter College of Design. I’m taking his class right now, and without the class, I think I wouldn’t grow up this much as an artist. He is one of the great artists I’ve ever seen and a great teacher and human being. His passion for his work and passion for what he likes inspires and makes me live my life passionate as he is. It is a very precious experience to know him and can learn illustration under his direction. Thank you, Paul!