We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosalyn Yoon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rosalyn, what are you inspired by?
Even though it may not always show in my work, fashion and architecture are always inspiring me. Walking around neighborhoods or landscapes and seeing the different forms and the people that fill them. Sometimes I look at movies for the same reason, studying the set design or costume design. California offers so much inspiration that I took for granted after moving around the East Coast for a few years.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Nothing creative is ever easy. What sets any artist apart is a distinct style. I like to include storytelling, giving a narrative whether or not it’s apparent. Sometimes you work with people that don’t understand the effort it takes to make an illustration. Emails are essential to give reference to the conversations on what to deliver and make. It’s important to ask the clients to be upfront about what they want in a commission.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The pandemic has limited a lot of my favorite spots. Old Town Pasadena is great. Getting dinner at Fishwives and heading over to Old Town Pub afterward is a good evening in a walkable area. Because my parents are in the South Bay, I oftentimes go to RAT Beach and afterward explore the area for Japanese food. Sakuraya and Chikara are two amazing mochi spots on the same block in Gardena. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband. He’s always supportive and willing to listen to my ideas even before they could possibly make sense. He helps me with feedback and critique and introduces me to a lot of arthouse cinema.