Hi, I’m Mikyung Lee, a freelance illustrator based in Seoul. As a person, I think I am easy going to hang out with but actually, I am like a cat person. It takes a bit of time to be friendly with. I usually like to be in a cozy and quiet place and think or listen to something that I like.
Seoul has a very high population density. It’s always busy and active. It’s like Seoul never sleeps. It’s a noisy and bright city even if it’s a late night.
It’s like Seoul never sleeps. It’s a noisy and bright city even if it’s a late night.
The best thing is Seoul is a really convenient city to live in. I can fast go or get whatever I want without a car. I didn’t realize this much before I had lived in the US. And I think the internet and Wi-Fi system is also the best.
The worst thing is the high population and competitive environment. I personally don’t much like to be around many people when I’m outside. Sometimes I even get some stress from this city without no reasons.
In my personal experience, It would be an aspiration, endeavor, and barrier.
I wanted to be in the art field since I was very young but I didn’t imagine myself as a freelance illustrator. After I graduated an art school in Seoul, I naturally started to draw what I want and I felt it was a lot of fun. And then I realized that I’m fit in for freelance work than corporation work. That’s my career start point.
I wanted to be in the art field since I was very young but I didn’t imagine myself as a freelance illustrator.
Yes. Especially My dad. He is always supportive of what I do.
I hope I can work more regularly with my dream clients. And I hope I draw, think and act better than yesterday.
It’s hard to pick but I’d like to collaborate with some novelist and poets to make illustrated short books or something like that.
It’s hard to tell diverse aspect of the women around me but I think they are overall smart and independent!
I’m not sure. I didn’t have a specific local female creative who I looked up to.
I think gender doesn’t matter at all in the illustration industry. I haven’t had any difficulties to work in this field as a woman.
I think gender doesn’t matter at all in the illustration industry.
Do what you like steadily, know and care about yourself and also have a positive mind!
Photos courtesy of Mikyung Lee
March 19, 2019