Simone Shin [simoneshin]
What is your specialty in illustration?
Nostalgic, graphic-type illustration for Editorial & Advertising
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
Magazines, garment companies, ad companies...
They expect a quality illustration where an idea can be communicated easily. They also expect to work professionally with me, in a timely manner.
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
I graduated with a BFA in illustration at Art Center College of Design
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
I was in an annual (American Illustration) and was contacted when work was seen in the book. It was for an editorial illustration.
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
A teacher of mine, Calef Brown comes to mind...
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
In some ways, subject matter wise, the illustrations are so similar to my childhood drawings...
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
I actually loved reading "Garfield" believe it or not and "Calvin and Hobbes" was definitely up there. I was not a graphic novel reader or super hero comic book reader. I was always into cartoony, comical and whimsical comics.
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
Yes. Although at first glance, my line work (ink drawings) and painted/silkscreened work look different, when you look at the details of the line-work, I've been told there is a strong cohesiveness to all of it.
What is hardest to draw?
As long as I have a reference, nothing seems to difficult to draw. I find it easier to draw figures/objects than landscapes and atmospheres.
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
I actually don't listen to music while working, only because I forget to turn it on...
I have enough fun making the images I guess...
Do you have a favorite work of art?
I have some work that I like more than others, but no, not really. I have a tendency to really like my more abstract work, that is more ambiguous...however, I feel like art directors are more drawn to my other work, which is why I stress importance on all of it, not just the stuff I am more drawn to.
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
I've never had a situation like that before, but if it were to happen, my first response would be to figure out why (specifically) so we could change it to something he/she did like. It's not problem to not like an image, all art directors are different and want different things. It is my job to figure out what that thing is....
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
Painted textures, and images created digitally to emulate silkscreening.
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
I would say about 50/50....I try hard to make anything digitally look as if it could/would have been done manually...
What research do you do for your illustrations?
I look at annuals for inspiration and a general feel of what is out there, and I use photo references while working when needed.
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
Actually, currently no. I have colleagues who I ask for advice from when it comes to gaining clientele and working with clients, but in terms of tricks, I have had to figure all mine out the hard way...on my own!
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
I would love to one day have my own children's book published.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
I actually look more to books and annuals, but in terms of websites? I look to my colleagues websites to see what they have been up to I suppose...
What are you working on now?
Promo material (postcards, etc.) for the 2010 year!
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
Be as resourceful as you can and never get discouraged...Anyone can make a living out of anything if they just really had a passion for it...
Los Angeles, USA