Day 18 – Saeeun Studio
Digital Artist, Emily from Saeeun Art Studio in South Korea is a lover of Photoshop and Illustrator. Emily specialises in custom portraits which you can request at her Etsy online shop (see links below).
I majored in media design at university, so I’ve practiced all kinds of design tools like Photoshop, Illustrator etc. After graduation, I worked as an editorial designer in charge of magazines, catalogs and leaflets, and that’s when my interest in painting in grew. Recently, I spend my spare time drawing pictures and creating speed croquis. Actually, croquis help me focus on the essential elements of an object. These experiences and activities have helped me improve my overall skills as an artist.What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
All of my artworks are hand-drawn pictures with digital tools. I usually use Adobe Photoshop (I think Photoshop is the greatest invention ever haha). In some cases, I use Adobe Illustrator when I’d like to try other styles. Sometimes, I create textures using watercolor and crayons when necessary.Your art provides inspirations to so many others. What or who inspires you?
I concentrate on capturing the best moments in people’s lives. That’s why happy pictures, including baby’s smiles, adorable pets, etc. give me a lot of inspiration.
Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
It takes quite some time to search for good images of people and pets. After selecting the right photo, work becomes easier. I create my own story for the picture after imagining what the person is thinking about or how they feel at that moment. The biggest challenge is expressing the photos with my own sensitivity. It depends on the picture but it usually takes 2-3 days per person.
What part of your process do you love the most?
I love the finishing steps of my work. I print on premium paper after the digital process and decorate parts like hair, dresses, and cheeks with glitter powder. The picture becomes lively and gorgeous. Also, it gives different impressions depending on the angle.
If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
Even if I were not an artist, I would probably still be doing creative activities. I would probably make handmade accessories, furniture, or maybe have another career as a designer. It’s my natural tendency.
Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
There is a female Korean illustrator called “Zipsy”. I’ve never met her and we don’t know each other but I found out about her online. Lately, she draws stories of her and her husband. The nuanced sensitivity that is unique to women is well expressed in her illustrations. She expresses delicate emotions and shows women’s voluptuous beauty. I’m really interested in drawing beautiful women, so I learn many things from her work.
What artwork of yours are you most proud of?
I love all of my artworks, but I’m especially proud of a wedding portrait I made for my friend’s wedding. I couldn’t attend her wedding because she lives in the USA. So, I decided to give her my best by drawing her a portrait. The portrait really dazzled when I decorated the dress with glitter and put cubic on the hair. It made me happy that she liked it as much as she did. After that, I started incorporating glitter on my artwork, it actually works out really well.
What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
Lately, I’ve been studying portraits of simple characters and planning to extend my online shop selling more portrait goods. I will not only sell digital files, but also physical items, and make more products of wedding portrait and invitations.
Website: Saeeun Studio Website
Socials: Saeeun Art Studio on Instagram
Images courtesy of Emily at Saeeun Art Studio © Saeeun Art Studio