(//) █ - 2 Days Ago We Received A Very Nice Email From MinSuk Choi A Student At The MFA Illustration at Fashion Institute of Technology In New York, Asking Us If We Wanted To Be A Part Of His Thesis By Answering Some Of His - More Than - Interesting Questions About Art & Illustration..We Glady Say Yes. Here’s The Full Interview Done By Rey Below. Enjoy!
1|. M. - What do you think the most attractive visual aspects of your illustrations are? Why do you think so?
♣. That’s a great question. Well It’s obvious that the details are one of the main things in my work. It’s really like an obsession to find what’s missing, what specific detail I can add to my illustration to make it better and more interesting firstly for me, then to anyone else.. Since I enjoy creating new characters it’s not that hard. It’s that aspect to kinda lost yourself in this black and white waves full of little things. You have to be focused on every details in front of you and ask yourself “What I’ve Been Missing There ?”.
We are constantly surrounded by images, everywhere and at anytime of the day..look at the Internet ! We don’t take enough time to stare at things, read them..those simple things that we used to do ! For me, if you have something that you can analyze and that deeply inspire you instead of just saying “ Yeah it’s cool and beautiful - NEXT ” , well, I think it’s a wonderful feeling. That’s why with my work you can take all the time you need, don’t need to rush yourself..Breath and let go.
2|. M. - Which of your illustrations gets most response from viewers? Do you remember any interesting comments, critiques, or reviews about that picture? Also can you tell me about your point of view on this?
♣. I’ve done some exhibition and my biggest pieces was always the most commented. I usually have this type of questions : ” How much time have you spend on this one ” - “What pencil do you use ? ” things like that..
It’s kinda weird but funny. It’s always good to talk with people about your work but if they actually can find what your influences are it’s nice. It’s like your work reminds them of someone you kinda look up to ! That’s the best feeling ever. Even thought I really hope to inspire them with what I have to offer with my creations.
3|. M. - What do you like most about Japanese woodblock prints or artists?
♣. The Japanese woodblock prints are incomparable. I like the accuracy of each prints, the purity of it. The power of the colors they use to organize every plans. The fact that they manage the space like no one giving the impression of real volumes. And of course the fact that they all are amazing drawer.
4|. M. - Which Japanese woodblock prints or artists do you like?
♣. I’ve mostly look at landspace, there is so much things in it! And it’s always inspire me to create my own stuff. I’ve a special thing for Nature, water, all the solid minerals, the shapes of the trees..I don’t know I love looking at them. So I’ll tell of course Hiroshige and Hokusai was the first big influence on me. Hokusai with “his 36 views of Mount Fuji” and his Manga and Hiroshige with his bridge, forest..
5|. M. - Can you tell me about a specific work or artists that greatly influenced your work?(It’s not necessary to be Ukiyo-e works or artists.)
♣. That really depends on what I’m looking for to create in my work and on my mood I guess. When I discovered the Ukiyo-e scene in my first year of University, I was blown away ! There was so much things and so many great artists in this movement and that everything was really different that what I’ve used to see..I remember feeling incredible knowing there was so much talented artists out there. I just had to open my eyes and start focusing on what they can bring me.
So i’ll tell everything that can really stimulate my brain is good to take..If it’s an awesome drawer I’ll indeed look his work ! But as I enjoy the black and white aesthetic I’ll enjoy artist who create b/w work as well. Lately it was all those genius : Moebius, Otomo or Terada but it can be as well the work of Harry Clarke you know..It’s always evolving ! You have to be very aware in this fields and look different stuff everyday to kinda “stay in the game”.
6|. M. - What is your favorite medium? Can you tell me why you like it? Also please tell me your thoughts about the characteristics of that medium.
♣. It’s definitely the drawing. When I do it I feel very relaxed. It’s hard to explain why I like it because for me it’s natural, like breathing. And if you’re not breathing you’re death. That’s my feeling about it. It’s not like I’m trying something new everyday it’s my daily basis. About the characteritics I’ll just quotes Jean - Giraud : “Drawing is a revelation of the soul, of your personal situation”.
7|. M. - When it comes to working on an illustration, what do you think the most important thing is?
♣. Put some music, try to finish what you’ve just start and as some of my teacher said “don’t use the rubber”. If you do a mistake then don’t worry much about it. Every mistakes is good to take you just have to move forward to the next step. Always challeging yourself to be the best you can. Don’t be affraid to draw some shitty stuff because tomorrow they will be better than today. But the most important, find your own and unique creative world, don’t copy someone else you won’t evolve and it’s not a really good look trust me.
8|. M. - Are your illustrations guided by specifics of the assignment or is there an underlying theme beyond the limits of any single job?
♣. Not really..
9|. M. - Has your approach to good illustration changed over the course of your career?
♣. I haven’t start a real carreer yet - like I can’t live with what I do for the moment. So I can’t tell you much about it..
10|. M. - As part of my thesis, I’ve researched the influence of Japanese woodblock prints on contemporary illustrators. What is your opinion on this subject?
♣. Well you can definitely says that it influences some of the greatest European artists ! The Japonism was everywhere in the “Avant - Garde” and you could see mostly in Painting with some impressionist artist but as well in sculpting too. So I think it’s great to have such a wonderful legacy of unique artists like this who can still influence some of the greatest illustrator today like James Jean !
11|. M. - Why do you think Japanese woodblock prints are so influential on illustrators today?
♣. Because they are timeless..no I really don’t know I guess if you’re a good illustrators everything should be influential on your work, you just have to pick the right elements and put your own wolrd in it.
12|. M. - What is your favorite quote?
♣. “Drawing is an act of the moment.” Can’t remember who say it unfortunately.
13|. M. - If you could have any masterpiece of art in the world, which work would you want to hang on the wall in your place? What is it about that piece that makes you feel that way?
♣. Hard question..so much I admirate man..well if I had the chance I’ll ask to Moebius if he could draw every single wall in my house! Because If I had to take a break, I’ll love to just lay down put some Miles Davis’s songs and look the ceiling all day.
14|. M. - What is your opinion of the future of the illustration field?
♣. Like I’ve said before I’m not living with what I do but, I just hope it will evolve like every art fields I guess..I see myself doing it for the rest of my life but who knows.. There is so much things that you can accomplish with “Illustration” today that’s it’s really stimulating for everyone!