These Illustrations Have a Story to Tell

Illustrator Youngchae Lee is a natural-born storyteller, but instead of employing words she takes to images. “I make stories, set the scene and bring out characters that are either still-life or animal,” stated the South Korean illustrator in an interview with It’s Nice That. Indeed, her illustrations look like scenes cut and pasted out of a movie, though the story itself is left for interpretation.

One scene shows pedestrians walking about, while another zooms in a girl on a swing. “I think my work reaches out to viewers whole-heartedly because it’s easy to empathize with the stories in the images that viewers may have also experienced,” says the South Korean illustrator. “I try to capture these moments in a still and active way at the same time,” she explains.

Originally studying graphic design, Lee took to illustrating ever since graduating. “I made up my mind to become an illustrator when I designed a book of my own illustrations for my graduate show,” she explained. “After my graduation, I spent more of my time drawing pictures and posting them on the internet and luckily, this led to several commissions a year later and since then, I’ve been working as an illustrator.”

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