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This was a long time ago, but one of the mentors back at RISD would always tell us about a metaphor. He urged us to live in the space and time between the plank and the water, always searching for the truth, our purpose, or anything you wish to call it. Making this spot brought the mantra closer to my heart.

Recently I started taking swim lessons again. Well, I started doing many things that help me feel more actively engaged with myself. But I realize I haven't been asking self-reflective questions such as "Am I still living in that space between the plank and the water? Am I making sure that I am the master of decisions that I make everyday, or am I simply choosing to go with a flow without careful consideration?"

It is a good question to keep in mind.


[Process] Your Thoughts May Just Become Your Reality

Recently I read an article from Forbes that reflects on the relationship between thoughts that occupy the brain and how they shape a person's behavior, and eventually life perspective. It was a topic that I've always been very interested in, and many people would do, too. 

I had a few concepts I wanted to try for this topic, and coincidentally the article only had a stock photo image from Fotolia.com. A perfect opportunity.

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Now let me walk through my creative process for this piece. 

First, I started out by transferring the original sketch on a watercolor pad with tracing paper. I prefer spending less time on fussing over the resemblance of the traced sketch in comparison to the original in the sketchbook, so I fins tracing paper quite useful for saving time.

My choice of medium is usually watercolor and gouache. Once the painting process is over, I scan the image in so I can digitally modify the work.

Interesting thing is that I ended up removing a significant portion of what's happening in the left side of the image. I decided that recreating the wash of lines and moving dots on Photoshop as controlling color and texture would be easier that way. 

Also, large painted areas are covered digitally so the colors are denser without unnecessary textures and dents that naturally happen with working on paper. The figures are outlined again with navy and red. The clothing is re-colored with softer texture, and end up looking much lighted airy at the end. 

 As I continued with digital modification, I referred to this color note on a separate window. 

As I continued with digital modification, I referred to this color note on a separate window. 

Hanbok Series 1

I've always been interested in tradition (somewhat forgotten, sadly) and current sociopolitical landscape of my country, Korea.  

As an effort to promoting Korean tradition, I often like to use hanbok - Korean traditional outfit - as the central theme of my illustration. These paintings below were created for an exhibit "Send Me Across The Sea"  which was organized by honorable colleague Malisa Suchanya, and held in San Francisco, USA in 2016.

Every one of them were hand painted on a postcard sized hot pressed papers with watercolor and gouache.