Finding Time to Move Forward with Boyoun Kim

Kirsten McCreaARTISTS, INTERVIEWS

Artwork of illustrator Boyoun Kim

Boyoun Kim is a freelance illustrator based in New York City. She creates bright, colour contemporary illustrations filled with life. Kim’s work has been showcased and featured in a number of impressive publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Elle, Lucky Peach, and The Washington Post.

We are very excited to feature Kim’s work in the September issue of Papirmass. Subscribe by September 30th to receive her print.  


Tell us about the work featured in Papirmass (not pictured).
I picked out a fortune cookie, and it said, “Do not waste your time hesitating. It is the time to move forward.” Then, I came up with this idea.

Artwork of illustrator Boyoun Kim

Describe your creative process.
Everything inspires me. I look at a lot of illustration, photography, design, and more. I mostly work in Photoshop and use scanned textures. I love to use silkscreen because it’s fun and gives a unique result.  

What is your most important tool?
My computer and a Wacom tablet.

The studio space of illustrator Boyoun Kim

Where do you work?
When I work in digital, I work at home. When I do silkscreen, I go to the print studio.

What do you like about working from home?
My home is comfortable, and I get to make up my schedule.

Artwork of illustrator Boyoun Kim

What is your typical day like?
I am always thinking and working. Drawing is my job, but also it is my hobby.

What challenged you the most at the start of your career?
Promoting my work to potential clients.

What is the best place in the world?
It always changes, but right now it is New York City.

Artwork of illustrator Boyoun Kim

What do you love most about New York City?
I recently moved to New Jersey, but New York City’s museums, restaurants, and night views are still on my mind.

What are you most proud of?
Working with outstanding clients and winning many competitions.

Is creativity learned or innate?
It is both. Re-creativity is also creativity.

Artwork of illustrator Boyoun Kim

What do you like most about being an artist?
I am always thinking about things that most people don’t think about.

What is the best artistic advice you ever received?
Do what you love.

What is your best advice to aspiring artists?
Do not hesitate.

Artwork of illustrator Boyoun Kim

Boyoun Kim is our October 2017 artist.
See more at boyounkim.com

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