Today we’d like to introduce you to Yoojin Seol.
Yoojin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Hello! I’m a happy designer, where joy fuels my creativity and I want to share that with others. In middle school, I discovered Photoshop in my home computer and began to get into digital art. I continued to draw and write stories until that my hobby became my major (animation) and then my career (designer in animation). Now I design at motion graphics studio, Laundry, in the arts district of LA.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Through art and to the people I can reach out to, it’d be my goal accomplished to bring a smile or an encouragement to the audience or the team that I’m working with. I’m thankful everyday to do what I enjoy, and with the opportunity and hands that God gave me, I hope to happily design with diligence. What I want to get across is a message of hope, and in my personal projects, I can be more direct in sharing that, but after all, I make commercials working in motion graphics, so even if the message isn’t relevant I hope to share positivity and happiness through bright colorful aesthetics, friendly characters, or just something creative that would inspire you to make or be creative too! Often times in my art, it’s an emotional impression I’m after, of peace and joy.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Oh… I hope that to all who is pressed down from financial challenges, that you would be steadfast and firm to endure and be where you need to be both career-wise and in your passions, and that I hope your finances would follow you there. I believe creativity flows best from a place of joy and freedom. So I would check my heart, priorities, and the ideal future I’d want to have and go on from there. If my priority is to pursue creative passions and an artistic career fulfills that, then simply, go for it! Regardless of any fear of uncertainty or financial pressures, if I believe this is the right path for me, then may it be so and trust that it will all work out because I would be stepping into a place of freedom, joy, and living out my calling. But if my priority is to have a stable job to provide well for myself and others, then I think it’s good to focus on your career/finances first (even if it’s not art related) so that you can be in a better place to pursue art more freely.
Simply, it is the best when we can be in a place to best be creative, not living in worry but in freedom and peace. When our passions and priorities are aligned to your purpose, I think we can find clarity for the next steps and boldness to go after it.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
They’re all digital, on instagram (@seolful) or my website (http://yoojin.seol.us). But I think it would be fun to illustrate on buildings or cafe or store interiors one day.
These designs were animated at Laundry!