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Art & Life with Yunsun Joo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yunsun Joo.

Yunsun, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am born and raised in Seoul, Korea until I came here to study illustration in the Art Center. I just live here around four years now, still struggling to speak English and to be a better artist.

My life in Korea was not related to art at all because my original major in Korea was Public Administration. Moreover, I have a Master’s Degree in it as well as a Bachelor degree. Definitely, you must wonder why I suddenly started to study Illustration in the state. Here’s my another hidden story.

When I was a toddler, my dad was between jobs for a while because he wanted to change his career. My family had to live with my dad’s parents for several years. I got a few toys during those years. I cannot remember exactly how it started to draw for fun. Whenever my brother and I was bored, we asked my mom to give us papers to draw. My mom always kept an old calendar for us. The back of the calendar paper was the best paper to draw because it was huge for little kids. So my relationship with drawing started like that.

When I went to school, every teacher said to me that I had to keep learning art. I was famous for being good at drawing in school. I wanted to be an artist. But a few years later, the circumstances surrounded me suddenly changed a lot. I stopped drawing. After that, my life was not related to art anymore.

But eventually, I decided to follow my dream because I didn’t want to waste my life anymore to do what I don’t want to do anymore after two years later when I got a master’s degree.
So here I am.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I made a bunch of zines, several motion pieces, children’s books, and illustrations. My works are fun, simple, and honest. My art started my hilarious imaginations. I love fun things. Once I have a humorous idea, I become very passionate to finish them, because I cannot wait to show my works to others to make them laugh.

Since last year, I posted my poignant life on my Instagram irregularly. The stories are humorous as well as sad! People encourage me to maintain to post them. My works were introduced in Nat,Brat (

The reason that I create my works is that I want to make myself happier. It is her ultimate goal of her works to give the audiences huge surprising and fun.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Love your works, and don’t be discouraged. People living in somewhere in the world will love your works as long as you maintain to do your works and have affection for them. Definitely.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My works are on my website( If you know about me more, you can see my casual life story on my Instagram (@why_joo).

My works were introduced in Nat,Brat (, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (, and London International Creative Competition (

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Yunsun Joo

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