Today we’d like to introduce you to Belle Lee.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in South Korea and studied graphic design at In-Ha University. Later on, I interned at a cosmetics company in San Francisco for 6 months. That’s when I realized I wanted to become an illustrator instead of graphic designer. So I went back to South Korea and prepared a portfolio for one whole year in order to apply for art school. I got accepted into Art Center College of Design in California.
I used to draw all the time. I never let go of a pen. I still remember that buying a new sketchbook every 2-3 months. And later on, after I learned digital art, I no longer needed a sketch book because of computer and tablet. Haha. I believe that was my first good habit that I was proud of. Having good foundation skills helped me throughout ArtCenter College of Design. I could stand well on a solid ground.
So far I worked with The Washington Post, Blik Decal Company, and I participated for the award winning Healing Tree Children’s book as the main illustrator.
Currently I’m working full time at a toy company (MGA) in the Creative Brand department.
Please tell us about your art.
I’m a strong believer that beautiful things can create happiness.
My work aims to invite people into an unseen world of wonder through my lens of imagination. I think people deserve to see beautiful things in life and I believe that it will make their lives brighter. My goal is to keep creating unlimited happiness for them. Through my art, I hope people can find innocence in their hearts again and have a chance of being in magical and whimsical places
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I believe success is how you feel confident about your art. And if you give good inspiration to people, then that’s what really matters.
You have to be humble in order to improve yourself. I often see some people bragging about their art and never take any criticism. This attitude makes you stuck and you’ll never grow. Be willing to take feedback and be open to change.
Kindness is also very important. I have many episodes that helped me out of trouble thanks to people who I was nice to. People do remember how you treat them and they will give you what they received from you.
Your art should be good in order to take you further but you also need to have a good personality.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
There is a Coaniquem (burned children’s hospital) in Chile. While participating on the award-winning project “The Healing Tree” I created big illustrations for its hallway and for the treatment room. And I was main illustrator for children’s book “The Healing Tree” for young burn patients. You can find beautiful illustrations embedded in the entire hospital.
And you can see my art installed in the wall of Barnhill Dentistry in Kentucky. My partner and I worked with Blik on creating a beautiful story about a knight and a princess for the place.
For editorials, I created a county fair illustration for The Washington Post Express cover. You can find it on their website.
If you happened to be in Sainsbury’s for shopping in UK, please find Oliver’s Cupboard packages; it captures a whimsical yummy forest I created for the brand.
Lastly, you can see character illustrations I created through “LOL Surprise” toy products.
I always share my art online. Please visit my Instagram, Tumblr, or website 🙂
- Address: 1255 N los robles ave #23 Pasadena CA 91104
- Website: www.belle-lee.com
- Phone: 626-592-5798
- Email: belleisdrawing@Gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/belleisdrawing/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belleisdrawing/
- Other: http://belleisdrawing.tumblr.com/