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Meet Dayoung Cho

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dayoung Cho.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but I spent most of my childhood in a small town called Gumsan before my family moved to California in 2003. When I was growing up in Gumsan, there were no other children my age so naturally, I spent most of my time inside reading children’s book about Korean folktales and drawing princess in my sketchbooks.

Since then I never stopped drawing. After high school, I attended Art Center College of Design to study illustrations. For the first few terms at Art Center College of Design, I was not certain what kind of work I want to make. What inspired me and gave a guidance for the rest of my school years were taking “Image and Idea” class with Jason Holley and meeting amazing friends who helped keep me motivated.

After graduation, I started working as a freelance illustrator, which was challenging. But I was lucky enough to have opportunities that helped me to continue to pursue my dreams. I am still exploring and look forward to my future adventures.

Please tell us about your art.
I do freelance and in-house illustrations. My drawings are usually full of colors and funky characters. They are often related to my personal stories and fashionistas around the world! I like to use different types of mediums when I work and explore different styles from time to time. My inspiration comes from various places, like childhood stories, fashion magazines, and vintage toys.

I hope to create work that can bring a bit of joy to viewers’ everyday life.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
Although the main role of artists has remained the same, I think their role has definitely expanded with everything that is happening today around the world. Artists now days have different platforms that help them to reach audience globally and artistic creations are needed in new fields that were not thought of before. I think artists can now more easily communicate with the viewers and their stories have greater power.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The biggest support would be following me on Instagram and Tumblr, where I share my inspirations and work process. Also, people enjoying my work and short comments from viewers will always be a great thumbs up for me!

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