Today we’d like to introduce you to Lydia Kim.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lydia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I always loved drawing ever since I was little. Growing up, I always knew that art has always given me happiness and a passion to be an artist. As my passion for art has grown bigger, I decided to attend Otis College of Art and Design. When I first started school, I started off learning basic skills with traditional mediums in my artworks, and later on I was introduced to digital media and chose to study concept art. However, I found myself lost and felt myself not fitting within concept art. I started to question if I was 100% sure if I truly wanted to be a concept artist. When I was struggling with my major, my friends introduced me to motion graphics, and there I discovered what I truly wanted to do. I was driven by how there were various of styles in motion and was inspired by the works from all the artists in the motion industry. And from there, I decided to be a motion designer/illustrator.
After graduating from OTIS, I have never regretted my decisions and was a worthwhile choice I made. I am now working at motion studios for three years as a freelancer. I had a lot of valuable experience at different studios, working with amazing artists in the industry. I truly love what I do and I am looking forward to my future as a designer/illustrator in Los Angeles.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely has not been a smooth road for me. After graduating from OTIS, the first half-year of freelancing was difficult. Keep in contact with studios and sending emails confused me, and I face down a lot. However, I kept myself positive, pushing myself to be creative. Now looking back, all those experiments have taught me a lesson. I truly thank my friends and family, who always support and give me good advice when I was going through a hard time in my life. I would not have become who I am today without them.
What were you like growing up?
I was born in Texas, lived in Pennsylvania and S Korea, and 2009 – today I am here in Los Angeles. I grew up watching classic Disney 2D animation movies and I loved to draw from when I was young. Back then I was one of those kids who were shy and quiet in middle school and high school but loved to draw creating my own world in my sketchbook and canvas. Today I still love to draw with my iPad in my own space at home drinking coffee.
- Website: http://www.lydiajkimdesign.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lydiajkimart/