Today’s the first Sunday of the month, so I welcome a student illustrator. Her name is Sairom Moon, and though she’s originally from South Korea, she comes to 7-Imp by way of her instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), illustrator Shadra Strickland.
Let’s get right to Sairom’s introduction, in her own words …
Sairom: I am Sairom Moon. I was majoring in Communication Design at Hongik University in Korea until I decided to transfer to MICA in the United States to broaden my artistic view and interest. Currently, I am studying Illustration. … Experience in both Communication Design and Illustration helped me to work freely with both the computer and hand. Also, I became more interested in children’s books after taking Professor Shadra Strickland’s Book Illustration class.
I like to work in small size[s] but with highly detailed delicacy. This is because I like to express happiness through my … materials. I love when people get interested in my illustrations and start to observe them closely to find all the smallest details. For this reason, I try to put in as much fun and interesting details as possible as a present to those who show interest in my drawings. I feel happy giving pleasure through my illustrations, but feel happier watching people feeling happy. I am an illustrator who cares about my viewers.
My illustrations are usually done with watercolor and pencil. If those were the first tools I used to express dazzling colors, now I try many other tools. I used acrylic and paper cut and many other mediums as I started studying Illustration. I also found out ways of expression [with] limited color use or a limited medium. I still continue to explore new and various ways on my illustrations.
Three Little Rabbits is one of my earliest illustrations:
Little Red Riding Hood [are some] of my recently finished illustrations [pictured above and below]. I reconstructed the original Little Red Riding Hood … by changing the wolf to cats.
Most recently, I am working on Secret Garden spot illustrations, using mixed media, pencil drawings, and Photoshop:
Many thanks to Sairom for visiting and to Shadra for the heads-up about her work. I hope Sairom keeps in touch and that we hear more about her work in the years to come. What’s your favorite piece, dear Imps? My favorite is the one opening the post (which would be precisely why I put it up there, all tippy-top).
All images are © Sairom Moon and reproduced here with her permission.
Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.
1) Over here (the last song), you can hear a piece from Simone Dinnerstein and Tift Merritt’s upcoming CD. I look forward to that, and it was a nice surprise to read about that this week. I like Tift Merritt’s music, and I love love love piano.
2) This below from Conor O’Brien (a.k.a. Villagers) also made me happy. He has a new CD coming soon, though what he sings here is an older song from his excellent 2010 CD. I find his voice mesmerizing.
4) I’ve started initial prep for a grad course on picture books I’ll be teaching this summer at The University of Tennessee (I’m over 200 miles away but will teach it from home, using special fancypants, twenty-first century, robotic-bionic software of some sort), and it’s slightly terrifying, given that I have to create my own course/syllabus from scratch. But it’s also kicky in that I get to think about what I want these students to read.
5) I already blabbed about this on Facebook (god help us all) in all my excitement, but as a freelance writer, it was neat to see: My weekly online Kirkus column last week was also included in the print version of the magazine (the January 2013 issue), and it even made mention on the cover, which I didn’t know would happen and made me gasp, as only it would make a nerdy freelance writer gasp. My eight-year-old snapped this pic after I first got the issue in the mail, so it’s blurry, but we were excited.
Best of all, the column is about a really great picture book, Jonathan Bean’s Building Our House, which I hope lots and lots of people see, on account of its sheer wonderful-ness.
6) I found an old note about how my 8-year-old, back when she was nearly four years old, said “reading is engorgeable.” I think it should be 7-Imp’s new slogan.
7) Best kick of all, so I don’t know why it’s listed last here (other than I’m generally disorganized): Over at Heavy Medal, Jonathan Hunt wrote a tribute to my friend and co-author Peter D. Sieruta and asked folks to come leave memories and kind words, and there have been some wonderful comments gathering over there. Here’s the link.
What are YOUR kicks this week?