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Thursday 25 March 2021

Meet The Illustrator: Myo Yim

: Myo Yim

Describe your illustration style in ten words or less.
Nostalgic, pithy, metaphoric, poetic, warm and soft

What items are an essential part of your creative space?
Enough time to focus on to work, my kids boosting me into the other magic world, sweets.

Do you have a favourite artistic medium?
Clean and good erasers, graphites, pencils, and cotton fabrics.

Name three artists whose work inspires you.
Sydney Smith, Beatrice Alemagna, Christopher Corr

Which artistic period would you most like to visit and why?
I love current this period blended with neo arts and retro arts at the same time.
I think we are lucky to live this generation.

Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
Proudly to say it is my spouse. My husband Sem is a good teacher and a great whimsical artist. He taught me how to love myself and the arts.

Can you share a photo of your creative work space or part of the area where you work most
often? Talk us through it.
Like any mum workers (not everyone maybe), I started at the kitchen table. As my kids grew bigger, my work grew too. I took the small study room as my studio and put two desks on the side but only one chair. One side is for digital works, and the other side is for analogue drawings. Most of the time I spend  leaning against the drawing table then turn around to finish the work at the computer. Very practical.

What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
I enjoy every moment of the process. However, if you want me to pick only one, it is definitely the moment of pencil touching the new papers. All my senses are awakened and focusing on the pencil line.

What advice would you give to an aspiring illustrator?
Never stop practicing. I still believe what Luc Besson says ‘Creativity is a muscle, you have to train it every day’ (Yes, I was one of those cine kids.)

Myo Yim is a Korean children’s book illustrator/writer based in Australia. She loves to make anything with hands like bear hats, sewing, baking and more. Listening to your inner voice is her main subject since recently.

For more information, please visit Myo's website or follow her on instagram.