Fresh off the heels of his 23rd birthday, Minjae Lee was gracious enough to do a Q&A with us. He lives and works in Seoul, South Korea, and growing up, not many people accepted the way he used colors in his work. Which is quite ironic because it is his colorful artistic view that draws you in with its powerful colors, halting imagery and clever juxtaposition of beauty, innocence and fragility. I had a quick chat with Minjae to discuss his upcoming projects, his love of films, and the overall work environment in South Korea. Read below for the full interview…
How healthy is the creative field in South Korea? Is the economy thriving in your area?
Minjae: The creative field like all fields has been affected by many different circumstances, but it all comes down to personal taste and style. Some people have greater success than others, not as they are more talented than another, but as they appeal to different tastes.
What is the update on your artbook? What kind of work and tutorials can we expect to see inside?
Minjae: It’s a work in progress but it will be further along in 2012. I do not rush my work, so when it’s right, I will know and then it will be available.
You are still a relatively young guy, how do you see your work progressing as you journey through your 20s?
Minjae: You never know which way the wind will blow.
When you’re working is it a locked down kind of process, chained to your desk, or more casual with friends coming and going?
Minjae: It has to be when I feel in the moment. I have had periods I could not work and then other periods I can not stop. It’s what I imagine being a writer is like.
Do you have any favorite Asian films or anime? Any of them inspire you in anyway?
Minjae: There are many.
I think you are in a unique position being so young and gifted that you can relate to a lot of up and coming artists. Do you have any advice for any creative out there to progress their work more smoothly?
Minjae: Pay no attention to people saying negative things about your work, creative yes, but not negative. I make my art for me and thankfully some people seem to like it too. Always believe in yourself.
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