Moonsub Shin

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ILLUSTRATOR, MOONSUB SHIN ILLUSTRATION

Moonsub Shin graduated from Keimyung University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Advertising and Publicity, and then graduated from the School of Visual Arts, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay in 2014. Since graduation, he has worked as an illustrator for many companies, including Scholastic. Some of his representative works include the annual “Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge,” Scholastic’s mission statement and reading initiative “Open a World of Possible,” and the Scholastic 2013/2014 Annual Report. MoonSub’s work is regularly seen in gallery shows, and he recently published an art book about his journey in Europe titled “Moon’s Diary: Adventures in Europe.” He currently teaches illustration at an art studio in New York City.

WHERE OR HOW DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR DESIGN WORK?
I do not have a specific method when discovering inspirations for my work; however, it’s the range of my personal experiences, stories I have heard, images and videos that drive my work. It is probably what gives my work a sense of familiarity and friendliness.

HOW DOES WHERE YOU WERE BORN, GREW UP OR LIVE NOW AFFECT YOUR DESIGN SENSIBILITY OR STYLE?
I was born and grew up in Daegu, South Korea until 25 years old. Since then I have been living in New York for about 8 years now. Living across the Eastern and Western cultures, I am able to incorporate the two worlds into my work, which I like to think gives it a unique taste.

FAVORITE COLOR?
Navy or Deep Blue

FAVORITE TYPEFACE?
Helvetica Neue Light

FAVORITE TV SHOW?
Newsroom

FAVORITE Book?
Slam Dunk

FAVORITE MOVIES?
Wall.E and Inception

FAVORITE Musician or Band?
Sarah Mclachlan

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA?
Facebook

FAVORITE Fine Artist?
Jean-Jacques Sempe

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
I like my ability to visualize the vast world of imagination into an image. My weakness is to visualize the vast world of imagination into only one image.

TALENT YOU WISHED YOU POSSESSED?
Working on speaking English like a native speaker.

ADVICE TO A YOUNG DESIGNER JUST STARTING OUT?
Don’t give up! Great work does not necessarily always give you money.

IF NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A comic artist.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Soli Deo Gloria

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