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Ji Hyun Yu

Ji Hyun Yu

“Hello! Howdy! Hiya!”

This is how the illustrator, Ji Hyun Yu, welcomes you into her world. Originally from Seoul, Ji Hyun now lives in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Her days consist of household work, being a proud mother, commissioned illustration, and working on her personal artwork. Each of her pieces is a complex world, filled with unique people and extensive elements. So get ready to play a game of I Spy, because Yu’s work demands a double-take.

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Growing up, Yu was massively influenced by Japanese animation and mangas. In addition, she would spend countless hours playing video games with her brother, which she still enjoys. Even as a mother, she will take the occasional break to play a game with her husband.

Yu is inspired by the people, nature and photography she see throughout her daily travels. Her artwork comes together with a 2B pencil on a piece of paper. She sometimes paints, but prefers to draw and color digitally.

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Yu likes to create in a quiet place with lots of light. She uses a huge desk space and a comfy chair.

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One of Yu’s favorite quotes comes from Sigmund Freud,

One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”

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Do you believe in ghosts?

"Yes, I do.”

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Do you believe in aliens?

“Yes, I do.”


Below are some stellar examples of Yu’s early zine work.

What’s your favorite virtue?

“Honesty and Kindness”

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What’s your main fault?

“Well, I am a bit of a perfectionist. It drives me, and others in my life, nuts sometimes.”

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What is your idea of happiness?

“For me, happiness is when I can stop worrying about things that haven’t actually happened yet, or that won’t happen at all. I want to enjoy every present moment.”

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If not yourself, who would you be?

“I would be a black hole.”

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What’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

“Do all the stupid and fun things before you’re too old for them.”

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@hiya.ji86

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