Hokyoung Kim

Hokyoung Kim – Designer

I am an illustrator interested in making images with strong moods and narratives.

Overview

I am a illustrator that specializes in interior illustrations and book covers. My primary focus is visualizing narratives and capturing the most captivating moments in a story. My work concentrates on characters in an environment, where a strong sense of mood and atmosphere is evoked. I want my viewer and audience to sympathize with the character, to feel what they feel, and be immersed in the scene. I can work in both realistic and more graphic styles, whichever is more suitable to the text.

I am currently an editorial illustrator working for major news outlets and magazines such as the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Sierra Magazine, Narratively, A Women's Thing, and Telemedicine Magazine, to name a few. As with novels, I capture the overall atmosphere so that the viewer can understand what the article is about without knowing too much information.
Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Classics Dystopian Fantasy Historical Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Short Story
Languages
English
Awards
  • AOI World Illustration Awards(WIA) 2017, New Talent - Shortlisted
  • 3x3 International Illustration Show No.14, Student Show - Merit
  • Creative Quarterly 47 - Winner
  • Society of Illustrators Student Competition 2017 - Selected
Certifications
  • BFA Illustration
  • BFA Painting

Work experience

Self-employed

Jun, 2017 — Present

I currently have created editorial illustration images working with magazines for some articles or essays. I am mainly working on digital and make illustration image for book cover and interior illustration.

Clients include:
New York Times - The Forgotten Victims of Agent Orange
BuzzFeed - This Is What It's Like Being A Man With An Eating Disorder, I Hated My Mother For Refusing To Leave My Abusive, "Follow Him" by Jenny Zhang
Sierra Magazine (not yet published)
Telemedicine Magazine (not yet published)
Narratively - For Decades, Shame Kept My Dad’s Schizophrenia Secret from our Pakistani Immigrant Community
A Women's Thing (not yet published)

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