YoungJu Kim

YoungJu Kim - Designer

Vienna, VA, USA

Digital artist and illustrator. I illustrate children's picture books, children's book covers, and anthologies.

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Overview

Hello,

I am YoungJu. I work as a digital artist and children's book illustrator. Every day I do my very best work to edit and create whimsical images. Most importantly, I am very easy to work with and have integrity.

My works were featured in the Grain Valley Publishing, Dasoham Publishing, COEX Winter Festival, Applied Arts magazine,Rosengart gallery, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Southern Breeze, Illustration West by Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, 3×3 Magazine Annual, CMYK, Creative Quarterly, What’s up Annapolis, Savannah College of Art and Design, Deep Kids Books, Telfair art fair, Godley Station School, Veritas Academy, Mizville, Terra Firma Counseling Center, and many private clients.

I also have been working for Gelsinger Licensing Group for over 5 years. Their licensed images are usually featured in stationary and seasonal gift products at Walmart, Target, Dayspring, Staples, Ne'Qwa ornaments, etc.

Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies
Cultural & Ethnic
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Calendars
Education & Reference
Parenting & Families

Awards

  • Applied Arts Magazine, Young Blood Illustration, 2014
  • Low country award at Telfair Museum Art Fair, 2013
  • The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Student Merit, 2010, 2011

Work experience

Freelance Digital Artist

Gelsinger Licensing Group, Inc
July, 2016 – Present (about 6 years)

-Create seasonal licensing images such as Spring, Easter, Independence Day, fall, Halloween, Christmas, etc., with given reference photos and images using Photoshop.

-Edit images for garden and college flags, mats, napkins, candy and chocolate wraps, gift box and tins with given layout and image.

Children's Book Illustrator and Designer

Self-employed
May, 2011 – Present (over 11 years)

-Create children's book cover and interior design
-Illustrate custom book illustrations from initial sketches to final images
-Event logo and illustration including typography
-Greeting cards illustration

I’ve illustrated almost twenty book covers for anthologies and the YA market and nine picture books for vanity or indie-publishers including Grain Valley Publishing, Mountain Arbor Press, Boomi LLC, Dasoham Publishing, and Happenin Kat LLC. My illustrations have many good reviews from Online Book Club, Amazon, Kirkus Review, and so on.

My works were also featured in the COEX Winter Festival, Gelsinger Licensing Group, Applied Arts magazine, Rosengart Gallery Fine Art & Gifts, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Southern Breeze, Illustration West by Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, 3×3 Magazine Annual, CMYK, Creative Quarterly, What’s up Annapolis, Savannah College of Art and Design, Deep Kids Books, and so on.

Product Design Intern

Working Class Studio
September, 2010 – November, 2010 (2 months)

Developed and designed new home products from sketches to mockup. I suggested and made 3D greeting card, wooden printed puzzle, coaster, and placemat, shower curtain design and illustration, recycled laser-cut vinyl record clock.

Creative Intern

American Greetings
June, 2010 – August, 2010 (2 months)

Selected as one of two creative interns for American Greetings in Summer, 2010. Participated in Mother's day,Easter, Gen Y, New Children's greeting cards suggestions for Target project.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

Overstake, Grant, Stefanidi, Katerina, White, Melissa I

Map of Memory Lane

Arnoldy, Francesca Lynn, Kim, YoungJu

Grandma's Library

Brannon, Krysia, Kim, Youngju

Stories from Savannah's Southside Schools: Fall 2014 (Deep Semi-Annual Anthologies) (Volume 7)

Deep Center, DeepKids from Hesse K-8 School, DeepKids Isle of Hope School, DeepKids from Southwest Middle School

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Stories from Savannah's Eastside Schools: Fall 2014 (Deep Semi-Annual Anthologies) (Volume 7)

Deep ., DeepKids from Hubert Middle School, DeepKids Myers Middle School, DeepKids from Oglethorpe Charter School

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Stories from Savannah's Westside Schools: Fall 2014 (Deep Semi-Annual Anthologies) (Volume 7)

Deep Center, DeepKids from Godley Station School, DeepKids from Mercer Middle School, DeepKids from West Chatham School

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Stories from Savannah's Southside Schools: Spring 2014 (Seep Semi-Annual Anthologies) (Volume 6)

Deep Center, Sarah Bates, Megan Ave'Lallemant, DeepKids from Southwest Middle School, DeepKids from The STEM Academy at Bartlett, DeepKids from Hesse K-8 School

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Deep Fall 2013: Stories From Savannah's Center-City Schools (Deep Semi-Annual) (Volume 6)

Deep Center Inc., DeepKids from Charles Ellis Montessori, DeepKids from DeRenne Middle School, DeepKids from East Broad Street School, DeepKids from Garrison School for Visual & Performing Arts, Sarah Bates, Keenan Alexander

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Deep Fall 2013: Stories from Savannah's Eastside Schools (Deep Semi-Annuals) (Volume 6)

Deep Center, DeepKids from Myers Middle School, DeepKids from Oglethorpe Charter School, DeepKids from Hubert Middle School, Sarah Bates, Keenan Alexander

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Deep Fall 2013: Stories from Savannah's Westside Schools (Deep Semi-Annuals) (Volume 6)

Deep Center, Keenan Alexander, Megan Ave'Lallemant, DeepKids from Mercer Middle School, DeepKids from West Chatham Middle School, DeepKids from Godley Station School, Sarah Bates

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Stories from Savannah's Center City Schools: Fall 2014 (Deep Semi-Annual Anthologies) (Volume 7)

Deep Center, DeepKids from Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, DeepKids from DeRenne Middle School, DeepKids from East Broad Street School, DeepKids from Esther F. Garrison School

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Deep Fall 2013: Stories from Savannah's Southside Schools (Deep Semi-Annuals) (Volume 6)

Deep Center, DeepKids from Southwest Middle School, DeepKids from Hesse K-8 School, DeepKids from Georgetown K-8 School, DeepKids from The STEM Academy at Bartlett, Sarah Bates

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Stories from Savannah's Center City Schools: Spring 2014 (Deep Semi-Annual Anthologies) (Volume 6)

Deep Center, DeepKids from Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, DeepKids from East Broad Street School, DeepKids from Savannah Classical Academy

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Stories from Savannah's Westside Schools: Spring 2014 (Deep Semi-Annual Anthologies) (Volume 6)

Deep Center, DeepKids from Mercer Middle School, DeepKids from Esther F. Garrison School (Arts), DeepKids from Godley Station School, DeepKids from DeRenne Middle School

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Stories from Savannah's Eastside Schools: Spring 2014 (Deep Semi-Annual Anthologies) (Volume 6)

Deep Center, Sarah Bates, Megan Ave'Lallemant, DeepKids from Myers Middle School, DeepKids from Hubert Middle School, DeepKids from Oglethorpe Charter School

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

The Deep Center is a nonprofit organization in Savannah, Georgia. Its goal is to help young people write and share their stories with skill, confidence, and courage. Each year, hundreds of students in Savannah’s public middle schools receive fully-funded scholarships to be a part of the Young Author Project, Deep’s free after school writing program. Local writers—authors, journalists, and poet... read more

Balu Saves the Day

Dee, Pria, Kim, YoungJu

I am an Artist

Carter, Shari, Kim, YoungJu

The Reason I Held You Close

Garland, Evelyn E, Harvey, Jillian, Kim, Youngju

Adventures of Alvin: Adoption Day

Dinges, Brenda Kay, Bell, Erik, Kim, Youngju

YoungJu has 9 reviews

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Hillary Saffran
YoungJu Kim is a pleasure to work with, and she is also a very talented and professional artist. Her illustrations really made such a positive difference for my book, and I wouldn't have published it without her beautiful and perfect illustrations. She is quick to respond to corrections and suggestions. I am definitely hiring her for my next book which I have already started working on.

Hillary Saffran, August 2022


Brenda Dinges
Wonderful to work with! Knowledgeable and she produced a high quality product. She helped me at every step on this project. I would highly recommend her!

Brenda Dinges, May 2022


Evelyn G
YoungJu helped to bring my children book to life. I like the creativity in the illustrations. Even when I made changes towards the end they were completed!

Evelyn G, February 2022


Dana Basile
The thought of finding an illustrator with whom you would never meet, and entrusting that person with your words, ideas and emotion behind a picture book is a bit overwhelming. After carefully looking, re-looking and researching a number of illustrators at Reedsy, there was something amazingly different about YoungJu Kim's work, communication and understanding that set her very much apart from ...
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Dana Basile, December 2021


Krysia Brannon
Young Ju Kim is an extremely talented artist. Her painting style is unique and made my story come alive in such a beautiful way. Her contract was very clear and she met all deadlines and made changes when asked. She is quick to respond and update sketches/paintings. She was a pleasure to work with and I appreciate her hard work on my project. I would highly recommend her!!

Krysia Brannon, November 2021

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