Shanghee Shin is an illustrator based in Seattle. She graduated from Art center College of Design at Pasadena, CA as illustration major in 2011. Animamaly, which is a whimsical world created by her, depicts unique and lovely animals and nature.
Fine pen, acrylic ink and watercolor are her favorite tools, and also she passionately recreates three-dimensional works with various materials based on her line arts.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Shanghee: I was influenced by my mother and sister. My mother studied Fine Art, and with that effect, my sister and I loved to draw all the time when we played together in my childhood.Question: Do you have any formal design training? Shanghee: I went to an art specialist high school in South Korea, and after, I entered the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and graduated in 2011.Question: Where are you originally from? Shanghee: I was born in Basan, South Korea, it is biggest port city in South Korea.Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Shanghee: I live in the near Seattle area, Washington state, USA. After graduating from College in the LA area, my parents moved to Washington state, and when I visited them, I fell in love with all the nature, so I decided to live here too. Because I spent my childhood in the heart of mountains, I really love trees and animals, and the environment of this place reminds me my hometown.Question: How do you get your ideas? Shanghee: I usually think about combinations of various unrelated ingredients that I like. Especially, I try to find small linked-rings between functions of the subject matters, and then combine them together to make some odd and fun stories.Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Shanghee: A Project from Microsoft, I drew some illustration images for the Lumia Mobile Device, 'Tile Art' App.Question: What about when you hit 'the wall' with an illustration? How do you cope with that? Shanghee: I read my old scrapbook, that was made in my kindergarten period. My kindergarten teacher made it for each of students with their drawings and paintings. I've loved to draw since I was really small, and I can refresh myself when I see it.Question: If you could live anywhere, where would you go? Shanghee: For living, I am little scared where I have not visited before, so if I choose, Jeju island in South Korea.Question: If you won the lottery what would you do with the money? Shanghee: I will build, or buy a studio, that I can use it for gallery, cafe, and art studio, then, I will draw, and teach in there, and have many trips. Question: If you could travel back in time which period would you visit & why? Shanghee: Ancient Greece or Ancient Egypt. I want to see architectures, and civilization. Question: What is your favourite graphics programme? Shanghee: Sai tool - it is a simple and easy painting program with great quality and Photoshop.