TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview by Jin Kim
Tagline: Give yourself and your work a tagline or sentence.
Don’t question your art. Just let your art be what it is.
Rest: How do you spend your time off
I like to skateboard in my time off. I meet a lot of free-spirited individuals and other unique creatives through skateboarding. Most of the skaters I’ve met are so interesting because they have such artistic rebellious spirits.
Influence: What would you like to share with our audience and what effect do you hope to have on us?
I would like to share my passion for painting and fashion photography; and I simply want to create art that combines both of the two and show the beauty of illustrative art that is driven by fashion.
Back: If you could choose a past literary/art/music movement to be a part of, which would you choose?
I would love to be a part of rococo or baroque since I love the elaborate decorative design aspect of them.
Energy: What fires you up?
Looking at amazing art that artists throughout the world are constantly putting out every moment on social media and various art sites. I follow a lot of amazing artists, and seeing how much work they put out makes me want to create more art.
Los Angeles: Where is your favorite place in Los Angeles? Where would you take visitors? If you could defend the city in one sentence to someone who doubts it, what would you say?
Venice beach. Your individuality is accepted here.
Advice: What is the best advice you’ve received? What is the best advice you can give?
Keep it simple stupid (KISS). Envision the best version of yourself that you want to become, then you will become it.
Aura: How would you describe your energy, style, etc.?
I am very calm and persistent for a while, then I go chaotic. It’s my energy cycle.
Room: Where in your home do you work? If not in your home, where do you feel most compelled to create?
I work by the window with all the lights off and curtains closed and with three different computer screens that are lit up. I like computers and moody room light since I am a digital artist.
Tools: What do you prefer to work with, physically and otherwise?
I work mostly digital nowadays and currently I work on a Mac, a PC an iPhone and an iPad pro. My favorite way to work is going back and forth between my iPhone and iMac because I can be more out of my comfort zone on an iPhone. And then, I finish the work on my iMac.
Indulgence: What is your favorite indulgence? – Do you cook? What is your specialty meal? – What is your favorite restaurant in LA where you indulge yourself?
Chocolate and animal videos. – I cook Trader Joe’s frozen foods. – See’s Candies. It’s not a restaurant, but I do eat a box of chocolate for a meal sometimes.
Special: Who or what holds a special place in your heart? How does this factor into your creative process?
My mother. She’s the best artist and mentor I have ever known in my life and the sacrifices that she made to make her art inspire me to push myself harder to become a better creative person.
Time: What is your all-time favorite piece of writing/art/music you’ve created?
Jessica Jones season 1 poster.
Thank you Jin Kim
Jin Kim is an award-winning illustrator who works in movie advertising as an art director. She has received the Key Art Award for Best TV illustrated key art. Besides making key art for movies and TV shows, she creates illustrations that are both multimedia and digital.
Her illustrations usually involve themes of female sensuality and aggression, often inspired by fashion photography. Jin currently lives in Venice (Los Angeles), CA as she paints, photographs and goes on jobs as an art director. She received her BA in illustration from the Art Center College of Design.