Tory Hoke: As an illustrator, how did you get where you are today?
Youheum Son: I’m here because I do what I like! I made a bunch of art that I liked and disliked before choosing only ones that I really enjoyed doing. I kept myself on a steady flow of just doing that, and I never go back to doing what I don’t feel happy doing.
Tory Hoke: Your work depicts a variety of cozy living spaces and abundant houseplants. What inspires your creations?
Youheum Son: I never feel removed from the work I make because a lot of the objects in my illustrations are also in my real life. It’s important to convey the message in the story and also keep the part that is me intact. I’ll often incorporate my cat and the houseplants I have at home into an illustration piece.
Tory Hoke: The variety of spaces suggests you’ve experienced a variety of ways of living. Do you enjoy travel? How does it influence your art?
Youheum Son: I have lived only in the city, so I feel a strong need to go see new things. I’ll often grab a quick snap of the cozy places I’ve been and do a sketch based on that. Whenever I travel to the countryside and in different cities, I take inspiration from the alternative ways people incorporate nature into their environment. I have yet to see a cob house and a hobbit hole!
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