Equal parts illustrator and printmaker, JooHee Yoon experiments with colors by overlapping layers. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Yoon approaches each image like a puzzle, placing disparate elements to create “a discernable whole.” She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design because she relishes the challenge of interpreting written text, whether it’s a news article or a picture book. “My goal is to add something of my own to the narrative,” she says. Though she’s worked with such illustrious brands as the New York Times, Lucky Peach and NPR, her proudest moment was publishing her own picture book, Beastly Verse. Poems that Yoon had discovered from childhood through adulthood appear alongside creatures in surprising situations, such as an elephant tangled in a telephone wire. Her painstaking craft appears on each page; for three years, she oversaw the book’s design and production, all while applying her knowledge of printmaking. Though she loves holding the book in her hands, she hungers for more. “I would love to try working on a bigger scale, possibly a mural. In a dream situation, I would love to design sets for an opera or a theater production.” Her dreams have grown as big as her beasts.
The Austin, Texas, designer grounds his modern style with antique inspirations.