Mini Gallery

Jinyoung Shin


Traditional and digital elements


My name is Jinyoung Shin and I am currently a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. I came to the United States from Korea when I was seven years old, and although I grew up in America, Korean culture has always been a definitive part of me. My drawings are heavily based on the style of eastern comics (manhwa/manga), which are a vital part of mainstream Korean and Japanese cultures.

© 2005 Jinyoung Shin

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Content

I am drawn to things that are hard to see or understand: small, fast, weak, uncomfortable. Some things can make you recoil at first but when you study its structure and trace its lines, they are fine and respectable. The fly crawling on my arm is so remote from me but so naked since its skeleton is inside-out. I think this is the state of the figures that I draw. They reveal everything that they have, but are somehow opaque.

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Like rats that scurry into the dark corners of a room or a bite that looks odd but itches just a little, they are usually overlooked. But leave them to do what they will and the rats dismantle the house, and the bite explodes into a maggot hive. This is the kind of dense and slow force that I want my figures to have. (But not in a negative or destructive way.) Insidiously they hide from you, but ultimately they are the kings of their world. I want to create characters that I can detach from myself once they are created, so that I can respect and love them as external entities.

Method

The images I make contain both traditional and digital elements. For drawing I use a mechanical pencil. I like the small variations in hand movement that it can capture. For coloring I use digital software. I stick with readable techniques to convey more strongly that the pixels are calculated. With the lines I want to be rough, raw, expressive, and imperfect, but with the colors I want to be mechanical, remote, and somewhat cold and impenetrable. I see this as a reflection of myself, as I am sometimes whimsical and irrational, sometimes objective and methodical.

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I try not to make my drawings too serious or complex, whether they are planned out days in advance or spontaneous. I think that if an image or idea is simple, it is focused and dissectable. I am young and inexperienced, and I have many things to learn. I want to grow as a student, worker, and person. Things I always try to retain are fun, consistency, sincerity, a degree of immaturity. I am open to collaborations with interesting artists from all over the world, and welcome all forms of discussion and feedback.

All images © Jinyoung Shin

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Education:
2004, Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University (Maryland, USA); currently pursuing a Masters degree in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts (New York, USA).
Portfolio: www.dadaly.net

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Jinyoung Shin