We were totally giddy to meet Jessica, one of our ‘To Market’ illustrators. We had first seen her work at the Brooklyn Comic Fest last November and were totally captivated by her intricate line work and strange subject matter. (Jessica has an ongoing personal project where she makes zines reinterpreting classic fairy tales from a feminist and macabre perspective!)
Jessica is originally from Korea, but has been living in New York for a while, going to Parsons for undergrad to study Graphic Design and then SVA for a master’s in illustration. She creates her illustrations traditionally with pencil, and then changes the colors digitally. She showed us beautiful examples of different projects she has worked on, including some children’s product design and gallery shows. We discussed that she uses different styles for different projects. Jessica explained that she enjoys using her gory style, but sometimes likes to try something else.
We asked her about her ‘To Market’ design which features charming anthropomorphic food items (we love the pickle dude!) densely arranged like a pattern. It also features her hand lettering skills. Jessica said she loves drawing food and was picturing everything she would see at the market. She has embraced her love of complicated designs.
Jessica feels that illustration is a form of art used to tell a story, and it has the capacity to be very personal. At the end of the day, it does have to communicate something. She has noticed a shift toward more gallery work for illustrators.
See more of Jessica H.J. Lee’s work here: http://www.jessica-hj-lee.com/