Our Artist Spotlight for this week is Adela Minkyung Kang:
I saw Adela’s work featured by the Society of Illustrators in 2010, and recently had the experience of finding her portfolio once again. She draws upon vintage styles of illustration in her characterizations and patterns but modernizes it with her own point of view and palette. Given the current trends in children’s illustration that is celebrating artists like Mary Blair, Adela’s twist on illustration is very fresh in the market.
This is one example of her work geared towards children’s books: Here is her bio: Adela creates illustrations and communicative designs that are appreciated for pleasantness in aesthetic presentation and problem solving qualities. Not just a plain image creator, she is all about finding a harmony between image and design elements, such as color, shape, text, and hierarchy. The result is a set of decorative, figurative, and visually pleasing communication devices that gives fresh solutions to the challenge and refuses to adhere to one style without losing consistency. Adela’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Bay State Parent Magazine, What’s Up Annapolis, WNC Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Art Flakes, and BFG Communications (Crayola and Cartoon Network). The piece above is part of the story “Tom and Suji”. Here’s the description from Adela’s portfolio: Tom and Suji is created with young audiences (toddlers to preschoolers) in mind. The tentative series focuses on the children’s development of five senses through Tom and Suji’s adventure. The first of the series, ‘Tom and Suji: Zoo,’ introduces different sounds that animals make. Her work is very inspired, and definitely worth seeing more of! Check out her portfolio here: http://www.adelakang.com/#1250312/a-b-o-u-t