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Art & Life with Ann Jimin Woo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ann Jimin Woo.

Ann Jimin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Like many children, I liked drawing and painting. It was a way for me to express myself ever since I was young. I think I was drawn to art because I was not very good at explaining myself in words and art allowed me to show my thoughts and feelings without using a spoken or written language. However, I thought that I would not be an artist or a designer when I was in elementary or middle school because many of the art teachers I met told me that I was drawing and painting things the wrong way and that it needed to be fixed or redone them without really explaining to me how and why. I remember being confused and frustrated with it to the point I did not look forward to art classes in elementary. It wasn’t until high school when I met an amazing art teacher who helped me develop my skills and listened to my ideas and helped make them possible in the best way possible. After I entered college as a Fine Arts major, I learned about different kinds of art forms and explore. This was when I found myself in the visual communications department and start to slowly but surely fell in love with typography and visual communications.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a graphic designer and this means that I present other people work’s or information given to me in a way it catches people’s attention and evokes certain emotions. Like many graphic designers today, the forms my works takes are both in the physical and digital world. Some of the forms my work takes on are posters, books, cards, playbills, Instagram posts, infographics, and more. Most of my works are created by using Adobe Software systems, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I think the reason why I am so drawn to graphic design is that I am able to learn about different fields when I am working on different projects. I also love that I am able to make each have different kinds of mood (of course this also depends on what the client wants). I also work in different kinds of mediums on the side; mostly digital paintings, photography, and illustrations. I make work in other mediums so that I am able to express myself and ideas as well. But the one common thing I always find it interesting in any medium of art is seeing people’s reactions and thought after looking at my work (of course this is only if they are comfortable telling me).

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
This might sound a bit weird but always have something to write, draw, or take pictures with you. This can be a little notebook, your phone, or anything that you can jot something down with. I have learned that when I am outside or just surfing the web, I get inspired or get ideas at random. It always helps to write down, sketch, or take picture(s) of it so that I can look at it again later on. Like many artists and designers, I get stuck creatively sometimes and by looking at the things I was inspired by or old ideas I jot or sketch help me figure out my next project.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be found on my website (annjiminwoo.com) and Instagram (@annjiminwoo). If anyone likes or interested in owning a copy of my work or would like for me to work on a project, please email or direct message me on Instagram.

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Image Credit:
Alison Kim (personal photo only)

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