Interview with Daehoon Lee

When I was 20, I got started to work earlier than around people.
The company was small and making package game based on PC for the kids.

Daehoon Lee is a Concept Artist / Illustrator from Seoul, Korea (South).
He likes to work with Photoshop and Sketch Up.

What led you into the CGI/2D? Tell us your story.

At that time, There were not many options as a 2D artist. When I was in college, I wanted to be a Comic artist but the Comic market’s circumstance was not good in South Korea. Actually, I’ve joined the Animation company but the company was trying to develop the game. It was motivating for me.I could have learned while working with my team. I was a 2D dot designer for over 2 years. I could become a concept artist in the third company.

Where do you go to get inspired? What/Who inspires you?

Pinterest is one of my favorite places to get inspiration. sometimes, I get some reference images randomly. After then, combine to make something new design. it process makes me exciting. In addition, most of the time I’ve been staying in Artstation to see many different kinds of works in the world. Whenever saw an artist who has a unique style then I get motivated. There are so many artists who have amazing abilities.

How does a typical working day look like?

I’ve been studying English twice a week early morning at 7:30 am before getting to work. usually, I stay up really late at night to enjoy my time.sometimes, I make creative pieces of stuff to further my portfolio. and watching a movie (I like to repeat watch a movie that I’ve seen before) and I make a video to upload on my Youtube channel.
Whenever lunchtime, I work out in the climbing gym near my company to maintain health. whole things are possible as much as I want in my life pattern because of the flexible work system of my company. On the weekend..
I have to take care of my daughter all day. this is really my job.

What does your workplace look like?

There is nothing to show off. I have two monitors 27 inch and Intuos pro, mobile studio pro 13 inches. that’s all. Actually, I do not enjoy display some figures relative to games and movies around my desk at least my loom. But, I accumulated only Supercell’s characters in my office. because I’m a big fan of Supercell.

How do you stay motivated in this industry?

I always focus on other artists who make artworks like me or how they imagining. actually, some friends around me have been making something new creative stuff every day.those always influences my further works. also, they make me that be able to maintain a little tension to challenge new artwork. so, most of the artists are motivate me.

What is your passion beside CGI/2D?

I’m interested in a car and driving. in my free time, I do self-cleaning my car for over 3 hours. sometimes, I spend time to maintenance to get the better condition of my car. I’ve been climbing at the climbing gym for 5 years. I always focus on my weight to maintain my ability. it can be strongpoints when I work out if I’m lightweight.

How do you keep your portfolio up to date? Any tips?

I always try to keep my art style. of course, if you joined a specific team then you have to change the style as fast as you can. it’s most important in the game industry that has a huge market in the world. besides, you have to know that there are so many people playing the game that you made. we can’t match the art style perfectly with a lot of projects or teams. it would be a hard time. but, if you have a specific style then it can be strongpoints in your career eventually. keep going.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Photoshop is one of my favorites Software since when I was in college. Sometimes, I’m using the Sketchup to build an object or background quickly.

What Software do you want to learn in the future? And why?

I wanted to learn Software relative to 3D for a long time. Definitely, it will increase the value of my work’s category. also, it will be making widen the boundary of my artworks.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

Game Creature Design. this is my first published book. unfortunately, there is no English version. Sale on Korean and Chinese.

What music do you listen to while working?

I often listen to hip hop and sort of trap. sometimes, I enjoy the lounge or jazz as well. those depend on my feelings while working.

Any advice for new Artists?

I think everything is simple. many different kinds of experience are the most important. Above all, you have to enjoy every time while working. I hope you try to find an exciting part of your work even if it’s small.