Artist: Park Jin Kwang
Location: Seoul, Korea
🖼 Hi! My name is Park Jin Kwang and I live in Seoul, Korea. I am currently participating in an FPS game project.
❓Who or what influenced your art style the most at the beginning of your journey?
🗣 When I was a college student, I watched Elysium – a movie that featured Aaron Beck as an artist. This was a great inspiration for me, when I only loved art vaguely, and also greatly influenced my later steps. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and CHAPPiE that he later participated in were also of great help for me.
❓How did you start your professional career?
🗣I'm a little embarrassed to say that although I am a professional, my first job was the trigger of my further professional life. Right after graduating from college, I continued to improve my favorite paintings and portfolios at Art Station. After three more months, a company offered me a scout proposal and, I think, I started as soon as I got that job.
❓What software and hardware do you use, and why?
🗣 When I was a college student, I borrowed and used Wacom's Intuous 3 from the university. After that, when I had to work professionally, I bought and used Intuos Pro. Sintique was sweating on his hands, so he borrowed his friend's for a while and immediately gave up. When I’m drawing, I sometimes use Clipstudio for line work, and for almost all painting work I use Photoshop. I like Clipstudio for its excellent line correction function.
❓How do you like to work: as a freelancer, or maybe full-time or part-time?
🗣 In terms of stability, full-time is the best, but I think it's also good to get outsourced and proceed with company work. If you continue to work full-time, you will be able to draw for the company, not for yourself, so it is easy to fall into mannerism. In that sense, I think it's important to not lose the sense of painting while selecting the outsource projects I like. This is also good just for fun. Personally, I don't recommend freelance work, if you're a rookie. It's very attractive that you can choose your favorite project and, most of all, you don't have to go to the office, but at that moment, you need a stable source of income.
❓What was your most challenging project, and why?
🗣 That would be China's outsourcing project that ended yesterday. For me, who usually prefers sci-fi, the project of combining sci-fi and fantasy was rather difficult but interesting. The other side, in turn, came up with a systematic and clear plan, which is probably why they had a rough, but still fun time working on it.
❓What was your most significant learning experience, and how does it help you now?
🗣 I don't know what the situation is in other countries, but Korean universities hold exhibitions prior to graduation. The main goal is to complete a personal project before graduation, and it was a good opportunity for me to experience the situation in the industry indirectly because it was a project that lasted for almost half a year with art, planning, and promotion having been carried out by different people.
❓What is your dream project or art direction that you're starving to try?
🗣 I think it is a great thing that sci-fi and cyberpunk have become popular again after Cyberpunk 2077’s recent popularity, but it is also true that an increasing number of people are carrying out light cyberpunk work without a deep understanding of the worldview and prior knowledge. I have a dream to write a simple guide to cyberpunk and mech for such people.
❓Can you tell us about a personal or professional project you are proud of?
🗣 It's actually really shameful for me to say that I'm proud of something. But, speaking of personal projects I am attached to, there is a project called Red Menace. I think the atmosphere and look of the painting came out very well because I was inspired by Doom Eternal.
❓Do you have any passion projects you're working on or plan to start?
🗣 As I mentioned above, I would like to produce a sci-fi guide for people and share that information. The more knowledge we share, the more solid the depth of the work to come.
❓What are you passionate about and do you have any hobbies besides art?
🗣 I love cooking! In particular, I enjoy stir-frying and baking food, and I think I am good at cooking curry, steak, and barbecue. I am also interested in the tactical military, so sometimes I buy model rifles and enjoy mil-sim games.
❓If you had just one question about anything that you could ask and get an answer, what would it be?
🗣 There is only one question. Do you like sci-fi? It's something I always ask people I meet for the first time. Of course, it doesn't mean anything bad at all – it’s just pure curiosity!