Mad Skills Monday 020: Sojung Kim McCarthy

Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring some creative inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. This week we have the drawings and paintings of illustrator Sojung Kim McCarthy.

Power tool: MacBook Pro
Power song: Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis
Power snack: Jammy Dodgers

Sojung Kim McCarthy is a prolific illustrator and designer whose portfolio is packed with observational studies of people, flowers, hot drinks, Catholic imagery and kitties. She also creates card and textile crafts (which we preciously featured in our Christmas gift guide).

For her MA studies, Sojung observed the concept of ‘perfect skin’. This study began with hyper-realistic closeup drawings of people with birthmarks, skin coloration and scars. The results are very confrontational and beautiful images of what society typically considers to be imperfections.

'Anchor': this shows the scars from the removal of excess skin caused by a large amount of weight loss.

‘Anchor’: this shows the scars from the removal of excess skin caused by a large amount of weight loss.

'Leukoplakia / Vitiligo': a disorder that causes whitening of the skin and hair.

‘Leukoplakia / Vitiligo’: a disorder that causes whitening of the skin and hair.

For her final piece, Sojung wrote and illustrated a children’s book named ‘The Blue Boy’, in which the titular protagonist goes on a journey to find a ‘cure’ for his appearance. However his encounters with other unique-looking characters questions the idea that normality is the ideal.

TheBlueBoy1 TheBlueBoy2 TheBlueBoy4 TheBlueBoy5 TheBlueBoy7 TheBlueBoy8 Sojung carried out a BFA in Visual Communication Design at Hong-ik University in South Korea, and a study abroad program at Arts University Bournemouth, where she stayed for her MA Illustration course. She is currently based in Poole and is looking for more work opportunities, so get in touch if you need some top-quality illustration work! You can check out more of her work on her official site and Behance page, and you can follow her on Twitter.

Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to team@shellsuitzombie.co.uk and we’ll check you out!

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