Sakiroo (Korean: 사키루) is a South Korean illustrator and character designer, born Sang-Hyun Choi (Hangul: 최상현; hanja: 崔相賢), in Bucheon, South Korea. The subjects for his work are varied. and include caricatures of sports figures. He has been involved in exhibits and projects (see below), including those in South Ko… Read More
Sakiroo (Korean: 사키루) is a South Korean illustrator and character designer, born Sang-Hyun Choi (Hangul: 최상현; hanja: 崔相賢), in Bucheon, South Korea. The subjects for his work are varied. and include caricatures of sports figures. He has been involved in exhibits and projects (see below), including those in South Korea, France, England, United Arab Emirates, China, Singapore, United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela. He lives and works in Bucheon, just outside Seoul. via Wikipedia Read Less
01. Why did you choose the name Sakiroo?
When I was 20 yrs old. I named Sakiroo by my self. Because, I want to be a character Designer who is called by Sakiroo, not by my real name Sang-Hyun Choi which is used to called by my friends I am pursuing of a forceful personality willing to go beyond the bounds of conve… Read More
01. Why did you choose the name Sakiroo?
When I was 20 yrs old. I named Sakiroo by my self. Because, I want to be a character Designer who is called by Sakiroo, not by my real name Sang-Hyun Choi which is used to called by my friends I am pursuing of a forceful personality willing to go beyond the bounds of convention. So I needed such a meaningful name. That's the reason why i made my name as it is.
02. What is your biggest achievement so far?
When I appeared on MTV, MNET that is quite major broadcasting in S.Korea.. At that time I was working for designing some singer's album and clothes business, camera crew just took a shot on my works like MLB, clothes and cap that I was designing for all day long. I was exciting for shot that made me feel like celebrity in the world. (Also exciting when I appeared on AD as a model of KT&G which is big brand in S.korea.)
03. What or who inspires you and your work?
From the past to present, everyone whoever is aiming at the ART inspire me. It's not just special inspiration, but a motivation that burns my passion. I am trying to draw the character or illustration based on humanities. I want to draw the picture that has the thought and philosophy not just a pretty kitty one. I want to deliver my thought as my another language which can not be shown as it looks.
04. What was your childhood dream?
I didn't have any kind of dream until 20 years old. Besides I did not take an any educational course for learning the draws.
05. When did you know that you wanted to be a professional artist?
When I was 20 years old, I took my first job. So I began to work on designing character from that and I thought I could do it better than any other.. Since I draw the character for 4 years, I felt little tired. Therefore, I started to work on planning products in the company. And then I want to draw the illustration so that makes me quite good at drawing character and illustration together. I am still looking for references and studying for my favorite pictures too. Still working on becoming a thoughtful artist.
06. If you're not an artist, what would you be?
Well... I think I would be a common salary man who is just work on jobs as employ told, looking for another job before a dismissal notice. Because I didn't have anything that was better than anyone. and didn't even have a plan I should make money. I didn't have common licence even a driver licence too.
07. Among the characters you have drawn, do you have any favorite?
It is the Shumai & Phat Foo that I created when I was 21 and did renewal when 28 yrs. I just made it because I love Hiphop. The heroes were two, one was fatty black boy and the other was lanky white boy. It is still good, unique and lovely to me even though I made it when I didn't know much about it. I had published it as cartoon series but couldn't make it continuously due the the busy days.
08. What is your next big dream?
I don't have big dream. I just want to draw what I want to draw and favorite in comfortable. I want to work on individual studio and gift my works to many people. Read Less
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