Dongyun Lee’s Works Balance Illustration With Graphic Design Elements.

With his work in magazines like GQ, CMYK, and dozens of others, Dongyun Lee is an illustrator who really knows how to promote his own works. He’s sent us handfuls of postcards through the years, and it’s about time we feature his work on our blog. Whether it be in his brightly-colored, well-composed illustrations or his delicate black and white drawings, Lee’s style incorporates a fine balance of graphic design elements with classic illustration techniques. His pieces are full and ornamental without ever being too busy, which is a balance that is a difficult to achieve. The piece above is a fine example, as it is brimming with whimsy, imagination, composition, and a surrealistic background that seems to push on infinitely into the background.

Lee also has a new website, so be sure to check it out.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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