Minjae Lee is a 23-year-old self-taught artist from Seoul, South Korea. Having loved art and color from the young age of 7, Lee was destined to make beautiful illustrations and paintings, despite a lack of support from his teachers who disapproved of his use of color in his art. As a result, Lee taught himself how to draw and paint, with amazing results. While he uses many mediums like crayons, pens, and acrylics, Lee is partial to markers and has created a series of marker illustrations, seen below.
“I’ve always drawn by myself. One day, I found markers, and loved them because of the vivid colors they produce. So I always use markers now,” he says on his artwork.
Lee’s work consists mainly of portraits, as he claims his inspiration comes from people. He says, “I find inspiration in human face. and abstract movement and COLOR! When I draw people, it’s on the spur of the moment, very spontaneous. I’m always experimenting with new materials, and ways to do things.”
His love for bright, vivid colors certainly shines in his illustrations, as most of them include bright splashes of color among basic black-and-white drawings and paintings. The colors blend so seamlessly, it’s almost hard to believe he uses markers to achieve such a flawless look.
Be sure to check out more of Lee’s art here.
What are your thoughts on these marker illustrations?