Online Magazine Art By 김태균 Kim Taegyun, Korea
By Laura Caroline, England (UK)
Courtesy of Partly Sunny Studios, LLC
MIM Online Magazine Featured Comic
Featuring JJ aka "Siidunit003"
Featuring Taylor Humphreys, a contributor from Volume I
By Alice Foggerty
By Christina Johnson, Volume I Contributor
Featuring Nikola Štěrbová , Czech Republic
I am excited to introduce to you a group of extremely talented people to our free online magazine, one of the best digital newspapers and magazines of our time.
To start off, we have a master artist from Korea who has perfected scratchboard techniques (one of the hardest areas of art to learn!)
When I came across Laura on Instagram, I knew that I wanted to feature her from seeing her work. Her lovely choices of pastel color and dreamy style could brighten up anyone's day. Laura is another one of our contributors from England.
We proudly present Sunny as our Featured Comic, courtesy of Partly Sunny Studios, LLC. I met the creator of Sunny at a Comic-Con, and I've been a fan ever since.
We have a new gamer for our gaming community, TEAM MIM (The Asylum).
We have a Q&A session with Taylor, "A Skeleton" from Volume I. I caught up with her to get updates. Thank you, Taylor, for designing our cover this month!
Alice from the UK gives us a look into her life as a writer. She shows us how hard work and determination can take you places.
Volume I Contributor, Christina Johnson, is back to give us some recent artwork in her usual style in a small gallery.
Lastly, we have a digital illustrator from the Czech Republic named Nikola, who also presents some fantastic, stylized digital art.
I am proud to introduce all these people to you from countries all over the world. If you like what you see, feel free to connect to them using the links provided. I love all of you. Thank you for reading our digital magazine and supporting us.
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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and let us be thankful for everything we have in our lives this holiday season.
Lauren E. North
Editor in Chief
My Art Journey
I always wanted to be a professional artist. I wanted to learn about art skills in school. But where I come from, it is an expensive class to study. I didn't have enough money for training in the subject.
I let go of that dream of being in a class, but decided keep drawing anyway.
It was when I discovered scratchboard that my art life brilliantly changed. Using scratchboard as a medium is not well known where I live in Korea. We don't have teachers here for this type of art. It is just homework for art class.
I Decided to Give Scratchboard a Try
Under the impression that I could not learn scratchboard in a class or any of its process or techniques, I took it upon myself to be self-taught and try it anyway. I wanted to learn and felt I didn't have any other choice, so I challenged myself to work with scratchboard.
Where It Has Taken Me
Years later, somebody recognized my artwork. I was given the chance to appear on a TV show. I had the opportunity to display a solo exhibition for a famous company. I am by no means famous, but I continue to work on art.
I believe I was born to be an artist. I have been drawing since I was a little kid. I fell in love with scratchboard during my first attempts to create with it at the age of 18. I am currently 39 years old and I have been working with scratchboard for twenty years. To this day it is still fun!
Art has given me something to look forward to and has been a fulfilling way of spending my time. I will always keep drawing because it is something I love.
Connect With Kim!
I'm Laura Caroline, a 21-year-old artist from the north of England.
I've always had a very creative side. Ever since I can remember, I've been labeled as 'The Artist' by everyone around me. I would be continuously doodling on my homework, painting surreal scenes from my imagination, or drawing elaborate patterns on the back of my hand with a ballpoint pen.
In school, I always felt very restricted with what I could create. The dreamy art-style I'd always admired was frowned upon by my teachers, and, over time, I slowly began losing interest in the subject altogether.
Art Became a More Significant Part of My Life
After the death of a family member, I struggled severely with my mental health. I dropped out of university after just a few months.
To cope, I decided to pick up the paintbrush again and start to create art as a hobby (instead of a means to get good grades).
I Gained Confidence and Discovered My Style
I decided to start my own Instagram page to showcase my work, and I set myself the challenge of painting something new every day for 100 days! Although it was difficult, I am so proud that I managed to complete it! I gained more confidence in my art and finally discovered my unique style during this process.
The colourful and dreamy acrylic paintings I now create are a way for me to brighten my spirit and cope with my mental health - and I hope that they can spread positivity. I hope to put a smile on the faces of those who may be going through a hard time!
Art Brings Me Happiness
Some days are still a lot tougher than others, and it becomes challenging to distract my thoughts. My dream in life is to make a living out of my art. Because I would be making a living by doing something I love. Creating art makes others smile, and that brings me happiness!
I am a man of many talents. I have more love for gaming than anything else. There is nothing better than getting to sit back and chill with my squad.
Gaming isn't just a selfish retreat. And it's not only about developing your ability for hand-eye coordination or becoming a more strategic thinker.
Gaming is also a great way to relieve stress, and it can be a very interactive and social activity. Especially when you join a group or clan, and you get to know other players very well.
I love playing C.O.D (Call of Duty), any FPS, racing, action, or adventure game. It's good to play various video game types because each one is different and presents a different challenge in its own way.
I have been playing video games for many years. I have met great friends along the way and have built a passion for gaming. I enjoy chilling, competitively gaming, or just sitting back and taking my mind off things that may be bothering me.
Gaming is what makes me happy. To have my console in front of me and to be a part of the gaming community helps me feel accepted.
The greatest part of my gaming journey was finding my clan leader, "Sid unit01" (your MIM founder), and his wife, "Sidunit02," (your MIM editor-in-chief). Finding them allowed me to join them as "Sidunit003."
I didn't just find good friends and an excellent support system. I found family. I have also been accepted in Team MIM (the Asylum). I am very grateful for that.
Yes actually. I have separated from my wife and have been diving into my art and spirituality more and more. My priorities have shifted. I've also been working on my artistic process. I've narrowed down the elements of what I do to create my artwork and what it translates into for others.
I would definitely agree with that, and I appreciate you noticing! I'm focusing more on the anatomical aspect of my artwork as part of my niche, combined with more intense concepts that concern spirituality, but not in a sense that it's "in your face."
Apart from my original attraction to art, which I attribute to my grandfather and grandmother's legacies, I was immediately attracted to anatomy due to the raw subject matter and the ultimate ending of our human forms. The macabre has always interested me, so I like to incorporate a bit of "uncomfortableness" into my pieces' aesthetics. It provokes thought and, in a way, makes us think.
Honestly, I never thought I would! I've come to enjoy it. Designing merchandise presents its own challenges, and it's something I plan on putting more focus into!
This year, my goals are related to upping my momentum and keeping a steady flow of new pieces out, as well as finishing my tarot card series!
Anything I end up with, I'm grateful for. But the only thing I want is for my daughter to have a great Christmas!
"Why do people read?
Why do people write?
To escape reality for a moment."
Where it All Started
When I was a kid, our primary school had students entering these short story competitions. There was one story in particular that I remember writing. Students had to write a story with 100 words to enter the contest. My mum kept my submission in the bookcase with her Chris Carter novels.
I still hear the other kids moaning and saying, "It is too difficult!" Some gave up before they even began. I've always known that I was a little bit different compared to my peers.
I held my mighty sword in my hand, and in less than an hour, 8-year-old me had written a story of another little girl escaping into a hatch at the big Tesco and finding herself at Alton Towers (a theme park and resort complex in Staffordshire, England).
I Aspired to be an Actress
For the longest time, I aspired to become a world-famous actor. At every school I attended, I joined the drama club. I made sure to audition for the starring role. Of course, that didn't always happen. Some key roles were forever carved into my mind: the Cowardly Lion (from my Year 5 production of the Wizard of Oz), a sea lion named Bailey, and Angela in Abigail's party. I still believed that I would do acting forever. That changed during my second year at sixth form college.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I had a three-hour break on a Monday in my first year. I could have gone into town and bought comics, but I didn't. Instead, I sat in the library, got comfy in front of a laptop, and opened up a document.
Filling the Empty Page
An empty page stared at me, begging to have words cover it up. I had a rough time during those days. 3 hours had passed, I was ready to go to my next lesson (Theatre Studies). I blinked and looked at the work I had done. I managed to do several chapters, fuelled by Dr. Pepper and a Kinder Bueno!
I kept at it. Every day I arrived an hour early at college, sat down at a computer on the top floor, and fired up the engines! I found myself in places like London, India, or even a distant planet. I could have been sitting there for 30 minutes or 2 hours, but it felt much longer to me. It felt like years had passed. It was as if I had been living in the pages. It felt exhilarating!
How I Shocked My Mom
When I would get home, I would tell my mum that I had been writing. She would say, "Well done." It wasn't until a few months later (when I finished the novel and sent it off to a publisher) that she realized what I had done. The look of pride on her face was such a pleasant sight!
I later joined a Facebook page for authors or writers. Many of them would talk about rejection and a weird feeling pooled inside of me. I didn't like it. The following week I opened my emails, which felt like checking the morning post. There it was, an email from the publishers!
I felt my heart stop for a moment. My hands shook, and sweat built up on my forehead. I froze completely when I read it. It explained how I managed to do something that most people struggle with. The fact that I was seventeen was wild to them. To say they were shocked was an understatement.
I thought, "Hmm, I wonder who else would like it?" I sent it to another publisher, and once again, they were impressed and offered to publish it. How could I refuse?
People Believe In Me
I felt a sense of achievement. One that I needed. I would often get depressed or experience anxiety attacks. To hear that something I produced was that good was strange and unfamiliar to hear, but so welcoming at the same time. People have told me, "You'll be the next so-and-so," like I would become famous. I would say, "No. I won't be the next whoever. I will be me".
I should aim to be myself, not just with writing but with everything I do. Whether it's baking apple pies or playing video games. I think people need to hear that.
Show Kindness and Be Yourself
We pass many people throughout our lives. They could be having one hell of a day. That's why I smile at a passing stranger or hold the door open for my flatmates. It's why I thank the bus driver or the cashier serving me, or the person who showed me where the good books were in WH Smiths.
If I was to tell my past self (let's say seven-year-old me), "Hey kid, keep being the little weirdo who talks to her toys. One day you'll do something extraordinary!" Or, "Hey kid, keep acting, keep reaching for the stars."
To my younger self, I would confidently say, "Whenever anyone tells you to move out the way, plant yourself down and say, 'No. This is where I'm supposed to be.'"
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I am a digital artist from the Czech Republic. I´ve been drawing ever since I can remember. For me, it has always been a way to relax.
Part of me wanted to be a teacher, but I´m not good around kids. I went to high school and became an electrician.
My parents wanted me to get a degree. When I found a university (focused on pedagogy) in the field of teaching vocational subjects and practical training at secondary schools, it was a jackpot!
After getting to university, I didn't find much time to draw. I only got back to it before exams. I needed it to release stress. University is a very stressful place.
I started to draw more and more. I was drawing something almost every day up to my final exams. I thought I would be drawing less after finishing school. But I'm still at it!
Preparing for teaching, almost every professor told us we should support our students and make sure they are following their dreams. And there I was with a great passion for drawing and creating. It grew ever more difficult for me to picture myself teaching when I could be doing something I love.
I enjoy creating new characters in addition to their little background stories. With my followers on social media, we name these characters. I also draw a lot of female characters, simply because I think women are beautiful.
Surprisingly, I still make a lot of portraits, and half of them are portraits of my mother. She has always supported me no matter what. She is so happy! I regularly send her a new picture. Especially in these times, it is what we do when we cannot be together.
I share most of my art on my Instagram page and DeviantArt. I´m planning on making my own website, where I could share longer stories about my characters, but who knows what the future holds.
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