2017-10-13. AM 09:01
[Interview] HOF October 2017 @jiminlee

The genius Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci said,
“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.”

The slow, swift body movement that moves in swirls and curves is graceful;
The straight stare from eyes that take the wild beast is haughty;
The licked hair is soft;
And the character that is seldom open is unyielding.
Yes, a cat has thousands of attractive traits.

Their external beauty and inexplicable attractiveness has made Leonardo da Vinci leave such quote.

Our HOF of October mainly draws the portraits that showcase the cat’s attractiveness.
It is @jiminlee.
She does not only draw cats but also a child’s portraits.

In the monotonous background, the target is seen clearly at all ends.
So, the main characters in the artist’s pieces are all attractive and have their one-of-a-kind character.

Through the interview with the artist, let’s really discover the artist’s own characters.

Let us begin.

Q1. @PENUP :
Hello, you’ve chosen as our HOF of October.

How do you feel?

A1. @jiminlee :
I can’t believe this.
Is it Hall of Fame? I feel like I am in a dream.
I can’t believe this magical thing has happened to me.
I am really thankful for your liking and caring for my humble paintings.

Q2. @PENUP :
Please tell us about your self.

A2. @jiminlee :
It is nice to meet you. You PENUP guys.
I am an ordinary mum of a 5-year-old girl, loving cats.
The introduction seems so short.

Q3. @PENUP :
This is probably the part that most of our PENUP users will be curious about.

Indeed, it’s about cats. Are there reasons why you mainly draw cats?
Wonder if you have cats at home.

A3. @jiminlee :
Yes, it is true.
I raise my cats.
I used to raise four cats and two of them went to heaven to become stars in sky and now I am having the other two cats.
I have drawn lots of cats and maybe because I spend a lot of time together with cats and it seems natural to me to draw cats.
Also, I have wanted not to forget the two cats who had left earlier.
I want to treasure them with different looks for long.
And most importantly, I love cats. : )

Q4. @PENUP :
You show different types of cats.
Do you have any favorite breed in specific?

A4. @jiminlee :
In the beginning, I loved my own cats, but over time I fall in love with all kinds of cats since I learn how attractive they are.
They are all lovely and have their own appeals.
It seems difficult to express.
If you have your cats and love them, you will know.

Q5. @PENUP :
The hair of the cat is drawn so delicate that it seems I can almost touch it.
Your sophisticated description makes it standout.
Looking at closely, every hair is drawn with delicate touch.

What kind of drawing app do you use, and how can you make such exact description?

A5. @jiminlee :
I am using a Samsung mobile phone.
And I came to know an app called Sketchbook, one of the default applications on the phone, and I am working on every painting by using the app.

I haven’t been trained in paintings and I use pencil controlling transparency and draw each and every line.
And that is why it takes ages and many paintings can’t be drawn at one time.
It may look a bit unclever.

However, once I see the completed paintings drawn in every detail, I feel so proud.
I feel thrilled as if I am on the top of a deep high mountain.

Q6. @PENUP :
Although they are fewer in number, you sometimes draw dogs and rabbits.
Do you have any plans to draw other animals aside from cats?

A6. @jiminlee :
Other than catties together with me, I sometimes draw dogs.
While drawing, I have learned other animals have their own attractions.

If my drawing skill develops, I would love to draw as many animals as possible.
I am particularly attracted to animals at risk of extinction.
I like to draw many different looks.

Q7. @PENUP :
Children portraits always catch one’s attention.
Like an animal, a child shares something common with them as they are fragile, weak and may not be able to speak.
Also, they are all innocent.

Is there any reason you draw kids?

A7. @jiminlee :
As I introduced myself, I have a 5-year-old daughter.
She has naturally become the theme of my paintings.
Kids’ innocence and brightness cannot be compared with anything and of course I take lots of photos of her but still I like to leave the moments in paintings.
I prefer to paint because painting has different appeals compared to photos.

Q8. @PENUP :
How do you choose your theme?
They seem to be ordinary children you can see around you in your daily life.
But, both the children and animals would be quite difficult to draw in real life since they move all the time.
So, we thought you may have drawn from a photograph.

How do you recruit these children for portraits, and how do you draw them?

A8. @jiminlee :
Yes, that is true. I take a photo and draw based on the photo.
Kids are easily accessible in the neighborhood, and casting is very easy.
They are the friends of my daughter.
I love to draw my daughter and sometimes I draw her friends and put the paintings into frame for a special gift.
Then I see them very happy when they receive the gift and that makes me feel way happier.

Q9. @PENUP :
How you only make the target stand out in the monotonous background makes us remind of portraits.
All the cats and children drawings take that portrait form.
The most special part about portrait is that the target’s character and originality are expressed individually.
That is why your portrait subjects shine with their own originality.

Is there any reason you prefer to express with the portrait with monotonous background?

A9. @jiminlee :
I simply draw this way hoping the main character in the painting can be better seen and better expressed.
Maybe it is because my drawing is not good enough.
The main character, it has to be the main character.
Sometimes other than the main character becomes to be seen as the main, and this is probably why I like being simple.
I want simple-ness which does not disturb one’s attention and I like to ask myself if this is well delivered in my paintings.

Q10. @PENUP :
Now, we are left with one official question that goes out to all HOFs.
Is there anything you want from PENUP?

A10. @jiminlee :
I am very happy at the moment.
It is really exciting and even mysterious to be able to share the paintings drawn by the small mobile device with many other people.

I think it is also good to give offline lecture every now and then.
There are drawing tips posted online but for someone like me who is not really knowledgeable with paintings, there are difficult parts to understand.
If there are offline lectures, I can ask questions and do things on the site, so it will be useful.
Also, it can give me chances to see others’ glorious paintings.

Once again, I would like to give my thanks to PENUP team members, and users who love my paintings.
I hope you continue on your happy paintings.

How did you feel about our interview with @Jiminlee?
It was an interview with an artist who studies cats and children with excellent observation and draws with attractiveness.

October is already here; this is indeed a time of the year where you start missing people.

Have you ever sit down somewhere and try to think about a person’s face in-depth for a long time?

If there is an attractive subject that catches your heart, close your eyes and think about his/her looks.
If the face that popped up in your heart dims away in an instant moment, then just grab a paper or smartphone device to draw portrait.
That attractive being will forever stay as a portrait beside you.

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