Sakiroo

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Sakiroo
SakirooSouthKoreanIllustrator.jpg
2008 taking photos
Native name 최상현 (崔相賢)
Born Choi, Sang-Hyun
(1980-07-29) July 29, 1980 (age 37)
Bucheon, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Known for Illustrator, character designer
Website sakiroo.com

Sakiroo (Korean: 사키루), born Choi Sang-hyun (Hangul최상현; Hanja崔相賢), is a South Korean illustrator and character designer. The subjects for his work are varied[1][2] and include caricatures of sports figures.[3] 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.[4]

Life[edit]

Sakiroo received no formal education as an artist.[5] He said that due to not having a lot of childhood toys, he drew faces of his favorite characters on paper and fashioned them into an origami type of story to play with.[4] He began earning money for his drawings when he was twenty.[6] His first jobs were "special dot mini character" designs for the internet communities for Neowiz "SayClub" and "Avatar" in 2000, and for SK Communications and Cyworld "Mini-rooms" during 2003-2007.[1][7] In 2005, he posed as an "artist" model for clothing brand MLB Korea, and along with his artwork, in an ad for KT&G.[8][9]

For a book cover project in Singapore, artists were asked to choose a book that had been influential to them. He chose Stephen R. Covey's "Principle-Centered Leadership," which he said played an important part in determining his life’s path. "Despite having no formal training in art, he left a nine-year career in the corporate sector to realise his dream of becoming an artist."[10]

"Sakiroo" is a nickname that he made up from syllables and sounds that he likes "Sa" "ki" "roo," wanting to distinguish his choice to become an independent artist.[8][11]

Style and works[edit]

His work has been described as "a multitude of illustrations and cartoons full of color and extravagance,"[12] "inspired by cartoons and manga," influenced by "Asian themes,"[13] and combining "hand-drawn illustrations with digital coloring — using his own color theory."[14] In an interview with KOCCA he said he mainly works on paper, which allows him to sketch in coffee shops in Seoul, without computer graphics.[6] Manga that have influenced him include Yusuke Murata's Eyeshield 21,[11] and Akira Toriyama's Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball.[8] Dragon Ball's second anime adaptation, Dragon Ball Z, was also an influence.[13]

His work, though varied, sticks closely to popular culture themes, often making fun of them. In 2011, his "Yellow Lemon" characters, with "oblong heads, menacing grins, beady eyes and dental work from the '90's" populated a "school" with uniformed elite characters, including Batman, Superman, Ronald McDonald, Homer Simpson and Michael Jackson.[15] After he used the characters again to "pick on" famous fashion brands, Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna, Burberry, Lacoste and The North Face; Trendhunter.com said "Yellow Lemon" was becoming a cultural staple itself.[16]

In 2013, both Mass Appeal and Flavorwire, that document urban and cultural trends, noted his caricature work with Colombian artist Pol (Jean Paul Egred), "some of music’s best collabs", among those, MJ and Eddie Van Halen, Run–D.M.C. and Aerosmith, enhanced with beaks, braces and severed limbs.[17][18] He had previously joined Pol in 2012, with other South Korean and Colombian artists, when they met in Miami to show an interpretation of each other's pop icons.[19]

In 2013, he illustrated The Big Bang Theory for Warner Bros. Television;[14] and the Striding Man for Johnnie Walker,[20] and in 2014, Valderrama for Major League Soccer Insider.[21]

In 2016, he spoke about his soccer illustrations on SBS TV's Football Magazine Goal![22] and continued educational talks with other young artists.[23][24] His June 2016 autobiography, Sakiroo Breaking, details his path to becoming an artist.[25][26] Kim Byung-joon of E-Daily News said, "The depth of the message is deep because it crosses over material such as philosophy, history, culture, art, and education."[25]

Selected projects and recognition[edit]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

Publications[edit]

His Own[edit]

Included In[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Eliene Sa (May 30, 2014). "Cômico e insano por Sakiroo Choi" (in Portuguese). Zupi Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ 박찬준 기자 (June 30, 2014). 월드컵 참가 160명 캐리커처 그려 화제된 작가 사키루 (in Korean). Sports Chosun. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
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