Sketchy, energetic and disorderly: Junwoo Park’s illustrations appear plucked from the world of underground comics
Inspired by DIY aesthetics, the illustrator takes cues from publications produced in the 60s and 70s.
- Olivia Hingley
- 14 March 2023
Alongside the mainstream, a branch of ‘underground’ comic production proliferated in the 1960s and 70s. Often self-published and produced with a low budget, such comics were defined by DIY aesthetics, and sketchy illustrations. With this in mind, it’s not hard to see how illustrator Junwoo Park sees such publications as his biggest inspiration; his works feature scenes of comedic, slapstick violence and speech bubbles presenting nonsensical interactions all realised in a trademark grainy, vintage finish.
Despite their hand-drawn feel, Junwoo’s illustrations are actually digital, predominantly using Procreate on his iPad. To keep himself on his toes, Junwoo also tries to constantly change his focus, often exploring “disorderly or funny forms”. Such an approach leads Junwoo to experiment with styles. And, while he has recognisable themes and characters, different stylistic choices – like airbrush and diverse colour palettes often rear their heads – creating a portfolio that takes his viewer on an unpredictable yet enjoyable visual journey.
Junwoo Park: ego. How am I walking strangely. Do you think I'm weird this is my ego. This is the best way to express it right now. Are you also walking strangely (Copyright @ Junwoo Park, 2022)
About the Author
Olivia (she/her) joined the It’s Nice That team as an editorial assistant in November 2021 and soon became staff writer. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a degree in English literature and history, she’s particularly interested in photography, publications and type design.