My name is Yohey, a freelance illustrator and a full-time faculty member at Maryland Institue College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD. Thank you very much for stopping by!
As Eric Carle said, “We’re a picture writer.” I love writing illustrations!
Quick note about me;
I’m a proud southerner – I was born and raised in Kagoshima, Japan (I refer Kagoshima as the Japanese version of Alabama, so y’all get the idea!). When I was growing up, my family was the only “mixed” family (my mother is Korean, my father is Japanese) and Christians in my neighborhood. Things were very different back then… Anyway, in 2005, I actually moved to Jacksonville, Alabama for school.
I couldn’t speak English at all and didn’t know anything about the US, in terms of its politics, history, culture and etc, but moving to Alabama was one of the best decisions that I ever made. Sure, my hustle living in the Deep South as a young Asian closeted-gay man who didn’t even speak English was tough, BUT I’ve met so many wonderful people who taught me, cared about me, and prayed for me. They were heaven-sent.
After three years in Alabama, I moved to Atlanta, GA to attend Savannah College of Art and Design (ATL campus) where I earned my BFA and MFA in Illustration.
Then, I worked in NYC dipping and sipping my blessings for 8 years until I accepted my current position at MICA. Baltimore is my new home now. I am so blessed to be part of the wonderful MICA faculty community and also have talented students!
Please feel free to say hi:) You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
3×3 Illustration Professional Show 2014, 2015
3×3 Illustration Student Show 2015 Bronze and Merit
Communication Arts 2014, 2016, 2021
Creative Quarterly 33 – winner, runner-ups
Gold Circle Awards (2) 2014
The Society of Illustrators-NY 55, 58, 59, 61, 63, 64
CMYK Top 100 New Creatives #54
The Society of Illustrators-LA 49, 53