Konnichiwa Y’all!!

My name is Yohey, a freelance illustrator and a faculty member at P.I. Art Center in New York City. Thank you very much for visiting my website, and I hope you like what you see!

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, y’all get the idea haha). My family was the only “mixed” family (my mother is Korean, my father is Japanese) and Christians in my neighborhood. Things were different back then… Anyway, in 2005, I actually moved to Jacksonville, Alabama for school.

I couldn’t speak English at all, none, 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.

Now what, I work in NYC dipping and sipping my blessings… Still hustling though! I sometimes feel like being a unicorn in the concrete jungle, but my life has been golden!!


3×3 Illustration Professional Show 2014, 2015
3×3 Illustration Student Show 2015 Bronze and Merit
Communication Arts 2014, 2016
Creative Quarterly 33 – winner, runner-ups
Gold Circle Awards (2) 2014
American Illustration 32, 34
The Society of Illustrators-NY 55, 58, 59, 61, 63
CMYK Top 100 New Creatives #54
The Society of Illustrators-LA 49, 53

Let’s stay connected!

Facebook   I’m there all the time!
Twitter   Well, “I still don’t get it, but I’m there” kinda way.
Instagram   I LOVE INSTAGRAM… OMG y’all see my life there!