With her distinctive ornate style, illustrator and pattern designer Jongmee Kim has crafted vibrant designs for an array of top clients including Martha Stewart. Her fashion and lifestyle work has featured in editorials for Egmont Publishing, Time Inc and Boom Studios.
Born in South Korea, Jongmee moved to Michigan with her family at 11 years old. She later gained a degree in illustration from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. It was at college that she experimented with oil portrait painting and pattern design while also nurturing an interest in numerous creative activities including animation, bookbinding, printing, sewing and wedding photography.
After graduating she moved to New York launching her career as a freelance illustrator and textile designer. Jongmee draws and inks her illustrations by hand, before jumping into photoshop to add her distinct candy-palette colours. Though her work bounces from realistic to cartoon, Jongmee says she strives to make figures anatomically correct.