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Min Jung Kang AKA KangGoon, character designer and illustrator

Seoul -  South Korea
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Who are you : 

My name is Min Jung Kang. I’m also known as my artist name KangGoon.

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Your current job :

I do character designs and illustrations.

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In which city are you located?

I live in Seoul, and I communicate with artist from other countries through the internet.

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A word to define what kind of worker you are :

Creator.

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What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)

Pen and watercolor paints

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What does your office space look like?

In my office, I work in the fields of design and sculpture. I do figure design and illustrations through manual and digital processes. As a figure sculptor TJ, I manual sculpt, make a replica and do the paint job based on my designs. A lot of the space in my office is filled with TJ equipments and legos, and one desk is my personal space.

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What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?

I listen to 90’s rock music like Metallica, Weezer, Nirvana, and Radiohead and Korean Indie Rock music as well.

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Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?

To keep activities smooth, I try to do a simple workout every morning. Although I don’t do it all the time.

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What tips would you give to improve productivity ?

Before the start of a project, I do a sufficient amount of research for days. I personally think it’s inefficient to finish the project in a short term without any inputs. Even in short schedules, I try to have a lot of research time.

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You're better than your colleagues to :

I don’t have any colleagues. I work alone. I try to find something only I can do rather than finding what I am better than others at.

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What is the best advice anyone has given you ?

Draw something that clearly shows who the artist is. It is a quote I heard from a famous Korean illustrator Hyung Tae Kim. In the past, I imitated a picture or drew characters from a movie, after hearing that quote I tried my best to create something completely of my own. Thankfully, a lot of people showed interest in my works so I’m have a lot of fun on my works.

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What is your best tip for saving time ?

When I get greedy to get a result far higher than the amount of work I can do, I feel like I’m wasting time while I get the least amount of work done. I always try to image the finished material and finish it out how I imaged of it in the start. I focus on practicing in between projects to enhance my skills.

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What is your routine start and end of the day ?

I start off the day by reading the web-comics on my phone in the morning. When I go home from work, I read a book I like or listen to music.

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Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?

I listen to music through my computer of phone, and if those don’t exist I will probably need any other device that can listen music from. I draw imagining a scene from a movie or a comic, if I’m listening to a BGM that fits to the imagination I tend to draw more focused and easier.

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