Soosan Silanee is an illustrator, graphic artist and founder of Soosan Joon Studio, working from Brooklyn, New York. Soosan was heavily influenced by her mother, having been exposed to extravagance, fashion trends and rich visual environments from a early age. She loves letting her personality shine through her illustrations, marrying a combination of watercolor and ink. Her intent is to capture an accurate depiction of her subject, in her own unique artistic style. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Soosan Silanee.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My illustration style is a combination of whimsical and eclectic, layered in with fine art and graphic design techniques. I celebrate quirky lines and happy accidents in my work.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
First, I brainstorm initial concepts searching through magazines and books for inspiration. Next, I begin sketching followed by utilizing my primary mediums – paint, ink and the computer.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
My creative force is my husband, Christopher Cortez. Through collaborative efforts, we have each found our unique role and inspirational flow. What I admire most is his work ethic and passion. His finger is on the pulse of both present and future design. We grow through the daily mantras we share: “Always deliver to your full potential,” and “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Inspiration connects with me through new experiences — walking through the city, attending cultural events, traveling, listening to music, or just having simple conversations with friends.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Self-exploration and an open mind. My hands have been in a variety of industries to determine what I love. I’ve learned that listening to advice is a far cry from experiencing it yourself. It may have taken longer to find my niche, but I’m happy today and enthusiastic for what my future holds.