California-based illustrator Seung-Hee Lee explains the influences and inspirations that led to her love of traditional media and picture books, and the style that's seen throughout her portfolio.

Where did you train?

I studied illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art

What techniques and approaches do you use most?

I apply tons of light layers of gouache on a thick watercolour paper when I paint to get rich colours. I like the matte texture and the beautiful colours it gives.

What has been your favourite piece you've created and why?

Medusa from my personal project called Mythical Creature by Emotions is my favourite piece. I really enjoyed the process of making it, since I love painting intricate things.

Who are your biggest influences?

I have been highly influenced by picture books I read when I was a child. Most of them are illustrated by Golden Age Illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen. I've also been influenced by costumes and set designs from Cirque du Soleil shows.

What has inspired you most recently?

Films by Bong Jun Ho, beautiful textile designs and images of exotic flowers.

What's your dream commission?

I want to illustrate picture books with many various subject matters. I also think creating decorative floral images for store displays could be fun too!

Mythical Creatures by Emotions 2013: Baku

A set of illustrations of mythical creatures from various cultures, categorized by 12 different emotions (ongoing project).