I love fan art and iKONIC fandom is chock full of talented people who give us endless cheer and pleasure with their humorous, cheeky, cute and occasionally downright hot art. Being married to a comic book artist I see first hand how much, time, work and dedication it takes to produce such artwork and fan artists do it for free, out of love. I think it is only fair that we give some of the love back. This is the first in a series of articles on KONY’S ISLAND blog presenting iKONIC fan artists, some of the nicest, sweetest people in our fandom. So without further ado let me introduce the first in the series, the lovely @icelycheetea of undeniable cuteness and dreamy watercolor art.
How did you become an iKONIC?
I’m a HUGEEE Bigbang fan hehe so when I found out that GD and Taeyang are gonna be on WIN as mentors I decided to watch the show. Team B caught me off guard with how genuine and desperate they were about fulfilling their dreams. Their actions and words were just so honest imo, pure kids who wanted to be successful in things they love. Also their team work was just amazing. The rest was history. Never thought I was going to fall for another boygroup, but here I am, happy and thankful that I found iKON.
What is your favorite iKON song or a moment?
Songs you mean? lol. I love every song that they’ve released so far tbh, but if I have to pick one..….. Rhythm Ta Rock ver. !! WE GON GET IT POPPIN’ WE GON WE GON GET IT POPPIN’ !! lol I’m a sucker for hype song. The fanchant during Rhythm Ta at their concerts will always be an iconic moment. Loveeee ❤
Rhythm Ta Rock ver. is undeniable bop! Do you mind telling us how did you become an iKON fanartist?
Hmmmm by accident? Hahah. One day I decided to make a twitter acc just for my fangirling purposes, it was Donghyuk’s birthday iirc, I was so bored then I uploaded my drawing to wish him a Happy Birthday. I felt good after that hehe I felt like I spent my time wisely by drawing. After that I just kinda continued with it since it makes me happy.
Is art something you do just as a hobby or are you a professional artist?
I’m nowhere near professional lol but I do crafty stuffs hehe 😀 Drawing has always been a hobby since I was a kid.
What inspires your fanart? Is there a particular member, ship or a theme you love to draw?
Beautiful things, greenery, flowers, colors. Since iKON IS beautiful, they also inspire me a lot.
**Bias Alert** Jinhwan in particular, always makes me want to draw him lol but I love drawing iKON in general, everything about them.
Your love of Jinhwan is known far and wide.😀 I was wondering, what is your favorite technique/medium to work in?
Watercolor allll the waaay! Hehe I’m a manual person who always flops with digital related stuffs, so I mostly use watercolor. I am trying to learn digital art, still in the process of trial and error hehe
You get a lot of reactions and feed back for your work from other fans. Was there anything someone said that stayed with you as special?
Every time someone says my drawing makes them happy, or how by seeing my drawing it made their day better. (Aren’t they so sweet?) I just never thought that what I did can actually make others happy ;;____;;;; I mean, I draw because whenever I draw it makes me happy, and to know that what I draw also makes others happy…. Just the best feeling in the world. (lol sorry that I used a lot of ‘happy’ in this answer)
Also, I met a lot of cool people and other fan artists online who gave me lots of amazing motivation and inspiration. You guys rock!
I think everyone loves fan art and fan artist, I never saw anything negative ever said under a fan art post. Is my impression right? Please tell me it is, so I can retain my faith in humanity.
Yeeesss, everyone is so nice, iKONICS are so nice ❤
*P.S : You can hold on to your faith in humanity. It exists
That is a relief! With my faith in humanity intact let me ask is there any particular illustration or comic you drew that is special to you and that you would like to share with us? Tell us why is it special?
When Hanbin hurt his eye but still managed and insisted to perform, and how the other members were so worried about him and they’re always there to assist him. I….. My hearteu, my shimjang and kokoro O<-<
Was your art ever used without your permission or plagiarised? How do you prevent things like that from happening?
Afaik, nope, Thank God hehe.
Your art has reached iKON members or people close to them, we saw it displayed in Jinhwan’s mom coffee shop, thus giving you the satisfaction of reaching your idol in a way most of the fans can only dream off. How did that make you feel?
When I first found out, I couldn’t believe it. Like.. How? Who am I even? Amazing feelings. It kinda motivated me to draw better too heheh. It also showed me how iKON and people who are close to them all appreciate fans. Which makes them even more lovable in my eyes.
Have you ever thought of making fan merchandise using your art or publishing it?
Yeeess so many times, but since I’m bad at organizing things I only manage to do it now hehe.
So tell us where we can get our hands on it.
(Shameless promotion, but since you asked)
Anything else you wish to share with us?
You can find my work both on Twitter and Instagram. My twitter handle and Instagram is the same : @icelycheetea
Here are some other works of mine 😀
Thank you @icelycheetea for talking to us and for sharing your art with us.
I hope you guys will enjoy this series and feel free to suggest fan artist you would like to see featured here. If you are a fan artist and would like to be part of this series please contact us. We would love to have you!
iKONICS be sure to follow us as there is more fabulous fan art to come!