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Star art student pictures his future

PHILL Han Kim, an 18-year-old South Korean student at Shanghai Rego International School, has a special passion for art. As a star student, he has a clear vision for his artistic future and always tries his best to achieve it.

"Art is the best thing I can do. I am a kind of person who doesn't like to be limited but just like to be free," the 13th-grader says.

"In art there are no limitations upon your expressions and emotions to be judged on. To me art is the way I talk to others with the absence of toleration, limitation nor judgments to obstruct your voice."

Viewing painting as his favorite hobby and something that he will pursue as his career, Kim practices drawing techniques twice a day. He believes it is a way to improve and satisfy himself. Besides, by reading books, he supports his creativity and by visiting galleries, he gets fresh ideas from other artists.

"I always try my best, practicing hard and enjoying what I do. I guess that's all about it," Kim says. "It's the same for everybody. If one does his or her best in what they love to do, they all deserve to be extraordinary. It's simple. We just need to be down to earth."

In his spare time, Kim also likes to go out to take photographs or compose jazz music at home on his guitar and piano. Kim moved to Shanghai seven years ago with his parents. In his eyes, both his parents are talented and very diligent.

"My parents really helped me choosing my direction. They supported me with everything they've got and provided me with opportunities. They tried really hard to find out my areas of interest so that they can take early action and be prepared for my future," Kim says.

"My father even searched in detail the list of art universities that might be suitable for me. My parents always supported me from start to end and I am truly grateful to my dad and mom for their hard work."

Kim finds himself entertained in Shanghai.

"The city has some cool stuff that I could never see back in my hometown. The huge formation of night culture astonishes me with its size and scale, loud music and skilled DJs," Kim says. "Also the traditional Chinese food really rocks. There are plenty of exciting things to do in Shanghai."

To better involve himself in the local community, Kim once helped paint a wall at a local restaurant. He now wants more opportunities to achieve something for and with local people.

Thinking of becoming a comic book writer and graphic novel artist or character designer in the future, Kim says he does not mind if the career has a low income as long as he is happy.

Being offered scholarships in the United States from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Pratt Institute University of the Arts in New York, Kim will probably choose the latter to pursue a bachelor's degree in painting.

"Once I finish my painting degree, I will study illustration as my next major," Kim says. "My wish is to tell people what is right and what is wrong through my artworks."


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