There are many ways to let someone know you care, and it doesn’t have to include sweeping grand gestures. If you’re looking for inspiration (or even guidance), artist Hyocheon Jeong highlights different forms of amorous expression through illustrated love stories. The wordless images feature couples as they navigate their relationships with tenderness and kindness.
Often intimate, Jeong focuses her compositions on small moments. Her characters enjoy quiet candlelit dinners, cuddling on the couch, and taking a whimsical twirl in the privacy of their home. Cloaked in dreamy purples, golden yellows, and blushing pinks, the illustrations are reminiscent of pleasant memories you’d cherish for a lifetime—and what made you fall in love with that special someone in the first place.
Jeong’s images might feel otherworldly, but they are grounded in reality. “The sources of my inspiration are always stories of people,” she explains. “Most of them are the stories of me and my boyfriend. I also get my ideas from the conversation with my friends.” By drawing from these real-life moments, her illustrations are romantic without feeling too cheesy.