Sometimes, in the rush to be seen, to be popular and to feel loved and accepted by others, we forget about the simple but fulfilling joy of solitude.

This is where artist Aeppol finds her inspiration. In a series of beautiful and whimsical illustrations that convey calm and tranquillity, her work celebrates the innocence of youth, the beauty of nature and the happiness that can be found simply by being alone.  “I feel special from very tiny things -  fairy tales that I loved when I was young, some dream stories, tiny wildflowers, and white clouds in the blue sky,” Aeppol told Bored Panda. “And these are a huge part of my drawings.”

Aeppol's forest girl represents the dream of many of us, who seek the introverted pleasures getting away from it all and reconnecting with nature. “If we live busy in the city, we may lose many of the moments we can spend in nature,” she explained. “Especially in Korea, which is famous for “Quick and quick”. But I think that's why the time in nature is more valuable. I think communicating with nature is really important to me and to my work.”

It seems that there is quite of lot of the forest girl in Aeppol herself, who took on the decision to quit her hectic life to follow her dream. “I work now as a freelancer at home alone, but when I was at work, I had to work with a lot of people, she said. “Sometimes I had to work with people who I don't want to work with. Sometimes I had work that I don’t want to be involved with. At one point, I was so tired of doing it that, I quit my job and started to paint my own picture that I had dreamed about.”

“I wanted to find my own Wonderland in the bleak and stuffy city. The daily life of a little girl doing what she wanted to do without having to do in the blue and the wide woods, gave me rest and joy. I want to continue to draw pictures of this little girl who is full of freedom, dream, innocence, and imagination.”

Aeppol aims to capture those times that so easily pass us by in our hectic and busy lives, precious moments that shine all the brighter for their brevity. In order to do that, she has to get out of the city whenever she can. “I was born and raised in Seoul, the capital of Korea, she told Bored Panda. “If you drive for just one or two hours from Seoul, you'll see the ocean with the cool sounds of the waves, and the dense forest where you can hear the song of the nameless birds. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can meet the squirrel which is my favorite animal, too.”

“I don't know how Korea is portrayed in other countries, but there are still many beautiful, peaceful, and tranquil places in Korea. Every weekend I try to take times off to find the theme of my painting and come back with a lot of wonderful sights in my eyes.” “Thanks to all of my international fans loving my art work.”

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Betsy Knox
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful - personally I never feel alone when I'm with my nonhuman friends.

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Bella Smith
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This photo just highlights the beauty in everything including rain

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Bella Smith
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ahh, the wind in my hair the beautiful rolling valleys paradise!

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can hear the sound of their footsteps on the snow! :)

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I Love My Dog
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wealth true wealth is measured in happiness not money.

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That tiny paintbrush for the squirrel! 😂😂

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! A cozy room, books, a cup of coffee or tea, and your two best friends. What more could this sweet young woman ask for!

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Getting wet is part of the fun! All three of them are enjoying the spring rain.

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can hear the silence and feel the gaze of all the stars in the universe in this one.

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A night-time picnic, with books, music from a boombox, lanterns, a chair, your friends, including two bunny visitors. I'd like to be sitting in that chair right now! Lovely.

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Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Her world inside her world... Interstellar!

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Warm and cozy inside, with autumn glowing outside the window. What great detail. I love this artist. Come visit me in the San Francisco Bay Area!

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Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a beautiful homage to Beatrix Potter.

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Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is dreaming! Beautiful dreams!

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fabulous. Love them all. The girl is so clearly at peace with herself and with nature. Great.

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She and the dog both have been visited by birds who recognize their gentle natures and are not afraid. What a world this is!

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, yes -- she doesn't need to be protected from a gentle rain under a big red umbrella! I love the expression on her face.

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Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Merry Christmas in February! Awwww, the cute Angel wings for Reindeer Doggie...

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The joy and comfort of music, books, a comfortable chair, fuzzy slippers, and best friends. Yes!

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Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, let the Deborah Ruth alone. Not harming anyone with her narrative. Don't you see see identifies herself with the pictures???

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Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe she was inspired by The Little Prince, but instead of volcanoes and a rose we have now a squirrel and a reindeer dog...

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"You have a leaf on your nose," she tells one companion while the other one enjoys her smile

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everyone gets to wear a flower garland! And everyone is smiling! A lovely world created by a very talented and uniquely imaginative artist.

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The old-fashioned way of communicating . . . Wonder what the dog is telling her!

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Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish I could try that myself, but mosquitoes wouldn't let me...

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Shruti Naik
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

'We're having an important discussion here!'

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Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That tree! quite the accomplishment

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this one because of all the books! I live alone now, with my companion cat and many, many books. This artist knows how to convey happiness, contentment, good feelings, and love at living alone. Wonderfully talented.

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Deborah Ruth
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Meditation in a meadow. Lovely. I'd love to meet this artist -- or have her do a picture with me and my cat who lives with me as I live alone, too, now.

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Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Enchanting forest, it seems (no wild beasts to spoil the mood)

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