Kim Jung Gi is a Korean artist born in 1975 in Goyang-Si in the province of Kyongki-Do (South Korea). At 19, he entered the Fine Arts School and
majored in “Art & Design”. During 3 years, he studied on the west coast at the Dong-Eui university of Busan which is famous for its technical
courses. As every man in Korea he also served in the army during more than 2 years, in the special forces section, which allowed him to memorize an
amazing number of vehicles and weapons.
I used to be a graphic designer in a former life and I have been around lots of people (illustrators in particular) with far more talent than me, but
this guy is flat out incredible. Here are some of my favorites:
What is the most amazing thing to me is not just the crazy amount of detail, sense of scale, unique perspective or the incredible imagination, but the
fact that he does no sketching prior to finishing a piece. He just grabs a pen, a blank sheet of paper and whatever he has in his head just seems to
spill out to create one of a kind illustrations. Any artist I have ever known always sketches out an idea in pencil before using inks or paints. The
fact that he can just "go" is mind blowing.
When he is not working for some Korean company in advertising or managing AniChanga, his drawing school in Seoul, he’s working with the French
writer Jean-David Morvan on a comic book which should be available this winter (Ed. Glénat). You can visit his website
here to view more of his work.
Below is a video of him working on a piece. I could watch him draw for hours. Enjoy.
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