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Kim Jung Gi – Artist Extraordinare….

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Another find from my good friend Wong today… the unbelievably gifted Korean artist Kim Jung Gi.

The video below shows him drawing at an comics expo a couple of years ago, and to see the almost super human confidence with which he brandishes that Sharpie pen is most impressive… He doesn’t seem to pencil it out first either, just gets on and draws…

Comic art may not be your thing, but this work is about so much more than superheroes and mutants. Gi draws recognisable things from everyday (with the odd fantasy element here and there for good measure) and draws them in a dense, layered way that really brings them to life.

On the basis that you’re unlikely to have the time (or the will) to spend 75 mins watching the whole thing, just watch the first 3 minutes as he draws the dude and the chicks in the car, then skip to 11 mins and watch him draw the elephant with the howdah on its back, and then just randomly skip through the rest to marvel at how the whole thing appears as if by magic, from the paper… Unbelievable.

What leaves me speechless is how he can know what all these disparate things look like; engines, animals, people in scuba gear, Formula One car pits, motorcycles, personalised jet packs…  all drawn with phenomenal accuracy and total believability..

If you’ve got even less time, the images below are of the finished piece. Took him a couple of hours I think…3076579920_095b8fc9_p038-1_a

Obviously a young man with a very exciting future. You can find loads more examples of his enviable ability to draw online, but here are a few of my favorites…

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And one final video of the man at work, and I ask again, how is it possible to draw a motorbike in that much detail from memory… Genius

  1. SteveWhite2008
    January 17, 2013 at 11:33

    I think this sort of talent is connected to Autism savant & or photographic memory, some people can just project what they see in their mind directly on to a blank canvas & their hand follows what the eye sees.
    People with a musical ear do that with what they hear or compose in their head.

    A lot of famous artists have synesthesia where their senses overlap giving them a different sense of reality & some use drugs for that effect!

  2. January 17, 2013 at 12:56

    Hi Steve,
    a very enviable ability that direct hand to brain/ eye co-ordination stuff.. I wish I had a bit more of it when it comes to writing…it takes me ages to edit stuff down sometimes…
    Joe

  3. January 24, 2013 at 05:43

    Greetings! I’ve been reading your site for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great job!

  4. paultx2
    March 1, 2013 at 13:45

    Wow! What impresses me the most is his ability to put the whole thing in fisheye lens distortion and perspective.

  5. Dave DFW
    November 14, 2016 at 14:16

    Obviously done very slow then speeded up in edit. Many artists can do this. Bit of a non-story this one…

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