Bio

Who is KIM Jung Gi ?

If you don’t know him yet, I’ll take a chance and try to describe him in one sentence: he is simply one of the best graphic artist in the world!

Okay, but what allows me to say this, when there is so much talent to be found in every corner of the Internet? Simple: artists themselves! KIM Jung Gi is indeed admired by all graphic artists that know him, whether they’re from Korea, China or Japan. He even has fans in Europe and the United States.

You see, KIM Jung Gi has an incredible memory: anything he sees, he’s able to draw without any visual aid. Whether he’s doing a quick sketch on the corner of a table or a several feet long mural, he doesn’t need to do any preparatory work because everything is laid out in his head. Whatever the angle, his illustrations are always perfect. His knowledge of human and animal anatomy is that incredible!

His exceptional talent gets him invited all over the world to perform “Drawing Shows”, in which he draws live and in front of a crowd. But rather than tell you, let me show you, you’ll understand what I mean!

On top of that, he’s super nice and not at all autistic (yes, I’ve often been asked that…). So, what more could you ask for? (In my case: to have his talent…)

 

Biography

KIM Jung Gi – let’s clear things out right away: KIM is his family name 🙂 – is a Korean artist born in 1975, in Goyang-Si, which is situated in the province of Kyongki-Do (South Korea). He was 19 when he entered the Fine Arts School, where he majored in “Art & Design”. He studied 3 years at Dong-Eui university in Busan, on the East coast of Korea. This school is famous for its technical courses, but the 23 000 students that studied along him may have also given him some good material to feed his inspiration! Like every man in Korea, he served in the army for over 2 years. He was in the Special Forces, which allowed him to memorize an amazing number of vehicles and weapons.

Funny Funny, KIM Jung Gi’s first publication, was published in the magazine Young Jump. Several short stories and a few exhibitions later, KIM Jung Gi –or KJG for short 😉 – started to teach manwha (Korean comic book) in universities and private schools.

 

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Between 2008 and 2010, he drew the 6 volumes of TLT, Tiger the Long Tail, which was written by Seung-Jin PARK. This story first existed as a ‘webtoon’ – an online comic, which explains the unusual composition of the pages. TLT was later published in printed form by CNC Revolution.

KJG published 5 sketchbooks, who came out in 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 respectively. These, gathered all together, contain nearly 3500 pages full of drawings. He also worked on SpyGames, a comic written by famous French writer Jean-David MORVAN (published in 2014 by les Editions Glénat). Another comic he drew was McCurry, NYC, 9/11, published in 2016 by les Editions Dupuis for the French version, and by Caurette Editions for the English version. The story, also written by JD MORVAN, is about the world famous photographer Steve McCURRY – remember his National Geographic picture with the Afghan Girl ? – as he witnessed the events of 9/11.
He has also worked with several video game companies and collaborated on various USA comics (Flash, Civil War II …) as cover artist.

KJG has displayed his work in many countries, galleries (Maghen in Paris, Scott Eder in New York…) and museums (Penang, Malaysia). He is in the Guinness World Records, in the Illustration category under “Longest drawing by an individual”. A record he broke doing Fisheye art!

Nowadays, when he isn’t managing AniChanga, which is his drawing school in Seoul, or working for Korean advertising companies, he travels around the world to meet his fans and find inspiration!

 

To know more about KJG, some articles and interviews :

 

 

 

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