Kim Jung Gi

Kim Jung GiTo me there are men, artists, and gods.  Otomo, Moebius, Taiyou, Darrow, Katsuya, Pope-these guys are gods. Artists whose talent is not only unquestionable, but practically unimitatable. Not to say people don’t try. Me included, for sure.  Kim Jung Gi first came to my attention when Alvin Lee posted up a video of him freestyle sketching on his facebook:


And here’s some excerpts from his 2007 and 2011 sketchbooks (images from Parka Blogs and this Chinese site). For Kim’s official site, check out Superani.

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5 Responses to Kim Jung Gi

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  2. Christina Marent Mahmoud says:

    I completely agree that Kim Jung-Gi is most assuredly a genius comic artist–there is no doubt about that–surely, it would be impossible to try to imitate him–but, why would you–only Kim Jung Gi can be Kim Jung Gi, and if there were many artists that could draw in this way, we would feel suffocated by it I think–we can only really appreciate Jung Gi in the context of all art–it is the variety in artists that make us appreciate all art. –It is of no use to imitate unless you can use an artists style to further develop your own–certainly that is very useful.

    • Devin says:

      Absolutely. Artists like Kim and Terada Katsuya are great sources to pull inspiration from. Their linework makes me rethink how I should approach illustrations sometimes. There’s loads to learn from their work. I agree that if everyone drew like this, you’d wish for any other style, but I’m not sure if I’d mind if more people matched his level of mastery:)

  3. Glenn says:

    Just wanted to let you all know that Kim Jung Gi’s sketch collection is now available in U.S. Please visit us at

    • Devin says:

      I saw that! I’ve picked up 2007 sketch book but I’m eyeballing the 2009 and 2013 sketchbooks. Once I’ve saved up some money I’ll buy all three, I think.

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