Kim Jung Gi (1975-2022)
October 6, 2022 10:19 AM   Subscribe

The incomparable Korean artist Kim Jung Gi has passed away from a heart attack at age 47.
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posted by ishmael at 10:30 AM on October 6, 2022

Likely the most gifted artist of our generation. An absolutely towering talent; a devastating loss to us all.
posted by seanmpuckett at 10:57 AM on October 6, 2022 [1 favorite]

Terrible loss, incredible artist.
posted by rebent at 11:05 AM on October 6, 2022


I saw him drawing live at Thought Bubble in Leeds; I was aware of his work and thought that there was some gimmick, like projection or something. No, the guy just had an amazing visual intelligence and could render all these things by hand. No gimmicks, just skill. The fact that he died so young is tragic.
posted by The River Ivel at 11:15 AM on October 6, 2022 [2 favorites]

When I was studying art, observing my classmates and discussing professionals, I learned to be really careful about who I called "gifted." Becoming a master of a craft is almost never a "gift" in the way the word implies. Some people have more of an aptitude than others for any number of reasons, but whoever you are, it's decades of focused work. Almost every quote I heard form Kim Jung Gi was encouraging young artists to work hard, to amass knowledge and understanding that you would then draw on in your art, to put in the practice with observation and theory.

But even knowing how hard he worked, and intent on respecting the effort he put into the foundations, it was impossible NOT to see him as gifted. I can't overstate for someone who hasn't practiced drawing how absolutely buck wild it is to watch his process. Finished, sophisticated illustrations, full of humor and depth and detail with sophisticated composition and creative perspective just sprang from the man's head with no apparent preliminary work. No blocking, sketching, or reference on hand. He evidently just saw the finished art in his head and produced it in complete detail on the first pass. Like it was the easiest, most natural thing in the world. Absolutely astonishing.

A towering talent, and a shocking loss. I hope he rests well.
posted by Phobos the Space Potato at 12:03 PM on October 6, 2022 [12 favorites]

posted by bz at 12:03 PM on October 6, 2022

posted by 3j0hn at 1:11 PM on October 6, 2022

Such an Wizard of an illustrator, a real master.
posted by Liquidwolf at 2:00 PM on October 6, 2022

He was on his way to NYCC.

In the artists alley, his table is still there. Fans, guests and artists are turning it into a memorial.
posted by fight or flight at 2:05 PM on October 6, 2022 [3 favorites]

this video completely redid the way I think about perspective in a way that I'm still learning from: not as a system of lines you adhere to but something that's inherent in every line you draw. And the thing is it shows he' s not doing some kind of magic trick, it's craft & understanding & lifelong practice. In his lectures you feel like he' s saying this is something anyone can do if you want it badly enough.
posted by velebita at 2:33 PM on October 6, 2022 [2 favorites]


saw a live draw at the pixlatl festival in cuernavaca, mx in about 2018. amazeballs. he signed a book with a nice sketch for a friend, and was super friendly and patient. very lovely and open human.
posted by j_curiouser at 9:12 AM on October 9, 2022 [1 favorite]

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