Hi there. A lot of you may already know who Kim Jung Gi is if you've actually searched
his name and happened to stumble into this page by chance.
If you don't, well... I guess the video itself is self explanatory.
The topic about this guy has been ongoing within my Illustration Major peers
who's been creating a heated debate regarding whether his works are worth
studying or not, and also about the argument that sketches are made for studies,
not for retailing purposes.
Well, this argument basically goes on because there are students who are die-hard
fans of his work, love applying Kim Jung Gi's idea of selling sketchbooks with lotsa
beautiful sketches in it, while neglecting a big part of what makes a sketchbook a
sketchbook, studies. So you can pretty much figure out how the students are with
their work when it lacks anatomical skills and brimming with overconfidence.
And no, that doesn't really connect well with the majority of the lecturers, since
their job is to create quality students, and they can't when students aren't really
doing things they should be.
Of course, there are those that grasp it properly and is at the level where they can
understand and exude Kim Jung Gi's skills. From what I hear though, the numbers
of people who can do that is pretty much down to like catching Mewtwo with a basic
normal Pokeball and the people who're just blindly emulating him are akin to the number
of rice grains in a rice bag.
So.. don't worry. I'm not about to convert you from doing what you're doing now. Just
sharing my thoughts about this.
After watching the video, I'm led to believe that he isn't an artist to be emulated yet
by intermediate artists like us. Actually, even if you're pretty advanced (lets just say
you draw Pokemon for a living), doing what he does is still pretty damned hard.
So...Tough luck with that.
But in my honest opinion, this is what I think; Mr.Kim basically does everything from
pure liquid imagination, and as you can see, he's one of those people with active
photographic imagination, meaning to say that he can draw with his hand, literally
as he sees fit. He can process and manifest visuals from his brain right to every
last intricate detail with his nimble fingers.
How does he do it? I have no idea. I have yet to get a hold of a recording of his life
memories, so if you happen to find one, upload on youtube and bravo, everyone's
gonna be rich artistically.
But jokes aside, I guess this is what I really wanna address.
In the video, have you noticed that his proportions are flawless in the same way
as is his perspective? Not to mention that his figure gestures and expressions
are spot on and his detailing is also accurate. His depth of field
is undoubtedly there.
And oh, did I mention that he did the whole drawing in fish-eye without
any guideline? More like every figure he did was without guidelines.
He can start with a head and draw a hand, then connect every piece of
limb and part accurately without any mistake. This kinda judgment isn't
easy to do without proper understanding and practice.
So... if you're aspiring to be like him someday, how do you expect yourself, to be like
(emulate) him, and sell your sketchbook (if you could, cheers to you friend) when
1. You're not sure how the figure fully works yet.
2. You're not good with proportions yet.
3. Your depth of field and control with lines is not yet mastered.
4. You have not fully-grasped your gestures and expressions yet.
5. You're not sure how perspective works in different dimensions and angles.
6. You've not seen enough.
Basically speaking, if you can't conjure an image of a muscular man directly
from your imagination in multiple angles and different perspectives without any
guidelines, chances are you're not ready to take on Kim Jung Gi's level of work yet.
So.. I can kinda understand what the lecturers in my college are going through, in a
way that they want the students to tackle all these core issues one by one by going
to the basic resources, and by basic, meaning probably the best resources on each topic.
Why approach an artist who does a portrayal of his understanding with art completely
from raw imagination, when you can study masters who've already laid everything out
for you to build up a good foundation in art with proper references you can effectively
learn from, so that you can be the next Kim Jung Gi?
There's no harm in trying to be like Kim Jung Gi and trying to study his techniques,
and by all means, please continue your efforts in doing so. But you also have to
understand that there are many layers of complexities in what he does that you'd
never understand until you fully grasp the foundations of art.
You'll be a far better artist studying master works and aspiring to be like Kim Jung Gi
in 2 years, than studying both his sketchbooks for 5 years.
But of course. If you're a genius. Well.. Congratulations!
It's important for students to not blindly idolize someone very awesomely wicked in art
(trust me, I was a student too and I've had my own share of... stuff) and prioritize a strong
foundation in art. So if you've been doing his works for a while, and you don't feel like you're
making any progress, just put down his works for a while and get a new fresh perspective
in any other works.
Even better if you can do life studies and the like.
I mean, you can always get back to it anytime you want. Right?
So.. yes, work on your basics. After the foundation is solid enough, I'm sure one day,
when you try harder and continue working hard towards your goal, you might surpass
Kim Jung Gi, or whoever else awesome art idols you have. Good luck.