Kim Joong Gi and his hidden lines revealing the world (29 photos + 1 video)

1 February 2024

Graphics is an art direction in which it is difficult to surprise with anything particularly due to fairly strict restrictions and frameworks. But this man managed not only to surprise the world, but also to leave an amazing legacy.

Kim is a Korean artist born in 1975 in the city of Goyang, which is located in Gyeonggi Province (South Korea). At the age of 19 he entered the School of Fine Arts, choosing the direction of “Art and Design”. He studied at Dong-Ei University in Busan, on the southeast coast of Korea, for three years. Like all men in Korea, he served in the army for more than 2 years. He served in special forces, which allowed him to master a large number of vehicles and weapons.

Kim's first work was published in Young Jump magazine. He then began teaching manwha (Korean comics) at universities and private schools. Kim Joong Gi illustrated two novels by French writer Bernard Verber: Paradise (in 2010) and The Third Humanity (2013).

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He has also worked with several video game companies and collaborated with various comic book companies in the US and Europe.

KJG has exhibited his work in galleries in many countries. And got into the Guinness Book of Records in the “Illustration” category in the “Longest drawing by one person” section. He broke the record by creating the painting “Fish Eye”.

The uniqueness of Kim's style is that he worked without any preliminary notes or sketches. There were simply no tools that were beyond the artist’s control - a pen, a brush, a felt-tip pen - with their help the artist created lines that intertwined into entire worlds.

The Korean master described the process of creating his works as follows:

I paid attention to basic shapes and used cubes in my drawing. Why the cube? Because you need to see all four sides. I didn’t learn different types of perspective and didn’t even know about such a concept as a horizon line. I simply drew lines on a plane and only then realized that they could be extended to the vanishing point: they all tend to it on the horizon, which is located at eye level. I already have all these imaginary lines in my head. Searching for and seeing the invisible has become my habit.

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Lightness, smoothness, and maximum detail distinguish the works of this artist. He simply advised all students who asked to share the secrets of mastery to follow the stream of consciousness.

Unfortunately, the artist died last year. His life was cut short by a heart attack. But thousands of works remain, inspiring new generations of masters.

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