ARTIST and illustrator Kim Jung Gi passed away on October 3, 2022 at the age of just 47.
Gi was known for his art in Marvel Comics and for creating the Manhwa TLT.
Who was Kim Jung Gi?
Kim Jung Gi was a legendary icon in the arts scene and played an integral part in the creation of Marvel Comics.
He grew up in Goyang-Si, one of the largest cities in South Korea with over a million inhabitants.
When he was 19, Gi enrolled in a fine arts school with a major in art and design and honed his craft.
It became apparent that Gi’s memory was beyond that of a typical artist and he could clearly recall scenes even without references.
His first publication, Funny Funny, appeared in the Manwha or Korean comic book Young Jump and led him to teach in colleges and universities.
In 2011, Gi took part in Comic Festival in Bucheon, but unlike other artists who presented their finished artworks, Gi drew live.
He placed the paper on three walls around his desk and began to draw. A person watching filmed the event live and posted it on YouTube, where it went viral.
Gi was 36 years old and his career had taken off. He has been invited to worldwide art events in America, France and throughout Asia.
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How did he create his detailed artworks?
Drawing live, or creating works in front of a live audience, set Gi apart from other artists.
In creating his artwork, Gi told the Korea Times he would solicit suggestions from the crowd and draw on their ideas to compose his latest creation.
“Other artists usually waged a lonely battle in their creative process.
“I like to draw by myself, but it’s just as fun to have a stimulating conversation with viewers,” he said.
Gi told the outlet that an old friend and colleague once told him he “doodles like he’s retiring.”
But, he said, there is much more to his creative process than simply drawing characterizations on a piece of paper.
“I let my brushstrokes run wild to bring any object, person, environment, or emotion to life, however raw or unwanted,” Gi told the outlet.
“Before my name was widely known, I also smuggled in socially taboo images here and there without feeling the need to filter them.”
In 2015, Gi won the Guinness World Record for the “longest drawing of a single person for fisheye art”.
The artwork showed Penang’s various attractions at the Odeon.
The piece stretched eight meters and took Gi four days and 20 hours to complete.
“When I started my career, I never imagined that such an opportunity and challenge would present itself,” Gi told The Straits Times after the event.
Gi told the Korea Times that most of the images he draws come from his mental database, which he chooses to represent on paper.
“I would like to draw with my hand until I die,” he said.
“From the tingles I get as my skin brushes against the surface of the paper and gets smeared with ink, to the rush of joy I feel when I see my brushstroke take an unexpected turn, I love everything about it.”
How did Kim Jung Gi die?
Gi’s death comes days before he was due to attend New York Comic Con, where he was an exhibitor for Artist’s Alley.
He had participated in a gallery exhibition in Paris before leaving the country for New York.
The Daniel Maghen Gallery in Paris issued a statement saying Gi died of a heart attack before boarding the plane.
“[Gi’s] The sudden disappearance contrasts with the immense happiness he has brought us. We are speechless,” the gallery said in a statement.
His partner and collaborator Hyun Jin Kim also announced Gi’s death on social media, writing, “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the sudden death of Kim Jung Gi.”
The statement continued: “After Jung Gi finished his last schedule in Europe, he went to the airport to fly to New York where he experienced chest pains and was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery but sadly died .
“After doing so much for us, now you can put down your brushes. Thank you Jung Gi.”
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