Everyone’s got their favorites, and everyone’s got their tastes—the world’s greatest illustrators infuse their work with style that makes it unmistakably their own. But in terms of sheer virtuosity, feats of depiction performed with a pen and paper, without pencil, eraser or photos for reference, there’s probably nobody in the same league as Kim Jung Ji of South Korea. This is detailed and flawless art performed live, without a net. But don’t take our word for it—check out the video and decide for yourself:
The final product (click to enlarge):
Here’s another video, probably too short for its own good, but the glimpses you get of Kim’s work are spectacular:
They say he draws 12 hours a day, and has been doing that for 20 years—so he blew past Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour mark many years ago.
Kim is famous for his sketchbooks, which suggest that, when he isn’t doing one of his drawing performances—which are in some ways stunt drawing, no doubt—he occasionally sketches reference lines and even puts down the odd (eek!) errant mark. But still, by anyone’s standards the guy is freakishly clean.
The naysayers, the nattering nabobs who might want to believe that because he’s fast and clean he can’t be interesting—take a look at the images below. (They’re culled from his Facebook page; he’s also got an official page at superani.com). These drawings are surreal, edgy, sexy—this isn’t bland technical mastery, it’s got style and narrative punch: