My friend ordered the sketch books of Kim Jung-Gi and they have arrived. So I borrowed them for this review.
The books were ordered from David who's Kim Jung-Gi's assistant. You can contact him via email to buy the books. He accepts Paypal.
Here's the damage:
2007 Sketch Collection is USD$36.
2011 Sketch Collection is USD$68.
Shipping is USD$47.
Shipping is by EMS and it's very fast. The books came within 3 days, that's from Korea to Singapore.
You might think that the shipping charge is expensive. It is, but it's shipped by EMS which is fast and a signature is required for delivery.
Much of the shipping charge is due to the weight of the books. They are very heavy. You can imagine the weight from the pictures above. The 2011 is so heavy you have to put on your lap to read.
Below are some pages from the 2007 Sketch Collection.
Both sketchbooks are loaded with content. The bulk are character sketches and some comic panels. Some just line art, some painted. There are a few graphic sex scenes, and I'm not talking about the nude figure drawings which are also there.
The art is amazing. This guy is crazy good.
Even on a page filled with close-up character sketches, I find it hard to spot any similar faces. This guy draws a different face for all his characters. Many of the sketches are really detailed. The form (silhouette) is fantastic.
Below are some pages from the 2011 edition.
I really like the line art. It's very dimensional.
If you're finding it difficult to keep a sketchbook on your own, buy this book and put it on your table for some inspiration and motivation. You don't even have to read it to feel the energy seeping through the pages.
Most highly recommended.
Remember to order your books from David (Kim Jung-Gi's assistant) via email.
Note that there are pirated copies circulating around but you really don't want to get them as they are photocopies of the actual book. Don't waste your time with those and get the real deal instead.
Here are the videos to the two books. 2007 followed by 2011.
And here's a 75 minutes mind blowing demonstration by the master: