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. Or buy on Amazon at
Here's the damage for me when I bought them from David:
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.
This is how thick they are. The 2007 sketchbook is about A5 size at 1000 pages thick. The 2011 sketchbook is A4 size at 686 pages thick.
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.
The books come with their own cardboard packaging.
That's my mechanical pencil for you to see how big the book is. The 2011 sketchbook is a second reprint and has a different cover from the first print. The content is similar.
Both books come with an A3 poster. They are the same posters with '2007 sketch collection' printed on it.
Below are some pages from the 2007 Sketch Collection.
I would like to mention that the 2007 sketchbook is 1000 pages. It's likely you're not going to finish the book in one sitting.
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.
The 2011 hardcover as compared to 2007 which is paperback. It is A4 size so you can see the details more closely. The binding is excellent for these two books.
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. Or buy on Amazon at
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: