Presenting the next Court of the Dead Art Print from master illustrator Kim Jung Gi
Master is not a title we use liberally, but it’s difficult to think of one more appropriate to describe Kim Jung Gi. Two years ago at San Diego Comic-Con, Sideshow Creative Director and Court of the Dead creator Tom Gilliland picked up a sketchbook at Kim’s booth, and he has been enchanted with Kim’s work ever since. With an ability to capture hundreds of subjects on a single page in mesmerizing compositions, KJG’s reflexive, photographic memory for detail, and understanding of each and every source of reference is astounding.
Shortly after that first introduction, we invited Kim, who lives in South Korea, to travel halfway around the world for a tour of Sideshow, and for a closer look at the Court of the Dead. Among the abundance of collected effects which adorn Tom’s studio, the two creative minds quickly found common ground in their intrigue for artifacts of history and war.
Tom and KJG worked closely to collaborate on the intricate scene that follows. There were only two drafts and ten days between conception and reality; from the thumbnail sketch (shown below) which so effortlessly turned into the finished piece. Truly the work of a master.
In our next Court of the Dead Premium Art Print, Death gathers his confederacy of generals to the battlefields of man for a lesson about the Dark Deed by the hands of men, and to usher the souls of the departed into the next realm. Although the leaders of the Underworld stand united under one purpose, it remains to be seen whether their perspectives, and ambitions, will align…
About the Artist
Kim Jung Gi is an established artist from South Korea whose artwork has attracted the international attention of millions over the last few years. He has the ability to visualize the drawing before making his marks. With mental pictures, he can draw without a photographic reference.
“I observe things all the time. I don’t take references while I’m drawing, but I’m always collecting visual resources. I observe them carefully on daily basis, almost habitually. I study images of all sorts and genres,” says Kim, who has been passionate about art since he was a kid.
Since 2007, he has published three sketchbooks which contain more than 2,200 pages of his monumental art work.