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, 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 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…