Category: Comic
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    Feb 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Kim Jung Gi

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    Kim Jung Gi is a Korean artist based in Goyang-Si, South Korea. He studied 3 years at the Dong-Eui university of Busan, and majored in Art and design. Following his studies, Kim served 2 years mandatory military service. This experience allowed him to get up close to a multitude of weapons, which he memorised and draws upon as reference.

    Kim has worked on multiple comic books, his first in 2003 was called Funny Funny, published in Young Jump. He has also illustrated 6 volumes of Tiger the Long Tail (TLT) written by Seung-jin Park. More recently Kim collaborated with Jean-David Morvan on comic book Spy Games, published by les Editions Glénat. Currently available in French with the possibility of it being released in other languages soon.

    Not contempt with keeping busy producing comics and a very popular sketchbooks series, Kim teaches at, and manages an art school, AniChanga.

    Though Kim Jung Gi does have a distinctive manga style as a middle ground, he also swings from very realistic to a more simplified and exaggerated style. Another important part of Kim’s work is his ability to work completely without prior sketches or a photographic reference. He has mastered the ability to visualize the drawing clearly before making a single mark on the paper.

    “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.”

    Watch an excelent video of him demonstrating this ability here.

    You can also find more of Kim Jung Gi’s work here, here and here.

  2. 3

    Feb 2015

    Robbi Rodriguez

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    With the release of the anticipated Marvel title Spider-Gwen nearly upon us, I thought now was a great time to feature American Designer and Cartoonist, Robbi Rodriguez.

    With just over a decade of making comics, Rodriguez in that time has worked on a host of great titles including his creator-own title Frankie, get your gun, Vertigo’s FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Image’s Night Club, 24seven (Vol.2), Hazed and Oni Press titles Tek Jansen, Maintenance and Polly and the Pirates (Vol.2).

    Speaking of Polly and the Pirates, I was deeply disappointed to read all the negative comments it has on Amazon. Mostly from readers who preferred the author and original artist, Ted Naifeh’s style. With all respect to Naifeh, these commenters don’t know what they are talking about. I realise that Rodriguez’s work by no means needs defending, but I can not help but put these comments in their place. Yes, art will always be subjective, but Rodriguez brought more energy and better-developed characters to the book. Which, for a swash-buckling pirate book, can only be a good thing.

    Interestingly, comparing his artwork from Polly to his recent work with Marvel, really showcases his versatility. Looking at the pages of Polly, you can see a strong European influence in his work, especially from the likes of Pierre Alary and Denis Bodart. His Marvel work has a rougher more edgy feel to it, in a similar vain to artist like Paul Pope and Jeff Stokely. Then there is his personal work where he really goes to town and experiments with his style, medium, and incorporating more graphic design elements.

    Check out more of Robbi Rodriguez’s work on his website and DeviantArt page. Also don’t forget to pick up a copy of Spider-Gwen #1 when it hits the comic stands on February 25th.

  3. 26

    Jan 2015

    Matt Taylor

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    Matt Taylor is a “Tall, semi-dashing” illustrator. At least that is the description on his twitter profile.

    Based in the sunny countryside of Sussex Taylor has created illustrations for huge brands including Adidas, Google, Sony, Paramount Pictures and Penguin Books. Matt Taylor is however, best know for his Americana inspired movie posters for Gallery1988 and Mondo.

    Taylor has also self-published a short comic titled, The Great Salt Lake, about a shipwrecked cast away struggling to make his way home. Recently Taylor produced interior art for Ales Kot’s Zero, published by Image.

    You can find more of Matt Taylor’s on his website and tumblr.

  4. 19

    Jan 2015

    Manga Mondays ~ Nicolas Nemiri

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    Nicolas Nemiri was born 1975 in Mulhouse, France. He studied at the Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l’Image in Angoulême. After graduating and moving to Japan, at the age of 20 he was making money by doing odd jobs, including illustrating for Japanese fashion magazines.

    In 1998 writer Jean David Morvan saw some of Nemiri’s drawings and asked him to work on the comic series Reality show. Nemiri was enthusiastic but decided to turn down Morvan’s offer. However, he later accepted the offer to work on the futuristic series Je suis morte (I died), published by Glénat. This successful collaboration marked the beginning of a long working relationship with Morvan. Creating two more series, Hyper l’hippo (2005) and Annie Zoo (2009).

    Nemiri has stated some of his artistic influences include European artist Jean Giraud (Moebius), Hugo Pratt and André Franquin as well as Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo, Hiroaki Samura, Shou Tajima. All of whom you can be seen elements of across his portfolio.

    Nicolas Nemiri is currently exhibiting alongside illustrator Jean-Philippe Kalonji at the Galerie Glenat in Paris. It is running throughout January until the 31st.

    You can see more of Nemiri’s work on his tumblr and blogspot.

  5. 13

    Jan 2015

    Nicholas Kole

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    Rhode Island resident, Nicholas Kole, is an illustrator and character designer. He studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. Kole graduated in 2009, and since has gone on to work with games companies, animation studios and comic publishers. Some of his clients include Riot Games, Electronic Arts, Disney Publishing, Hasbro, Puma and Dark Horse Comics.

    In 2013 Kole worked with Disney Publishing to produce ridiculously beautiful illustrations for the children’s book The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty. Much of 2014 he spent as the lead artist for an interactive webcomic called The Dawngate Chronicles, for Waystone Games.

    Nicholas Kole has spread his art across the net and can be found on Tumblr, DeviantArt, Blogger, Behance and twitter.

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