This book is absolutely beautiful, and well worth it to any fan of Kim's artwork. Each page is thick, and glossy, making the full-size, dazzling colored images really come to life. The cover of the book is a sort of tri-fold design, with magnets to seal it shut and protect the pages within very thoroughly. Included in the book are both full-colored and full-sized completed pieces, as well as various sketch and concept pages, and even monster designs that fans of the video games he's worked on will be familiar with - even if you aren't familiar with them, you'll no doubt love his distinctive style displayed in a way that you've probably rarely seen on the internet. There's even a tutorial on how Kim goes about attaining the classic, strong colors that are so central to his distinctive style!
Of course, this is a book that was published in Korea, and therefore does not have much English in it. For most full-size, full-color pieces, the name of each character is given in both...
Hyung Tae Kim is one of my favorite conceptual character artists. Finding this book is damned near impossible as it has been out of print for some time. Finding the original Korean edition with the magnetic binding is even harder. I was able to find a 'used' (never opened or touched) copy for $40.00 from a one time seller. I was worried about the status of the book, but when I got it my jaw hit the floor.
Going through each page is beautiful and painstakingly detailed and colored. Yes, he does not draw even remotely close to in anatomical proportions or have body parts that bend the right way at times. But he's a concept artist people. Half the things he draws would never have made it to a game or any other media in that industry if it wasn't for the style he's chosen.
If you have the chance to get this book without spending an arm and a leg and are a fan of concept art jump on it. Also, keep an eye out for the release of Toxic Volume 01 which is up in...
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