Kim Jung Gi's epic art for the Marvel hotel took him just two days to make

Eve Edwards October 5, 2022
Kim Jung Gi's epic art for the Marvel hotel took him just two days to make
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Marvel fans are mourning the loss of beloved artist Kim Jung Gi, who has suddenly passed away while in Paris, France.

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, it was confirmed that illustrator Kim Jung Gi had died. A statement was published to Jung Gi’s official Twitter account. Born in 1975 in Goyang-Si, in the province of Kyongki-Do, South Korea, Jung Gi would have been around 47 years old at the time of his death.

Known for his collaborations with Marvel, we take a look back over some of Jung Gi’s best work for the comic book titans.

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It is time for Kim Jung Gi to ‘put down his brushes’

News of Kim Jung Gi’s death was confirmed days after his passing. A statement was published to Twitter which included two tributes, one penned on October 3, the other penned on October 5.

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we inform you of the sudden passing of Kim Jung Gi. After finishing his last schedule in Europe, Jung Gi went to the airport to fly to New York, where he experienced chest pains and was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery, but sadly passed away,” the first statement reads.

Jung Gi was scheduled to give a lecture about composition and storytelling on Wednesday, October 5 in Manhattan, New York.

“After having done so much for us, you can now put down your brushes. Thank you Jung Gi,” the statement from October 5 reads.

Condolence messages and drawings can be sent to Kim Jung Gi’s family

Kim Jung Gi inspired thousands with his drawings and built up a following who were keen to learn from the skilled illustrator.

In the announcement of Jung Gi’s death, they announced that the family would be accepting notes of condolence or drawings. For those looking to share their appreciation or admiration of Kim Jung Gi, you can email such pieces to: [email protected]

Kim Jung Gi first collaborated with Marvel on a Civil War II cover

Although Kim Jung Gi often worked on comic book illustrations and was well-known in the comic book world, he hadn’t officially collaborated with Marvel until 2016. That year saw the South Korean illustrator brought the Civil War II cover to life in a drawing that spanned eight covers.

In a video produced by Marvel, we watch as Jung Gi draws an epic battle scene featuring Marvel’s favourite characters. This is then divided up into eight variant covers which can be added together to make one, large-scale magnificent battle drawing.

You can watch the video of Jung Gi at work below:

Kim Jung Gi worked on the artwork for a Disneyland Paris hotel

Back in the summer of 2021, Disneyland Paris opened up the Hotel New York – Art Of Marvel at Disneyland Paris. This hotel features over 300 pieces made by 95 artists, one of whom is Kim Jung Gi. It’s the largest collection of Marvel artwork in the world, which surely makes it a must-see for Marvel fans!

Jung Gi is responsible for creating a piece which is behind the hotel’s reception. Giant screens show Jung Gi’s work, “Marvel Saves the Big Apple.”

It depicts the Marvel heroes saving citizens of New York. Unlike many pieces of Marvel art, it also incorporates everyday heroes such as firefighters and police officers. The impressive piece reportedly took Kim Jung Gi just two days to complete and was drawn in freehand entirely.

Fellow Marvel illustrator Liam Brazier wrote in light of Jung Gi’s passing: “I never had the pleasure but was lucky enough to be spoken of in the same breath as Kim Jung Gi for the Disneyland Paris Marvel hotel project – the lobby still plays a video of him creating a typically giant piece. Super intimidating talent. Art just flowed out of him. Sad loss.”

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