Wanjin mainly focuses on the human body, imbuing a transcendental quality to his work. He explores how to turn a ‘target’ into a ‘phenomenon’ through the relationship between the figure and the margin.
Dramatic Anatomical Drawings Comprised of Complex Hatched Colors by WanJin Gim
Seoul-based artist WanJin Gim illustrates the form and gesture of the human body using complex hatched layers of color and dramatic lighting. He adds intrigue to poses that could be considered traditional figure drawing studies by adding abstracted lines and watercolor washes that integrate the fragmented body parts into a larger visual field. In an interview with Trending All Day, the artist describes his inspiration and process:
I’m interested in expressing body temperature and skin smell and am studying the relationship between color and energy (Qi) for my work… Currently I usually use oil pastel and colored pencils. They both have limited colors, so I need to overlap them to produce a color that I like. Even if I can’t express the color that I intend to make, I am satisfied with the exceptional effect coming from the imperfectness.
Gim studied animation in university, but began creating in his current style in earnest after coming across the work of painter and draftsman Lucian Freud. He shares his work on Instagram, as well as on his website.
WanJin Gim (previously) continues to amaze with his detailed drawings that show the nuanced colors and textures of bare skin. Most often working on kraft paper, Gim uses cross hatching—a technique most commonly associated with ink drawings or prints—with an array of colors to capture hands, arms, feet, and the occasional cat.
Though simple in subject, Gim’s drawings pulsate with the gestural energy that informs the postures of each carefully rendered limb. You can see more of the Seoul-based artist’s work on Instagram, and find prints of his drawings on Gim’s online store.
Hyperrealistic paintings of human anatomy by Wanjin Gim
Korean artist Wanjin Gim, also known by his nickname Willeys, is originally from South Korea and currently living in Seoul. Since he was a child he has used paper and pencil to express himself through drawings.
Fascinated by the paintings of Lucian Freud, Wanjin incredible creates sensual hyperrealistic paintings of the human anatomy. He usually paints nudes that allow him to express the abstract curves of the human body and the infinite tones of the surface of the skin until achieving a sensation so realistic that one can even feel its texture, or perhaps its smell. His artworks carries a delicate realism full of details in which you can even distinguish veins, hairs and muscles.
An Interview with Wanjin Gim.
Who and from where are you?
I am Wanjin Gim, I was born in 1981 in the Republic of Korea and am currently living in Seoul. I have been working as a nickname ‘Willeys’ and started sharing works with SNS from last year.
How you got into this?
I have been drawing since I was a child. After graduating from the Department of Animation at the Korea National University of Arts, I stopped the animation because I felt I did not fit in it. I have been working as a freelance filmmaker for several years and have painted what I wanted in a while. At that time, I did not work as vigorously as it is now, but it is clear that there was a desire for ‘work that started from myself’, not ‘work done by others’ in my mind. The longing has led me to the working environment now.
What is your driving force?
Until the beginning of last year I lived a stubborn life. I disregarded the advice of people around me to share my work with the SNS, and became an isolated island by insisting self-esteem. Looking back now, it was a worthless pride. In the beginning of last year, I began SNS due to a personal reason. I have shared my works over the next few months, and I was happy and excited about the people’s reactions. The important thing is that I have become a person who influences others even if it is small. It changed my position from the days when I painted only for myself. As I grew up absorbing the inspiration of countless artists, it is my main mind now that I share my inspiration and talents with people and make the world a little bit better. I am still sharing my work with Instagram only, but am planning to open more diverse channels gradually.
What kind of work you do and why?
I usually paint nudes. Fascinated by Lucian Freud’s paintings, I was mainly devoted to expressing the abstract curves of the human body and the infinite color of the surface of the flesh (I felt smells of flesh in his paintings).
And then, in recent years, the idea has expanded to conceptual and meta-physical work. The point I consider about when I am planning my work is to express the spiritual dimension that exists beyond the surface of the skin. It is not physically perceptible, so it is interesting to be able to express freely. I am planning to study how to synthesize abstract and concept and continue my work.
Wanjin Gim Artist Human Body Arts
South Korean Artist Has Taken The Human Body To The Next Level Through His Drawings
Artists usually capture scenic beauty that nature abounds in, such as mountains, lakes, seashores, the setting sun and the like. But here’s an artist, Wanjin Gim, who has acquired mastery in sketching the human body in all its myriad poses.
This Seoul-based artist not only creates form and gesture of the human body but highlights them by using complex layers of color and lighting. His uniqueness lies in the human poses he depicts in his sketches that are far from traditional.
Asked about his work, this is what Wanjin had to say, “I’m interested in expressing body temperature and skin smell and am studying the relationship between color and energy (Qi) for my work…I usually use oil pastel and colored pencils. They both have limited colors, so I need to overlap them to produce a color that I like. Even if I can’t express the color that I intend to make, I’m satisfied with the exceptional effect coming from the imperfectness.”
Wanjin, since his very childhood, was passionate about drawing. He went on to study animation and graduated from the Korea National University of Arts, Seoul, South Korea. His current style is inspired by the works of painter and draftsman Lucian Freud. He currently resides and works in Seoul.
Wanjin continues to amaze the world with his detailed human drawings. Little wonder he enjoys a following of over 2,80,000 fans on Instagram alone. Prints of his drawings are available on his online store