Kim Jung Gi : Fantastic Drawings

Kim Jung Gi Drawing

Kim Jung Gi is the master of drawing and illustration. People who are interested in illustration or animation probably already know him. But I just recently found his videos while watching just a bunch of random videos on Youtube.

Most of his videos are 30 minutes to an hour long. You might think they would thus be quite boring to watch, but they’re not, because he never rests — he just keeps on drawing for an hour without thinking about what he’s going to draw.

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Title Sequence : Visual Storytelling At Its Best

The visual storytelling in the tittle sequence for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo invoked a visceral reaction so strong that I felt compelled to watch it on repeat while dissecting each scene. This excruciatingly elegant and fevered nightmare, dreamed up by Onur Senturk / Tim Miller (Blur Studio), opens to a palpitating light, flickering in time with pulsating, heavy music (Trent Reznor’s version of Led Zeppelin‘s Immigrant Song). The light hints at form and texture, leaving you wanting more, and as the pulsating subsides, an obsidian ooze bleeds into the frame and seeps into every orifice. Fluid motion is juxtaposed with schizophrenic movement, while bodies and wires violently collide.
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Graduation and Awards Show : Class 24

Graduating Class 24

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, the 24th Class of the Digital Design program had their Graduation moment and then celebrated each other’s accomplishments at the Award Show.

The evening started off with Digital Design’s Program Manager Lizzie Hudson who introduced our host for the evening, Digital Design’s Head of Department, Miles Nurse.

Miles thanked the families for their support, which the students definitely appreciate and need during the rather intense year-long program. He thanked the students for their professionalism, for their endurance and fierce dedication. And he reminded them of their incredible achievement during the program. He asked them to reflect on how much they had actually produced during this time, and reminded them of what a great opportunity it was for them to be that creative — producing more work in one year than a lot of professionals manage over the course of their careers. He also reminded them of some of the fun that was had, and pointed out the importance of embracing failure, of failing often and moving on. He said that VFS doesn’t change who you are, rather, it shows you what is possible — what you are capable of.
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Ashes and Snow: More Than An Art Piece

Design must seduce, shape and perhaps more importantly, evoke an emotional response. — April Greiman

Inspiration can come from almost anywhere, but more often than not, inspiration comes from an experience that strikes an emotional chord within. For me, nothing resonates more deeply than nature, which is why I am profoundly moved by the work of Canadian photographer and filmmaker Gregory Colbert. His film Ashes and Snow is a true art piece — which is not to say there aren’t excellent examples of impeccable design throughout the film.

Gregory Colbert expertly combines intriguing perspectives, imposing composition, achromatic toning, the juxtaposition of weight and textures, and perfectly timed choreography. All these elements, amassed, create a visceral, mesmerizing image that perfectly communicates Colbert’s core message of “rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people saw themselves as a part of nature and not outside of it.”

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Soy Totalmente Palacio : Mexico’s El Palacio de Hierro Advertising Campaign

El Palacio de Hierro is a very important department store in Mexico. It is the luxury retailer for designer brands. For the past 15 years they’ve had an advertising campaign that is very powerful and has been very successful. The campaign, Soy Totalmente Palacio, uses cliches about women, shopping, and life in her favor, generally combining an image with a very strong phrase. The image above reads, “Sight, Smell, Hearing, Touch and Good Taste.”


I believe that even though the Soy Totalmente Palacio campaign has been going on for a really long time, it keeps coming up with fascinating phrases and amazing images and videos.

Here’s are some more examples of the El Palacio de Hierro advertising campaign:

It’s not vanity, it’s self-love.
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