Here’s an artbook I bought a month ago: Kim Jung-Gi 2011 sketch collection. I found out about the book and the artist in Parka’s blog (great artbook blog to check out) At $132, this is the most I’ve ever spent on a book and I don’t regret it. But more on the price later. This book is huge, with 683 pages replete with drawings. The artist is Kim Jung-Gi who is korean and apparently has a comic book school. He is sickeningly talented. I look at the drawings and I get depressed they’re so good. The drawings run the gamut of life-drawing sketches, on-location sketches, finished pen drawings, watercolor paintings, comic book pages. The guy can draw machinery, buildings, people, animals, basically everything.
I highly recommend the book but with a couple of caveats: there are pictures of sex (some of it really perverted) and bondage. It’s not so pervasive that you can’t ignore it, but just know that it’s there. Also, he draws in a few different style: from realistic to cartoony, so if you don’t have a taste for manga-esque / cartoony art, this may not be the book for you.
As for the price: the book itself is $60, which is a fair price considering the size of the book. The book ships from Korea using Express mail, so the shipping charge is equal to the book.
If you would like to buy the book, check out Parka’s blog for more info.