Portfolio: Eric Kim

Toronto-based illustrator and comic artist

Eric Kim is a comic artist and illustrator from Toronto, Canada. He also teachrd art workshops, and encourages people to write and illustrate their own works.

Where did you train?

Illustration at Sheridan College, Toronto. 

What's your favourite tool?

For me, it’s all about the brush pen. I love the range of it, the expressive quality that you can get. 

What techniques do you use most?

I try not to think about techniques when I’m working, I just respond to what I’m doing. Light is a real focus at the moment – trying to discern how a subject looks under certain lighting situations. 

What’s your favourite piece you've created?

My most recent batch of pieces have been the most rewarding. Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage is my favourite. I think it captures the spirit of the time, as well as his larger than life persona. 

What kinds of materials do you work with?

I try to keep it simple and use a brush pen, clutch pencil, computer, white pen, and both kneadable and white erasers. 

What (if any) computer packages do you use?

Painter and Photoshop for touch-ups, with a web application for coming up with the occasional colour palette. 

Which clients have you worked for, and where have you exhibited your work?

I started off working with Fantasy and Game publishers (White Wolf, AEG), and gradually started working with more book publishers after that (Oni Press, Wiley Publishing). A partial list of clients is up on my site. 

Right now, my work is part of the Marvels and Monsters exhibit in New York at the MOCA (bit.ly/S2TiHT). 

What inspires you?

Reading interviews with my favourite artists, and hearing their points of view and their thoughts on the world. It makes me re-examine what it is that I’m doing and what I’m bringing to the table. Am I examining the subject properly? Can I take it further? That sort of thing.

What are your favourite websites and blogs?

YouTube, actually. There are lots of interviews with so many amazing artists. I can keep it running in the background and feel as though I’m actually taking in new ideas. It’s like Talk Radio, but with intelligent minds conversing.

I created this for my friend, Andrew Wheeler; a comics journalist and author. I think with this image, I finally found how I wanted to render and bring colour to my work. 

An unlockable in They Bleed Pixels by Spooky Squid Games. I was asked if I would be interested in contributing, and I just said: “Hell, yes.” Available on Steam, and incredibly fun. And hard. 

This image was a gift for Matthew Fox, and hasn’t been seen before. It stands about 26 x 40in, and was done by hand. It’s meant to be reminiscent of old 1970s grindhouse movie posters, while still remaining modern. 

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I just really enjoy the stark colours in this one. Also, a cinch to paint. 

This was actually a commission that I snagged a copy of. I’m very happy with how it turned out. 

Kai Ma, an amazing writer and new friend, created this character Tempest. This piece was crafted with her input, and showcased in the Asian-American anthology, Secret Identities Volume 2: Shattered. I was very happy with the resulting work.

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When Randy Savage died in 2011, I tried coming up with a piece as a tribute to some great memories. The resulting work was very sub-par.

This piece, I feel, makes up for that, and captures his essence. I’m very happy with it, and the path my work is on now.