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A piece I did for Swiss magazine, Die Weltwoche. It was for an article about the only known survivor and escapee of the North Korean concentration camps. The piece was a play on propaganda posters from North Korea and how artificially happy they were in spite of how brutal and miserably treated its people were.
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ASCCcorp Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Student Artist
wetwork777 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are speaking of Shin Dong-hyuk who escaped from camp 14 in North Korea?
Tonixel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Your work is amazing. Insta-watch :D
MicahJGunnell Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Fantastic piece!
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pray for the tormented ones! Great art!
kounya Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Professional Filmographer
A really nice piece but frightening since it's actually a real thing. Sad dummy You could only hope to provoke people to become more aware about North Korea and the secret veil they hide behind.
Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:' (
Gummyant Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
ㅎㅎ  Nice satire 
illinoisy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
This is outstanding. Fantastic work!
Shangrilfangirl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist
siku0101 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
모든 당황하지 마십시오 상관 없습니다. -> 모두 당황하지 마십시오. 일 없습니다.
Jack-Mc-F Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
당황 ...
LaughButts Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
TheoreticalJack Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
It's a beautiful and emotional engaging work, but I wonder how that only survivor viewed this artwork. I heartily recommend reading some of Susan Sontag's book Regarding the Pain of Others; it discusses how we depict and explore trauma and suffering in art, and how we can make art without reinforcing the forms of suffering that have already taken place.

I do agree that getting the Korean grammar right is essential, especially because this was published in a Northern European context. With the incorrect grammar and the place of publication, it's easy to view this as a voyeuristic work depicting someone's suffering - although I seriously doubt you meant it that way. This is the difficulty in emotionally charged art relating to specific events and cultural traumas, they take a lot more thought, careful and personal consideration, and research than other artworks.

Extraordinarily impressed with your graphic style and subject choices in general :)
sleeperXx Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Photographer
:'( Wow. 
FaustindeRavignan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
Your drawing is simply amazing.
soodal Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
its korean sentence doesn't make sense (little bit), but awesome pic! love it!
zowls4222 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
wow good
But you wrong korean grammar
if you think 모든`s mean is `ladies gentleman'
Right grammar is 모두
but you think 모든=all
that is right grammatically
but korea not talk that
(Sorry, may my english skill is not enough to understanding you )
Jinkets242 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student General Artist
very very groovy
blacksad87 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But what you want to express ?
blacksad87 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice !
kojimix Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
nicely done
waterdropsailor Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist
provocative and beautiful! i love the colors, and the text is really striking too. your work is the best!
Norwen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I wanted to ask you, whether I could use this picture as a poster for a hosted Lecture at our school (Palacky University in Czech Republic) about the refugees from North Korea. I am in charge of it and I want to invite as many people as possible and this poster is something perfect for it. Would that be possible?
StalinFalcon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Lol looks like south Korea
Waterborn77 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Im one of few words......Powerful
SoSugoi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
There is nothing I do not love about this piece. Even the description is perfect. I usually try to say something constructively critical, but... I can't. Each time I see something and think "Eh, maybe that doesn't work, actually", I look at it again and realize "Oh. That's what they were going for". Even the damn description is great!

*bows down*
hg-project Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012   Digital Artist
You have no idea how much those bs north korean propaganda upsets me.

But great piece!! Nice work on the skin colors!
greenestreet Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Love the color theory!
chupacabracadabra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
This is an utterly brilliant piece.
GoldenEar Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Great work!!

I wanna correct the sentence tho if you care about it.
>.<; What did you originally mean? Don't panic It doesn't matter?
GoldenEar Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Great piece :) I wanna correct the Korean phrase tho.... What did you originally mean?
(Don't worry I'm not N. Korean, I'm from south lol)
Citeron Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Sugar-Thief Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
I was looking up North Korea last week and I agree. The place is a mess :no: Thank you for bringing more awareness to this issue! Your piece perfectly represents the true nature going on there.

By the way I'm just wondering what does it say underneath the poster?
ClaraBacou Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
IronOxide Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wait wait wait. The Observer, The New Yorker, a Swiss mag... please advise me on how you get these jobs? Are you proactively calling mags around the world and offering illustration? Are you listed on some "Illustrators for Hire" website? Do you have a good agent? Some business advice would really go a long way if you can spare a few sentences.

Much love.
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
tinasaur Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've seen this documentary. It made me very sad, indeed. It makes me feel grateful for the US.
PraiseMoyer Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Every piece you upload inspires me to make better work. Love it!
Cheesecake-giri Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
North Korean propaganda is creepy as fuck.

As always, love the piece!
tooiebird Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
This is a wonderfully done piece!
ShaneGreer Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very nice
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