It’s already some years I often spot on the internet some peculiar and enigmatic black and white illustrations by Daehyun Kim. Since the first time I saw them, I was very intrigued, It’s amazing how these simple and minimal drawings can express such deep and complex emotions. Fine lines, black ink on white paper, and the recurrent character with a blank expression, dealing with his own demons, fears and eternal questions so skillfully depicted through graphic metaphors.
Before writing this post I made a quick research on the net and found a nice interview with Moonassi (the nick name adopted by the author that happens also to be the name of the series he draws) and it turned out he’s from South Korea, he majored in Oriental Painting and he’s nickname can be roughly translated as “There is no such thing as me”, or “Emptiness / Void in me”.
The choice to draw his character without expression and dressed only by a simple black suit is not a pure aesthetic trait, it’s a way to draw the viewer’s attention to the gestures, to the whole scene that actually conveys the message he wants to express. There is a statement on Daehyun Kim’s official website that i find lovely and it’s a striking demonstration that, to make great art, you don’t always need tons of expensive tools: “I only use black colour because it’s simple and enough to depict. I draw on a small paper because it’s convenient”
After viewing this small selection of drawings here, you should visit Moonassi’s website for more.
Images © Moonassi