For Old Time’s Sake


Later today – maybe even by the time you read this – I’ll be relaunching kimsokol.com as a digital painting portfolio. I’ve already taken down the old front page of the old site. Now, with both my blog and portfolio moving on, this means there’s no place on the internet for my old work, the style I left school with. I don’t regret it – I don’t know how I talked myself into believing that I loved editorial illustration over narrative, and just wasn’t good enough to do the kind of painting I wanted – but at the same time, there’re still a few images I do like. So why not. Archiving them here, just so they’re still out there somewhere.

All of this work is minimum 2 years old. The oldest is, I think, close to 4.

That last one, titled “Perfectionist”, I especially wanted to archive. That’s because it’s taken on a life of its own, and seems to be spreading throughout the internet. If you Google Image Search the word perfectionist, it’s the second result – and not on my site, either. At first it was, and I’d get the occasional email from somebody looking to use it in a powerpoint presentation and the like, but now people’re finding it completely devoid of credit. This has led to it showing up in all kinds of bizarre places. After it was pointed out to me it was on Lifehacker, I got in touch and got a link back. Usually, I don’t bother – it’s on a lot of blogs in other languages, and in one especially silly case, apparently somebody on Uncyclopedia decided the message wasn’t clear enough yet. I think if this were still the style of work I was trying to promote, I’d be a little more miffed about the whole thing, but mostly I just find it interesting. Certainly (as far as I know) nobody’s making money off it. All the same, with my old folio gone, it’s nice to have this here, so if need be, I can still say “Yeah, I did that.”

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