Jihoon “Hoon” Hong
Killer schoolgirls, sword-wielding supermodels, and mechanical maidens in disrepair are all the stuff of dark sexual fantasies — and the subjects of loving attention of a driven artist known simply as Hoon.
While these works have cartoon elements, only the cutest, most innocent pieces can be confused with mainstream anime. Nearly all are richer, darker affairs; detailed digital paintings mixed liberally with emotional depth and sinister undertones — and sexy, sexy women.
We may never know the person, but the dynamic artwork being produced by Mr. Hong is unforgettable. Keep an eye on him and/or her. And if — by some horrible twist of fate or cruel aesthetic infirmity — you find Jihoon’s work not to your liking, take solace in the shadowy cabal of talented illustrators known collectively as Mess Studios.
Written by Jeff in March of 2006. Last edited March 2019.