Renowned fashion artist Jaesuk Kim, known for his watercolour creations, is in town

Jaesuk Kim, known for his watercolour paintings. He visited The Straits Times studio on Nov 18, 2016.
Jaesuk Kim, known for his watercolour paintings. He visited The Straits Times studio on Nov 18, 2016.ST PHOTO: DON CHI
Jaesuk Kim, known for his watercolour paintings. He visited The Straits Times studio on Nov 18, 2016.
Jaesuk Kim, known for his watercolour paintings. He visited The Straits Times studio on Nov 18, 2016.ST PHOTO: DON CHI
Fashion artist Jaesuk Kim is in town.
Fashion artist Jaesuk Kim is in town. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO
Fashion artist Jaesuk Kim is in town.
Fashion artist Jaesuk Kim is in town. PHOTO: JAESUKKIM/ INSTAGRAM

SINGAPORE - Celebrated fashion artist Jaesuk Kim will be in Singapore on Friday (Nov 18).

The Sydney-based illustrator, who has collaborated with brands such as Gucci and Chanel, is especially known for his creations using watercolour.

Born in Seoul and raised in Sydney, Mr Kim, 29, is currently living and working in both cities as an interior designer and fashion/beauty advertising art director.

In August, a time-lapse video of him creating one of his signature watercolour gown drawings was featured on Instagram's official account. The video has been viewed more than 6.5 million times.

Mr Kim creates whimsical, swirling gowns in his Susu Girls series which features prominently on his Instagram account. His imaginary muses start with a silhouette and is often depicted donning the season's best couture and runway collections.

The celebrated series has graced digital and social content campaigns for brands like Bulgari, Cartier and Chanel, among many others, as well as international print editions of titles including ELLE, GQ, Harpers Bazaar and Vogue.

Illustrator Jaesuk Kim (@jaesukkim) creates whimsical, swirling gowns for his imaginary muses — he calls them his “SusuGirls.” It always starts with a silhouette. “I add shapes, lines and textures spontaneously to create an abstract and fluid form to represent couture-like dresses,” Jaesuk, who splits his time between Seoul and Sydney, says. One of his favorite techniques involves a watercolor brush pen. “I squeeze water droplets from the brush, then watercolors are added onto these droplets.” Jaesuk urges other artists to never fear mistakes: “I think the beauty of watercolor is that even if you make a mistake, it somehow adds a special touch to it.” This story is part of our new series #FashionIllustrated, stories of artists from around the world who are using their imaginations to bring style to life. Video by @jaesukkim

"I add shapes, lines and textures spontaneously to create an abstract and fluid form to represent couture-like dresses," said Mr Kim in an interview with Instagram.

One of his favourite techniques involves the use of a watercolour brush pen.

"I squeeze water droplets from the brush, then watercolours are added onto these droplets."

He also encourages other artists to never fear mistakes.

"I think the beauty of watercolour is that even if you make a mistake, it somehow adds a special touch to it."

Mr Kim is in Singapore as part of a United Overseas Bank (UOB) promotion.

Mr Kim visited The Straits Times studio on Friday evening.