JaeSuk Kim's fashion illustrations seem to take on a life of their own as he creates them.
The artist and former interior designer creates his Susu girls by starting with a simple drawing of a woman's upper body and then forming the shape of an extravagant gown using vibrant media like gold leaf or even lipstick. However, he's especially fond of using a watercolor brush pen.
One technique that yields unique results involves dropping water onto the page. "I squeeze water droplets from the brush, then watercolors are added onto these droplets," Kim explained in an interview with Instagram.
Kim's finished designs are stunning on their own, but it's a special treat to watch them develop. The swirling watercolors make the dress appear animated, an appropriate reflection of the physical, dynamic nature of fashion.
Kim, who shares photos and videos of his work on Instagram, describes his process as "spontaneous" and embraces the imperfections that arise from his chosen medium. "I think the beauty of watercolor is that even if you make a mistake, it somehow adds a special touch to it."