Kim Hyung-tae

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Hyung-tae
Hangul 김형태
Hanja 金亨泰
Revised Romanization Kim Hyeong-tae
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hyŏng-t'ae

Hyung-Tae Kim (born February, 1978, Seoul) is a Korean manhwa-style artist. He has designed characters for video games such as the Magna Carta series and the later installments of the War of Genesis series.[citation needed]


The cover of MagnaCarta 2 features Kim's concept artwork for the characters Zephie (left) and Juto

Kim began his video games career working in the field of background music, then shifted to art and design. He has branched out into the comic book industry, serving as a guest cover artist, and has contributed to the Udon street fighter series.

Kim is currently working on Blade & Soul, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created by NCsoft.[1][2] Blade & Soul is an Asian martial arts fantasy with cultural influences mainly from the Korean culture. Though it was said that he would not be an artwork illustrator but an art director, Kim appears to also handle illustrations as all artwork released for the game up to now has been by him.

Recently unveiled character artworks for Magna Carta 2 show that Kim has been working with SoftMax. There is no information released regarding the relationship between Kim and SoftMax for this game.[citation needed]

Kim's character illustrations involve a deformation technique, where the artist disregards anatomical accuracy to achieve a specific feel to the character. [3]

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  1. ^ "Part 1:B&S Interview: AD Tells You Details about New Clothes and Items". MMORPG News. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Game Developer March Issue Showcases Uncharted 2, Dirty Coding Tricks". Gamasutra. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Clements, Ryan (27 November 2009). "G-Star 2009: Tea With Hyung Tae Kim". IGN. IGN. 

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