All artists have to draw inspiration from somewhere, so it’s not surprising that many different Webtoons have used different K-Pop idols as inspirations for some of their characters.
For instance, BTS‘s Jin allegedly inspired the popular Webtoon True Beauty‘s character Suho.
And the main character of True Beauty, Lim Ju Kyung, was inspired by IVE Jang Wonyoung and NMIXX Sullyoon‘s stunning visuals and impeccable fashion.
And recently, the author of the Korean Webtoon Schoolmate Friend (같은 학교 친구) admitted that Stray Kids‘ Hyunjin inspired her handsome character Gukhwa.
Question: Is there a model you based Gukhwa sunbae on? I’m all for his visuals. A huge fan of your work, by the way!
Answer: Visual-wise, I referenced Stray Kids’ Hyunjin. Haha. (I don’t know if I was supposed to share that?!)
Schoolmate Friend follows the first-love story of two classmates, Gyeoul and Yohan, who end up as deskmates.
When fans compared Hyunjin to Gukhwa, it was easy to see the author’s inspiration.
And given Hyunjin’s incredible visuals, it’s no surprise that an artist would use him as a reference.