“DEATH comes to us all, if there is an existential fear it goes hand in hand with the fear of DEATH. H P Lovecraft talks about the fear of the unknown, when it comes to DEATH we can’t even pinpoint WHY we are scared.
We cannot look forward into the future, we can only look back and connect the dots on the things we have done, on our past experiences. Therefore, as long as we are connecting dots, why not let DEATH be the full stop to the sentence that is your LIFE? Sure, you can believe in the LIFE AFTER DEATH but like we said just a second ago no one can see the future.
If there is anything that can make us see what is not there it is ART, for this theme in this issue inspired by the Day of the Dead our artists, have danced with death, have used DEATH as a life drawing subject and have even captured the mourning mood of it; all this to remember something inevitable. Remember DEATH because next to it any problem will seem small.”
– bkk UNZINE team: Jam, Maia, Boris, Venky.
If you are an artist and you want to be part of our artist community, the next theme for December issue #16 is “STILL LIFE”, you can submit your artwork at this link:
Artists in this issue
Romantic moment at the cemetery
The Sacred Valley 2020
Acrylic on Canvas 100x120cm
I have always been fond of Mexican Culture and also been drawn to the “Day of the dead” celebration because to me death has become a natural part of life. I have lost my parents quite early and many other beloved friends and pets and I alwaysa had to deal with the mourning and grief, almost all my life. In this painting I portra myself with teh “Day of the Dead” mask and also put the mask on my Cat to express that we should not fear Death, but see death as a natural part of our life.
The unwoken Dream No.1
The Masque of Red Death
Art set on Ipad (A4 300dpi)
This is an artwork I did a couple of years ago when I was into abstract art. It features my interpretation of red death from Poe’s famous short story.
I believe this work is more relevant today given the world is terribly plague-stricken, and for months most of us experienced the fear that is so masterfully depicted in this story.
Fineliner pens on paper
Even death neesd to recuperate with a drink after a long day. Sipping on an Elixir of Life martini, Death decides that it may be time for career change.
Perhaps as a Mixologist.
This piece is a hand-drawn using fineliner pens on high-quality A4 paper and then scanned to ensure a detailed copy of saved.
Digital – Krita (slide by slide animation)
This piece was created by me quite sometime ago when I tried playing with animation.
The animation tells the story of a sad little black cat and a ghost cat trying to cheer him up. The animation was very fun to make, and I feel that it is cute contribution to a grim topic.
Please enjoy the story
Nomad Sculpt on iPad & Turntable edited with LumaFusion and Node-Video.
I loved this theme as death fascinates me and attracts me somehow but scares me at the sametime! I thought I would be inspired. But I was unexpectedly stuck with finding ideas for this artwork.
I finally decided to use this as an opportunity to learn about 3D sculpting technique and chose Nomad sculpt on my iPad because I can work from my sofa or my bed and because it is not too complicated compared to some other desktop package with maybe more functionalities but more complexity too. So here is my first 3D sculpt ever.
End of a Beginning – Divine Death
Shot on Sony A6300 (Edited with Adobe Lightroom)
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal @2018
These are some of the specific images from my visit to Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Similar to Varanasi of India, Death is celebrated here as a gateway to heaven.
The corpose of aged ones brought by families and old people awaiting their death visit this temple and is given holyrespect before burnt aka cremated. And the ashes are dispensed in holy Nepal-Ganges ( Bagharathi river)
You can easily see and get close to the ones who passed while being mesmerized by the spiritual and celebratory vibe of the area.
The temple is devoted to Pashupati – An avatar of Hindu-god – Shiva often referred to as God of Destruction/re-creation
Mixed Media : Brush Pen on Sketchbook – Finishing done in Clip Studio Paint
I am currently in this phase of drawing furry creatures because I love the way the brush pen helps me create furry textures, I scanned the drwaing and added some “noisy” digital screentones to achieve what you see above. I drew this during one of our meetups where we just hangout eat-drink-draw and talk. I am so glad I started with the eye, it motivated me to keep going as I knew I had smething special here. what do you think?
Meet Our New Artists
Let’s hear from the new artists featured in this issue…
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