As creative people in this new world, one cannot wait for the end of the year to change oneself, artists have to constantly challenge themselves and as a result the world around them.
That may be one of the reasons why so many artists feel that they are not understood, maybe they are way ahead of the world.
All this to say the end of the year is not different from any other month or day Gandhi said:
“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
Well, we believe ART doesn’t care about the calendar year nor do the ARTISTS but it is a reminder to take a moment and ponder what we are grateful for. At BKK UNZINE we will never get tired of showing our gratitude to you the ARTISTS and our READERS who show up every month.
A big change we are grateful for is that we are able to do our face to face meetups again as you’ll see on the events page in this issue. We are proud to give a shout out to the life drawing events at ATTIC STUDIOS, very appropriate for this month’s theme: ANATOMY.
Anatomy is an endlessly fascinating field of study unto itself and this issue is just another proof of its timelessness.
– 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 January issue #16 is “ANATOMY”, you can submit your artwork at this link:
THE ANATOMY OF: AMERICANO
Beneath the skin
Digital art: Krita
I do art based on a feeling, many of my pieces have no representation other than I felt like making it. In this case, I felt it would look cool to create a creature like this (Note this was not meant to be a decomposing creature, but rather a moving creature of its own). It was definitely a fun experience looking up references to guide me through the creation process. Though this piece was created mainly to look cool, it also seems to bring about a feeling of sympathy and curiosity. I am always interested to know what my art makes others feel. So what does it make you feel?
Software used: J-Wildfire for the background and the “brain”, Poser for the body, Photoshop CC for compositing and 3d rendering.
Made a few years ago after a 2h floating session in a sensory deprivation tank which I did originally for pain relief but turned out be a fantastic tool for creativity too!
Pencil on paper
I went on a trip with them for a long time and to many places. No matter how hard it was, they helped me finish my journeys. When I was under pressure or sad, they brought me outside and walked with me. As they are far away from my eyes, it is easy to be indifferent in taking care of them. They are my left and right feet.
Magneto with Wolverine’s Skeleton
12″ x 18″ – Acrylic on Strathmore
This was a commissioned piece that gave me the opportunity to work on improving my anatomy and the ability to paint sense of a camera with depth of field. It was really tricky to keep track of what bone I was painting and what position it was in. Fortunately we have apps that we can use to focus on the different bones and muscles. I’m not sure how much of this knowledge I’ve retained but I ever do something like this again, we’ll find out!
Life Nude Painting
Coffee and marker on watercolor paper
Life painting is a good way to activate your brain and skill as you have to race with time and dig all the techniques you have in mind to make it happen with the tools you have on the spot while experimenting with new things. For this painting, I was unprepared. I only had some paper, a brush and a marker so I used the very bad Americano that I didn’t drink in the morning as my ink. From then on, I used the coffee ink every time I did life painting.
Ink pens, brush pens, pencils on sketchbook paper
I made this collage of all the sketches I made during my first ever Life Drawing session at Attic studios here in Bangkok. My idea was to give myself a test/challenge to use different mediums per page in my sketchbook, so you see pencils, brushpen, a new “manga” fountain pen I bought a week earlier, signature pen with ink wash and of course tech pens like the fineliner. I am looking forward to many more sessions to improve my understanding of anatomy. In my opinion, this is the best method to do so.
Our Upcoming Events
We would like to let you guys know about our weekly drawing hangouts where we get together ONLINE and draw together every Sunday afternoon (Thailand time GMT+7).
Join us at Attic studios on Sunday 2nd Jan 2022 for another life drawing session from 1 to 3pm (Bangkok time of course) to stay updated on more art events like this in Bangkok please consider becoming a member of our meetup group and you’ll get notified.
If you are not on Meetup, you can join us on our Facebook page under the Events section.