This series by Kontorn Boonyanate combines statuesque anatomy with eerie abstract shapes. He tells us more about the inspiration behind his thesis project...
3dtotal: Hello, Kontorn, and thanks for talking to us. First off, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your career?
I am Kontorn Boonyanate (Dongk). I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Computer Art) from Rangsit University, Thailand. I'm interested in 3D sculpture and illustration, and am currently working at Igloo Studio as a modeler, where I've gained a knowledge of teamwork, organization, and most essentially, a sense of resolution.
The four Arising pieces depict birth. If you line them up, they form the shape of the cervical vertebrae
3dt: Your thesis project is very striking and impressive. Could you tell us more about the concept behind these sculpts?
My concept is that ‘nature creates imperfection to form perfection'. I am inspired by the backbone or the vertebral column, which is a core in every life. The backbone is a combination of various shapes of bones that, together, form the vertebral column. I use the partial shapes of the backbone to represent the stages of human growth, from birth to death. My whole work describes the circle of life.
3dt: What software did you use, and could you explain some of your workflow to us?
I begin by experimenting with the shapes of bones, sketching roughly; using partly the shape of a real backbone. I add the anatomy of humans into that shape. When I am satisfied with the sketch, I start modeling; I use the software I am proficient in, ZBrush, to do modeling quickly.
I use ZSpheres to create the shapes, and also use DynaMesh. After I am done modeling, I use the Decimation Master plug-in to reduce the number of polygons, and pass it on to rendering with KeyShot. Then I finish it with retouching and detailing in Photoshop.
Existing signifies growth. It's the shape of the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae
3dt: Finally, what are your big aspirations and inspirations? What keeps you going and improving with your work?
To improve my anatomy, I search for information on the internet and in various books. My favorite sculpture artists work with human anatomy. If any part captures my interest, I research that even more.
I am very interested in biology, so use it in my work in the form of digital sculptures. Most of my inspiration is based on my liking of biology – what I want to do now and in the future is keep going with this interest of mine.
Extinction signifies death, and is shaped like the sacrum and coccyx
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