Hi guys! I am a Mexican-American painter and printmaker and I have been living in Chiang Mai for the past 7 years. I am currently an art professor at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna. I'm married to a fantastic baker (Pam, she's Thai) and we split our time between our home near San Khamphaeng and Jed Yod, in downtown Chiang Mai as I teach at the University there.
The purpose of this group is to facilitate the organization of figure drawing meet ups and other activities that have to do with drawing, specifically the nude human figure. Sometimes we'll have simple meet ups where we will all draw with no instruction and sometimes there will be some classes offered for those interested.
I look forward to meeting you and building a community of lovers of drawing in Chiangmai.
If you are enjoying the meetups I organize and want to help offset some of the costs of running this meetup (including the $70 USD per year that it costs to have this meetup group) you can buy me a coffee with: https://ko-fi.com/nicolasluna
Thanks so much!
Why draw the human nude?
by Nicolas Luna
Artist and Teacher
Many people, especially in Thailand, might ask, "why should we draw the human nude?" "Isn't it the same as drawing some other object, and maybe even a little bit perverted?" My answer to both questions is "Not at all."
However, before I can explain why it is important for every curious soul to draw the human nude, I would like to first explain why I think drawing is a skill which we should all learn: 1. To learn to draw is to learn to see clearly the world around us. This in turn helps us understand our world even more. As Peter Steinhart so clearly put it, "A drawing is a picture of our understanding. As most understandings are flawed, most drawings are flawed. One draws chiefly to advance one's understanding". 2. Humans are the most complicated and difficult part of nature to draw because we know humans so well. We are constantly sorrounded by them, and because of the way the human brain works, what we "know" best is hardest to see (and therefore to draw) most truthfully.
I believe humans are the most complicated object to draw, not just because we have such deeply held beliefs about how we and others should look, but because we are entire landscapes, all in one body. If we can master the drawing of a human, then any other object we draw will be easy.
But why must we draw nude humans, you may ask: Because clothing is a social marker and without clothes we are all equal. There is magic in looking deeply at a nude human. There is connection and there is truth. When we draw a nude human we draw their humanity, not what they may call themselves or what their social rank may be, but their most basic humanity. We draw to learn more about their humanity, our shared humanity. To draw, thus, is an act of peace. And nowadays, we need peace and understanding more than ever.