I did these sketches while on holiday in South Africa on my first real vacation in four years after setting up NetProspex. I'd always liked sketching and drawing as a kid. When I returned to Boston, I decided to pursue the visual further & incorporate it into the company website. My theory was there were more than enough CEOs pumping words into the blogosphere & I could achieve more differentiation for the company by concentrating on visual communication and story-telling of how our brand benefited customers.
Ink sketch of Fugitive's Drift in South Africa close to the Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift [depicted in the movie Zulu with Michael Caine]. We were held spellbound by the re-telling of the battle, keeping warm with blankets as dusk fell on a cold evening.
Ink sketch from LaRose B&B, looking out over the Bo'Kaap district of Capetown. With calls to prayer audible from 4 mosques, it was some experience sitting up there in the morning & evening.
Ink sketch of the old cape-dutch farmhouse at Gorah Elephant Camp near Port Elizabeth.
When friend & neighbor Kata Hull explained her "Art as Process" class at the MFA School in Boston, I signed up & spent 12 weeks learning that:
Technical ability is not a constraint - try drawing with your other hand & what it lacks in accuracy may be made up for with accidents more free & interesting.
Work with completely unfamilar media - to further break technical constraints [you don't know any constraints in a new medium!].
How you feel about a piece changes over time. There is no right or wrong with art -- it just is.
Keep a day book -- doodle, sketch or even smush food into the page each day to exercise that creative muscle.
Left: Chalk sketch on tar paper with left hand. The accidents & lack of control produce a more interesting result than the right hand [which tends to be trapped in being more precise].
Middle: Making a clay bust of someone who meant a lot to you. I chose my friend Paul when he was about 16. My fingers just seemed to feel what to do.
Right: Paul as I see him today. Clay on paper [re-used from the bust].
Art school day book.
Left: my day book also serves as my business notebook.
Middle: spines from a rainforest tree while on holiday in Peru.
Right: also Peru, riding for 8 hours in a bumpy van, all I could do in the day book was to smush some "Lipstick Tree" seeds into the pages & scribble with colored pencils.
Blue Buddha stencils:
Blue Buddha stickers around the world...
Post-it note sketches:
Miss Monday at Wally's Jazz Cafe, Boston: Japaness brush pen on Post-it notes
Kabir Sen and The Rag Tag Fugitive Fleet at the Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
Making the sausage - pink volcano street art
Bored with this dirt heap from eternal roadworks on MA Route 128 [left], we decorated the mound as a pink volcano under the instruction of installation artist Christina Zwart. Christina's initial tests went well [middle], but I bought the wrong plaster at the store for the final effort [right with Ian Condry]. It was more of a spray of gloopy frosting than the initial concept. Lesson learned. Oops -- sorry Xtina!