I once shared with a successful artist and friend that I wanted to explore art. He said to draw everyday. With a little resistance I started to doodle in my sketchbook. Before I knew it I was doing 6 and 12 foot drawings. Like most of my art I find drawing therapeutic and and almost meditative. I don’t have a deep meaning or reason why I draw these shapes, they seem to come out and almost draw themselves. When I let go I find I can draw for hours. I listen to music or sometimes play a documentary in the background. I find I learn better when I’m drawing. This is one of the most simple mediums but can still carry so much impact once framed and carefully hung on a welcoming wall.
When I was a young boy I used to do graffiti which back in the day did not necessarily mean you got to spray paint every day but more likely hold a pen and draw on whatever was in front of you: school books, back of your mum’s shopping list, your desks, you know, really ordinary things. Shopping in stationary shops for coloured pens and markers was the order of the day. With the encouragement of my mum, who used to buy me pens and spray cans and say “I saw your tag on the train today”, I would spend hours writing my tag ‘Creator’ over and over or trying to copy the outline of letters of my favourite graf artists. Eventually I got in trouble at school for it and caught by the police and was grounded for a month by my foster parents. This chapter suppressed my artistic side so I jumped ship and into a small boat paddling in the competitive stream of graphic design. Only one problem, I did not like computers, found them too limited and impersonal. Designer Swifty showed me the computer ways but boy it’s nice to return to something hand made and something that comes naturally to me. Like us all in different ways, I’m a creator!