With the daily grind of work taking a toll, it can sometimes be really draining, both mentally and physically, making it a challenge to feel creatively motivated and inspired.
That same week I happened to chance upon Chris Onesto's blog, a former my classmate of mine with whom I did a mini week-long project in Creative Strategies. Looking through his blog reminded me of our time in that class and how Frido taught us the various techniques to stay inspired and keep our creative spirit alive.
Feeling that burst of creative juice flowing, I did a quick 2hr vector and animation sketch after work, inspired by a fishing trip to Kelong Acheh in Malaysia a few years ago with some friends from school during our INSEAD MBA exchange. It wasn't my first time to a kelong and I always remember those trips to be uber relaxing with the constant sea breeze and absence of technological distractions.
Kelong (pronounced kay-longs) is a Malay word describing an offshore platform built predominantly with wood, built by fishermen in Southeast Asia as a fishing outpost to catch fish offshore.
Structurally, kelongs are often built without the need for nails, using rattan to bind tree trunks and wooden planks together. The decks of some kelongs have open spaces with nets that hang partially in the water, allowing for captured fish to be kept live until they are sold or cooked (pictured below).
Always nice to dig up old photos and feel inspired again. Till next time!