Passion for detail
GROWING UP IN LONDON, Will Taylor had the advantage of being exposed to a lot of art museums and exhibitions that his parents took him to, allowing him to view and appreciate all the beautiful drawings and other interesting arts, which is where his interest in art began.
When asked how he first discovered his creative talent in art, Will said, “I’ve always been a phlegmatic and practical kid where I used to play with plasticines and did some drawings, which is how I came to know that I was quite good in the things I do…as early as seven years old.”
Will who mostly does pencil drawings and ceramics always strives to show people that by being observant and placing emphasis on detail, impressive arts can be developed, and that has been his way of producing most of his artistic material.
“Usually, I will begin producing my drawings by taking photographs, sometimes hundreds, of all the things that I see in my surroundings, and then I will enlarge the photos on my computer screen. By doing that, I can pick up all the tiny details, which might be a reflection of the animals’ eyes or shapes of their nose, which afterwards will be drawn on paper,” he said.
He is mostly drawn to nature, “It might be the shapes of the leaves, strange plants or anything as the product of me being a very observant person.”
When asked about his favorite places in Kuching where he normally draws inspiration from, he said that the Bako National Park and Matang Wildlife Center had a diverse flora and fauna that have inspired his work for about 10 years now.
Apart from that, he also gets inspiration from architecture and sculpture since most of his artwork also deals with various shapes and forms.
For Will, art is a therapeutic process for him as an artist.
“It feels like I am living in my comfort zone. It is a zone where most people, especially someone who does practical things like sportsmen, get into, and that’s where I feel that I belong.
“An artist, for me, is someone who really can provoke thoughts, imagination, and interests in whatever subject, also has a story behind every artwork to make it even more meaningful,” he said stressing that a good artist also need to do lots of reading and going out in search of an interesting subject for their artwork.
In terms of the technique he employs in his drawings, Will said that he does not really have any specific technique but focuses more on the details.
“When it comes to a more detailed artwork, especially when I have to draw fur, spots, dots, dashes, and shading here and there, it really is time consuming, and depending on the subject, sometimes it takes up to three hours for one piece of artwork (pencil drawing).”
Currently, Will does not have his own art gallery, but up to now, he has been working with various organisations in several art exhibitions around Kuching.
“I have been collaborating with some local artists as well as those from the Sarawak Artists Society and have participating with their art exhibition.”
Apart from that, Will has also exhibited his artwork at the Bintulu Rainforest in Art & Photography Exhibition held in Bintulu in 2009 and several in Miri and Kuching.
In his free time, Will loves to do nature activities including jungle trekking and mountain climbing and has climbed Mount Kinabalu in Sabah in his search for new and interesting subjects.
“I can say that among my proudest achievements is when I discovered new species of animals and plants that I had never seen my entire life.”
When asked about his current involvement with the Orangutan Project, a conservation company offering alternative solutions and sustainable funding opportunities for the endangered wildlife on Borneo, Will said that he feels really privileged and happy to being part of it.
“I have known and made friends with the people behind this Orangutan Project and I am really happy that I can become a part of this exhibition as I can somehow contribute to the good cause, apart from showing my artworks to the public here,” he said referring to the photography and art exhibition being held at Monkee Bar on November 22.
“In five to ten years’ time, I want to continue doing what I am currently doing now, but maybe have the chance for my artwork to be commissioned here in Kuching as well as around the world.
“As for now, I am also focusing on my drawing of family portraits, since this is considered my new interest among my masterpieces,” he added.
His advice to those who might be interested in becoming an artist like him in the future is to always be observant and be inspired by their surroundings.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As an artist, it is really important to be very observant. If you walk down the street, by looking around, you will see lots of interesting things. Usually that is the start of becoming an artist.
“Do enjoy art, be inspired, and have a strong will to always create and make something beautiful through your inspirations from observation.”