Another pen and ink from 1998. This one did get used in the book, at least in the first edition. I’m not sure if it made to the later reprints.
A print of my Jakarta street drawing at 57 x 9 inches on its way to Feny in Portland. Thank you Feny.
This is a print of a long (83 x 12 inches) pen & ink drawing I made in 1998 for a book I wrote about Jakarta, but which was never used in the end. Drawn with a Rotring Isograph if you remember them. Great pens. If you’re into pens.
Terry Collins. For years, Terry was one of the tallest things you could find in Jakarta. I made this picture to celebrate his 30 years there. One morning, about a year later, I got an email saying Terry was dead. Then later still I heard they’d used this picture at his memorial service.
I miss Terry.
Drawing of some of my students at EEP in Jakarta, where I pretended to be an English teacher for five years. This one is drawn in ink, pencil, colour pencil, dry brush, charcoal and ballpoint pen.
Drawing of Blok M from a window at Hotel Falatehan. “It’s no oil painting” as my friend Ian would say. It really isn’t. It’s monumentally ugly but I still love it. I worked here for three years in the 90s, and my son was born here too.
If you’d like to hear how Blok M sounds, you can listen here.
The last time I saw Bapak Made, he was pretty far gone from his dementia. He was in tatters. We hung out for a couple of hours, and he sang songs to me: Balinese and Javanese folk songs, plus ‘Love Me Tender’.
A recording on Soundcloud: