When you see chalk, it is natural to think of the dense notes on the blackboard of a classroom. Our new design center has a big chalkboard but it is not for taking notes. It is infinite creativity displayed by four chalk masters.
The main skill these four masters have in common is a superb hand-drawing ability. Let me introduce you to… The Chalk Masters.
Jason is our design research manager. Since I participated in the Zentangle class organized by Jason, I regularly practice penmanship in my free time. After interviewing Jason, I had some extreme emotions in my heart. I remember he told me that in the world of Zen painting, there is no right or wrong. Each stroke will bring a surprise. Jason has helped connect all the dots, teaching me how to understand Zen painting, while revealing a sort of truth to life.
(Jason studied Zen painting the previous year, learning a lot.)
(Jason is particular to detail.)
On our blackboard, Jason drew a pair of eye-catching zen wings. Many people were taking pictures before the draft was even finished. When the drawing was complete, it was a perfect photo opportunity for many of our coworkers.
Those who are familiar with the Asus Design Center website should be no stranger to Parks. With superb craftsmanship, including hand-drawing and model making, it seems there is nothing this man can’t overcome. Parks has always been passionate about creation. His dedication is always admired. Let’s see what he can turn out on this chalkboard.
(Whether it is hand-painted, a draft with his handwriting or even a model folded out of paper, it is always professional.)
Parks first drew a reindeer on the blackboard. He said that Christmas is coming, so of course, he wanted to draw a festive reindeer. The reindeer in Park’s style was so realistic and detailed, I had to ask Parks if he could draw my favorite animal. He said many people have made such requests, each has been declined one by one. What a pity.
Unexpectedly, a few days after Parks declined me, I found a new drawing on the wall. A Huskie. The drawing was dedicated to a colleague’s Husky that passed away. I remember when I visited Parks, I made the following note: “Parks is an adult in appearance, with a very warm heart; He is a big brother, with a deep sense of affection.” I revisited the interview I wrote a while back, and this impression remains.
(Parks starts drafting, drawing, and coloring with intent.)
Parks’s drawing style is very delicate, usually requiring a few days to complete a piece of work. Because of this long time, it is difficult to record the process. Luckily Parks captured his process in a timelapse format for all of us to enjoy.
(Just before Christmas, Parks added some festive clothing to the reindeer to make the design center’s atmosphere warmer.)
I remember visiting with Stan. The biggest impression I got from him was he didn’t talk much and was very focused when he wrote Western calligraphy.
(Stan demonstrates the beauty of Western calligraphy)
I invited Stan to check up on his chalk drawing, hoping to catch a glimpse of his top Western calligraphy technique. Stan wrote in Gothic: “Work Hard, Play Hard”. Although these four words are often heard, we all hope that we can achieve a balance between work and leisure so that we will not be tired. Maybe it is the state of the designer: we work hard, but when we can relax a little, we also know how to enjoy the present.
(Seeing Stan’s writing is therapeutic.)
(Stan records each step.)
Fuyu’s style is largely derived from her inner beauty.
Last year, I followed Fuyu to President Rong’s intensive care unit. Listening to her story of being a volunteer, and talking about the overflowing kindness and love, you could see in her eyes was very moving. When you look at a person’s drawings, you can get a glimpse of their inner world. With Fuyu’s drawings, you can see her heart is full of joy.
(Fuyu volunteer’s with friends during the weekend at Zong Rong’s intensive care unit. There she guides and teaches the children to paint.)
I was curious about Fuyu’s subject matter. Why did she choose it? What relevance did it have to her? I asked about it and she in her consistent voice she replied, “Why must there be a reason? Design needs reason; I just feel happy.” What Fuyu said was true. I was looking at a cute girl on the wall, and it brought a smile to my face.
(Fuyu’s drawings are cute and funny, just like her personality.)
I looked at the drawings completed by the four masters, each with different characteristics, but a wonderful sense of harmony. Thanks to everyone for bringing together such a great wall. We are looking forward to the next drawings!
(Each drawing was made by four different artists)
Individual Artist Interviews