I sat on an eleven-hour flight and watched four films to get to this sliver of land that is the Isthmus of Panama. I have yet to start the project I came here for, to sit on a boat and record, capture, and otherwise make scientific research engaging for a visual-content hungry audience. Yet I have started working, in my own way.
On Saturday I was waiting for a friend's boyfriend to finish playing a little bit of community baseball. Not the most engaging of sports but, hey, people enjoy it. So I stood there, behind a cyclone fence that could do with some fixing but still works well enough, with the clamour of a crowd out for (sporting) blood; in my hand I had my sketchbook and my trusted Staedtler 2mm lead holder. I had never drawn baseball, and the only sporting events I've ever covered... well, the drawings look more like friends hanging out than anything else. Event illustration is something I want to get into, especially sporting events. Drawing and representing team efforts and the spirit of sport in a completely different way, or at least a way unique to the very situation. And there I was, drawing overweight middle-aged men playing alongside younger players who could count the times they've shaved with their fingers.
Everything around us is of interest, I've learned. And I am happy this visit will not only allow me to draw science on the field but these little encounters.
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