Hi, I’m Derrick! I’m an Australian artist and lover of travel. StickyMangoRice is my art project where I bring it all together, exploring the places I’ve been and places I want to go by recreating it in original artworks.
From studying buildings and landscapes, diving into fun cultural tidbits, exploring delicious foods, and recounting past adventures, art is a great way to celebrate travel. Whether I’m sitting at a canalside cafe in Amsterdam, lounging in a hammock in Langkawi, or scribbling in my sketchbook at home in Melbourne, I’ve always got travel on my mind.
There’s no better way to appreciate and discover a destination than by drawing all the colours, shadows, faces and details of a scene from one’s travels.
One morning, sitting for breakfast in Laos, breakfast arrived on our table, a sweet dish of sticky mango rice. It was gluey rice, cooked with coconut and sweetened with sugar, served in a small bowl with sliced mango.
It represented everything that I love about travel – it was colourful, it was vibrant, it invoked a sense of lightness, fun and vitality (and let’s not forget that food is one of the best things about travelling)!
Why do your old posts have photographs?
You’ll see my old photography in my early posts, from an era of humble beginnings before I switched my blog into an illustrated style. As the site grows I hope to one day convert them all to sketches.
Highlights from travelling
My biggest and most ambitious journey was in 2012, which was also the genesis for this site. I took 14 months off work to travel all around the world; starting in Australia, covering South-East Asia, Europe, a long stay in Montreal, Costa Rica and the USA.
I’ve also done an incredible road trip through 7 African countries in a 4×4, sketched crowds of Japanese businessmen in Tokyo, toured Iceland in a beat-up little Toyota, hiked through the Sri Lankan jungle to find a beautiful train bridge, and much more!