I know you’ve heard of him, he’s the lead singer in a Grammy nominated band called Incubus which has had 7 albums and gone multi platinum. He is Brandon Boyd. In the past he has produced 3 books: White Fluffy Clouds, From The Murks Of The Sultry Abyss and finally So The Echo. With a combination of ink, watercolors, and paintings, Boyd also manages to reveal more than just his art but his artistic intent, and his passion for the environment. Personal photographs, diary-like entries, and reflections, Boyd sorts out life in a way that makes you feel like he’s an extended friend you can’t wait to hear from. “So The Echo, which is taken from the proverb ‘as the call, so the echo.’ refers mostly to the Rorschach pigment-blotting technique (Boyd) himself employs.” The book goes on to get into the process and philosophies of his work which is pretty interesting (duh, how could it not be, the guy dates models, travels the world, surfs, and lives a rock star lifestyle).
At times his artistic style is illustrative and looks like the work of a tattoo artist in that his lines are clean and thick and simple and thin. The book is inspiring, eclectic, and reveals Boyd’s penchant for writing with poems and random thoughts.
All in all, each one of Boyd’s books is an inspiration toward life and art. There are reflective and familiar moments throughout the book which feel so authentic it almost feels intrusive. Buy, now! More than that, it’s a great addition to any collection of art books which by today’s standards is dwindling but shouldn’t be!
Update: As of March 2014, Boyd will be starring as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, an Andrew Loyd Webber traveling production with other stars such as Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols, and JC Chasez of N’Sync.
Special thanks to Jen From Art-Duet