Friday, April 3, 2020


Genap setahun lalu acara kumpul bareng sketser dari Indonesia dan beberapa negara di Bali
dalam acara 101 travel sketch, namun baru hari ini saya upload hasil sketsa saya..
Sudah lama sekali tidak upload sketsa, dan rindu ingin nyeket kembali..

spidol hitam, tinta & gouche putih diatas kertas merang 32x 48 cm

spidol hitam, tinta & gouche putih diatas kertas merang 32x 48 cm

spidol hitam, tinta & gouche putih diatas kertas merang 32x 48 cm

spidol hitam, tinta & gouche putih diatas kertas merang 32x 48 cm

spidol hitam, tinta & gouche putih diatas kertas merang 32x 48 cm

spidol hitam, tinta & gouche putih diatas kertas merang 32x 48 cm

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Traditional Market Sketching: Pasar Jombang, Tangerang Selatan

An outer side of Pasar Jombang, Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia
Since I first doing urban sketching, about 9-10 years ago, I always wanted to find something unique and special, to be Indonesia's truly trade mark besides the popular Balinese paddy field scenes, or the typical huge temples in Java of the images of people dancing in traditional outfits that are already so popular and becoming Indonesia's images. I find that my country is developing itself to mimic the other more "advanced" countries of the world. So I decided to go to the traditional markets in my country to start documenting their contents and share the stories through my reportage sketches. I do this because I feel, only in traditional markets, Indonesians (in the form of the many races and mixes in languages, appearances and characteristics) show their true colors. I can forget about the smell, the messiness or even the dampness of a traditional market when I spend some time in there, sketching and socializing.
It's located in Tangerang Selatan, West Java near a rural area called Bintaro. My daughter happens to go to school near this marketplace. So, I'd drop my daughter at school in the morning and come here to sketch for 1-2 hours. It's quite a packed wet market with very few spots to use as a sketching spot. The sketch on the left is drawn at a small coffee/instant noodle stand inside the market. I usually sketch from where I can sit without being bugged (except from mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches and so on .... they live in the market, so practically it's their home) by people.
Two ladies are having conversation while fixing their products,  tropical fruits.
Not far from the coffee stall, sat this skinny old man selling cured/smoked seafood (mostly fish). His stall was just small, but because he was so close to where I sat and he seemed to be oblivious about my presence, I decided to draw him. I don't know whether it was the time of the day where it's slow after rush hour of else, he was just not too popular, I didn't see enough buyers stop by and buy his products. Still he was calm, squatting against the stall behind him and smokes away. The other sketch to the right, was the view further down from where the old man sat. Aftter finish the line drawing of this sketch, I decided to call it a day and goes back home.

A couple days later, I came back to the store and went to the back side of the market where I found many female merchants selling all kinds of fish. This was the first time I saw that more women than men selling fish. I spent about one hour this time and decided to go pick up my daughter and go home.
While waiting for my ride to come by, I spent some time to draw a small house/stall nearby the market. The store's name is rather unique and doesn't have any connection whatsoever with the the products that  they sell. 
It takes me only 5 minutes to get to this great traditional market. I hope next time I can arrange to have a sketch gathering there with my sketcher friends.

#pesonapasartradisional #jakarta #indonesia #urbansketchers #indonesiasketchers

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pekerja Anyam

Furniture adalah salah satu komoditi andalan Propinsi Jawa Tengah. Furniture kayu jati, mahoni, mangga dan jenis kayu lainnya banyak diproduksi di samping furnitur anyaman berbahan rotan alam maupun rotan sintetik dan loom sintetik.

Kali ini saya menyempatkan sedikit waktu untuk menggambar beberapa pekerja anyam sedang membuat kursi dan day bed di sebuah kawasan industri di daerah Semarang Barat.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Brown Canyon Semarang

Brown canyon di daerah Rowosari Semarang sebetulnya bukanlah canyon , sebuah fake canyon pastinya. Sesungguhnya adalah sebual tempat galian tanah tipe C. Tetapi karena luas dan besarnya jumlah tanah yang diambil dan  telah merubah pemandangan di sana dengan sangat dramatis.
Kali ini saya unggah dua sketsa saya berformat panorama yang saya buat beberapa waktu yang lalu.

Gambar dari sisi timur.

Dua lembar jadi satu. Gambar dari sisi barat.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017



350 years ago, two feuding European countries decided to end their quarrels by exchanging some of their assets to each other. One wanted to monopolize the spice trade, the other saw potentials on the asset offered to them. Those two "assets" underwent totally different stories as one became one of the most famous cities of the world while the other virtually became unknown. Manhattan island was named Nieuw Amsterdam when it was a part of the Dutch colony while Rhun island was one of the most productive islands that produce the tasty, aromatic, multi functioned spice named Nutmeg. That time, Nutmeg,  priced more than gold, grew exclusively on Molucca archipelago in East Indies (before it becomes Indonesia in the 1900s) in which Rhun island was the only island that the Dutch couldn't monopolize because the British were there to defend it. Enter the Treaty of Breda, 1667.

In commemorating the swapping of the 2 islands through the treaty, Urban Sketchers Indonesia and NYC Urban Sketchers decided to have a one of a kind sketchcrawl event. The sketchcrawl included 3 different main locations: Jakarta, Maluku (Molucca) and New York. Sketchers in Jakarta decided to sketch historical items that relate to the history at the National Museum, Jakarta. Sketchers in Maluku sketched in Ambon City (capital of Maluku province), Banda Neira (the main island in the Banda Sea) and at the Rhun Island. The New York City Urban Sketchers chose to celebrate the occasion on the Dyckman Farm House, on of the oldest Dutch remains in New York. On the decided day of 21st of October, 2017, the sketchcrawl commenced with approximately 70 sketchers from the 4 locations participated. They uploaded their works on all social media under one main hashtag: #TreatyOfBredaSketchcrawl. (Facebook Page: Treaty of Breda Sketchcrawl, Instagram: #TreatyOfBredaSketchcrawl)

On the finale of the event, USk Indonesia (combination of Indonesia's Sketchers and Maluku Sketchwalk) swaps the sketches with NYC Urban Sketchers made during the sketchcrawls through mail. They hope that the sketches will be the testament of the re-connecting the history of the two islands and the new relationship built through sketches.

USK Indonesia: Jakarta team at the National Museum

Maluku Sketchwalk in Ambon City, Maluku

Maluku Sketchwalk in Amsterdam Fort, Ambon City, Maluku

Maluku Sketchwalk in Banda Neira, Banda Island, Maluku
Maluku Sketchwalk in Rhun Island, Maluku (Photo Credit: Embong Salampessy from Antara Photo)
NYC Urban Sketchers at the Dyckman Farm House, New York
Ms. Susi Pudjiastuti with the sketchers at Rhun Island (Photo Credit: Antara Photo)

We thanked Mark Leibowitz, Leslie Sim G and team from NYC Urban Sketchers, Jerry Pattinama, Resa Tuasikal, Embong Salampessy and team from Maluku Sketchwalk, Yanuar Ikhsan, Anto Motulz, Tio, Yoso Bayudono and team from Urban Sketchers Indonesia for making this event possible. Last but not least, we also thanked Indonesia Minister of Maritime Affair and Fishery, Ms. Susi Pudjiastuti and US Ambassador for Indonesia, Joseph Donovan Jr. for showing their support by attending the sketchcrawl event in Rhun Island.

For more information on the Treaty of Breda check this link below:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

at Surya Kancana Street, Bogor

Cap Go Meh literally means the 15th evening (after the Chinese New Year), celebrated by Chinese people all over the world with various kinds of festivities. In Bogor, West Java, it's celebrated in a form of a people parade by all communities from neighboring cities and regions, religions and ethnics, not only by the Chinese communities.
I took off from Jakarta in a rainy morning with a hope to catch this annual festival from the beginning (temple ritual for the gods and goddesses) towards the actual parade. We arrived before noon and Bogor was packed, rainy and busy already. My daughter and I tried to get inside Vihara Dhanagun (also called Hok Tek Bio temple) where the main activity took place every year and it was almost impossible to get in. The smell of incense was all over the place. Organizers, photographers, and spectators were packing the temple's hall and yard. Hardly any place to stand and sketch.
Traffic jam and people from all over Bogor city poured into Surya Kancana Street to see the parade.

Inside the Dhanagun Vihara as the center of the Cap Go Meh celebration was packed.
The celebration inside the temple (Photo credit: Iqbal Amirdha)

I had intended to meet my fellow sketchers from Bogor, Iqbal Amirdha, Kiki Priyosejati and Ersta Andantino who already settled inside the temple for good sketching spot but it was too packed and hectic to make it  to their spots that I decided to sketch somewhere safe and less chaotic.

While waiting for the activity to start, I sketched the commotion from the front gate of the vihara. People stood by to wait in the rain. Some carried umbrellas or raincoat, the others just didn't care even if they got drenched.

Inside the hall where the statues of gods and goddesses were stored, people were busy decorating and waving flags. Some visitors came to pay respect to the gods and goddesses here.

The Drummers (right side) by Kiki Priyosejati. The drums inside the hall can be heard all the way to the streets and usually symbolize what kind of activity or ritual that was going on.

Inside the vihara sketch by Iqbal Amirdha captured the sense of excitement.

As the religious activity took place, parade participants were already standing by at the hall and by Padjajaran street. Waiting for their turn to walk.

Kiki Priyosejati's quick sketch of the gate from the Surya Kancana street.

Bogor city Sketchers: Ersta Andantino, Iqbal Amirdha and Kiki Priyosejati. Reporting live, from Cap Go Meh festival.

By afternoon time, it seemed the parade is delayed until evening time. So I decided to head home before getting trapped inside the heavy traffic jam in Bogor city that day. After apologizing to my Bogor Sketchers friends via Whatsapp Application, we walked back to where we parked and safely drove back to Jakarta.
May next year I can come back again and sketched a bit more. Special thanks to my Bogor Sketchers friends who stood by waiting for me although we didn't meet in person. I just admire their spirit to capture the scene through their sketches! 

The rain was still pouring as we exited Bogor through the highway. 

For more information about Hok Tek Bio?Dhanagun temple, please check out this
Here's a nice article about Cap Go Meh:
Also view: Facebook page of Bogor Sketchers, Indonesia's Sketchers for more sketches of Cap Go Meh celebration in Indonesia.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Galian Tanah

Galian tanah di daerah Rowosari Semarang, lebih dikenal dengan nama brown canyon walaupun secara geografi susunan tanah yang menjulang bukanlah canyon. Bentuk menara dan susunan tanah yang terlihat telanjang memang nampak seperti canyon dan inilah yang menarik sehingga banyak warga sekarang datang melihat pemandangan yang menarik di sini. Pemandangan yang menarik ini adalah hasil kerja keras alat alat berat.

Hari Minggu kemaren (20/11/2016) saya datang kesana lagi, kali ini karena ajakan dari teman sketcher Rudi Hartanto , dia adalah kontibutor di blog utama USk.

Kali ini saya menggambar dari sisi lain daripada sketsa saya sebelumnya di wilayah ini.

Lokasi penggalian tanah.
A massive land excavation site.

Pemandangan dari tempat saya menggambar.
A view from the spot I choose for sketching.