Tuesday, August 18, 2015

#RI70 celebration and #citgwe

Independence Day Mix Special

This year's Independence Day celebration was a different one for me. Indonesia turned #RI70 this year. Instead of going on a recreational activity with my family, I prioritized in attending a flag ceremony at the church instead. Of course there would always be fun celebrations take place after the formal ceremony finished but my priority was the flag ceremony.

What I didn't know is that the semi-formal ceremony is much faster than the regular flag ceremony I used to attend when I was in school. SO Instead of trying to draw the whole scene, I ended up drawing segments and action clips on a sketch spread.

After the flag ceremony, the event continued to fun community activities and I again only drew a part of it because suddenly I was asked to help with the activities.


After the event ended we went to my mother in law's house to celebrate a #Chinesetradition called "Cit Gwe". It's like a praying time to our respected ancestors on the 7th month after Chinese New Year for the heavens' doors are all open during this special time--supposedly good time to do the offerings n prayers. SO when we got there, I found this "funky" (hope this term is acceptable) table arrangement awaited at the living room. Oh well ... what could a sketcher do but to document the whole thing, righhtt?? Happy Citgwe everybody! 

This table is full of food and symbolic means. I wrote some of them here but a lot more text will be needed to explain  this particular occasion completely. Maybe someday I'll write more about it.



So, yup, this year's #IndependenceDay celebration is a funky mix alright.

MERDEKA !!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Panoramic sketches

Been very busy lately, I missed some sketching sessions with the community. I was lucky to have time on the weekends and managed to make some sketches. And here are the two of them. One was done on the Chinese town where I can seat down on my folding stool to do a panoramic wide angle view over the old houses lined in the small street there.

On the other weekend I did another panoramic sketch in Simpang 5 square. Both were on loose paper.

Old houses in Petudungan street, Semarang, Java.
Loose paper with a fountain pen.

Simpang Lima Semarang.
Loose paper with  brush pen and water colour.

Please watch the VIDEO here and alsoVIDEO TOO here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Bangunan Baru di Semarang

Wajah kota Semarang berubah dengan cepat ... ada banyak bangunan baru, yang sudah dan sedang dibangun di Semarang. Ada Warhol yang hampir rampung, ada LavayetteTentrem, Candiland, Sentraland, Setos / Mutiara Garden ...
Seperti yang nampak di latar belakang yaitu apartement The Pinnacle yang sedang berada dalam pengerjaan konstruksinya ... Bangunan ini berada di Jl. Pandanaran Semarang, seperti tampak dalam sketsa ini. Di latar depan dengan warna biru adalah Menara Suara Merdeka, sebuah Media Group di Jawa Tengah.

Jl. Pandanaran Semarang dengan dua bangunan baru, Menara Suara Merdeka yang sudah digunakan dan The Pinnacle yang sedang dalam pengerjaan. Jalan ini banyak dipenuhi dengan toko oleh oleh makanan seperti Wingko, Lunpia dan Bandeng Presto serta macam makanan lainnya.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

INDONESIA'S SKETCHERS FIRST NATIONAL EXHIBITION


We are proud and ecstatic to announce that we finally have a national exhibition. Featuring more than 30 active sketchers from 6 big cities in Indonesia (Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta and Medan), we hunted the Kingdom of Netherlands legacy and heritage in our cities to produce this exhibition. We are fully supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy and Cultural Division, the Erasmus Huis and is given from April 2nd to 30th 2015 to showcase our works in their savvy gallery.
We will conduct some workshops and sharing session with friends and anybody who's interested in the art of live sketching during the exhibition period (details will be announced.) It is a great honor to get this opportunity and we're looking forward to work together with them again.

Below is Indonesia's Sketchers exhibition's synopsis:

In commemorating its 200th anniversary as a monarchy country, the Kingdom of Netherlands attempts to retrace its legacy and heritage on the land of Indonesia. The record of this legacy and heritage are witnessed and recorded by the Indonesia’s live sketching community called Indonesia’s Sketchers. Through six major cities of Java island; Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Semarang, Yogyakarta and Surabaya, and also Medan, in the island of Sumatra, all sketchers hunted back the long record of Indonesia’s history from the buildings of Netherland’s legacy in the cities that they live in by approaching the object of history and its environment. The Indonesia’s Sketchers collaborates with Erasmus Huis, as the main force in the Kingdom of Netherland’s cultural campaigner in this country, presents a sketch exhibition by offering a nostalgia of the past, a historical bound of Indonesia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands through an architectural magnificence live recording activity in ink, watercolor and other medias in a present day context. 

We dedicate this exhibition to Indonesia's Sketchers big family in more than 12 cities and villages all over the country. This is only the beginning.

#indonesiasketchers #urbansketchers #urban #indonesia #jakarta #bandung #bogor #semarang #jogjakarta #surabaya #watercolor #inkdrawing


 


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Truck dengan kontainer 40 ft

Truck dengan kontainer 40 feet di Kawasan Industri Wijaya Kusuma Semarang.
Kawasan Industri ini berada di Semarang barat arah kota Kendal. Dalam 10 tahun terakhir kawasan ini berkembang pesat dengan banyaknya pabrik dan gudang baru dibangun. Kalau pagi pun tenaga kerja yang masuk ke kawasan industri ini begitu sesak, karena ases jalan yang sempit, walau sebetulnya ada 3 jalan menuju ke sana.
Kegiatan bongkar muat tentu saja ramai, seperti yang saya rekam ini. Sebuah truck dengan kontainer ukuran 40 feet sedang menunggu untuk di isi dengan furniture kayu untuk dikirim ke Eropa.

Water colour pad ukuran A4 - Line & wash.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Diskusi Membongkar Mitos Keperawanan POLRI



Peserta bertanya pada Kombes Polwan Sri
Diskusi Membongkar Mitos Keperawanan di Bakoel Coffee, Cikini, Jakarta Pusat, 16.00-18.00. Diskusi diadakan Bi-monthly Thematic Discussion (BITES). Pada diskusi ini, Kombes Polisi Sri Rumiati, dr. Ramona, Andreas Harsono, Firliana Purwanti hadir dan bicara. Diskusi ini bagian dari mempersoalkan tes keperawanan yang terjadi di institusi POLRI.

Saya hadir dan bikin beberapa sketsa. Berikut 3 dari sekian sketsa selama diskusi.

Yang menarik, Polwan Sri beri testimoni dan pengalaman bagaimana pada tahun 1984, saat ia kena wajib militer dan harus ikuti tes dua jari. Ia lalu berdinas sebagai Polisi Wanita. Sri bilang, yang penting calon polwan harus baik stamina dan mentalnya, bukan keperawanannya. Karena dia harus menolong orang tanpa pamrih. Selama ini polwan hanya dianggap mampu mengerjakan pekerjaan kantor dan tugas di luar kantor hanya dilakukan polisi laki-laki. Patriarkhis, lanjutnya. Padahal, ia pengin polwan ditugaskan misalnya di daerah konflik sebab banyak korban perempuan dan anak. Polwan Sri satu-satunya polwan yang ditugaskan di daerah konflik (Aceh). "Mungkin karena saya terlalu vokal, dan "dibuang," padahal kita tidak pernah tahu juga kapan dan dimana kematian akan datang, kan, " ceritanya.

Sebab Polwan Sri datang hadiri diskusi ini, ada utusan mabes Polri memantau. Seorang Jenderal do mabes Polri keberatan ada anggotanya bicara tes keperawanan.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Urban Sketching Handbook

Jika kita suka menggambar, melukis, membuat sketsa ... maka kita suka membeli alat alat gambar. Namun alat gambar saja rasanya tidak cukup, saya memerlukan buku disamping browsing internet menikmati sketsa & lukisan dan juga sekaligus belajar serta menambah wawasan. Minggu ini saya membeli satu buku yang sangat menarik yaitu The Urban Sketching Handbook - Architecture and cityscape Tips and Techniques for Drawing on Location karangan Gabriel Campanario.

The Urban Sketching Handbook, di toko Buku Gramedia

The Urban Sketching Handbook, diantara buku says yang lain.