a Woman in Kimono

Juriko's blog has always bring on her unique illustration of mostly, desk and something similar, which is simple yet lovely in colors. I already followed her blog and her works are always gorgeous. And then several days ago, I noticed her post about Hooka's desk. She gave an invitation to send her any picture of desk, in this case, our own desk, to be illustrated by her. Well of course I'm so excited, so I email-ed her a photo my desk. Although my desk is a bit messy, I think it'll be exciting to see what she's going to capture the image on her illustration. But then I think, wouldn't it'll be more exciting if she challenge me back? Well we are both love to make drawings so we should challenge each other in order to get the excitement. And then after several emails, she accepted it! So that means, she also gave me challenge, to make a drawing of her portrait. We called it an "artwork-barter" (couldn't find another name for it lol).

This is very exciting, besides, she gave her portrait wearing a cute kimono (did I mentioned that she is a Japanese?)! Whoa..as a Japan-culture lover, I couldn't be more excited. She's gorgeous in the picture and her kimono is so colorful. So fun to draw! And here's the image I made for her:

A kimono-girl! I want to wear it someday. hee hee
I made it by my pencil drawing and a little photoshop in the finishing. And just now I've received a link from her on twitter, that she's already upload the image. (She's busy but she managed to finish her artwork in no time. Glad for it) And I Loooove it. It looks simple yet cute, and love the color and also the details! Well done, Juriko! And big thank you for the pics. Want to know what has she captured from my desk in her illustration? Go straight to her blog here:

Well again, if you want to exchange your artwork, give challenge to me so I could challenge you back, please don't hesitate to email me here. I'll be happy as long as I'm not busy working. :P



Get In Touch Again

Last two days, my friends and I had attended the 2nd International Seminar of Chemistry (ISC), held in our campus, at Aula Pusat Studi Bahasa Jepang (PSBJ) - Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia. The first seminar was held 4 years ago, while we were still student and didn't attend officially. Actually for this year, we also didn't have any plan to attend it at the first place, but since we had nothing to do (yeah, we're still categorized as jobless, because our job training hasn't started yet), and the seminar provided certificate, we decided to take a part as attendant.

The global theme for this year seminar was "Chemistry for the better future". We got guest lecturers from U.S.A, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, Germany, and the Netherlands, and of course Indonesia (our own lecturers, so nostalgic). It was kind of awkward having a lecture again after several months we didn't attend any class. And this time, it was international class. So of course, they used English. But even if they speak with the same language, English, yet they speak it differently. I mean, they got different accent and it was interesting to have everything performed in the same room. I honestly have to struggle to understand the talk, especially for the Australian - I mean, he talk so fast! After all am not a native speaker. lol.

And nah, I wouldn't talk about what was in the talk because it didn't fit with the theme of my blog, did it? I guess I'll talk a bit about this on my other blog. Once the Pikaland, an illustration website said that in order to improve our drawing skill, one way is to draw a person a day. And in the seminar we got a lot of interesting people, and also foreigner. So I didn't waste my chance to draw their sketch. Here are them:

Marked by the country flag:
The Netherlands: Dick B. Janssen : enzyme and biotechnology, a little organic chemistry
Australia: Robert P. Learmonth : biotechnology
U.S: Brian P. Coppola : chemistry education
Japan: Ikuo Fujii : biochemistry, immunology and bioinformatics (fit perfectly with my final project! How nostalgic)
Germany: Evamarie Hey-Hawkins : nanotechnology
Turkey: Ayhan Bozkurt : membranes and fuel cells

This universe is diverse, that's what I realize while seeing and drawing each speaker. But when we talk the same language, we could share and discuss like no borders. Well, here are some pics we got from the event:

First day of seminar was like pathetic, we were late so we seated in the second story. This photo is what exactly could be seen on the seminar. Fortunately, the second day, we have a good seat - and view. 
Goodie bag always bring happiness, especially for me. And the tote bag is quite cool.
The certificate. Someday we may need it.
A little pose before leaving the seminar room. From left to right: me, Jimmies, Dara, Ve, Dewi (she's also Dewi, but she's not me :P).
You know this may be a little weird, but attending this seminar - means get in touch with chemistry again - is made me like, I miss studying chemistry - especially biochemistry. And I miss attending classes, college, my lecturers, friends, and even the tests! I think, if someday I get a chance to enter college, for master degree, I won't decline it. Well it just a may be. :)


Twilight (no no, not that Vampire's drama)

Did you know that I'm a HUGE fan of Do As Infinity? It's a Japanese band with a vary genre ranged from pop to rocks, whose formed in 1999, and once disbanded in 2005 before they have re-grouped again in 2009. If you ever saw an anime titled "Inuyasha", then you must know the soundtrack entitled "Fukai Mori". The song belongs to Do As Infinity (DAI).

Good news is, they have released their newest single entitled "Tasogare" or "Twilight" in English translation, in November 16, 2011. I LOVE this single and couldn't help myself to not to play it over and over again. Even though I don't really understand the language (It's in Japanese and I once learned it in high school but still it doesn't very clear), I always love how it sounds, like the arrangement's, composition and so on (like I understand lol). So melodious and couldn't go away from my mind.

Here's the PV, released in October 26 in Japan:

And here's the lyrics (obtained from Jpopasia - permalink):

by Do As Infinity

Tasogare wa yume mo namida mo akaneiro ni somete
Ikutsu mo no kizu to itami wo kagayaki de iyasu yo

Naze nanno tameni umareta no ka
Toikakeru bokura wo
Azawarau you ni hokorashige ni hikari hanatsu

Kagerishi nokoribi no yamiyo ni kieru toki made
Dare ga tame terasu tame
Wagami wo moyashite ikitai to sakebu sora

Tasogare ni wakareshi tomo no omoide ga nijinde
Furusato no todokanu keshiki afurete wa ochite ku

Mada hate mo miezu boku no yukue
Tsuzuite yuku nodarou
Tada mune no oku de setsuna setsuna myakuutsu dake

Hakanaku oto mo naku yozora ni noma reyou to mo
Dare ga tame mamoru tame
Shuiro ni somarishi tenohira wo kazasu sora

Naze saigo no hi wo osoreru no ka
Imanaraba wakaru yo
Mada warau kimi to nagori oshimu mirai ga aru

Kagerishi nokoribi no yamiyo ni kieru toki made
Dare ga tame terasu tame
Wagami wo moyashite ikite

Hakanaku oto mo naku yozora ni noma reyou to mo
Dare ga tame mamoru tame
Shuiro ni somarishi tenohira wo kazasu sora

I haven't finished the translation yet but I guess it's about some kind of musing (like DAI always do in their lyrics). Tell me if you also like it. It'd be so great having the same musical taste. :)


Got You

Three days ago I watched "Red Riding Hood" and so much inspired to make a version of mine. So in this image, she finally found out who's the werewolf and ready for the battle.
Got You!


DIY Pinkat Bolsters

As rainy season has coming on his way... this freezing air is really something to me. All I want to do is just laying on my bed, get covered with my blanket and anything will do to get warm.

So this idea came to me, I made this bolsters to make myself even warmer. Actually I was inspired by an article written on Teal cat Project website, they promoted their cat dolls product and I felt like I could make one. But! I'm so sorry I didn't write the instruction in proper words so I just post the step-by-step images. Check these out, it's quite easy. :D
Supplies needed
The pattern
Cut the fabrics
Sew and hem the edge of fabrics, leave 10 cm opened on the back.
Sew the bow, fill it up.
Set the eyes, bow and nose.
Fill the doll up, sew the opened edge to close.
The sewing technique used: 1. The first one for the mustache, 2. the second one for the tracing before sewing with machine, 3. the last for finishing the open edge.
Let Pinkat embrace yourself in this brrrainy season! :D


Scary Doll

When I was a kid my mom used to buy me tons of dolls. I kinda like them at the moment, but as I grew up, I changed my mind. I think they are scary. I mean, look at the eyes! Okay, enough said. For IF submission this week, I drew this doll to represent that "scary" theme. And FYI, I'm not good at lighting, so this is the best I could do for now.