Monday, 26 January 2015

Comifuro 5: Fangirls All Around

Ever since I came back from Germany, I never really attended any Japanese-esque/illustrious events...until last Saturday, when I went to Comic Frontier 5! Although at first I thought the event was Japanese central, it was actually more of an illustrious event but it's still quite laden with fanart and the like. This year my best friend Cindy was also one of the exhibitors. She sold her fanzine of the series Ace of Diamond. Despite my non-involvement in the fandom, I bought one anyway. Because, if her artwork alone isn't a reason, I don't know what is. I spent the day roaming around and visiting booths with Uli and Enggar, finding familiar faces among the crowd now and then - including some friends of my sister. The highlight of the day is definitely when I met Gracia, who turned out to be one of my reader/instagram follower. It's the first time I meet a reader beside my IRL friends! She seemed super excited to see me and asked to have a photo of us taken. I really adore her art style and she's such a sweet girl. I advise you to check her works out. Another highlight is when I meet one of my idols, Azisa Noor! She was also super sweet and I definitely fangirl'd all over her! Her works are heavenly. You should also check her out! It was overall quite nice to meet so many amazing talents and check out so many incredible artworks. You can see my loots here.

Asos dress (Sis's) // Strauss totebag // Gelugu Accessories necklace // Golddigga boots via Sportsdirect // H&M tights // photos of me by Enggar

When I was sorting out my closet and downsizing my wardrobe, I knew I didn't want to let go of these boots. First of all, they're so one-of-a-kind and Harajuku-esque. I love the built very much and I know they would cost a lot more than they did if I bought a new one. Before I knew I was going to Comic Frontier (Comifuro), I already knew I was going to include this pair in my next outfit post. But with the event, it was like perfect timing. It so fits the theme of the day. Enggar was definitely swooning over these boots. I was too, to be honest! Also, if you've watched this video of mine, you probably knew that this tote bag was actually a gift I bought for my sister. I absolutely adore the saying and it's so true for me! Plus, it's really cute and comic-like. Aside from the hat and the tote, and replace the boots and the tights with different pairs, this was the outfit I wore to see Firu off to the airport with his parents. I know, it was a long time ago - almost 4 months! - but I hadn't managed to immortalise the outfit until now.

P.S: Today's the blog's 3rd anniversary! Thank you all for staying with me thus far and hope you'll stick around for more ;)

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

#DRAWOUTSIDE: Ayodia Park Barito

Recently, I've been trying to get more and more inspired and draw more. In fact, for the majority of the month, all I want to do is stay home, station myself at my desk and draaaaw. So when I watched this video of Frannerd, where she went outside, drew whatever inspired her there and challenged us to do the same, I thought it was such a great idea. If I were being honest, I'd never done this before. I mean, sure, I've gone to coffee shops and drawn before but never anything that actually inspired me there, just stuff that I'd been meaning to draw anyway. This, I feel, is such an refreshing suggestion. In this day and age, people just tend to stay indoors and be boxed up by the same old idea that they have. Maybe this way you would appreciate the outside as much as you should and let yourself be inspired by the unfamiliar.

What inspires me the most, I think, is human interaction. So I decided to go to the park. Mostly, because I had never spent time there. In a metropolitan city, especially Jakarta, parks don't seem to get as hyped up as they should be. This one in particular was built around 7 years ago. It started out rather bald and scorching but now it's more laden with trees and breezy. When I went there, it was kind of early so there weren't many people around - which was both good and bad. When I took these photos, filmed the video, sketched while jamming to the tune in my ears and then had an outfit photoshoot, everyone downright stared at me. Uh huh, the perks of drawing outside, I'd say. What I noticed the most is, despite the park being bare of people, there were plenty of couples - even though it was clearly the morning on a weekday...

How did you like the video? Everyone I filmed seemed to be quite self-conscious and noticed right away that my camera was aimed at them. Maybe they were all having affairs... Well, just a thought. Anyway, you guys should do it too. You don't have to film the process or the place like Fran and I did but you can just draw outside, maybe take a picture of your sketch or of the process and tag us on your social media with the hashtag #drawoutside! It would be so much fun, trust me! Maybe, you know, make a day of it: ask your friends to come along and draw in a group. You can compare sketches and share inspirations. That would be quite a picnic! Here are my final sketches:

Please leave a link to your #drawoutside moment down below, if you join in on the fun too!

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