Apr 17, 2017

FAQ - Your Questions Answered!

This article will be gradually updated, if you have questions, just write it down below and I'll have it answered in this post.

How do you create your work?
  • I mix a bit of everything: Watercolor, gouache, pencil, brush pen, markers and photoshop.

Which university did you attend?
  • Universitas Indonesia - Communication (Advertising major)

How do you become an illustrator?

What equipment do you use?
  • Paints: Sakura Mat watercolors, Simbalion, Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors (Iridescent Bronze and Interference Silver), Acryla Gouache, Gansai Tambi (only a few colors from the pull out palettes)
  • Brush pen - Alcohol based: Copic Ciao, Copic Sketch
  • Brush pen - Water based: Marvy Artist’s Brush, Tombow ABT
  • Brush pen - Ink based: Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen, ZIG (Memory System)
  • Pencils: Faber-Castell 2B graphite pencil, Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer for colored pencils
  • Brush: LYRA (I mostly use the rounded brush between #3 - #5, the biggest one I own is the #12), Camlon Pro angled brush #4
  • Paper: Canson Aquarelle (blue cover) and Arches cold pressed for watercolor, Canson Marker (purple cover) for markers
  • Others: My Macbook Pro 13-inch, Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 for scanning my works and Canon EOS M10 for taking pictures of my work

Can I interview you for my blog or school/uni projects?
  • Feel free to drop me an email, I’ll try to do my best to answer. Please be moderate on the list of questions as a long list will take longer time to answer depending on my deadlines. 

Can you do custom designs for personals?
  • I’m sorry I can not at the moment

Do you teach private lessons?
  • Yes I do, private and small group (up to 5 people). Email me to ps.dinda@gmail.com for details

How can I have you in my events doing live illustrations?
  • Please email me to ps.dinda@gmail.com

Can you illustrate for my book?

  • Yes, if you already have a clear brief on how many and what kind of illustrations do you need. I don’t do page layout, illustrations ONLY.

Apr 15, 2017

Bits and Bobs

Yesterday I had my workshop at Hype market in Kemang Village. I didn't really teach how to draw technically. It was more to a sharing session with a bit of a challenge at the end. I talked about my experiences in creating the illustrations and designs for #88LOVELIFE, the creative process behind it, my collaboration with Diana, etc. The venue was rather noisy I must say, not really ideal for a sharing session because I had to talk loud so the participants can hear my voice heheh. It was a fun day after all! :)

Apr 14, 2017

#88LOVELIFE Illustration Workshop

Today I'll be having my illustration workshop at HYPE market in Kemang Village, Jakarta. This workshop is a part of #88LOVELIFE collaboration with Emina. The workshop is free of charge so the seats are full instantly. If you are around, do drop by and say hi! :)

April Life Update

14th of April, 2017.
I don’t know where to start!

Life has been rotating crazily fassssstttt (as many many many times I’ve said it in this blog). People say that adulthood is when dreams are killed. I don’t think dreams are killed at this adulthood stage. I think it’s the phase where I DO achieve the dreams I’ve been dreaming of for decades. On a side note, adults are super busy - and this is why we tend to forget our dreams. We simply are too busy to develop new dreams. I feel like talking about this adulthood and dreams in a different series of posts. Because I’m actually melancholy like that.

Now let me tell you a short story about my life in the past 3 months.
  1. Jan 22 - Got married to the man I’ve admired for 7 years
  2. Jan 23 - Flew to Bali for honeymoon. Stayed at a hotel in Seminyak (the room feels a bit creepy) and moved to La Camera a few days after (this La Camera stay is a gift from my hubby’s colleague)
  3. Jan 28 - Back to Jakarta, I stayed at my house, he stayed at his house. LOL. We needed to tidy up our rooms and stuffs.
  4. Jan 29 to Feb 8th - Stayed at an airbnb apartment near to my house.
  5. Feb 8th to Feb 16th - Stayed at my house because my mom is away for umrah. This is the phase where I learned how to be a good wife. Woke up earlier than my hubby, cooked meals for his lunch (this includes cooking the rice, 1 veggie dish, and 1 protein dish), then I proceeded to work on my deadlines. But if I have the laundry, I did it before I started working. Apparently I enjoyed this kind of new daily life a lot. Some of you might know that I love cooking, and to cook for my hubby was making me so happy!
  6. Feb 16th to Mar 16th - Moved to a private room in Akanaka residence in Kemang. It was niiiiiicceeeeeeeee. First, the property is top notch. I think the owner is an art enthusiast because not only that it has a really nice architecture design, but also is decorated with fine art home deco. And as it is located in Kemang, so I had a really nice daily routines while staying there. Walked to the gym and joined the morning class (my gym is also in Kemang, in a walking distance from Akanaka). Had nice breakfast or coffee by walking just a few hundred metres to Goni Coffee or Nalu Bowls. I would love to stay there again. And within this period, on March 9th 2017, Diana and I launched our very own #88LOVELIFE Vol. 03 - Priorities! We never thought that we would ever be launching a third book. But we did! Everything was too crazy on my side, when designing the book. The whole design finished just three days before my wedding. How crazy is that? More stories on this soon. 
  7. March 16th to 21st - Arrived in the chilly Tokyo and stayed in an airbnb near to Asakusa. The airbnb was really nice, the owner is very kind. They have this apartment in a resident area, which was quite easy to be found. The bed was really comfortable and I really like the way they decorate their space. I also did my first laundry using Japanese washing machine. I must say that Japanese made their life much easier. Even doing a laundry is automatically (from washing to drying), all you need to do is pressing a few buttons (not more than 3!). ALSO, it was the very first time I witnessed cherry blossoms in Japan!
  8. March 21st to 22nd - We stayed in a bus, LOL. We traveled from Tokyo to Kyoto by Willer Bus. This is the second time I took Willer Bus to travel within Japan. It is slightly cheaper than taking Shinkansen, but we can save more money from staying for one night in hotel or hostels or airbnb (you name it!). We always pick the over night trip, so we arrive at the destination early in the morning and ready to go sight seeing. I had a nice sleep in the bus because the seats are very comfortable, even more comfy than airplane seats!
  9. March 22nd to 24th - Stayed at Jiyu Jin guest house in Kyoto. It was a nice and homey guest house with the nicest staff - typical Japanese hospitality.
  10. March 24th to 27th - Osaka bound, stayed in another airbnb. This one is pretty luxury I must say, because the building has an elevator! Hahahaha. The room is very spacey, not as decorative as the Tokyo one, but just as comfy. The owner is really kind! 
  11. March 27th to 30th - Back in Jakarta late at night and went straight to Kemang, another airbnb (yes, another one) in Kemang. THIS IS THE BEST AIRBNB I’VE EVER STAYED Y’ALL. We booked for four days but stayed only three days unfortunately due to (sadly) high traffic jam and the fact that we needed to catch a morning flight to Singapore on the 31st. 
  12. March 30th to 31st - Stayed at my Mom’s for one night because the location is much closer to the high way, so we can easily catch the Uber to the airport. Our flight is very early, 6.10 AM in the morning. Flew to KL for a transit and landed in Singapore in the noon time.
  13. March 31st - April 2nd - We were in Singapore for Coldplay!! Can you believe it? I went to Coldplay’s concert in Singapore!! I’ve been longing to watch their concert for over a decade. I cried so hard when the concert started. It was too magical! (We stayed in a budget hotel near to the concert stadium btw)
  14. April 2nd until now - We are currently preparing to move to our own place, finally we are settling down. We rented a house near to my mom’s and mom in law’s. It’s an old house so there are a lot to be fixed and cleaning up takes a lot of time. But everything is 90% ready. We are planning to move in a week. Fingers crossing!
As you can see, there are a lot of movements (14!!) in the past three months. This is probably why I feel that January to March were just a few blinks. Too fast to catch up, we were living out of our suitcases. Originally this was my hubby’s idea to try staying in different places in the first few months after our wedding. I thought it was a cool idea so I said yes. My best friend already reminded me that I would find lots of drama along the way due to the non stop moving in and moving out. It’s so much fun to try different place to stay but it was really hard for me to draw, to paint, to do stuff with my art supplies. This non stop movement has left me with feelings of not creative enough to do creative things. I know this feeling is temporary, but I really need to brush these off my mind in order to be back on track and being productive. I must also finish moving to the new house soon, so I can work effectively and not having my mind being divided to lots of things (bzzzzzttttt). 

Another one, Diana is away in Switzerland. This is also pretty much affecting me, as she’s one of the not many people that I talk to every day :(

Ok ok let’s do this!

Feb 8, 2017

My Journey of Getting Better Skin at Surface Skin Habit

It started when me and Diana were in an activity with Cosmogirl! magazine with one of our #88LOVELIFE readers. We went to Surface Skin Habit for a facial treatment, call it a pampering day. I never had facial treatments before because I was simply scared and worried. My friends, who have more experiences in facial, always describe facial in clinics are painful. I thought there were no reason for me to try facial treatments, my home remedies were enough. My only facial problem was my acne prone skin. I didn’t know whether my skin is super sensitive or I had the wrong facial mask, but I used to have new acne every morning. It’s like I grew acne as I sleep. Terrible. 

Back to the pampering day with Diana and our reader, each of us had one treatment at Surface Skin Habit. I met the doctor and discussed about my skin condition before the treatments started. Honestly speaking, it was the first time I visited skin clinic and consulted with a doctor. I was so surprised that apparently I have a dry and dehydrated skin. It’s so dry and dehydrated that my skin produces more oil that it should, to keep it moist, but the dead skin and dirts block the oil from coming out off my pores and that’s where my acne problems were coming from. I thought I had the oily skin, so I used GlamGlow to suck all the oils and dirt off my face, and that is totally wrong. I should’ve used water based skin care products so it hydrates my skin, not the other way around. The doctor finally suggested me to try Hydradermabrasion with an additional pore extraction.

Long story short, I really like my first facial experience. So I instantly booked my 2nd appointment and met Inda, the girl from Surface Skin Habit. It was a few weeks after my engagement and she offered me to try their Glowing Bride package, because she knew that I had a wedding coming up. Basically this pre-wedding treatment package created to pamper the bride-to-be before the big day. The package includes the full face and body treatments that suits every brides' needs to get on their special day. As I really like the whole skin treatment series, I decided to get their Face package.

What is Hydradermabrasion? How does it feels?
Basically it’s a treatment targeting on various skin problems like hyperpigmentation, acne, and dehydrated skin. It combines diamond microdermabrasion with a serum that you can choose based on your skin condition. I think I have tried most of them, as a skin journey. Clarity for acne prone skin, hydrating, and brightening. 

The treatment starts with facial cleansing (that feels really good), followed by exfoliating the dead cells with a machine called EnDouceur. The exfoliation feels like a mini vacuum cleaner roaming around your face. One time my skin was irritated that it becomes very stiff and this process took off all the dead skin that caused the stiffness. Seeing the dead skin on the machine output is kind of satisfying. After the exfoliation, the serum comes on with a ‘roll on’ machine. Finished by applying sunscreen, my skin never felt smoother before. It’s so smooth and my face looks instantly brighter after one treatment. Not to forget that they infuse a short series of face, shoulder, and back massage throughout the entire treatment, they are partnering with Meiso, so the massage feels sooooo good. 

I’ve been recommending Surface Skin Habit to my friends and families, since the first day I visited their clinic because I’m so hooked to them. The clinic looks very chic, the tiles are lovely. Dominated by monochrome colors and a few touch of greens. My skin definitely has gotten better day by day. I no longer have that ridiculous acne problem, only one or two hormonal acnes which is normal. My dark acne scars are gone. Even though it’s not that smooth-perfect-porcelain skin, but I never love my skin as much as I do now. 

I totally recommend you to try facial treatments at Surface Skin Habit. They are located in Setiabudi One, across to St. Ali. A reservation is suggested before you come to their clinic.