Away!

You probably won’t hear from me for the next week or 2, because I’m going on holiday to Bali with Sunaree. I’ve been very much looking forward to this and have been busy planning when I haven’t been working. Very exciting! See you when I get back… I promise there will be some pictures finally. Cheers!

Where to start?

My new column’s up on ArtsHub (I’ve had a monthly column there since the start of the year). The only reason I haven’t mentioned this before is that it’s a subscription site, so unless you’re a member, it’ll just be a tease. This one’s about Indonesian street art, which I’m sure I mentioned while I was in Jogja.

http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news.asp?sId=171320&ref=#

Things are going pretty well here. Work is chugging along with the usual highs and frustrations. I’m still enjoying the new accommodation and new company there.

The weather this week has been pretty nuts. Basically every night this week it’s poured with rain at about 6 or 7pm for a few hours, sometimes with quite impressive storms. Last night was a funny one. Walking home from work as the sun was setting, it looked like the clouds were preparing to dump on me before I got home. An hour or 2 later, heading out for dinner, most of the clouds had cleared, but lightning was flashing off in the distance. Eventually, as I was drifting off to sleep I heard the rain start. Think it was playing games with me.

(Unimpressive*) Storm Pics from my room!

SL371110.JPG SL371107.JPG

*The storm itself was impressive, just not my photos, as you can see.

I really need to get some audio grabs of the street seller cart guys. There’s several distinct varieties, with escalating in hilarity. The simple tapping of spoon on bowl/plate, the shouting out of something vaguely resembling the word of what you’re hocking, the straight whooping/shouting guys (no resemblance to words), then the jaunty jingles, which usually belong to the bread guys (“roti roti”, “sari roti”, etc).

You may have noticed the Twitter updates in my sidebar, so if you have a Twitter account, say hi.

Bali plans are still, well, being planned. Needless to say I’m getting excited.

Back to tooling around with things and maybe lunch. Yes, that would be a good idea.

Work in progress!

New Pekerti Header (in prog)

 {Edit} I finally got to a scanner and just uploaded a whole bunch of recent sketches to my flickr.

Notes and News

Firstly, I am getting giddy and excited because Sunaree is coming to visit me in 2 weeks! Hooray! We’ll be heading off to some (hopefully) quiet part of Bali and enjoying some time together in the sun, on beaches, etc. I’ve got some friends to visit there too, which should be nice.

Lots of work to get done before then. The work is coming along well and I feel like I’m being pushed in new directions, working on many designs in themes I’ve not yet tried. It alternates between exciting and frustrating, depending on the day and the mood. Either way, some good work should come out of it… [Side note; the colour scheme was kicking my arse earlier on, because the old design’s very brown-centric (a Javanese thing). I’ve done some experimenting with earthy tones before, but never had brown as an integral part of the design. It makes things tough when you’re trying to make it more modern, exciting and interesting to a foreign market. Somehow sepias just don’t pull that off.]

—–

This weekend was another slow one, which was ok because I got some drawing practice in and spent a lot of time reading. Part of the slowness was my fault, when I changed my number on Friday night, then missed a message about going out.

Highlights from the weekend were hanging out with the guys from my kost (boarding-house style accommodation I stay in) and soccer. A lot of kosts are segregated and I’m (obviously) in a male one with a whole bunch of other young guys. They hang out in the common area watching tv, playing guitar and, as you’d expect in a building full of bachelors, talk about sex. They’re an entertaining and welcoming bunch though.

Soccer last night was, like my first time, intense, draining and fun. Everyone seemed to agree that it was tougher this week, because we had less people and played with some local guys, who were really good. I found it easier this time though, because at least I knew what to expect. I’m less sore than expected, but usually it’s worse the 2nd day, so tomorrow’s the real test.

Somehow, in amongst it all, I managed to avoid 2 storms. One happened Saturday, while I was online in a cafe in a mall. I was in the middle of a Skype conversation and there was a huge crack of thunder, then the skies opened. On Sunday, heading into soccer on the bus, I could see clouds of doom building around the city. The doom clouds kindly waited til after we got to the (roofed, netting walled) pitch to dump, and by the time we were done, it had finished. Very convenient.

Lots more designs and drawings, both for work and fun, shall be posted in the near future. Some need scanning (still not working) and some I’ll export or screen capture.