I’ve been planning to write about this. This is one of the rare occasions that my project turns into something “real”. Actually this is the first time that it turns into something real hahahaha (I hope this is not the last time).

As always, I doodled random stuff at work. And then my friend saw it and said something about maybe wanting me to make them in different colors and shapes. So I did, and sent it to him. To cut the story short, I ended up making 14 versions for him. Hee haw!

So I just wanna share the process of how I did it. From the initial drawing until it became a “complete artwork”.

The one on the left is the initial drawing. From that doodle, I explored on textures, colors, transparency. I remembered that I have lots of hi-res canvas textures from uni. So I put it as a background and changed the colors into black, putting lines on them (this is the hardest part, it took me hours to laid all those lines on it, I swear I had a sore arms after!), playing with the transparency. Finally I got the “look” that I want, so I stopped there.

And then I remembered that my friend was saying something about “colors popping out” so I explored other options. I simply put different paper stocks on the background (left overs from uni-era), and I played around with colors and transparency. I have to say, having all those paper stocks helped me a lot. In the end I got like 10 versions of the “pop”.

So there you go, the story behind that random triangles with lines on it. I still don’t have a name for it (yet). Been thinking some pretentious name for it, but I guess I’m too shallow and vain hahahahha.

Oh well. The babies are in the process of printing now. I will post pictures once they’re done.

Till next time!

Currently listening to: The Presets – Fall



I’ve decided that I wouldn’t “declare” that I would do something, while in reality I might be too lazy or too tired to commit myself into it. So in saying that, since I stopped making declarations or promises, I’ve been quite productive. I know it doesn’t make sense at all, but hey, whatever works right?

Some of you might know that I am working in retail as well as being a graphic designer. Working in retail sucks, not the work, or the people that I work with (gotta clarify this, just in case friends from work are reading this, hello you!). It’s the annoying/stingy customers, and the moment when there’s no one in your shop. Its actually more tiring to work during this quiet time rather than the busy times. So I gotta occupied myself just to make sure I stay awake during those times.

Sometimes I clean the shop, but that only takes like what 10 minutes max? I can’t draw at all. I’m so bad at drawing and I accepted that fact long time ago. So I sketch! I usually sketch patterns on paper, coffee cup holder or the coffee cup itself. I remembered that day was so quiet, and I think I was working alone because its Friday night. I bought a coffee before I came to work, so i got an empty cup as my victim. It was a 5 hours shift, I did it in between serving customers and cleaning. But still not finished yet.

It took me a while to get the mood to get it done. Because really, coffee cup is not the easiest medium to work with. The rounded surface is quite tricky, especially with the pattern that I’m drawing (well, its not actually pattern, its just lines). I tried to finish it up two days ago but was too tired from work so I told myself I’m gonna do it this weekend.

Today was a cruisy day for me. Woke up at 1pm (awesomeness!!!), I was fasting so didn’t do much. I decided I’m going to finish the cup while watching Community season 3. And I did it!! Took me an hour, and a sore back, but hell yeah I finished it!!

So happy with it, now that I’m thinking that I might wanna buy empty coffee cups and draw on them. But, knowing me, that idea might be a bit too much, so I decided I’m going to take it slow. I decided that every time I buy take away coffee, I’m gonna keep the cup and draw on them! Maybe someday I’m gonna be able to collect it and make a series out of it. Hee Haw!

And a bonus, this tiny clothes peg is my latest victim as well..

Till next time!

Hold On

So I’ve been looking for quite some time for this particular song. I was having coffee at Zekka, and heard a bit of it. I tried to listen to the lyric, only managed to get some bits and pieces. Tried to google it up but failed. I thought it was James Blake, cause they have similar voice, but it wasn’t. After several failed attempts, I stop trying. And today, I heard the lamest mash-up ever, sounds something like this. I was a bit pissed and decided to change the station, and VOILA!!! Triple J was playing the song!! “The song” that I’ve been looking for months! I recorded to my phone and trying to get the lyric, but still can’t quite catch it.

That’s when I just remembered, why not use Shazam? My housemate got iphone, so I had to download it first to be able to tag the song. After couple of minutes, guess what?!?! Got the song! I was so happy I was so ready to go home and buy the album off the net.

There’s my story. SBTRKT! I need all this process to be able to listen to your song, and I think its worth it!


Trust me, it’s paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe, in search of something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation. Never resist the unfamiliar. Never fail to be polite and never outstay your welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts.. you know what… it’s probably worth it.

You hope, and you dream. But you never believe that something is going to happen for you. Not like it does in the movies. And when it actually does, you expect it to feel different. More visceral, more real. I was waiting for it to hit me.

I still believe in paradise, but now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for. Cause it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life. And if you find that moment, it lasts forever.

It lasts forever, lasts forever.

(Angelo Badalamenti feat Orbital)

This is my new mantra.


With the prayer before sleep, I was thinking of two ideas. The first one is, making a bed side lamp with the prayer written in a calligraphy on it. So when you wanna go to bed, and decided to turn the light off, you’ll see the prayer on it and (hopefully) you remember to pray.

The second idea is making a spinning lamp that projecting the prayer onto the wall. But this one is a bit hard. Just the technical issues itself kinda put me off of the idea.

That’s why today I decided to go with the first idea. I googled the prayer, put it into Illustrator, and made the vector version. It was too blocky so I made put the rounded-edges trick on it. It looks ok. Sent it to couple of friends to see if they can still read it, and they said its all good.

Here it is,

Tomorrow I’m gonna try to transfer it to the bed side lamp that I got (made from fabric) and try to cut the pattern. Alright, wish me luck boys and girls.

Quote of the day: “When in doubt, wear black. When in debt, call dad”.

I Say A Little Prayer For You

I had this idea last year. For the Islamic exhibition that supposed to happen. But oh well. I love the idea so much that I wanna do it no matter what. Thanks to Phina, she managed to make me explore and develop all the concept for it.

I wanna do a whole series of my favorite prayers. When I was a kid this is probably one of my earliest moment with my mom. Every night she would say all the short prayers before I go to sleep. She would recite it slowly, and I will repeat it after her. And now it becomes a habit, before I go to bed I gotta say these prayers.

– Prayer before sleep
– Prayer for my parents
– Prayer for the life and afterlife
– Al-Ikhlas 3 times (they say Allah will give you two angels to guard you while you sleep).

On top of that I want to put the other prayers as well, such as:
– Prayer before meals
– Prayer before you travel

I already wrote what I want to do exactly with each prayers. So in order to make my self more committed and discipline to this project. I will try to do one step everyday and post it here. Ouw yea! Bring it ON!!!

Oh btw, I’m gonna call it, I Say A Little Prayer For You 🙂

On Meeting Shaun Tan

On Thursday, I went to see my friends in the city. Promised to meet them for lunch at Tasik (the oxtail soup was great!) and then went to Ksubi sale at Claremont Showground. To my surprise, the stuff that they sell this year was so crappy. It was the same stuff that I saw 3 years ago. Contemplating on buying this super skinny edgy black jeans with double zipper on both pockets, and back pockets. After trying them on and looking myself in the mirror for 15 mins, I’m like naaahh.

After that we went back to the city, I decided to get a cup of coffee before I go home. I went to TigerTiger. Ordered the usual, (flat white) then I grabbed the newspaper, and sat down. And there it is, the second page. “Oscar winner back in Perth with his art”. I’m like, WHAT? SHAUN TAN IS COMING TO TOWN?!?! I took picture of the news and sent it to Anto. Shaun Tan is going to attend a family day in the Fremantle Children’s Literature Center. He’s going to exhibit some of his artwork and sharing his stories + book signing. I almost had a heart attack. I immediately clear my plans on Sunday (oh like so very busy). I’m so going there. I promised Anto I’ll buy him the book and ask Shaun for his signature.

Sunday morning I woke up a bit late. After rushing here and there, quickly showered and didn’t get a chance to have breakfast (or lunch, it was 12.20 already). I quickly ran to the bus stop and guess what? The bus that I thought was going to come at 12.46 is not coming. I had to wait till 13.22. #$#%#$%#$!!!! I called Clem with like the most innocent voice ever, “Can i ask u a favour?”. Clem, “Yes..?” (suspicious). Mar, “Can u drop me at the train station?”. Hahaha. In the end he dropped me at the train station. It was a perfect timing tho, the bus was leaving in 3 minutes!! Apparently the journey took like 35minutes-ish. Omg.

Because the FCLC’s location was not on the route, so the driver told me to hop off at this stop and I gotta walk about 800m-ish. Lucky it wasn’t raining. FCLC’s building was at the back of the Old Freo prison. There was a huge sign, FREMANTLE CHILDREN’S LITERATURE CENTER, turn left. I’m like, YEAY!! I thought I had to walk even further. When I got there I immediately went inside the bookshop, buy the book and went to the venue. FCLC had a family day today, they have couple authors reading their books and exhibiting their work. But Shaun Tan is probably the reason half of the people there coming to see. I went to see the small exhibition. It was some preliminary sketches for The Red Tree. I tell you now, that guy is amazing. Even on his early sketches he has a crystal clear idea on what to put here and there. Every little details was covered. After that I realized that everyone was queuing to get his signature, so I went as well.

Apparently the crowd was overwhelming, the FCLC team didn’t expect so many crowds so they decided to do the signing outside on the verandah. Everyone magically stayed on the line and walk slowly to the verandah. And then he came. All the children was squeaking and smiling. I asked the lady behind me if she could take my picture with Shaun when the time comes. She said yes. Woohoo.

And there he was, signing books to kids. Very patient and calm. My turn comes, and…

M: Hi Shaun..
S: Hellow..
M: ……. *nervous* How does it feel to win an Academy Award?
S: Well.. Its not something that I set out to do.. But it feels great *smiling*
M: Hahaha.. Thanks for signing the book, do you mind if i wanna take a picture with you?
S: No problem.. Sure..

M: Thanks Shaun, love your work.. *handshake*
S: Thanks very much…

And then I die and go to heaven. Hahahaha.

After that I was smiling non stop, squeaking like a little girl. I decided to calmed myself and get a cup of coffee. Shaun was still signing books and there’s a Q&A session for about an hour. At 3o’clock, the Q&A session began. He was telling his story on how he started his career. Everyone was in awe on how calm and low profile he was, despite winning the Oscar and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2011. He talked about how he started everything on a sketch book, developing ideas from there. He started The Lost Thing on his kitchen table back in late 90’s or early 2000 at his share house in Mt. Lawley.

What struck me the most was when he said,

Don’t ever worry about what it means. Just follow it. If it works, it works.

Its probably the best piece of advice I’ve heard lately. He also told us that he never differentiate adult-children reader. He just write stuff and maybe sometimes he worry if the story would be too dark for children. He never talk down to children or talk to them in a different way, because his trust for children reader is so big that he doesn’t worry at all.

One of the guy asked him, most of his stories are dark and deep. Is that because he’s depressed? He said, depressed and happiness is a normal thing. Its seasonal. Its ok to be depressed once in a while because it sparks up his creativity. And perhaps at that moment he was slightly depressed and that just came up in a form of drawing and stories. HA!

One hour went too quick. After the Q&A I was so inspired and starving so I went to the Freo Market to get something to eat. I sat there eating, munching slowly, still can’t believe I just shook hands with Shaun Tan. After that I bought that yummy Spanish doughnut with black chocolate filling and walked to the train station. Everything seems to be unreal. Massive load of ideas and inspirations running through my mind for the last couple of days. And today is the massive trigger to do something about it.

I guess I gotta do something about it huh? Alright, enough about me.

How’s your weekend?