GUEST DOODLEWASH: Culinary Sketches

I am Kamisketsa and I come from Kotagede, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Follow me on Instagram!). My username “kamisketsa” is from two words: “kamis” which means Thursday and “sketsa” which means sketch. I use that name because I did my first sketch on a Thursday morning. Since that day, I have always uploaded a sketch on my Facebook page every Thursday. I also upload photos of places that I sketch.

 My culinary sketches started from my morning routines in August 2015. Every morning, I biked around 1 kilometer to throw away some household litter. One day on my way back home I bought a meal to eat. On the next morning, I sketched while waiting for the food to be ready.

Then, it wasn’t only in the morning that I sketched. I sketched whenever I bought food, noon and night, especially traditional food. Day after day, I think that sketching is fun and I like my local culture. By the way, Kotagede (my hometown) was an old town before it was a huge palace in my wide country. So we can find a whole lot of traditional food sellers at many places in Kotagede.

Doodlewash by Kamisketsa  Long before my culinary sketches, my sketching started about a year before, after I read Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavouet. For my sketching, I bought a 12 color Koi watercolor pocket sketch box and drawing pens (0.1, 0.4 and 0.6). I used these for my first journey sketches of Chiang Mai. Now, I often use 0.05 Pigma Micron for outline and B.B. Pigma brush pen for headline text.

I start with a rough sketch using a mechanical pencil, just to make sure objects are in the right proportion. Then I adjust outlines and detail. After I feel it’s enough, I start coloring with my watercolor. Lastly, I add a headline with my brush pen.

Doodlewash by KamisketsaThe first time I used watercolor for my artwork was 2010, when I studied visual communication design at Indonesian Institute of Art, Yogyakarta. Now, I work as a graphic designer and illustrator. I love vector art. I love movies, traveling, culinary arts, local culture and bunnies. My artwork is centered on those things. You can see more of my artwork and design on my other Instagram feed (@imamzack).

For me, sketching is a lovely activity that makes me relax in the middle of my work activities. Thanks for reading!


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  1. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Oh delicious looking food Kamisketsa. Your style of drawing brings the images to life. Thanks for sharing you process and story. I’m going right over to IG to follow you. Thank you Charlie.

  2. Kari 7 years ago

    I love illustrated food! I’m amazed you captured rice so well.. Beautifully done! Will be following in IG too!

  3. Donna from MyOBT 7 years ago

    So interesting! Really great work, and great choice of subjects.

  4. memadtwo 7 years ago

    Delicious! (K)

  5. Lovely and lively work! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Charlie!

  6. Deb Breton 7 years ago

    I’m hungry!

  7. kutukamus 7 years ago

    I love that tempe! 🙂

  8. rebecca 7 years ago

    gotta run…now I am hungry….cause they are drawn so well!

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  10. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Wonderful detail on the food items.

  11. Lin Powell 2 years ago

    Love your style. That’s a fun way to get in some sketching time while waiting.

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