Hello, my name is Noor Huda Bastomi, you can call me Bastomi, I’m proud to have Javanese name! (follow me on Instagram and Facebook) I live in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. This place is known to be the capital region of Central Java. You can find many old colonial architecture buildings and a Chinatown here. I’m 23 years old and I work in a hotel. Drawing is a part of my hobby, but lately, I’m just getting serious with it. Yes, I’m not an artist yet, I don’t know why. Thanks to Charlie who encouraged me to be a guest artist and should be confident with my artwork. Thanks Charlie!
I’ve liked to draw ever since I was child, even though no one in my family was working in art or the creative industry. I just started to use watercolor last year after surfing on Instagram and saw a new trend of drawing in the form of sketching. It came in different styles, but I liked most the sketchers who use watercolor as a media to color their sketches.
From there, I also saw sketchers doing live sketching, forming a group for a sketch gathering and the Urban Sketchers community. After a couple of months sketching alone, I decided to move to Semarang and join their Urban Sketcher community called “Semarang Sketchwalk”, to get more experience and new friends, of course.
I don’t have any special technique to do, the key of my sketch is “You have to enjoy it first”. I don’t really care about the result, as long as I’m enjoying the process, because in live sketching you have to express what you feel on that place at that time. Feel the atmosphere, hear the bird voice, and having conversations about art with strangers in public, it’s such a pleasure for me. I have all those elements to put in my sketch.
When I’m back from work, I practice through YouTube channel tutorials, and I’m currently watching Alvaro Castagnet as role model. He is such an amazing artist! I’m still far, far from him. But when we do a sketch gathering event, we like to share with each other to improve our sketch and watercolor skills.
Doing live sketching is also like meditation for me. When I’m tired of working, I just need to sit down on the sidewalk, grab a sketchbook and start doodling. It’s a little bit different than painting, as sketching shows spontaneous strokes, dynamic value and is so eye catchy. Moreover, when it’s washed with watercolor, it magically turn into atmospheric pieces.
I don’t need big things as an object, sometimes even small ugly things can be turned into beautiful things, if we see it in a positive way. We should be grateful to God who has created this beautiful world for us to live in! Happy Sketching!