GUEST DOODLEWASH: The Joy Of Live Sketching

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor sketch by Noor Huda Bastomi of lawang sewu thousand doors #urbansketchers #usk - #Doodlewash

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor sketch by Noor Huda Bastomi #urbansketchers #usk - #DoodlewashHello, 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!

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor sketch by Noor Huda Bastomi of pemuda street #urbansketchers #usk - #DoodlewashI’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.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor sketch by Noor Huda Bastomi of al mujahideen mosque #urbansketchers #usk - #Doodlewash

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor sketch by Noor Huda Bastomi of jiwasraya building #urbansketchers #usk - #DoodlewashFor the media I use, usually, I’m using fountain pens or twig and chinese ink for the line art, then wash it with watercolor, mixed between Sakura Koi and Winsor & Newton.

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.

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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.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Watercolor sketch by Noor Huda Bastomi of aston hotel semarang #urbansketchers #usk - #Doodlewash

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!

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16 Comments
  1. ann christina 1 year ago

    Wow, amazing artwork!

    • Bastomi Huda 1 year ago

      Thank you very much for your appreciation! 🙂

  2. whynothappyblog 1 year ago

    That’s impressive! Beautifully lively!

    • Bastomi Huda 1 year ago

      Thanks to watercolor’s magic who made it lively! thank you very much 🙂

  3. Curious to the Max 1 year ago

    Wonderfully expressive art work – it reflects your free spirit and love of God and the world around you. BRAVO!

    • Bastomi Huda 1 year ago

      Because I’m young and full of spirits! And I want to share these spirits to everyone through my sketch.. thanks anyway 🙂

  4. Laura (PA Pict) 1 year ago

    I love the balance of precision line work, angles, and perspective with the energetic mark making and dynamic bursts of colour.

    • Bastomi Huda 1 year ago

      it’s influenced by awesome friends i met, they are architecture, watercolorist and many more. I adopt their styles and mix to create my own styles (which is i enjoy to do).. anyway thanks you very much 🙂

  5. dianegklock 1 year ago

    Wonderful article , I love your fresh sketches. I so agree you need to sketch and paint what you love and love what you paint . God had indeed given us all the beauty of His creation . So much to sketch and paint , so little time ( well I am much older than you ) Love every minute of your sketching journey , you aremwell on your way . Thank you so much for sharing .

    • Bastomi Huda 1 year ago

      No one can paint as good as God creation, but we can interpreted it with positive vibes and warm feelings then share what we thought through strokes.. Thank you very much 🙂

  6. beverlydyer 1 year ago

    Love the energy in your work!!

    • Bastomi Huda 1 year ago

      Thanks! that’s energy from my surroundings 🙂

  7. SHARON HASCHALK 1 year ago

    Wonderful! I like the free-looking atmosphere to your paintings and thank you for showing us the actual buildings you used in the background.

  8. M. L. Kappa 1 year ago

    Well done, Bastomi! Nice work and lovely attitude!

  9. Operating Systems 7 months ago

    ! thank you very much 🙂

  10. Sharon Nolfi 6 days ago

    Your sketches of building are terrific!

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