"I began outdoor sketching in the 80s, but the sketches were still unorganized. It was not until 2001 that I began sketching on sketchbooks of various types and sizes.
At the beginning, I made sketches only as an exercise and documentation of various objects that served as important visual reference. For an illustrator, visual reference is very important in supporting the quality of pictures to be made. Recently, the sketching turns from simple visual reference into an art expression as well as a medium of socialization between me, the sketcher, and my surroundings.
I was born in 1966 in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. In mid 1994, I moved to Jakarta and worked as an illustrator until 2000. Since 2001, I have been a freelance illustrator and owner of KACITA, a visual design company.
Out of my routine, I do outdoor sketching around the city. There are thousands of multi-complex problems at all sides of life in metropolitan Jakarta. Urban society in crowded areas, river banks and railway sides, traditional market merchants, walking merchants, and community of middle-to-high class at luxurious cafés or malls are all interesting subjects for sketching on a sketchbook. Of course, it needs a hard effort to make it."
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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