Today I was thinking of starting v60 training again, but this time there’s something different that happens! Since I don’t want to rant too much (this is a pleasant experience though), I’ll just put my drawing here. Rui (my original character) with Hario kit brewing V60.


I’m planning to draw all brewing method, preparation, and coffee culture illustration, but – seriously – when I visit wikipedia for research purpose, I don’t expect it’ll be THAT many. Haha, I’ll just take this goal of mine slowly so I won’t disappoint myself.

Anyway, enjoy the drawing, and under read more is my experience and thought about what happened today. Oh yes, my twenty ninth cup is “V60+Condensed Milk” again. For the best part, I finally finished all the Exc*lso Arabica Golden supply that I had for more than one month! I’ll get another bag next time. I wonder what it will be…



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There is this website that can colorize your sketch or drawing automatically! It’s developed by Japanese, so… yea. Apparently it detects anime face better than realism/semi-realism one ಠ_ಠ.

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vnyx's improvement meme 2006 to 2015

vnyx’s improvement meme 2006 to 2015

…I forgot to change the title in the pic, supposed to be 2006 to 2015.

Anyway! Here is my art improvement meme I did since 2010. I had some old drawings stored in my old Pentium3 computer (mostly 2006), so I included them there to see how much I improved since then. From my perspective, my level-up was really slow. Took me about ten years to get used to digital drawing, but my laziness prevented me to get in par with Master Juno. Perhaps it was because I didn’t aim for something big with my art, nor I wanted to be a professional artist in the future (there is a story about this but let us forget that thing for now).

Technically, there is little improvement about my style. I remember very clearly that one day my high school’s art teacher said something like “ah, this is vnyx’s drawing” even without seeing the detail. I bet he was true. The major improvement was in coloring technique, I guess. The eyes and nose changed slightly in finished paintings, but I still kept the simpler anime-style one in B&W drawing and doodles. Background…? I still hate doing background.

The full story is below “read me” as usual.


I saw a white tiger laying on the street of Braga;
May be it’s just a dream;
He saw through my eyes, through the flesh;
Through my heart, through my soul.

I saw the tiger drank water from Cikapundung river;
May be it’s just a dream;
He chased over flying ducks with green-necks nearby;
Happily swimming, catching gurami, like a cat.

I saw the tiger traveled from Bypass to Dago;
May be it’s just a dream;
It took him less than forty five minutes long;
Like a wind he ran, arrived on time.

I saw the white tiger chilled on Tegallega Park;
May be it’s just a dream;
It shivered, probably because of the cold – who knows?
Or because of butterflies perched on his nose?

I saw the tiger playing hide and seek with Garuda;
May be it’s just a dream;
Not only great birds, crocodiles, whales, and sheeps;
They were looking for nice food here, it seems.

I saw the white tiger staying under bushes of Bougenville;
He crossed his legs and stayed there idly, looking at the mountain;
He began to close his bright blue eyes and slept soundly.
Then I know it is I who dream of him.

— Bandung, 2014
A little dream for Parahyangan


Computational Material Design – Quantum Engineering Laboratory, Engineering Physics, Institut Teknologi Bandung (discarded/unofficial) Logo

Look, I made a thing!


Last September 21st, 2012 I went to West Java EXPO at Graha Manggala Siliwangi, Bandung. It’s a big event  (or, a bazaar) to celebrate West Java’s birthday. Since it is a rare annual event which sells many traditional Indonesian culture such as batik and other arts, I was very excited and thought I will buy many things there. The hall were divided by stalls and there was government’s stalls beside of private ones. And there are Center and East Java stalls too. Most of them sold batik fabric and creative crafts and arts.

Beautiful unique table, elephant sculpture, and accessories from SR.SENA Craft stall

SR.SENA Craft stall sells unique sculptures such as shown above, lampstands, butterfly wall decorations, elephant sculpture with real ivory tusk, and decorative sandals. This stall is my favorite, since the sculptures and statues are well-made and detailed.

unique, well-made, and very detailed keris

My favorite item in this expo, a tiger keris! I forgot which city this keris stall was from (I only recall it’s near Bandung) The carving and painting, all these swords, keris, and kujang are top quality and made made from wood and stainless steel. Sadly even though I wanted to buy this very rare beautiful item, I didn’t have enough money – and dared not to ask how much this keris cost… there are other swords with dragon head, tiger head, traditional, cloud pattern and so on. There are Solo batiks and Cirebon batiks everywhere, and I could finally see the difference of the patterns each city. Yes, in Indonesia, every batik pattern has their own meaning and each city mainly has their own pattern. Batik cirebon’s color is bright, but batik Solo is earthy and detailed. You can get some batik clothes with good price here.

Wayang Golek craftsman demonstrated his skill

You wouldn’t ever see this demonstration often! Wayang golek sculpting on stage, the craftsman is really skilled and I admire every detail he put. He told me he receive wayang golek orders and many more. One pair of big pieces of wayang golek, Rama and Shinta, are sold 100k rupiahs only. My eyes into the sculpted one, though, but he didn’t sell unfinished works.

Wayang heads

Buffalo horn Craft, sturdy, and it’s chinese dragon!

At last, at the entrance, stands a buffalo horn crafts. All of them were created from buffalo’s horns, from decorations, owl sculptures, birds, cranes, forks, spoon, et cetera. We bought horn’s wayang keychains and accessories. It was a very fun!

I have met amateur artists asking themselves for their ‘original drawing style’ (artist-confession in tumblr or journals ih deviantArt). Perhaps I’m not suitable to discuss and suggest about this topic since I am not an artist, don’t take any art courses, and don’t even have any art degree – but I am sharing these because it’s… bugging me for a while.

By definition, what is an “original drawing style”? What is a ‘drawing style’?

For me, it is a drawing technique which is used by artists. It can be realism, semi-realism, abstract, chibi, super-deformed, long legged girls, big eyed boys. and so on. As a technique, it is well defined and follows some ‘rules’: composition, perspective, color blending and such – which is taught by art major. The more to realism, the more rules you have to follow. Manga / anime does follow realism; majority of ‘manga-styled-human’ has head-torso-legs, two ears two eyes a nose and a mouth (unless you want them to have two mouths or three ears) so we can say anime/ manga follow the majority of those rules like realism does.

Now, we know that ‘drawing style’ is a subset of ‘art technique’. Then, what is ‘original’? Original means it can be distinguishable; an UNIQUENESS – none in the world have something similar. The original drawing style is an UNIQUE drawing, that when people come to see it, they will quickly recognized it as YOUR drawing. As simple as that.

Then, we come into the big question of HOW. I don’t believe popularity brand someone’s drawing style as if that ‘style’ is copyrighted. But, I cannot escape to the fact that popularity helped. It is because the fact that we, in our early days in childhood, have imitated orthers. We see and we imitate, then, we see something suitable–loving in our eyes and we replace the previous imitation. Admit it, everyone does. The culprit perhaps Ancient Greek or Egypt’s hieroglyphs – no, I’m not joking. Just kidding. Even though we don’t imitate, we draw based on what we see things are like. East Asian are slit-like eyes and petite, Russians are tall-albino looking, a cat is like living furball. We imitate nature itself (if you don’t want to admit you imitate other artist’s style).

So, the most important question, how can I have that uniqueness in my drawing? Unfortunately I can’t answer that question. You and your friends can. A drawing of yours has been unique (if you don’t copy. Note that it’s a very different term between to copy and to imitate), it is the result of long process of hardwork. Your friends will give opinion: try this trick. Make your best drawing and show it to your friend, tell them you found it in the internet and ask them to guess the artist. Their answers will be the answer you seek. They perhaps say a well-known artist without doubt, then you are in a dire situation. I suggest you to quickly make a difference, like tone color or eyes or whatever. If they doubt or just say ‘isn’t it your drawing’, congratulation. That is your drawing style.

Your drawing style is the result of your drawing process starting from when you lift the pencil for the first time. It is distinguishable; and it is your identity. Whether it is dull or melancholic or bright and cute — it shows your inner self.

On side note: why manga / anime has BIG EYES, it is because western’s influence. What? No, you don’t see anything wrong. East Asian’s eyes are small and slit-like, so Western often MOCK them because of their eyes. Because of they not wanting to be called SLIT-EYED-HUMAN, they draw figures with big eyes. I am an East-Asian so I feel like that too sometimes, thus I know their feeling.

Skip ‘read more’ if you don’t wish to read about how I get my current drawing style.