Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Beverly Adams

Okay, please don't be surprise about this post. It is quite contrary of my usual self. But there's this ghost master competition and I'm interested in joining just because I need a black canvas bag hahaha I know, lame ;p

Here's the thing, when I was a child, I had 2 dolls named Nina&Bobo. Taken from the famous lullaby, Ninabobo. They looked like old-antique-ancients kind of dolls. Dolls that looked like a little kid with blank expression. Long eye lashes and sometimes a pair of eye that can blink. My mum said, I always carried them wherever I go. Even when we were moving from Bandung to Jakarta by train. I was 3 years old back then. She said while she carried my 1 year old brother and some luggage, I was following her through the station platform by pushing Nina&Bobo inside a strolled that supposed to carry me and or my brother.

I love my dolls; Nina&Bobo (and my other stuffed animals). I never been afraid of them since there's a ghost movies about THAT kind of dolls. The famous one is errr... I don't want to mention it, yeah, I think everybody knows what I mean. I hate those kind of movies!!! HATED THEM!!! Since then, I always scared and couldn't sleep well. I had to put them in the crate. Hix... Sorry guys... :(

That's why, I choose old-antique-ancients kind of dolls to create of my kind of ghost. Hopefully, can reduce the fear I have for them.

The name is Beverly Adams. A spoiled little girl in early Victorian era. On her 7th birthday, she got this gorgeous doll from her parents. The doll’s golden brown locks hair shined, her smooth cheeks blushed, her green eyes glazed back at Beverly. Beverly had never seen such a beautiful thing in her whole life. It was love at first sight. She named her Henrietta Maxine Gilmore-Adams. (You have to put your surname to your doll’s last name so she became a part of the family). Soon after, they became unseparated.

Henrietta, or you can call her Ettie, always at Beverly’s side. During her time from having breakfast and study; English, France, history etc but not mathematic (Ettie hates math) to lunch, piano lesson, afternoon tea (especially afternoon tea ooh how they love the scones and fruit cakes), dinner, and the good night sleep.

On one lovely day, her mom presented Beverly with one lovely present. Dusty pink colored dress with roses printed, laces, and bows. After she put it on, mom presented Beverly with another lovely surprise. A smaller dress for Ettie! It has the same material, completed with a matched hat. She was over joy!

That night, Beverly slept with that lovely matching dress. Ettie too. But something strange happened. Beverly couldn’t breathe. It was hot. So hot! She opened her eyes and she was surrounded by fire. Her room was on fire. Her house was burning. She called mom and dad. Anybody. No one yelled back. She was scared. So scared!

She grabbed Ettie and slowly walked out of her room, through the hallway, to the stairs. Just a little bit further. She heard loud cracked sound. Next thing she knew, she was flying straight to a burning floor. She can saw her body lying on the floor. Blood flowed from her neck. She can saw Ettie. Ettie, her gorgeous doll. A pair of green eyes glazed back at her, “Ettie, help... Help me, Ettie…”.

Beverly Adams burned head and body was buried at the Park Cemetery. Along with her doll. And that’s the story of the beloved daughter (and doll) of Adams Family, Beverly Adams. Wait the minute… The Adams never had a kid named Beverly. Supposed to be someone else… Someone whose name starts with H.

I really put a lot of effort in this illustration. Have fun with lots of details. I even scanned my shirt to get the roses pattern and used this brushes for the wallpaper. I'm happy with the result though :) Hope I can win the prize hihihi

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The 1st Li-El Series

My first children storybook is finally being published yaaaaayyy!!! \(^o^)/

13 short stories about Emerald Aurelia Pradnyaparamita a.k.a. Li-El.
Li-El is a very active little girl. Like all little girls, she loves to play and have fun with all of her friends. Although her curiosity sometime lead her to trouble. But worry not, her funky mother always be at her side and share some weird wisdom. All well, ends well :)

Here's some sneak peek...

Too bad it's B&W due to the publisher policy but still, I'm sooooo haaaaappppyyyyyyy ^^
It was almost 4 years when me and Ied, the creator/writer, day-dreaming about this hahahaha it came true, Ied, it came trueeee yaaaaayyy!!!

Can't wait for my next cute project, Shari and Little Lily! ;)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Time to improvise!!!

A friend of mine told me about this amazing food blog, I drooled just by looking the pictures and eager to cook something, anything! It's been a while since I crashed the kitchen, I missed the chopping, the sizzling sound, the house filled with great smell of my own cooking, and of course the eating part hehehe

I jumped from 1 pictures to another and suddenly I stopped at this recipe. The ingredients remind me of my simple thai salad dressing; vinegar, olive oil, cilantro, chili, and sugar. While chimichurri has more ingredients like parsley, garlic, cumin and red wine vinegar.
The name is so cute and funny and I decided to mix this chimichurri with my thai salad dressing. Tossed away the cumin and red wine vinegar :D

I was guessing it will taste delicious with seafood; clams, fish, or maybe shrimp. At the market, I saw mint leaves. Then it hit me. Couscous!!! Couscous with grilled shrimp. Drizzle them with the mixed dressing and it will be fabulous! Please don't be surprise with my fusion cooking hihihi I love to mix and hopefully it can be a match ;p

This is how to make the couscous:
1 cup of couscous
1 cup of hot water (or chicken stock)
1-2 tbsp of olive oil
1/4 cup of diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup of diced yellow bell pepper
1/4 cup of raisin (soaked them in a bowl of 1 lemon juice)
1-2 tbsp of chopped mint leaves
1 tsp of salt

1. Heat some water in a sauce pan and then put heat proof bowl on top of it. In the heat proof bowl, add the couscous then pour over the hot water and olive oil.
2. Stir until it become fluffy.
3. Add all the other ingredients to the couscous and mix well.
4. You can always add water, lemon juice, or olive oil if you think the couscous not fluffy enough :D

And this is how to make the mixed dressing (can I called it thaimichurri?)
1/2 cup vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
3-4 tbsp sugar
1 cup parsley
1/2 cup cilantro
3 garlic cloves
2 chilly

1. Bring the olive oil, vinegar and sugar to boil. Let it cool.
2. Put the rest of the ingredients to blender.
3. Mixed all.

And for the shrimp and fish, give a little bit of garlic powder and salt before pan fried or grilled them. Served with a little drop of lemon juice on top of them.

To my surprise, the sweet smell from minty couscous and the salty seafood tasted great with sweet and sour dressing. It's a match!!!
*happy octopus dance* ~(^o^)~
Even my mum couldn't wait until lunch time to eat them.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cute Purple Giant

It's so HOT in Jakarta lately. And like always, I refuse to use AC hahaha me and my stupid principals. I don't want my body to rely on AC all the time, too much global warming ;p so I push myself to get used to the climate and here I am, sweating like a pig hahahaha

Anyway, I just remember about my last month illustration, The Legend of SangHyang Tikoro. About a ugly giant that having a battle with some handsome dude to win the love of this beautiful girl. Handsome dude won, the ugly giant couldn't handle his lost and created a heavy rain storm on those lovely couple's village. The ugly giant's dad who discovered about his son cowardness, punished him to drink all the flood from the rain. Until now, you still can see the ugly giant swallowing all those water at SangHyang Tikoro Cave at Bandung, West Java. Of course, it's not a real giant, it's just a river that ended in some cave, duh.

The giant looks cute right? I know, I can't draw scary giant!!! I almost frustrated that time. At first, the face expression looked promising but then I don't know why my hand automatically made him chubby. Cute and chubby. *banging my heads on the desk* FAILED!!!