Sketch Jakarta, April 2018 / by erwin lian

Went for a short weekend trip to Jakarta and held a spontaneous sketching workshop there. Despite the short notice and zero advertising, we had a great turn-out. Special thanks to all my Indo Buckeye friends for their extended help and support. Shout out to Andre, Dino, James, Donald, Jeff and Hongy for their hospitality in Jakarta. 

 3 days before I jet off to JKT, I had dinner with my Indo Buckeye friends. Dino was concerned about my night flight into JKT and insisted to arrange for his driver to pick me up at the airport

3 days before I jet off to JKT, I had dinner with my Indo Buckeye friends. Dino was concerned about my night flight into JKT and insisted to arrange for his driver to pick me up at the airport

 I didn't bring much with me and this sketch was completed just with waterbrushes at Changi Airport.

I didn't bring much with me and this sketch was completed just with waterbrushes at Changi Airport.

 While I was speed sketching at the boarding Gate, A Nigerian spoke to me.  I noticed a tighter security system is place whenever I fly out to Indonesia. 

While I was speed sketching at the boarding Gate, A Nigerian spoke to me.  I noticed a tighter security system is place whenever I fly out to Indonesia. 

 Jakarta is less than an hour away from Singapore and I spent my birthday on the plane. 

Jakarta is less than an hour away from Singapore and I spent my birthday on the plane. 

 Arrived at JKT Soekarno–Hatta International Airport. Google translated my message to communicate with Dino's driver. Google worked

Arrived at JKT Soekarno–Hatta International Airport. Google translated my message to communicate with Dino's driver. Google worked

 I stayed at Liberty Hotel and it was quite near Sudirman train station

I stayed at Liberty Hotel and it was quite near Sudirman train station

 James happened to know the owner of Liberty Hotel and they were so nice and allowed me to use their meeting room to conduct my workshop there.  

James happened to know the owner of Liberty Hotel and they were so nice and allowed me to use their meeting room to conduct my workshop there.  

 Putting our theories into practical use. Super fun session and I got to know a few more Buckeyes and met Michelle who followed me on Instagram. Even more interesting is that she went to Otis College of Art and knew some people I know. ( I studied at Otis too )

Putting our theories into practical use. Super fun session and I got to know a few more Buckeyes and met Michelle who followed me on Instagram. Even more interesting is that she went to Otis College of Art and knew some people I know. ( I studied at Otis too )

 Demostration time 

Demostration time 

 We all went to Ohio State. I guess, this is tradition :) Thankful for all the support from the Buckeyes. Go Bucks !!!!!

We all went to Ohio State. I guess, this is tradition :) Thankful for all the support from the Buckeyes. Go Bucks !!!!!

 Glad to have met up with Hongky who worked as an architect for one of the biggest developer in JKT. With him around, we scale up to one of the tallest building in the city. Special thanks to Donald for coordinating our meet up. Its such a small world, we all mutually know one another's friends.

Glad to have met up with Hongky who worked as an architect for one of the biggest developer in JKT. With him around, we scale up to one of the tallest building in the city. Special thanks to Donald for coordinating our meet up. Its such a small world, we all mutually know one another's friends.

 I was too excited to paint and bite off more than I can chew.  Went without planning and the sketch was mehhhhhh. It was super fun.

I was too excited to paint and bite off more than I can chew.  Went without planning and the sketch was mehhhhhh. It was super fun.

 I randomly walked to the PET fish market and right across there, there was this fancy cafe that has a super nice selection of bread and coffee.. Food was good but pricey.

I randomly walked to the PET fish market and right across there, there was this fancy cafe that has a super nice selection of bread and coffee.. Food was good but pricey.

 Time for me to leave and there was a nice view from the Sudirman Airport train station. The Airport station is different to the regular train station. Its nicer and tickets need to be purchased with a credit card. They don't take cash. Its cheap, safe, clean and efficient. Straight to the Airport !

Time for me to leave and there was a nice view from the Sudirman Airport train station. The Airport station is different to the regular train station. Its nicer and tickets need to be purchased with a credit card. They don't take cash. Its cheap, safe, clean and efficient. Straight to the Airport !

 It took about 40 minutes to get to the airport. No traffic at all and you get to witness the diverse scenes of JKT.

It took about 40 minutes to get to the airport. No traffic at all and you get to witness the diverse scenes of JKT.

 Soekarno–Hatta International Airport. I decided to paint without drawing. 

Soekarno–Hatta International Airport. I decided to paint without drawing. 

 Observing the loving couple in the airport. Its nice.

Observing the loving couple in the airport. Its nice.

 I really like it when my Brush pen runs low of ink at the right time. Here, I managed to drag the mid tones with a dried out brush. 

I really like it when my Brush pen runs low of ink at the right time. Here, I managed to drag the mid tones with a dried out brush.