I have painted a self-portrait. A bigger, better version you can immerse yourselves in details with has been provided on my DeviantArt account under my old handle: mia76 (and don't make me push you off your high horses, I'm hardly the first person in the world to ever lie about their age so the older kids would talk to me, I have always been wise beyond my years—it wasn't even technically lying because those number could mean anything, it's not my fault a number resembles a late 20th century birth year… I never explicitly lied and claimed to be born 1976, people just made assumptions and then befriended me). "So young, my lord, and true…" Also? According to my fake online birth year, I am turning 40 this year—which means my career as an actress is over and I could play your grandma. So have some respect. 🐰🌿🌸 #MiaDjojowasitoHasWeak3DGameAndNowHerFirstDrawingOf2016HasTheFeelOfAShunga

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I made a soft pastel drawing that makes no sense scientifically… I don't care. 🌙 I regret the boat, the picture would've been nicer and more natural and serene-feewing without the God-damned boat. Sink the boat. These are the post-fixative colours, the pre-fixative colours were even stupider-looking. I bloody hate soft pastels—worst medium ever. You can't draw with precision or do anything detailed (seriously, give me a 005 ink pen any day). This is at the balcony. I have draw on the balcony when using soft pastels because they're so bloody messy. Which means I can't do anything when it rains. ☔️ But that's okay, Povel Wallander (Kurt Wallander's father also used to paint outdoors—and he's a cool old chap, so it's cool). In Haruki Murakami's "Birthday Stories" anthology there is a story entitled "Close To The Water's Edge" (Claire Keegan) which I really like. #SoftPastels #Drawings

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Process:

When you solemnly swear that you are up to no good… #MiaDjojowasitoMakingVinnyVanGoghStirInHisGrave

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I love swatches! I love looking at them—not just as reference, I can't explain it. So I spent New Year's Day experimenting with a stack of photo printing paper that came with the digital camera I got for my 19th birthday. I'd scratch the photo paper with my Swiss Army knife and colour over it with soft [chalk] pastels—which I loathe, least fave medium evar. Like, I literally ordered gloves online just so I could keep using them (my one experience with them as a child was great, so I don't know it sucks now). And I've been smiffling with a heavy flu January 4–5, it made me sneeze a lot. You do need sufficient lighting to do the scratching thingy—like they say on #NakedMoleRats2015. It's an age old technique called sgraffito (it's even already on iPhone's autocorrect—that's how standard it is). Yeah, so groundbreaking, that Mia Djojowasito… Thanks for pooping on my parade, YouTube tutorial. And I thought it up from scratch thinking it was the most raddest ish. I hate that. My ego just cannot handle that: I hate when I think I've come up with an original idea and it turns out people have been doing it since the Big Bang (it happens to me with writing, all the time). And I wasn't even bloody good at it! One of the first things I carved was a broken heart, and the broken part I pressed too hard and it ripped the whole sheet apart—it's literally broken. I'm such an idiot… 💡

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I have 60 new colours, so I numbered them and swatched them on labels… I blame @cokelatputih for this, to be honest. Ikut-ikutan gegara diracunin sama dese. Ngelihat orang meraih kembali kebahagiaan masa kecil terus gw jadi kepengen juga (lumayan bisa bantu bikin bengong—biasanya otak gw kan banyak pikiran mulu, sliweran non-stop nggak bisa diem sel-selnya, terus nggak tahu kenapa jadinya suka deg-degan sendiri karena pikiran yang gw pikirin). Now I understand what she means when she said she won't be buying any more books until she's finished with ones she already has! These colouring books turn out to be rather thick. The one I got that came with this set of 60 felt tips has 50 pages (the binding is quite terrible, my pages fell off on the first day—but because the pages fell off, I am able to show you my two of faves in one photo). And I'm still waiting for two more books in the mail: One is called "Lost Ocean" and the other one is "Vintage Designs For Fun & Relaxation" which I ordered because they speak to me. When I rechecked the books I ordered, I was surprised to learn the former has 80 pages and the latter is 128 pages thick! It's a good thing I haven't ordered the batik colouring book or the "soothing patterns" ones (the one I currently own is soothing and zen enough, but sometimes it's more trippy and I like colouring them in psychedelic colours and I end up feeling like I'm falling into a wabbit hole). I promise to finish the ones I already own first! Hm. 🐰🍒🌿

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Look at all my new colours! Including a gold and silver (it's from Pentel's F-series). I got these at the stationery store last Friday when I set out to buy an affordable tube set of primary colours and B&W (because I wanted to challenge myself and practice painting using exclusively primary colours to study colour theory—but I shall only start mucking around with that after I've completed all my sketch drafts in this book). FTR, @PentelOfAmerica is what I used in grade school for art class (that's standard for Indonesian students—this pack of 15 cost me Rp 84,500 which is cheaper than a single tube of @WinsorAndNewton, although to be fair I am very impressed with the opacity of the artist-grade Titanium White I ordered from W&N! Good stuff… Gooood stuff). Curiously, these Pentel F-series watercolours come in sets of 12, 15, 18, and 24 (or something whatever) but only the set of 15 comes with gold and silver? Not even the larger sets include them. The gold and silver are very beautiful! 🔥✨ The gold is a proper gold, while the silver is more like teeny-tiny fine white star dust than silver but very appropriate for #TheBridezillaEpisode of #JavaneseDowntonAbbey (which, by the way, isn't going too well—I'm finding myself extremely overwhelmed by all the necessary details, I'm still sketching not even colouring yet although I am incredibly excited about colouring the flowers: purple orchids based on Victorian symbolism/flower meanings and watered-down lemon yellow for the jasmine). 🍋🍹🌺🌴 If you've ever heard that water is not the colour in water colours, but just a transporter of pigments, that's very true for these metallic/glitter paints—they settle at the bottom of a wet palette very quickly and I find that I have to mix them every time I dip for more colour! But once one masters the art of controlling the amount of glitters (density) one wants per stroke, it can be brilliant! Now I will stop procrastinating and try to actually finish my sketch! 💍 #JDA #ChineseNewYear2016 #CNY2016 #CostumeDrama #PBC4 #ChillaxThursday

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Aaaah! Look what came in the post!!!! My @JaneDavenport book (holy meatballs, it is not overrated! All the cult-like raves were well-deserved). It teaches you how to shade/make lips look plump (I added some white dot on my JDA/CNY drawing because it adds gloss, but this teaches you step-by step why/how it’s 3D). It’s really cool and colourful. I’m planning on working the Sachiko Umoto book first, though (and @PeriplusID are so generous—they literally gave me an IDR 78,000 cash back coupon for #ChineseNewYear for buying it). The sketch pad’s paper is really good quality (it’s aquarelle grade and I expect it to be able to endure water). I’m going to use it to practice drawing and then study colour theory (I’m challenging myself to colour exclusively in primary colours + B&W). How about that? 💛✨ #HappyNappingDay

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Also see: My related projects, Durimon and #WhoWantsToBeMyJawn, you guys!