Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SEVEN Day 7: The Iranian Kobus

Iranian Kobus bread is one of our favorite food we can find here. It's cheap, only 20 fils for one bread with the size of big pan pizza.

We can find everywhere here in Kuwait so it's handy when you're hungry but you only have coins in your wallet or pocket.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SEVEN Day 6: The Indian Breakfast

At morning, right after we dropped our daughters at school, we stopped by at Indian restaurant near our home. Son wanted chapati & we wanted chai haleeb (milk tea + ginger).

The restaurant was crowdy as usual, mostly taxi drivers. Yummy food & not a shabby place!

Monday, November 11, 2013

SEVEN Day 5: The Mural

"Kids. DO NOT draw on the wall! You have paper and...


Those rebelious little artists cannot resist to 'scratch' the white canvas, the wall.
More story here.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

SEVEN Day 4: The Dentist

We have appointment with the dentist today, kids. Brace yourself!
Let's make our teeth healthy & strong!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

SEVEN Day 3: The Tapdance

One two three.
One two three.
Today is the day for tapdance lesson!

Friday, November 8, 2013

SEVEN Day 2: The Drawing

Kids are busy with their comic project. Done with their breakfast, they are opening their pencil case & start drawing & making story.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

SEVEN Day 1: The Wait

Joining 2013 SEVEN event: Draw Your Days in seven days.

For a start: The Wait.
Someone is waiting for hours in a clinic. Patiently.

Hardware: Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Our Children with Their Polaroid Barbie

We're continuing our experiment with analog photography. This time we gave our children a Polaroid Barbie.

Kids were amazed. They were watching the film developed within 30 minutes. "Is it done yet?"
When it's done they yelled "It's magical! It looks like we're capturing our life in papers!"

Seems the kids enjoying the experiment & 8 exposures per pack is not enough for them. Though the result is good, they want to explore more with another activities, light and colors.
"Can we have another pack for our Polaroid?"

One pack at a time, kids :D

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Food Photography With Polaroid: The Analog Experience

We're doing it not for good result. But merely for an experience.
The experience when we're unplugged from digital mega pixels, digital filters - that mimics vintage look - and digital instant result.

Food photography with Polaroid 2 Color is powerful. It is stimulating, healing, soothing and fun. And I choose to wake up to these beauties every morning. #ditutgreensmoothies #simplegreensmoothies
Left: analog. Right: digital.

The experience of capturing the other reality, not 'real' reality or what-you-see-is-what-you-get reality.
The experience of process.
The experience of failure.

Food photography with Polaroid 1 Kiwi Nectarine Mint Green Smoothie. So refreshing & energizing! #ditutgreensmoothies #simplegreensmoothies
Left: analog. Right: digital.

The experience when we watch the light & chemical developed before our eyes.
And the experience of the little celebration when we see the unique interesting result.

Photo by: Dita Wistarini.
Camera: Polaroid SX-70 (and iPhone 4).
Film: PX 680.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Arwen & Leia's Mural 2

Back in 2009, we allowed Arwen & Leia to draw on the wall, only in a specific space near their bed.


Years later, after we moved to another apartment, they seem want to do the same rebelious art activity. Though we never give permission for drawing on the wall, they keep doing it in a small space near their bed in bedroom wall. Then the space gets bigger & larger.

Seems our children are not drawing on the wall. They're decorating the wall. #pinoditart

Though we never stop give them papers, it doesn't stop them to drag their markers to the wall. "Wall is bigger than paper," they say.

We amazed. We're no longer see toddler's doodles. We see the real art development of our children. Their skills are growing & more advanced.

Kids, don't draw on the wall!!! Oh well.. keep it up then. #pinoditart Mural by our 6yo & 8yo daughters on their bedroom wall. #pinoditart

Seems we have to make a new rule for them. They can keep drawing on their wall, as long as it's beautiful and well drawn :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Vine Playground for Brands

People keep asking me, are you now a professional Viner? To be honest, I don't know how to answer that. Somehow, I want to stay 'amateur', with freedom doing experiments & error, adding another level of experiences.

Vine is always be my endless creative process, nurture my passion stamina. When brands contact me, fortunately they understand this. They even come, join & having fun together in the playground. Suddenly, we're all becoming children, doing something awesomely fun.

All I know is, being professional requires the joyful of childhood. And passion.

- Virgin Mobile
- Morris the Cat
- BBC Children in Need

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Our Children Create Their First Animation Project On Vine

They have been watching their dad doing some animation & stop-motion on Vine & examining on how doing a frame-by-frame animation. Suddenly they realized that they can create their own cartoon movie. So my older daughter drew 6 frames of animation & recorded it on Vine.

We created a private Vine account for her & get some selected/filtered followers to avoid online trolls or rude negative comments. Her Vine account is 'Arwen Shaula'. Let me know if you want to follow her Vine :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Vine: Capturing Moments of London with Sketches

If you have days for London trip, what will you do?
Taking picture with your digital camera? Snap shot & go?

Try sketching the city with paper & pencil (or digital tablet). Take a sit, relax & enjoy the view for a moment. That's what I did for capturing the moment of London.

Here are some of the Vine videos.

Regent's canal

Great Portland Street

Regent's Park Cafe

Regent's Park Orchestra

London Tower Bridge

Windsor Castle

This day I forgot to bring my sketchbook. So a digital tablet would do :)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Our Vine Video On Twitter's Mother's Day Site

A week ago, Twitter team contacted me & asked me to join this special Vine project. I was like "Whoa! Wow!" & replied him instantly "YES I'M IN!" :D And there it is, our Vine video sitting there with other famous & brilliant Viners Meagan Cignoli, Khoa Phan, Jethro Ames, Frank Danna. Check the site:

Here's the video.

And this is behind-the-scene video. All the family member are joining the project, because.. well.. it's a family project!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Outside The Competition

Being removed from the Vine competition of Tribeca Film Festival (it's a US citizen only competition), one of my video got featured on The Verge & Wall Street Journal blog! Yay!



Sunday, March 31, 2013

Blurry Edge Between Paper+Pencil & Reality

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What Our Kids Can Learn With Vine app

Vine app is not just a social video app. Somehow, its 6 seconds duration limitation (or feature?) is perfect for our kids doing a short movie experiment.

Short Movie

What can they do in a very short 6 seconds video? Here are some examples on how our kids telling the story with 6 seconds video. They learn about mini storyboard & basic concept on visual storytelling.

"Where is Leia drawing? At the beach!"

"So many cars! Traffic jam!"

Stop motion & Animation

We all know Vine app is not a stop motion capturing app. But with its record-and-pause ability, our kids can learn how to make stop motion in easy & fun way. And with its short duration, they don't have to wait too long to see the stop-motion result.

"Danny the warrior duck."

"Driving a car. Oh no traffic jam!"

"The boat & the pirate."

Short movie with stop-motion

"Look! USS Enterprise from Star Trek!"

Problem is, Vine's age rating is 17+. Meands that I cannot install it in their restricted iDevices like iPod & iPad. And they cannot freely browsing other videos without their parents around.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Having Fun with Twitter's Vine

Been playing with Vine for week. Vine is Twitter's official social video, so we can make a short (6 seconds) video documentation, posted on Twitter.

But Vine is not only just for documentation, it's also handy for making experiment with animation/stop motion.

Or making a step-by-step or tutorial