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Travel Sketches - Yogyarkarta

I've always wanted to visit Yogyakarta after studying about the Borobudur and the Prambanan in my Asian art history university days. So finally I got around to making the trip happen in November 2016! (This post is a little overdue)

I'd have to say this is the first time I took the time to urban sketch whenever I can. Sometimes I see a sight so pretty I wished I sketched it. But at the same time I don't want to take too long because i'm not travelling alone and there are more places to visit so each sketch that I've drawn here took within 30-45mins at most. 

This was sketched on a treehouse on Bukit Barede when we caught the sunrise overlooking the Borobudur. 

This was sketched on a treehouse on Bukit Barede when we caught the sunrise overlooking the Borobudur. 

As I thought, Borobudur was magnificent! It was a little smaller than I imagined but we did spend a good 1-2 hours on the structure ravelling at the Buddha statues and trying to figure out what story is it trying to tell. 

The view up on top Borobudur

The view up on top Borobudur

There I did a sketch of Borobudur! The perspective was quite hard to get to paint it look right so I'm glad I managed to capture it's grandness. 

This is the Prambanan. Another UNESCO heritage site some distance from Borobudur. 

This is the Prambanan. Another UNESCO heritage site some distance from Borobudur. 

Some more sketches I did during the trip - of the Prambanan and this Indonesian snack called the lupis made by a local. We arranged a local meal cooking session with the locals through a website called Backstreet Academy - many activities you can do while travelling in Asia! 

Pine Forest Hutan Pinus.

Pine Forest Hutan Pinus.

My favourite place during the trip had to be this pine forest that I didn't expect to be venturing to. We were asking the driver for suggestions where to go where it's not so hot and he took us here. It's really cooling here because it's up on top of a hill. People sit and camp to admire the tall pine trees and enjoy the breeze here. Being born in a tropical country, seeing pine trees in a tropical country really surprised me. I thought they only grew in cold countries! So of course I sat somewhere nice and painted a picture.