Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Drawing of Seashells

I like going to the beach. On my last visits, I began collecting small sized seashells which I would use later for my drawing or sketching practices. Last week I arranged them on the table and started to draw them.

I made the sketch using graphite pencil and sharpened the seashells with charcoal pencil. Later, I used black gel ink pen to create darker outlines of these beautiful houses of marine mollusk.
With Samsung Tab 3 in my palms, I took picture of my drawing and cropped it in Adobe Photoshop Express. The above picture is the result. Hope that you like it. The whole process takes a few days to complete because I only draw in my leisure time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Vector Illustration of Phinisi Boat

Phinisi is a traditional sail boat from Celebes island. It has been to carry cargoes that are delivered throughoud remote islands in this Indonesia. Today, it is attracting the interest of tourists who want to explore the exotic beauty of this tropical archipelago. Using Macromedia Freehand MX, I created this sail boat not as a technical drawings for production purposes but as a digital artwork for use in printing or web. Because the original Freehand MX file is a vector graphic, it does not loose its sharpness when being enlarged. This is a very intuitive drawing software that I have ever learned. Unfortunately it has not been updated by Adobe. People who want to buy Freehand are recommended to buy Adobe Illustrator. Despite the offer with discounted price, thousands of Freehand "loyalists" still use the software. Many have moved to using Corel Draw or open source drawing software such as Inkscape.
Today, the demand for Phinisi sail boat is still increasing particularly from tourism sector. Indonesia is the most favorite destination for marine tourism. Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, Triton Bay, and Cendrawasih bay are some of the places where tourists go diving with this type of boat that is called liveaboard.
In the past, sails were the prime mover of Phinisi boats. Now, they are only installed as decorations. Under the main deck of the boats, marine diesel engines are installed to drive the boats in all weather conditions. The combination of sail and diesel engine may reduce the consumption of fuel oil but it is not always the case in tourism industry. The sails are mainly installed to attract tourists. They are fully functional but they are not the prime mover of the boats.
The text that I added on the picture can be removed if you buy the vector file from me. Please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com if you are interested in buying the vector file of the phinisi boat.
You can use it for prints on T-shirts, postcards, ceramic mugs and other interesting articles.
If you need a logo or vector art for your company or events,  you can contact me too. I use Macromedia Freehand MX to create vector artworks and I can save the illustrations in jpeg, png or eps files. I plan to upload this picture into zazzle where you can buy the artwork as cell phone case or t-shirts. You will not see text on the picture when you buy the illustration from my Tropical Art store in zazzle. by Charles Roring

Monday, November 4, 2013

Diving in Manokwari

Scuba divers often contact me whether they can see coral reef when visiting Manokwari. As a tour guide, I can confirm that the Dore bay of Manokwari and coastal areas in the south east and north coast of this regency has numerous dive spots that marine lovers can explore. Because it is located near the equator, the sea water in Manokwari is warm.

Manokwari is surrounded by hills and mountains. They were the place where Alfred Russel Wallace explored in 1858 in search of birds of paradise. He landed in Mansinam island and met three German missionaries. After that he continued his trip to land on the shore of Dorey bay.
During World War II, Japanese made Manokwari as their base. They were defeated by the US forces who bombed their ships that were inside the bay. Now divers visit Manokwari to see these shipwrecks.
I can arrange your diving trip in Manokwari from tranferring you from airport to hotel or resort, contacting dive guide and preparing dive equipment and boats.
Where is Manokwari?
  • Manokwari is the capital of West Papua province in the Republic of Indonesia. 
How to get there?
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
  • Fly from Jakarta to Manokwari by using a domestic airline. The airlines that fly to Manokwari are Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air and Express Air.
I can be your dive buddy but he has to be the guide when we have our dive tour under the water of Manokwari. My other friends such as Salomina Rumadas, and Henoch Maryen from Abasi Klub Surfing can also be your dive buddies.

For more information about diving in Manokwari, please, contact me: Charles Roring/ E-mail: peace4wp@gmail.com

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