20 September 2016

Drawing Challenge: 101 People

This is probably the craziest idea to start drawing many many real people into images because I barely even know anyone in this country, except my husband and his family. But I see people everyday. My neighbors, the security, the bus driver, the ice cream uncle, the woman who walks her dog every evening, the convenient store’s cashier, the librarian, the people who cross the street… Yes, they do exist. So it’s probably not that impossible to draw, like, 101 people.

Singapore, 3 August 2016
Carolynn Yoe

If you're following me on Instagram (@carolynnyoe), you might already aware that I started posting some drawings of real people that I met randomly. And yes, I was drawing them on purpose! I started a drawing challenge for myself called 101 People that is basically to reflect 101 real people into illustrations. The goal of this challenge is to literally draw one hundred one people. I draw people who I found interesting to draw and it's been fun so far. I didn't put pressure on timeline, as in when I have to get those 101 illustrations done, but rather enjoying and learning more on the process. I like this kind of challenge because it helps me to stay creative and productive. I uploaded my drawings for this project on Tumblr (http://101people.tumblr.com/), so if you have a Tumblr account and want to know who I stalk, you can follow that page.

19 September 2016

DIY Fixing Shoes Insoles Problem + Tips for Keeping Feet Blister-Free

Do you ever feel irritated by your new shoes insoles that is always spoiled in just a few times of wearing? Does your new pair of shoes always leave blister and pain on your feet?

Well, allow me to share how I fix my shoes problems with you.

Let me start by saying I love RUBI! It just happens that all the shoes featured here are under their brand. I'm not anything against them. I actually like their design, especially for their sneakers. It's pretty and very affordable (SGD30 for 2 pairs!). The only downside about this shoes is their insoles. I always found my socks very sticky after wearing them. It seems like the insoles are not strongly attached to the shoes and it moves along with my step even for the first time of wearing it. When I say very sticky, I really mean very sticky, to the point that it's very hard to remove the sticky residue. Even if it happened on my first pairs of RUBI shoes, it didn't make me stop buying another pairs. Well, this is just how I really like RUBI. I am not sure if it's only happening to me or if it's a reoccurring problem for others as well? However, instead of giving up on my used-once shoes, I tried to fix it and giving them another chance again.

Notice the shoddy insoles?

Beside the insoles problem, another annoying problem about wearing shoes for me comes by the end of the day when I take off my shoes only to find blisters on my feet. I believe that no matter how beautiful the shoes is, the skin ain't supposed to suffer. That is why I usually would stop wearing the shoes that gives me blisters while saying a half-bye because I will only wear them again once the blister is completely recovered. I tried few things to prevent this problem before, such as sticking sticker pad that you can put on the painful area of the shoes or even using petroleum jelly like Vaseline to protect my skin. But none of them works well for me. Sticker pad is ugly and not suitable for many kind of shoes, especially heels, and Vaseline tends to always leave messy residue. Lucky, just recently I start noticing this product called Body Glide when I strolled around Watson. This product claims to prevent pain and blister from chafing and it had been my favorite product to protect my feet from this shoes problem so far!

If you cannot find Body Glide, you can refer to other similar products listed here. I personally recommend Body Glide because I tried it myself and it works well for me.

Anyway, I made a simple tutorial about the shoes insoles problem and also showing you how I keep my feet blister-free as well.

See the full tutorial on this video:

15 September 2016

Icy and Flaky - My First LINE Stickers!

First of all, I was pretty busy these last couple weeks so this is considered a late announcement. However, I'm still excited to announce that since 5 September 2016, my first LINE stickers set is officially on sale! Yay!

A little story behind these characters:
Icy and Flaky are two cute snowmen that I drew a while ago. I've been addicted to use LINE stickers to chat and swap jokes with KL. We both thought that it would be great if we can have our own stickers. From there, I was then eager to see Icy and Flaky alive and talking to each other. I made a series of drawings before I slowly convert them into LINE stickers.

This is my first LINE stickers and I am happy that now I can use Icy and Flaky stickers to chat in LINE. Unfortunately, this stickers set is not available to download in Indonesia. This stickers set was once rejected by LINE before it's finally accepted after I removed Indonesia as one of the list of countries of sale. This is what LINE wrote to me upon the reason of rejection:

Due to conflict with the worldviews in different cultures and customs around the world, the stickers you submitted will not be allowed to sell in Indonesia.

Honestly, I'm still not quite understand why Icy and Flaky stickers are violating Indonesia cultures and customs. After all, it's still such a shame because I'm Indonesian myself and my LINE ID is from Indonesia as well. But anyway, I did enjoy making my first LINE stickers. By the time I write this, I am also submitting my next LINE stickers and it is currently in review. I will share more about creating LINE stickers later, probably after my second LINE stickers are approved.

NOTE: You can download Icy and Flaky with your LINE account. Icy and Flaky is available to download in all countries, except Indonesia.