Shop Update

Hi, lovelies! How have you guys been doing? Aside from having a little anxiety about certain things recently I’m doing good (so far).

I guess that’s a normal problem for parents when their child started to refuse to eat their meals. However, as we had a cold in the last couple of weeks, my daughter (who is autistic) had refused to drink her drinks. Since Autism kid is known to be picky eaters, having her to sit down and eating like normal kids do: vegetables or fruits and meat, that kind of method is already gone since she was 4 years old. It is bad enough that we are struggling to feed her, to make her weight don’t go lower than the average weight, right after she recovered from the flu she refused to drink her drinks. I suppose she gets scared drinking water or juice drinks could hurt her throat. I want her to stay dehydrated every day. She manage to drink less than 300 ml a day. That’s barely enough. I know if it’s less than that it will lead to another health problem which my and husband doesn’t want to happen.

Luckily the school has given us a list of speech therapists available for us (before there isn’t any). Speech therapy? But isn’t that only for kids having a speech problem only? We also thought that too. But this had been recommended by my daughter’s school teachers, and we just follow. They said that even though the therapy helps to improve her speech, the therapy also could help her how to handle difficulties in feeding a child. Hearing this I feel defeated. They advised us to find parents who have the same problems so that we could share and perhaps could learn a few tips for raising an Autism child. Yet it isn’t easy to find one though. So that’s one of the main causes of my anxiety that you guys now know.

DorrieJStudio Etsy shop update; there’s stickers, memo pads, print and printable item
DorrieJStudio

Actually, there’s more, but I don’t want to stress my reader out so I’m sharing you my good news. I have over 10+ new products I updated on my Etsy shop. Yippee! They were hand drawn and handmade by me. There’s individual vinyl stickers, matte sticker sheets, 30 pcs tear-away memo pads & note pad, functional digital stickers for planner who likes to use them on their GoodNotes, and a print and a printable weekly planner.

And what’s more? I’m giving freebie(s) to every customer who purchases physical items from the shop. Your support of my small business is greatly appreciated. Visit my Etsy shop here.

Oh, in case I forgot to tell you. I joined TikTok! Woot, woot!

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How To Change Your Twitter Banner using your iPad

There are a few goals I want to accomplish this month. I currently have been busy making products for my future Etsy shop and I need to get ready to use any social media I have right now for the promotion and one of them is Twitter.

I hadn’t put any banner ever since I decided to use my Twitter as a means to share my life updates, announcing whenever there’s a new vlog has been uploaded on my YouTube channel and sharing my new artwork I’ve been creating. It used to be the image of Lake Leman, Geneva though. Since it had been empty for couple of months I decided to give it a new banner.

I illustrated this for my Twitter. I like to see my Twitter has a banner now. These are easy steps if want to change your Twitter banner.

The illustration of the Twitter banner was done by Dorrie J also known as mizarwen
Illustrated by mizarwen.

How to Change Your Twitter Banner

  1. Make the banner. If you want to use any image you can do it. It’s the simplest and the fastest thing to do. But I want to transform my Twitter account as a way to promote my vlog and art so I decided to put my drawing as the banner. I’m using drawing app, Procreate to draw it.
  2. The dimension size I use for the banner is 1500 px X 500 px because this is the standard size that Twitter recommended.

3. I made the illustration from scratch, by sketching it first and later on coloring it.

The sketch was done by Dorrie J also known as Mizarwen
The sketch

4. After you are done with the drawing and save it into JPG or PNG, you then go to your Twitter profile located on the left sidebar.

5. Go and edit the image on top of display photo. Remove your old picture if you have one first and upload it into a new one.

How to Change Your Twitter banner using your iPad

Voila! You have new a banner now 🙂 Don’t forget to follow my Twitter account @dorriej1. I’m a bit chatty there. Stay safe, guys!❤️☺️

Draw This in Your Style Challenge

It’s another art post! This time it’s my Draw This in Your Style Challenge that I took from an illustrator I followed, lobomaravilha.

This wasn’t the only #DTIYS challenge I’ve created. Back when I’m still a noob in creating art digitally I did try Sara Faber’s DTIYS but I had to take it down because I wanted to upload only the one that suits my IG colour palette. And the reason I joined this is that I want to present my version because her art is so freaking cute! Plus, the character is almost the same as the character I draw for my future webtoon character, Lily. So I thought it would be easier for me to draw it (little that I know. Haha).

My style

If you want to watch the process on how I draw this click on the video down below and don’t forget to subscribe, comment and like.

Watch my video!

Goals and Art

I want to pat myself on the back for coming up with so many sketches these few days. This had made the pages of my sketchbook only a few left empty.

2022 I want to reopen my Etsy shop where I can sell some of my illustrations that will be made into the digital planner stickers and print.

Before this, I sold colouring pages black and white digitally. However, that didn’t grab much attention than my Fiverr gig, which at that time the sales went far well. It was a simple gig; I gave services to draw kids colouring pages for certain prices. The prices were damn cheap. I attracted several buyers, but there’s this one regular buyer who bought my gig so many times that put some orders before I could even begin his current order. I got too overwhelmed and spent hours and hours completing the gig and that led me to put my Fiverr gig on hiatus.

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Back in that day, I didn’t know how to limit the orders – I didn’t even know the setting existed. Lol. But that’s okay, I guess. Since I know how it works now I’ll begin again, but not this sooner. I’m focusing more on creating digital products for my Etsy shop.

Dorriej patreon setup icon tier illustration art
Illustrations for future Patreon icon tier (still in the plan)

Currently, I’ve been busy creating the ‘breakfast‘ and ‘Daisy‘ themes. However, it’s still a long way to go. It’s one of my goals for this year. Have I told you I also want to publish my romance & comedy comic on Webtoon? That too has been keeping me busy. I don’t know when I able to complete it, but for sure the mission is to publish the first 3 episodes on the platform. If that attracts many readers or even nice the Webtoon editor’s attention, that’ll put a smile on many faces; my parents, my in-laws, my husband, and myself once again.

If they hire me, at least I could help my husband to pay my daughter’s therapy bill and help buy any necessities for the household. But yeah, I’ll let you guys know when it gets published.

Do follow my Instagram for my work and give them some love. Merci beaucoup!

Illustration: Forest Witch

Forest Witch Mizarwen illustration Halloween
Forest Witch

Just to get creative and try to find something to attract more readers who love art to visit my blog. Hence, I share with you guys – my illustration of Forest Witch. The sketch was made 2 years ago and I had been keeping it in a stack folder of Procreate and since I needed to get things done and up ASAP on here, I just took this and colored it digitally. It took me 3 days to finish it and I remembered I sketched this one whole day. Perhaps, this could be used as one of the contents that I put in my vlog. Or maybe there could be another new drawing. But yeah, that I still don’t know yet.

I am proud that I managed to finish this so quickly. Making a webtoon where I usually draw and color 70 panels help me work the illustration faster than I expected. Of course, I bet a pro illustrator could do that in one day. But I’m just a novice. I just need to learn and practice more to get on their level. For now, I can only say it’s a hobby and if the webtoon hires me then I have to put my heart 100% into making lots of this.

Oh, did I tell you I make a webtoon as well? Yes, I am. Right now, I am still busy finishing the second episode of my romance/comedy series. It takes a long, long time to finish; from the original plan that I could do 1 episode per month, it is taking me more than 6 months to finish drawing almost the end of the episode. Most of the time I juggle my time to do some vlog’s editing and also, of course, my real life. What I know, famous webtoonist who update their comic per week (who are making long episode) or 3 posts per week (who are making a comic strip) has some assistants on their back. Me? I’m a one-man show. Things can be a little chaotic if I do all the things at once. That’s why before I get so productive these few weeks I had taken a long break, just to clear my mind and be able to rest. The topic will get deeper, but I for sure will blog about it next time =)

This is a fun question for you guys. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DRAW NEXT?

Brunei Foods

The part of what I loathe the most when living in a foreign country is when you crave more of your home country’s foods.

I finally uploaded my vlog #20 here. When I see there are still backlog videos that I need to edit for the sake of ‘purging’ them out of my cellphone storage, I realized most of them are all foods. It already sucks that I’m living away from Brunei it even sucks that some of the main ingredients or products I couldn’t even get from any Asian shop here.

For example, if I wanted to make Kuih Kosui, this sweet jiggly pandan taste-like cakes coated with shredded coconut they need to have lime water to make it perfect.

Can I tweak or substitute it?

The answer is yes and no. Yes, if you expect the imperfect taste of it. However, if you are like me, who doesn’t know how to tweak or couldn’t find any substitute for the ingredients or even worst a bad cook, then you’ll know the answer to this is no.

I miss eating…

There are so many I miss about Brunei foods. But I mainly miss eating the traditional wet dessert cakes like Kosui or Malaysian called it Kaswi, Pinyaram, Ardam, Wajid, and Kelupis. Whilst Brunei traditional cuisine that I miss as well are Belutak and Aminah Arif Restaurant’s main dish, Daging Urat Tumis.

The appearance of traditional kuih-muih you can watch in my latest vlog below.

My attempt & What Is Missing

Pinyaram

Glad I still keep this picture with me. Compare to the first picture here and my experiment, straight from the bat you already know something is missing. My Pinyaram tasted tough, but the perfect Pinyaram usually tastes soft and has this crunchy edge frills that roll up after frying and the middle usually raises like a UFO spaceship shape and does not turn up like Dorayaki.

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What did I do wrong here? Simply say the substitute ingredient that I thought I could tweak made it a failed attempt. Instead of using gula Anau I used brown sugar. Bear in mind that gula Anau is nowhere to be found here. In order to get it, you have to wait for my husband’s generous colleague who wants to help us to bring it here– that if they want to help. Asking my family to post it via normal mail post is not an option here because it’s not dry food. Even if I ask them to crystallize the sugar so that it’ll turn up like refined sugar I’m not so sure the quality will be good.

Ardam

Same as Ardam although it almost looks the same as the perfect one (pardon me there’s no picture of my failed attempt) the texture was very unlikely the same. Mine was hard and not soft and gritty at all.

My attempt at making Ardam.

Selurut, Wajid & Kelupis

I think I can make the filling of these two wet foods. However, I couldn’t find the leaves that wrapped these foods here, because Selurut uses Nypa Palm leaves, which come from a tropical palm tree that is usually found near the mangrove swamp river, and for Kelupis, you gonna need Daun Nyirik (peel leaves).

The only leaves that I saw last time in the Asian shop were just frozen pre-cut banana leaves packed in clear plastic. So without the leaves, it won’t be as fragrance and authentic as the original recipe.

For Wajid, since I used to help my mother make it during Eid Ul Fitr’s eve I can accept that I can eat it without the need to wrap the Wajid with Daun Nyirik. I remember my mother giving me a spoonful of serving size and placing it on the plate for me to taste. To me, the taste was already good so I don’t think I need the leaves to complete the taste.

Belutak

My 6-year old’s brain used to think this snakelike food was fine as long as this ‘snake’ tastes as beefy and sweet, just like real beef meat 😄 but actually, Belutak is made up of salted minced meat stuffed into casings of cow’s or buffalo’s small intestines.

In Brunei, they sell it in a clear packet in the supermarket or personal vendor and the price ranges from BND6 to BND10 depending on the weight of the product. I love to buy it from Perindustrian Beribi which cost the cheapest and stir-fried it with onion and a pinch of salt. I can make 4 portions from just one whole roll. But don’t expect me to share it with you because it’s so so so delicious, although the look isn’t that appealing.

Daging Urat Tumis Aminah Arif

It’s trimming of the beef cooked with soy sauce and turmeric and other ingredients that no one can copy no matter how many recipes you can find out there that claimed it’s Aminah Arif’s real recipe. It’s already their signature dish along with their main dish, Ambuyat that is solely served here. One dish cost BND4 and it’s for two persons serving. If you order in a set with Ambuyat I think it’ll cost you much cheaper. A whole set of Ambuyat full package (if I can remember) comprises of Ambuyat, Daging Urat Tumis, choice of cooked veggies, Ulam-ulaman, the Ambuyat dipping sauce, Belutak, and cooked fish. You can watch my vlog below for a better view of it.

So have you ever tried any Bruneian delicacies?