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Shadow Play by mitya
Shadow Play
I just got back from two weeks of gamelan tour in central Java. With that in mind, I suppose something to the extent of this picture was inevitable.

On the left is Yogyakarta (Jogja) and on the right is Surakarta (Solo). These two cities are the cultural centers of central Java, but they’re quite different from each other despite this shared role. Jogja’s a lot more chaotic and all over the place in terms of its attractions and activities, while Solo is calmer and more focused on classical arts in particular.

In this picture, they’re all dressed up for a wayang kulit performance - that’s shadow puppet theater, accompanied by gamelan music. (This is what we did on our tour, in fact.) The thing in the middle is called a gunungan, which most basically sets the scene. Jogja is the dhalang - the master of the show, who controls the puppets, their voices, the story, and the musical cues. Solo is the pesindhen - the featured female vocalist, who is basically just as big of a star as the dhalang.

(A brief note about their batik - my headcanon is that, even in the era when this particular pattern was forbidden for everyone other than people associated with the palace, the cities themselves were still allowed to wear it. Yes, their respective sultans might’ve been ruling over them as people, but they also would’ve been serving them as cities. I also figure that a region with animistic beliefs in general would take particular note of their city personifications walking around.)

It’s a good thing these are not their everyday outfits, because I don’t think I could stand to draw this much detail regularly. Holy crap.
...looks like a NE-trending right-lateral strike-slip fault offsetting a road or fence.

P.S. I'm not dead. My tablet is, though. I am expecting an upgrade soon. And maybe also a little more free time...


Julian Lozos
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States

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MelodyGlow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love your work!
hope we can be friends!
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FancyBunnie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RaccoonyCoonkun Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Whoa forgot I wasn't watching ya on here since the account changed-
Correctifying that. BU
PS thanks for the watch ♥
mitya Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, well, I obviously forgot to follow your new account until now, so I guess we're even! Or something.

P.S. Thank you tooo!
zewhomustnotbenamed Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Now, we've never talked to eachother on DA beforeso my randomly saying hello might seem a little odd. This is ZeWhoMustNotBeNamedfrom tumblr, occasionally known as RevolutionaryBoyConnor. So yay, Ifound you on deviantart~

Also, I am now watching you. Um. In a non-creepy way...? That came out wrong.
mitya Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohhh, hi! Welcome, welcome!
No worries, no creepiness inferred!
the-pancake-fairy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the watch! ♥
Donabii Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you kindly for the watch!

I hope you enjoy my works and I wish none of them dissapoint you in a way. :)
mitya Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! (And thank you for following back!)
I really love all of your Caribbean personifications, and a lot of of the people I chat with regularly speak incredibly highly of you.
Donabii Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh,wow! That's nice to hear, though I honestly don't deserve such kind words from them OTL

I'm really glad that you love my personifications!I always try my best on them, so it's refreshing to see that other people like them.

Finaly, thank you for the kind words and expect some faving on your works from me :)
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