Indonesia-tan Celebrates Indonesia’s 66th Birthday!

Today, on the 17th of August, the people of Indonesia celebrates a very meaningful day — The 66th birthday of Indonesia — The day of their independence!

As a contribution for this country I loved so much, I made something with my art. Introducing Indonesia-tan, or Indo nee-tan as my friends nicknamed her.

Indonesia-tan is a personification — or specifically, a moe anthropomorphozation of the country of Indonesia. I made a moe anthropomorphozation because I am a fan of Japanese culture, which is where most of this kind of art came from. I first made her last year, on 19th December 2010 when the national soccer team of Indonesia was blazing their way on AFF Suzuki Cup; I made this to ignite the spirit and excitement of my friends. But now that today we celebrate a meaningful day, I draw more of her. :mrgreen:

Of course, this personification is not only about drawing girls. It is about personification, thus there are symbolisms shown through her appearance.

  • Red and white clothes represent the flag of Indonesia
  • Green clothes represents Indonesia’s nickname, “Zamrud Khatulistiwa”, or something like “Emerald of Equator” in English.
  • Brown hair represents Indonesia’s coat of arms – an eagle.
  • Her occupation as a cheerleader… It’s actually more of my idea, but let’s say it represents that Indonesia had been an important nation in the world trade since the 7th century, especially as the main provider of spices to Europe at that time. The provision of spices support the cold Europe, just like a cheerleader supports the players.
  • In my early sketches, I feature her with some bandages in her arm, representing some of the badness that our government brought to this supposedly one-of-the-richest countries. But well, we are always trying to be better and better, and so do every other nations, so just like a wound will heal, I removed the bandages from her later sketches :mrgreen:
Regarding her clothes and hair, actually one of my friend recommended me to use black hair (the natural hair color of the races in Indonesia) and Batik, the traditional clothes of Indonesia — to represent ‘Indonesia’ more. Actually, I agree that it would make her more ‘Indonesia’, but at the moment, I like this design, so it will stay. ๐Ÿ˜› I’ll try to draw her with batik next, though. :mrgreen:

So, I guess that’s it for now. What about you, did you attend the flag ceremony sincerely today? ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good day and ’till next time!


5 thoughts on “Indonesia-tan Celebrates Indonesia’s 66th Birthday!

  1. Ah…. long time no see “In-tan” (I prefer called her like that). And I just realize she had a green eyes. Oh well…. nice celebration picture anyway.

    About ceremony…. I skipped it. :v

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