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Monday, February 18, 2019

Powerhouse Museum, Drawing Sydney

Between projects, I enjoyed sketching in Powerhouse museum run by Drawing Sydney. Imagination and creativity are our wings to fly across a sky. I chose this cart...imagined a crossed orphan girl with a step mother and a cheerful driver. From here, the girl's adventure and story would begin!-- is my imagination. 
Ohhh, Bleriot XI, brave Sadami waving at us, achieved the first flight from Melbourne to Sydney! -- is my imagination in Powerhouse Museum.
This is not from imagination, but from my observation. One of the organisers of Drawing Sydney. This sketch club’s facebook is private and closed to the public. Always the club takes a photo of all the participants, called a “school photo.” It’s inclusive and wonderful. Very happy to see members and the model loving my sketches. Thank you very much for an organiser and members warm friendship. 
Now, I’m gearing up for SCBWI international conference. I've already created my portfolio that includes black and white and colours. I'll finish up a dummy or a mock book this week. More closely updating info is available from my facebook. 
Authors and Illustrators, see you there!
Friends, Happy Painting!! 


Sunday, February 3, 2019

1)Sketching Statues 2) SCBWI Sydney Conference

Thank you very much for your patience to see this new post! 
Urban Sketchers Sydney enjoyed sketching "statues" in Hyde Park. Lovely to catch up with friends. Thank you, dear friends for warm cheers! The images : James Cook, Lachlan Macquarie, Queen Victoria. I've been very busy with the projects and organising a portfolio to an upcoming SCBWI conference this month. 
Captain James Cook
Click here, SCBWI Sydney Conference 2019. You can get the information. I'll submit my portfolio to "Illustrator showcase." Publishers will look around our portfolios during the conference. It's very popular event and highlight! My showcase site in SCBWI is here. You'll find my new illustrations for the project on haiku poet, "Basho."
Major General Lachlan Macquarie
I've joined SCBWI this year with mentors' advice, as the conference will be host in Sydney. Wow, I can't miss this and established author Libby Hathorn will help me, a novice, in the conference! I'll do my best for the portfolio. Exciting. I feel little by little, day by day, I'm making my dreams come true. Yet, certainly, I'm achieving it. I thank for all the supporters and peak bodies. Friends, keep your dreams and try them. I always send you my big cheers and hugs. 
Friends, Happy Painting!   
Queen Victoria (a half way through)


Friday, January 11, 2019

Grant approved by Australia Council for the Arts

Celebrated author Libby Hathorn and I have gained Australia Council for the Arts, Literacy Grant to create a heartwarming picturebook on Japanese haiku establisher Basho and children. Thank you for a long strong support, all friends(=you!). Please share our joy. Libby, my mentors and AC celebrated it. I cried in joy. 

I want to make my dream come true. My dream is to create an Australian Classic picturebook in my life. I hope our picturebook will socio-culturally bridge between Japan and Australia. May any children will access it. The grant will give me an emerging illustrator, the big positive real step and a new horizon in a career. It will give me credit and job opportunities onward. This is my second grant experience, Friends, you know.
In 2015, when I got the NSW accessible Arts grant, I became speechless. I anyhow rang up mentors, Helen Chamberlin and Books Illustrated and shed joyous tears. And, the same feeling has happened on me this year. This time, I have a working partner, Libby!! Wonderful. On my facebook, particularly, people in publishing industry celebrate our grant news. I'll do my best for this project. 

I'll be a lifelong starter forever. Australia Council for the Arts already recommends me to try another grant application and mentorship programs they offer. I want to respond to their support and encouragement. AC has been cheering me up for ages since my debut. Really a lovely team. I want to grow as an artist and a person. 

I deeply appreciate my supporters :  Helen Chamberlin, Books Illustrated, Margaret Hamilton AM, Susanne Gervay, Dr Robin Morrow AM, Gail Erskine, uni lecturers, peak bodies/CBCA, SCBWI, ASA, NAVA, Accessible Arts NSW, WestWords, etc. We’ll do our best to produce a quality book! 
Thank you very much for your support, Friends!! 
Happy Painting and Happy Illustrating!


Monday, January 7, 2019

Publisher Helen Chamberlin Portrait

Picture book illustration projects keep me very busy. Look forward to our news. Always a mentor and publisher Helen Chamberlin has supported me for ages. Her personality motivates me to work on her portraits. Hope my work will show the inside of a model. I'll produce lots of portraits this year. 

Btw, my blog has many posts on children picture book illustration. You can look up the right side labels related to illustration from a basic structure/storyboard, a character design, roughs and a dummy book. I hope you will enjoy them. Me, too, a forever starter. Friends, let us learn together. Now, I'll get back to my studio! 
Best wishes, special thanks for visiting my blog.  


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! May 2019 be peaceful and fruitful for us, all. Thank you very much for a strong support, which is my energy to move forward this year. A first sketch this year and Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks photo for you. I’ve been working on roughs, character design etc, etc. "謹賀新年"、今年もよろしくお願いします!
Thank you very much for all the friends who gave me a wonderful new years eve. Whoo, hoo!! Let’s enjoy our art adventures in 2019.
Happy Painting!  


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Free Organ Recital 2018

On 28th Dec, "Young Organists Day," I enjoyed an annual and free organ recital in Sydney Town Hall and challenged to capture a majestic grand organ in an hour. The world largest organ installed in 1890 is 11.5 m tall and nearly 6 m deep! The width is nearly equal to the theatre hall. All young selected organists said, "It's huge, so I love it." In my sketch, Emily Thompson plays "Theme and Variations" from Sonata 6, Op.65 composed by Flelix Mendelssohn(1809-1847). Three siblings from the Thompsons played the music. Furthermore, one more family member will join this concert next year! What a music loving family Thompsons!   
A divine music and euphoria. As well as the size, young talents told the reasons of loving an organ were "For God," and "Use a body to create sounds." Their say sounded similar to visual art. When we, even visual artists, get excited, we naturally move bodies and begin to dance. (*I do!). Probably, art is from our excitement and ecstasy. So, we respond to art in a same way.  
Kind Emily offered me time for photos. Interesting to hear about young organists' life. They daily spend five or some hours in practice, win prizes and fellowships. Their enthusiasm is amazing. I hope these talents will grow and become wonderful organists in the world. Nice to listen to a great music and very encouraging to know other persevering gifted emerging artists. I should keep up.  

Now, Friends, a different topic. I'm already working on two projects for 2019. Busy! Hopefully, I will make a public announcement in Jan. Look forward to our good news. 
Thank you very much for your strong support this year!! 
Friends, Happy Painting and Enjoy Your Lives Fully!     

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Wish You a Happy Christmas! 
We enjoy carols and sing together in a Town Hall square. 
Have a safe and happy festive season, Friends. 
Thank you for your strong support for this year! 
Best wishes, Sadami