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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Start From Eyes for Portraits

Hi, how was/is your weekend? I enjoyed sketching with Sydney sketch club members. Although we sketched architectures, I sketched others at lunch. Very much fun to sketch each other. Where do you start drawing in a face? I always start drawing people from eyes. Other members asked me questions. "Do you draw it from memory?" Mmmm... partially from impression or memory, but I have no idea, for I draw so quick. Something in a person intrigues me. Then, I get on drawing that person. A person is moving around and never stops for me. After catching the point such as eyes, I wait for the same moment comes up in the model.

This is one of our club members. His sharp eyes fascinated me most! Only for a few seconds he threw his eyes to another member and mostly worked on iPad. I observed him carefully and captured that moment. The angle of his face is another key in this work.
Another member was enjoying a chat and lunch. The old lady who had a character in her appearance. She made a pause and thought for a second, which impressed me most. I started drawing her from eyes and simplified other areas. Mood is very important for my figure drawings.
Probably, our eyes tell most stories of life in portraits. So, I start drawing from eyes. Oh, yes, I answered for the member, "3D understanding of a model is essential. Once, you get a model in 3D, you can draw her from any angle." I usually move around a model and check her/him from all around. To pick up a lively face expression is crtically important for my work.

I feel my mentor is very wise and knows who I am or my strength. When I got sluguish in drawing of children, she suggested me to "Focus on children's face expression, not a whole body sketching." My work got back to life. It turned out colourful and vivid. In additon, in a studio, I start from eyes or face lines. It depends on a case. Friends, if you start drawing from other areas in a face, let's have a chat over it. Or you may say, "It doesn't a matter as long as work comes up nice!" Yeah, true. 

Back to the techinical thing, eyes.  If I can draw eyes well, I feel comfortable and move on other areas without any hesitation. But if I cannot draw eyes good, I chuck it into a bin. BTW, I'm still working on the close up portrait though, it's nearly at finishing. Ah, a bad habit?! I endlessly keep on touching graphite or a charcoal unlike speed drawing. I should stop my hands. (I started from eyes in this work, too.)
I'm enjoying architectural drawings of Parramatta as well as figures. Did you enjoy my architectural work in the last post? Later, I'd post the newly created ones.

When I put aside technical stuff, one thing I'm sure is I love people. Drawing us, human beings is my great joy. Simple motivation is strong and great. It drives me go forward and keeps me stay positive. 
Friends, thank you very much for warm cheers. I hope all, we can have a productive and creative week.
Happy Painting!




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bologna Children's Book Fair Mar30 to Apr2

Hi, Friends, exclusion! Books Illustrated (Ann James and Ann Haddon) will lead our Australian team for Bologna Children's Book Fair 2015 from Monday March 30 to Thursday April 2 in Italy, 2015. If you see these two people = Book Illustrated, certainly you've come to the Australia Stand, Hall 25 B112The Stand will display books and limited edition prints from over 100 new Australian illustrated books. Please say, "Hello!" and enjoy books and chat with Australian illustrators and authors!
Click the image below, our team's catalogue "Hello! from Australia" will come up. Can you find your favorite picture books? 
Yes, the stand is the exhibition of selected Australian quality children picture books. 
Friends, you also have a chance to see Australian illustrators and authors in person! NOTE: They are fragile. Handle with care. Keep upright, please !? 

Tada~! Also, here's the information of shortlisted publishers from Oceania.  
Ah, I wish all the publishers would get prizes...!  
Bologna Prize for the Best Children's Publishers of the year
Oceania, nominated publishers:
Allen & Unwin - Crows Nest, Australia  
www.allenandunwin.com
The Text Publishing Co. - MelbourneAustralia
www.textpublishing.com.au
Wilkins Farago - Victoria, Australia
Full list is here.

Another sounds interesting event is,
International Children's Laureate Summit hosted by Bologna Book Fair 2015.
Jackie French attends it. Jackie is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014– 2015. She is also celebrated as the best-selling author of over 170 books and Senior Australian of the Year 2015.

Sunday 29 March – Private Laureate conference
Monday 30 March – Growing the Laureate movement – by invitation
Monday 30 March (3.30–5pm) – Meet Jackie French on the Australia Stand, Hall 25 B112
Tuesday 31 March (Time TBC) – Official Summit – for general admission
Wednesday 1 April – Australian Stand Party, Hall 25 B112 talk by Jackie on Australian Children’s Literature. 


Btw, I'm waiting for their come back with souvenirs, but I keep in touch with the team and will join them in the near future. Hey, the Australian team, never forget coming back ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ
I always feel that Books Illustrated is really the motor engine of Australian picture book industry. In addition, anyone in Australian picture book industry gives me positive feedback on the image of Books Illustrated such as, "Gorgeous!" "Ah, adorable,"Ahhhh Sadami, what a lovely way to start my day!" "Very good pic!" etc, etc. Yes, Boooks Illustrated is very much loved in our industry. I'm fortunate to have such a wonderful mentor in my career. 
Friends, enjoy Bologna Book Fair! Also, Happy Painting! 









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Monday, March 23, 2015

My dislike of architecure cured by Parramatta sketches!

Hi, Friends, I sketched architectures to show changing Parramatta in both black and white and colour. Unlike my figures with graphite, my architectural drwaing takes time. It's not a loose style. You will say, "Didn't you hate architecture?" I've got the way out! This is my "treatment" to cure the dislike!? (*Otherwise, I will never learn it!) The point is to give myself joy in architectural drawing. 1) Find a favorite medium. 2) Stick to the most favorite style. They've worked out! I enjoy sketching of Parramatta deveolping into Australia's great city in the near future. 
(**I made a blogging techincal mistake ; my reversed empty post will come up in Friends' blog rolls. So, *this week, I upload two same posts at different titles, "Parramatta Changing Into Australia's Great City" and "My dislike of architecure cured by Parramatta sketches!" Sorry and thank you, Friends.)
St John's Anglican Church and Parish (*All work size is A4)
Mentor Ann James's say gave me a clue to explore a pen drawing. "Your architecture drawing is quite accurate. I can't draw like you!" Hummm.... Her say was my surprise. I remember when I was young, I sketched mechanics very meticulously. I loved it. Little Sadami was so happy to sketch it again and again. I eventually memorised the quite complicated machines and drew them by heart. Also, the use of a pen for Sydney uni had been good. So, I've chosen a pen and started sketching buildings accurately. Oh, it works well! Fun, fun, fun! I've giggled  like a little child. Black and white drawings have turned out joy. 

Then, I decided to stick to my "original joy" in architectural drawings. I remember Robert Ingpen, one of my favotirtes and admiring picture book illustrators, as you know. "Afternoon Tree House" (Robert Ingpen) and "Memorial" (Shaun Tan) are the most influencial works about a tree and landscapes. I've been reading them years after years since I fell in love with them!  
...and my most and only favourite editor has been Helen Chamberlin who edited both picture books  mentioned above. I dreamed to work with her. Today, she has become my editor and the mentor. Although I made a gulp from a high tension, I sent Helen these drawings on Parramatta. Wow, her feedback is very positive. "Your architectural drawings all look really lovely to me, Sadami - I don’t know what you are worried about! All the best Helen" Hurray! It put me into a heaven.  
The restaurant on Church St called Eat St 
Btw, does anyone have difficulty in architecture like me? Let's share my technical findings. Architecture is not hard than what I expected. I always seek for the most big "chunk" in a building. A building consists of very mathematical lumps like cubes in 3D. Check if they are symmetry or not. Then, rebuild them in your mind. Once you get it and the perception is correct, it's reasonably easy to pin down a subject on paper. I put priority to my first impression of a building and do not too much care about details.
Emotionally, we need to feel joy, don't we? After choosing a right material and tool, I've realised that I'm very keen about a ratio of buildings in drawing.That excites me and thrills me in drawing architecture!  It is fun to find an object matching to another object's size in drawing one after another. It means I love drawing a scene correctly and setting the content properly. So, viewers will not feel "This work is weired." (*Of course, in the world, there is a very wise guy like Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher who used trickery and illusions in art work such as impossible constructions. I admire him!) Anyway, I could find joy and confidence in architecture drawing. Ah, I can go on.

Regarding colours, I'm playing with them, whilst sticking to reality at the moment. I need more time to develop my own watercolour style in architecture. My figurative drawing and loose painting has taken years to come to the current loose style from a traditional classic style. Or I may stay with this accurate drawing in architecture? See how it goes.
Back to another topic. Parramatta interests me by her strong contrasts : historical vs modern, chaotic vs neat, back streets vs promenades. European settlers marked a first step on Parramatta. Already, this city has become the CBD that has collected Departments of NSW State Government, Court etc as well as City in Sydney ( = Gov Depts have dual addresses equally in City and Parramatta). Their function is increasing. The development plan will transform Parramatta into Australia's big city in commercial, cultural, medical and social phases. 

In order to enhance Parramatta's function and upgrade the quality of life, reconstruction and refurbishment has started. In the very near future, sky high towers will stand in Parramatta : Western Sydney University, Cumberland Newspaper/News Ltd Site (Media Centre), Westmead Medical Research Hub, a shopping centre etc, etc. The new huge car parks are ongoing that I sketched. Dynamically and dramatically, Parramatta is dressing up herself! I look forward to what sort of lady will come up. 
Did you enjoy my architecture? It seems that I made mistake in the option of a style and medium. Although in years, I may be able to loose up architecture, my most favourite work remains in my eyes and heart. My adventure is going on, while keeping my own stance. Editor Helen's most important say was/is "What's your stance?" I'll always remember it in my art work. Thank you, Helen. 
Any feedback is welcome. If you like, I'll post architectural drawings more, picking up an interesting topic from time to time. Local shops and Parramatta Heritage Centre welcome my sketching. Passer-bys cheer me up. They are very nice and supportive ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ. Thanks guys!!
Friends, Happy Painting! Work on your style! 


Bibliography
Parramatta Council (2015) "Building Australia's Next Great City-- Changes Ahead,"
Parramatta Council (2014) "Parramatta Major Development" 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Parramatta Changing Into Australia's Great City

Hi, Friends, I sketched architectures to show changing Parramatta in both black and white and colour. Unlike my figures with graphite, my architectural drwaing takes time. It's not a loose style. You will say, "Didn't you hate architecture?" I've got the way out! This is my "treatment" to cure the dislike!? (*Otherwise, I will never learn it!) The point is to give myself joy in architectural drawing. 1) Find a favorite medium. 2) Stick to the most favorite style. They've worked out! I enjoy sketching of Parramatta deveolping into Australia's great city in the near future. 
(**I made a blogging techincal mistake ; my reversed empty post will come up in Friends' blog rolls. So, *this week, I upload two same posts at different titles, "Parramatta Changing Into Australia's Great City" and "My dislike of architecure cured by Parramatta sketches!" Sorry and thank you, Friends.) 
     St John's Anglican Church and Parish (*All work size is A4)
Mentor Ann's say gave me a clue to explore a pen drawing. "Your architecture drawing is quite accurate. I can't draw like you!" Hummm.... Her say was my surprise. I remember when I was young, I sketched mechanics very meticulously. I loved it. Little Sadami was so happy to sketch it again and again. I eventually memorised the quite complicated machines and drew them by heart. Also, the use of a pen for Sydney uni had been good. So, I've chosen a pen and started sketching buildings accurately. Oh, it works well! Fun, fun, fun! I've giggled  like a little child. black and white drawings have turned out joy. 

Then, I decided to stick to my "original joy" in architectural drawings. I remember Robert Ingpen, one of my favotirtes and admiring picture book illustrators, as you know. "Afternoon Tree House" (Robert Ingpen) and "Memorial" (Shaun Tan) are the most influencial works about a tree and landscapes. I've been reading them years after years since I fell in love with them!  
...and my most and only favourite editor has been Helen Chamberlin who edited both picture books  mentioned above. I dreamed to work with her. Today, she has become my editor and the mentor. Although I made a gulp from a high tension, I sent Helen these drawings on Parramatta. Wow, her feedback is very positive. "Your architectural drawings all look really lovely to me, Sadami - I don’t know what you are worried about! All the best Helen"  Hurray! It put me into a heaven.  
The restaurant on Church St called Eat St 
Btw, does anyone have difficulty in architecture like me? Let's share my technical findings. Architecture is not hard than what I expected. I always seek for the most big "chunk" in a building. A building consists of very mathematical lumps like cubes in 3D. Check if they are symmetry or not. Then, rebuild them in your mind. Once you get it and the perception is correct, it's reasonably easy to pin down a subject on paper. I put priority to my first impression of a building and do not too much care about details.
Emotionally, we need to feel joy, don't we? After choosing a right material and tool, I've realised that I'm very keen about a ratio of buildings in drawing.That excites me and thrills me in drawing architecture!  It is fun to find an object matching to another object's size in drawing one after another. It means I love drawing a scene correctly and setting the content properly. So, viewers will not feel "This work is weired." (*Of course, in the world, there is a very wise guy like Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher who used trickery and illusions in art work such as impossible constructions. I admire him!) Anyway, I could find joy and confidence in architecture drawing. Ah, I can go on.

Regarding colours, I'm playing with them, whilst sticking to reality at the moment. I need more time to develop my own watercolour style in architecture. My figurative drawing and loose painting has taken years to come to the current loose style from a traditional classic style. Or I may stay with this accurate drawing in architecture? See how it goes.
Back to another topic. Parramatta interests me by her strong contrasts : historical vs modern, chaotic vs neat, back streets vs promenades. European settlers marked a first step on Parramatta. Already, this city has become the CBD that has collected Departments of NSW State Government, Court etc as well as City in Sydney ( = Gov Depts have dual addresses equally in City and Parramatta). Their function is increasing. The development plan will transform Parramatta into Australia's big city in commercial, cultural, medical and social phases. 

In order to enhance Parramatta's function and upgrade the quality of life, reconstruction and refurbishment has started. In the very near future, sky high towers will stand in Parramatta : Western Sydney University, Cumberland Newspaper/News Ltd Site (Media Centre), Westmead Medical Research Hub, a shopping centre etc, etc. The new huge car parks are ongoing that I sketched. Dynamically and dramatically, Parramatta is dressing up herself! I look forward to what sort of lady will come up. 
Did you enjoy my architecture? It seems that I made mistake in the option of a style and medium. Although in years, I may be able to loose up architecture, my most favourite work remains in my eyes and heart. My adventure is going on, while keeping my own stance. Editor Helen's most important say was/is "What's your stance?" I'll always remember it in my art work. Thank you, Helen. 
Any feedback is welcome. If you like, I'll post them more, picking up an interesting topic. Local shops and Parramatta Heritage Centre welcome my sketching. Passer-bys cheer me up. They are very nice and supportive ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ. Thanks guys!!
Friends, Happy Painting! Work on your style! 


Bibliography
Parramatta Council (2015) "Building Australia's Next Great City-- Changes Ahead,"
Parramatta Council (2014) "Parramatta Major Development" 




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Monday, March 16, 2015

New Stylefile, big, long, wide, beautiful!

Friends, good news! My ASA stylefile has been renewed. I added new four images! A new portfolio has become modern and looks very nice. A successful applicant may upload maximum 8 images after the panel's acknowledgement. The new stylefile will have more illustrators to come up this month. Here's my 8 images. Which image do you like? 
In Stylefile, you can search by names, genres/styles/subjects, intended audience, media/technique to meet your project needs.  


Other wonderful features :
  • An image rotation of each illustrator and illustrator's gallery on the homepage. 
  • A featured illlustator speciality, browse by genres and styles. 
  • A featured illustrator rotation on the homepage.  
  • A "my favorites" funtion helps publishers and users keep track of portfolios. 
A new outstanding feature of Stylefile ; an illustrator can show publication's information together : a front cover, publisher, author, Intended audience, techniques, subjects. I posted the detailed information about "Moon." 

pp18,19,  "Moon" written by Matt Zurbo (Windy Hollow Books)

Intended audience: Adults,FamilyLower primaryMiddle primary
Media/Technique: CharcoalPen and inkPencilWatercolour
Styles: Impressionistic,Loose/sketchyPainterly
Subjects: AnimalsCountry,EducationalEnvironments,Nature/BotanicalWeather

Yes, my information above is categorised and you can search for the best illustrator who will match your project! 
"Moon" Front Cover 
Now, my other images are below. Although some images are already familiar to you, I hope you will enjoy them all. 


I played with colours, focusing on a child's face expression in this illustration.
Daily sketches gave my imagination "reality" or supportive and concrete evidence. It's fun to produce an image standing between imagination and reality.
I've demonstrated portrait ability, too. This was a commissioned work.  

The Stylefile is famous for its high quality, indeed, the best of best Australian illustrators showcase. The Stylefile is the hot meeting spot for publishers and illustrators. Publishers "buy" illustrators from the Stylefile. Many illustrators have got projects through the Stylefile. 
Friends, it's a good idea to try Stylefile and begin an illustrator career. Here's the information of Application. ASA kindly assists you how to do it. It is very difficult to crack into market for emerging illustrators and artists. Yet, always publishers look for good illustrators who will meet their need. I hope all of us will fly into a bright future like a big pelican following a dream.  
Friends, Happy Painting and Illustrating!









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Monday, March 9, 2015

Close Up Potratrait Finished

Hi, Friends, thank you for your great patience for my new post! Finally, I finished up the paper work. Then, I moved onto new projects, while I'm preparing for the exhibition.
Also, I finished this portrait with a background. (sorry it looks blur. I do not know why when I reduce a size, this work gets worse!) Yes, the original is the close up portrait shown in the past post. I added the background for this lady. Yes, finally, a background image came up in my mind.
Always eyes intrigue me most in portraits. I made a black and white for this lady after the watercolour. I started from her eyes and simplified all other information in the work. Her voice, speaking habit and body language have been echoing, but quietly in my ears. They have become my own "references" of this model. If I was given only one photo, I'm not certain to create a quality portrait that gets into a model's inner world. Although resemblance might be a required condition for a portrait, an artist looks into a model's world and pursuits it, not surface similarities. You can compare the image below to the above.
Interesting. I've found my drawing lines and watercolour brush strokes overlap or show the similar lines. Which do you like the watercolour one or the black and white one? The lady likes the black and white more, but she likes the watercolour one, too. Me, too. It's fun to have a chat with a model over portraits.
This is the watercolour original and starting point. 
BTW, Friends, what do you handle "stuck" in your working process? Sounds silly though, I will not dare to get on something in work until an inspiration comes up. When I follow heart, the best work turns up. My drawing and painting are not theoretical movements (*I haven't studied at art school). A senior established picture book illustrator calls it "instinct." What do you think? I agree with it.
When I get stuck, I take a break, refresh myself and await an inspiration. Fortunately, editors understand an illustrator's difficulty in trade picture book illustration and give me more time. I go outside of a studio, enjoy sunshine and chat or move a body.
The same is true of my watercolour portraits. Until an image comes in me, I do not work on.

It is a bit hard to find enough quiet time for portrait work at the moment though, I want to more enjoy portraits between the ongoing projects in parallel. Thank you for your warm cheers!!
Friends, Happy Painting!











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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Clear Writing is Illustrator's Vital Skills

Hiya, Friends, thank you for a great patience for my new post! This week, I'll chat over the importance of clear writing skills for a visual artist. Clear writing skills are as vital as good drawing skills. I've been working on paper work. Really, I'm under the pressure of the pile of papers this month. But I keep sketching to refresh myself. If I don't touch brushes, my hands cry out, really. I put colours on a black and white sketch (@the bottom of this post) from the memory. I also changed the use of colours to create a mood. It worked well, which gives me confidence to try this way -- sketch on spot and illustrate it in a studio!
Back to the topic, the importance of clear writing for a visual artist. In communication, we heavily rely on writing such as emails and documents in society. Competitions and any applications require writings. In the assessment of competitions and applications, good clear writing stands out you from others.

Clear writing
Plain English is enough and essential, because, for example, application and submission limits words. "Write it even for an eight years old kid can get!" is my motto. (*My sociology tutor gave me at uni.) My writing must get readers to follow my thoughts. I want them to say, "Ah-ha, Sadami wants to tell me that-and-that," after reading, don't you? "Smooth information flow" is the key. You do not need to write like a PhD thesis. Wishy-washy foggy sentences are DON'T.

The tips for clear writing on a sentence, a paragraph structure and proof reading.

"Technical" rules on sentences. Basic and essential.
  • simple sentences = short sentences in right punctuation, spell and grammar. 
  • tell what you want to say straightforward. 
  • tighten up sentences = delete unnecessary words. 
  • use your familiar words, if not confidnet in a new word. 
Rules on the writing structure, paragraphs. 
  • entire writing has a "theme" = what you want to say.   
  • entire writing is divided into paragraphs that respond to the theme = easy to read.  
  • a paragraph has a structure =  a topic sentence, a body and a conclusion.  
  • each paragraph connects well by conjunctions = smooth information flow.  
A good clear writing has a structure. If you pick up a head sentence and a last sentence in each paragrah, you can get a topic and a conclusion.  

Do Proof Reading
  • Get your friends to read what you've read! Get feedback! 
  • Read loud your own writing. **Clear writing is easy to read out = if you cannot, your information flow is poor or stuck somewhere. 
The above is from my bitter experiences (outch!?). If they help you some, I'm very happy. If you have any more suggestions that I missed out, please let me know.

Regarding publishing industry, in globalisation, illustrators contact publishers all over the world. A formal and clear writing is essential in communication. An editor and an Illustrator exchange thoughts about texts and pictures by email. If an email does not covey an Illustrator's message, poor communication will mess up a project. As far as I know, successful illustrators and big names often have studied education, social science, particularly, English and linguistics. Many editors, too, are from education, English literature and language areas or experts of English/language.


This is the spot on sketch. 
He was trying hard to type out sentences on a keyboard.
Are you good at writing? I was/am not was not good at essay writing at uni. So, Friends, if you feel, "Oh, no I'm not," you are not alone!!!ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ  Aaagghhh, I'm under the pressure of a due date. It's the beginning of March~(*o*)~. I have to write more than 500 words in some parts. So, please pardon if I do not post each Monday. If you were a next door, I'd like you to check my draft. While writing the draft, I enjoy watercolour painting so as to post them for this blog. Thank you for visiting. Oh, you can't imagine how much I appreciate your warm cheers. I've learned lots how to say it in English from the communication with you, Friends.
Friends, Happy Painting and Writing, too!!








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