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Monday, August 2, 2010

Quick Sketching is Mission Possible & Thrilling Hunt

Hi, Friends,
"To be a good watercolourist takes lifelong...



...plus thirty minutes." Good point!Quick watercolor is just like a thrilling hunt. It must be done in a few minutes before a model is gone. No spare time to think. Great excitement and joy.

I do watercolor at anywhere, even in a busy train cart, putting a water cup between the legs. This gentleman and I had a chat just before his getting off(A4).

Moving people is my most favorite! The quicker, the better outcome will be.
Indeed, quick work often captures a model's features more than time consumed work.


Often people ask me how I've learned it. I'm self-taught.
My approach has no magic. I've kept drawing everyday as many as possible since a childhood.

My approach...


1) Sketch people in black & white on A4 copy papers.
No regret using millions of papers!

(This "fossilized" work, pencil, A2.)



2) Study human anatomy & enjoy life drawings.

Set a time frame such as 3minutes, 5 minutes, 10 etc.

This old work was done in 3 minutes, A2, conte. (*The model was moving!)


3) Try color pencils.
Color pencils gave me the sense of colors and I moved onto watercolor.

4) Play with watercolor!
Love and Watercolor
Find favorite papers (*my favorite: Arches smooth, 300gsm) and enjoy happy accidents = explore techniques. But I value my style. The point is to be what I am, not anyone else.

This is my old work. You'll find my current style is getting more loose and quicker.


I'm still learning lots.

Great old masters' quickies/croquie have given me good hints how to draw such as Lautrec, Rembrandt, Egon Shiele and others. I always check any artist's croquie.

I'm very fortunate that
I could meet good artist friends. They show me very different approaches and encourage me like mentors.



As well as mentors, I'd deeply appreciate Friends, YOUR backup, YOUR visits and YOUR cheers for me.
Thank YOU, beyond language!!


I'm sure a watercolor quickie is the
mission possible.Happy painting, Friends!
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28 comments:

  1. Hi Sadami,
    I have one word for your watercolor - AMAZING!
    I have one word for your technique - SUPER!
    I have one word for your colors - PURE!
    I have one word for your post above - THANKS!
    I love your art works. Each of them tells the story. I just can imagine you sitting on a train and painting. I bet people are very curious to see the outcome, aren't they? I am not that brave yet, but I agree it takes a life to be a good watercolorist; and, I am on the way to be one :) . Thank you, Irina

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  2. Dear Irina,
    Thanks millions! You are already a wonderful watercolorist. Yes, quick watercolor requires a bit, "Be brave." Today, most people pretend not to look at me or silently watch with a great respect from behind my back, or just give me a few compliments words before going away. Once, when I started quickie, came across rude people. I wondered if I should give up. Perseverance was needed. I kept on going. When I technically improved, I found my work making onlookers silent. Learned the importance to be what I am and self-trust in a good sense, different from selfish overconfidence. After finishing work, it's really lovely to share joy and laugh with models and watchers. Indeed, some people take photos of my work and often ask commissioned portraits:-). Irina, a quickies is, too, the best demonstration and self ad convincing people your skills!
    Cheers, wink, wink,
    Sadami

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  3. Hola Sadami, siempre me quedo entusiasmado por tus retratos y bocetos de personajes, con pocos trazos y poco color consigues reflejar como nadie las expresiones y el movimiento, me parece muy complicado,y tu lo dominas a la perfección enhorabuena.

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  4. Dear Frances,
    ¡Muchas gracias! Parece que la sonrisa boba, mejor o para convencer a más audiencia. Voy a seguir trabajando.
    Un cordial saludo,
    Sadami
    Thank you so much!! It seems the simper, the better or more convincing audience. I'll keep up working on.
    Kind regards,
    Sadami
    >>>>>>>>>Frances says,
    Sadami Hello, I am always excited about your portraits and sketches of characters with few strokes and get some color like nobody reflects expressions and movement, it seems very complicated, and you have mastered it to perfection congratulations.

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  5. Incredibly lifely are all your quickies. So expressive your style.
    Kind regards
    Vertippsel

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  6. Dear Vertippsel,
    Thank you so much! I love your style, too. Let us work on our styles and share joy through art work.
    Cheers,
    Sadami

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  7. Hi Sadami.
    Your portraits are absolutely brilliant. So brilliantly loose and expressive. I can`t find words strong enough to express my feelings for your work. I try to do quick sketches at our club, and as soon as I get one line down, the model moves. It is very frustrating but wonderful. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. All the best my frind.
    Vic.

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  8. Dear Friend Vic,
    Thank you for warm encouragements. Good drawing skills take time to gain. I'm sure you are right on a track to make them all! Show us your wonderful work. Let us have fun in drawing and painting.
    Best wishes,
    Sadami

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  9. ESTUPENDOS RETRATOS SADAMI, TODOS SON MUY EXPRESIVOS, TIENEN VIDA. ME LLAMO LA ATENCION ESPECIALMENTE EL DEL NIÑO DEL HELADO. UN SALUDO.

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  10. Dear Juan,
    Thank you. Your architecture is SUPER!! I really look forward to your next.
    Gracias. Su arquitectura es SUPER! Realmente esperamos con interés su próxima visita.
    Cheers, Sadami

    >>>>>Juan said...
    PORTRAITS SUPER Sadami, ALL are very expressive, has a life. MY NAME IN PARTICULAR ATTENTION OF THE FROZEN CHILD. A GREETING.

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  11. Merci pour tes commentaires, bravo pour tes dernières réalisations, tes personnages toujours vivants et amusants, tes dessins d'architecture si précis et ces bateaux au galbe si bien rendus. Très bonne continuation !

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  12. Dear Yves,
    Thank you soooo much!! I love your landscape, too.
    Cheers, Sadami
    >>>>Yves said
    Thank you for your comments, congratulations for your recent accomplishments, your characters alive and fun, your architectural drawings so precise and boats in these curves so well rendered. Very good work!

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  13. Hello Sadami, I took a look at your blog and all I can say is "wow!" Your work is astounding. So glad you stopped by my blog so I could find yours. Very inspiring! Look forward to seeing all you do.

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  14. Dear Carol,
    Thank you so much!! Your writings, art work, occupation, faith are,too,very inspiring. In my blog, you can find nurses. Click a label "disability" and let us share joy!! God bless you, Carol.
    Kind regards,
    Sadami

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  15. Hola Sadami!!, encantadores trabajos, como siempre; y se percibe que disfrutas mucho haciéndolos. Un gran saludo.

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  16. Dear Carlos,
    Thanks millions!! I love your work, sense of humour and deep thoughts. I look forward to your next. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Cheers, Sadami
    Gracias millones!!Me encanta tu trabajo, sentido del humor y los pensamientos profundos. Espero con interés su próxima visita. Tiene un maravilloso fin de semana.

    >>>>>Carlos said,
    Sadami Hello!, Lovely work, as usual, and you notice I enjoyed making them. A big hello.

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  17. Sadami estos personajes que pintas con tan pocos trazos son maravillosos. Sé lo dificil que resulta, en tan breve tiempo, sacar los rasgos principales de las personas. Te felicito. Me gustaría tener ese don tuyo.
    Un abrazo

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  18. Dear Joshemari,
    Thank you very much! Quick watercolor portraits are my most favorite. But, as I said above, "be what I am" is the most important. You do not need to be someone else. I know Joshemari has Joshemari own and only style. That's most precious and beautiful. Each of us has a gift like a gold mine buried in us. Let us find each one's gift and share joy together.
    Kind regards, big hug!
    Sadami
    Estimado Joshemari,
    Muchas gracias! retratos rápidos acuarela son mis favoritas. Pero, como he dicho anteriormente, "ser lo que soy" es el más importante. Usted no necesita ser otra persona. Sé Joshemari ha Joshemari sí misma y sólo estilo. Eso es más valioso y hermoso. Cada uno de nosotros tiene un don, como una mina de oro enterrado en nosotros. Vamos a encontrar el regalo de cada uno y la alegría de compartir juntos.
    Un cordial saludo, abrazo!
    Sadami

    >>>>>Joshemari said...
    Sadami these characters you paint with as few strokes are wonderful. I know how hard it is, in so short a time, remove the main features of individuals. Congratulations. I wish I had that gift of yours.
    A hug

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  19. Thank you for your visit and comments as it means I have found you. I am awestruck by your amazing work, even inspired to try the dreaded watercolours! Your portraits are terrific!

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  20. sadami you have a wonderful gift these are a joy to see :)

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  21. Dear Sharon,
    Thank you for warm cheers and kind comments! I admire your oil painting and drawing skills. So lovely. I'm learning lots from you. (Once, I tried oil and eventually, got back to watercolour.)
    Look forward to my upload, Monday.
    Cheers, wink, wink,
    Sadami

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  22. Dear Jane,
    Thank you so much! Your work is, too, lovely and joy to see them all. I really look forward to your art activities :-).
    Cheers,
    Sadami

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  23. Hi Sadami - Thank you for your nice comment on my blog. You are quite talented and your blog is fun to read. I especially like your portraits.

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  24. Dear Michelle,
    Thank you! I like your work, too. Your say, "guesswork(=less detailed drawing)" is the point how to make quickies, especially regarding how to please audience:-). From a next week, I'll tell my tips how to make quickies.
    Cheers, wink, wink,
    Sadami

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  25. Sadami!

    Watercolors rule!

    Has anyone ever told you your work has a cartoony feel to it? It almost reminds me of anime for some reason.

    Very lively and fun!

    -Dean

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  26. Dear Dean, youngish energetic artist,
    Thank you for a kind visit and nice comments. I have not heard the say. But I enjoy cartoons and caricatures,too. Cartoons require good drawing skills. Have you ever looked at Lautrec and Rembrandt's cartony works? Worth checking them. Keep up your wonderful work in any area.
    Cheers, wink, wink,
    Sadami

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  27. Hi Sadami !

    Thank you for your visit and comments
    en attendant vos prochaines aquarelles
    Cheers
    Evrard

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  28. Dear Evrard,
    Thank you! I admire your multi-talent and nice art work.
    Je vous remercie! J'admire votre multi-talent et le travail d'art de Nice.
    Cheers, Sadami

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