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Monday, January 31, 2011

Sketch Children & Capture Moment of Life

This week, let's sketch children. Often parents or teachers or care givers are with children. Get permission first(*my business card is a helpful ID device). Making friends with children is the best way to sketch them. Technically, the quicker, the better to capture moving children.
I sat next to a mother and a girl having a cream bun...putting cream on around her mouth. While chatting, I sketched her. We, three had a fun.

Not only front faces, I study back figures, too.

Often my style is called, "Loose." A very long way to come to my current style. Try not to draw or paint too much. Overwork is no good for a loose style. If a drawing line is correct, a simple and "single" line is enough and sufficient.

Squint eyes and enhance values. As long as a value and a line are correct, you can do anything in painting --- is my finding.
Regarding drawing skills, bad news is there's no royal road for learning. Good news is everyday sketch improves drawing skills certainly. So, please do not give up and keep up quick sketching even 5 or 10 minutes daily that makes a huge difference in years.

A boy above pulled down the pants and got into a fountain. His parents happily allowed me to sketch him. (*Furthermore, the father took the photos of my sketches and proudly urged me, "Tell them my son, 'so-and-so' is the model!" Ahahaha! Oh, Mom & Dad love the son so much!) Really a fun.
Children's any face expressions or postures are very fascinating. I sometimes sketch a crying child and try to calm her/him down with parents!
(= you can imagine how quickly I sketch kids in bad temper.)

Kids often come close to me, a sketcher and love drawing, too. They soon get I'm working on something important. Children really respect a sketcher and never, ever interrupt my work.



I'm a
hunter to capture the moment, as I hardly use photo references.
In my experience, after millions of life model sketches, photo references are
helpful. Why? Eyes tell where are a subject's real lines and correct values based on photos. (*I hope my poor English makes sense!)
Life sketching enables an artist to build accurate and detailed visual information on a simple sketch --- even on a stick figure. Oh, yes, a cartoonist is a good example. All good cartoonists are great life sketchers. A reversed way -- using photo references first -- seems counterproductive to learn figurative drawings.
So, "Sketch, sketch, sketch!" That's all and my joy.
The illustration above is based on my daily sketches.
In addition, a
person in the work passed away. One family member talked to me(*they remembered we had chatted over a sketch at that time). I asked the person to wait right there and printed out my illustration for the family. We shed tears and held hands together. So, I believe a life sketcher is a guardian of time.

If you are interested in my past posts on quickies,
How to Make Quickies PART1

Importance of lines, drawing skills (Edgar Dogas's mentor's quote)How to Make Quickies PART2

Watercolor Quickies = Witty Short Speeches
How to Make Quickies PART3
Loose style = calculated spontaneity
How to Make Quickies PART4
Capturing Face Expressions
Sketch--Part 1 Women
Sketch--Part2 Men
Sketch Part3 Older People
Sketch Part4 Chilndren
Sketch Part5 Children, Artist as Guardian of Time
Enjoy a dessin and a croquis! Let us live our lives fully!


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60 comments:

  1. The studies are very interesting, the final work, fine.
    I like your watercolors of the human figure, and seeing your watering learn to improve my work.

    Thanks for taking the time to see my blog.

    Greetings and admiration,
    yulendys

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  2. Dear Yulendys,
    Thank you. Let's have fun in drawing and watercolor.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Gracias por esta lección Sadami, ¡esta genial!, un saludo.Thank you for this lesson Sadami, this great!, Greetings.

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  4. Sadami, your little darlings make me smile!! They are so adorable children. You show us the natural children, whether direct, without ulterior motives. I also like to see all your characters together. Everyone has something special. I like it a lot! Hugs.

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  5. your work is amazing, Sadami ! it seems the
    children will move ! I love how you draw them !
    I think I can imagine well how you do that !
    great sadami, great !
    wish you a wonderful new week !
    bisous

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  6. Cute and lovely sketches. You must be very fast at drawing because children are always on the move. Love the postures! Have a nice week!

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  7. really awesome!! I love the crowd scene. The gestures are well done! High Five Sadami!

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  8. You certainly have captured the essence of a child with these wonderful sketches. I especially love the last group of people. It is just wonderful! You are always such an inspiration!!!

    Hugs

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  9. i havnt drew for quite a long time the problem with when i draw they all look like kids drawing i like to add loads of bright colours the last big drwing thing i did was alice in wounderland

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  10. Beautiful post my friend, Sadami.....:)
    I love the group painting in the end with the clown making balloon animals. So much life to your paintings, every one of them.

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  11. A life sketcher is a guardian of time. What a great thought - you capture the children now and in years those children will still be there on your paper, playing in the water, eating with cream all over, having fun. Thanks for sharing these great quick sketches and the beautiful finished work.

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  12. Sadami, I feel the joy and excitement in your work. Keep it up; I'm enjoying your journey. Sincerely, Linda

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  13. I like your loose style and kids in action - just like my pupils:)
    Thank you for nice comments of my "dolls":)
    If you want to see "the eksperts" in action, visit theese websites:
    http://gunknitter.blogspot.com/
    and
    http://www.feltmaking.com/

    Anne:)

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  14. Very nice studies Sadami--you're right "loose" has to be done fast without a lot of thinking.

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  15. Enhorabuena Sadami hacer un dibujo de niños pequeños no es facil y tu lo has echo fantasticamente bien. Un saludo, JOse

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  16. Dear Juan,
    Thank you! Let's enjoy sketching kids. It's very fun. ¡Gracias! Vamos a disfrutar de dibujar los niños. Es muy divertido.
    Saludos, Sadami

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  17. Dear Olivia,
    Thank you! Anyone loves my sketches especially of children. I'll make lots of illustrations that gather my characters. (*The Council bought my developed watercolor.)
    Hugs and smile, Sadami

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  18. Dear Marty,
    Thank you!! People say my sketches move. Probably, TRUE. In the middle of night...they dance and dreamʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  19. Dear Anna,
    Thank you. Yes, I'm very quick that amaze kids and adults. People around me enjoy looking at a process together. Kids are dead honest to make comments. Young kids' innocent praises are my great honour!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  20. Dear Tiffanny,
    Thanks! You do the same stuff and lovely work. I'll make more watercolor grouping many people. Body language is very interesting.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  21. Dear Teri,
    Thank you! I'll keep up watercolor like the uploaded one. It's fun to capture the beauty of our daily life.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  22. Dear Linda,
    Thank you! Indeed, when sketch, I'm so excited. I chat, dance and even sing with models and others(*can you imagine?). My hands move in joy.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  23. Dear Kevin,
    Keep enjoying drawing and painting. Please take care of yourself.
    Regards, Sadami

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  24. Dear Carol,
    Thank you! You, too, enjoy art activities.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  25. Dear Annepa,
    Thanks! All your stuffed dolls are so cute. Keep up.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  26. Dear Linda,
    Yes, quick loose painting might be one methods to learn "not to think" for painting. Only it requires experiences and experiments. = think nothing & move hands lots.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  27. Dear Jose,
    Thank you! This is my direction to go. Let's enjoy drawing and painting.

    ¡Gracias! Esta es mi dirección tomar. Vamos a disfrutar de dibujo y pintura.
    Saludos, Sadami

    >>>Jose said...
    Congratulations Sadami draw a picture of young children is not easy and you've done fantastically well. Greetings, Jose

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  28. Dear Rhonda,
    Thank you~! Some kids have grown up to young men and ladies. Also, like them, my style is changing and improving. A great bonus.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  29. Lovely sketches - they almost dance off the page!
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how to get going with drawing children. You really are an inspiration.

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your work friend - but how lovely you could offer some comfort. Bless you xx

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  30. Dear Pat,
    Thank you! If children look lively, I'm so happy.
    Yes, like you mentioned, I've found another precious meaning of art.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  31. さだみさん
    Thanks Sadami, for sharing so much with us. You are so generous. Fabulous work as always.
    ありがとうございます。
    エブリン

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  32. Dear エベリン,
    ありがとうございます! I'm happy to know you enjoyed my works. Kids are our angels:).
    Cheers, Sadami

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  33. Hola Sadami, otro post muy interesante, me encanbta sus consejos, trabajar y trabajar esto es el secreto, y visto tus bocetos tu has trabajado mucho, porque los dibujos de niños me parecen d elos mas complicados, porque no parab ni un minuto, y tu eres capaz de coger los gestos, y las expresiones en unos segundos, es maravilloso.
    Me olvidé de contestarte a la pregunta de cuanto tiempo tardé en hacer mi último trabajo, no lo calculé exactamente pero creo que unas tres horas para el dibujo y otras tres o cuatro para la acuarela. Seguro que tu lo hubieras hecho en media hora...
    Saludos.

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  34. Dear Francis,
    Thank you and true! The secret is practice--that's all. And anyone can learn drawing skills after lots of practices.
    Regarding your "speed", I think quite quick, "express." You spend more time in drawing. Mmm... it makes sense for me. Of my uploaded last work(A2) took several weeks to finish up. I enjoyed the illustration and a very good thing is Council bought it. Selling work is not easy!

    Estimado Francis,
    Gracias y verdadero! El secreto es la práctica - eso es todo. Y cualquier persona puede aprender habilidades de dibujo después de muchas de las prácticas.
    En cuanto a su "velocidad", creo que bastante rápido ", expresa." Usted pasa más tiempo en el dibujo. Mmm ... tiene sentido para mí. De mi trabajo subido pasado (A2) tomó varias semanas para terminar. Me gustó la ilustración y una cosa muy buena es el Consejo lo compró. Venta de trabajo no es fácil!
    Saludos, Sadami

    >>>Francis said...
    Sadami Hi, another very interesting post, I encanbta advice, work, work that is the secret, and seen your sketches you have worked a lot, because children's drawings seem d elos more complicated, because we did not stop for a minute, and you are able to take the gestures and expressions in a few seconds, it's wonderful.
    I forgot to write back to the question of how long it took to make my last job, not calculated exactly but I think about three hours to draw and another three or four for the watercolor. Surely you would have done in half an hour ...
    Greetings.

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  35. Thank you for sharing
    those amazing work

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  36. Dear Skizo,
    Thank you. You make amazing work, too!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  37. Dear Teresa,
    Thank you! You, too, make lovely works. Please keep up.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  38. Great sketches Sadami! I can't imagine sketching children on the move. You certainly captured their movement as well as their wonderful expressions!! well done..

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  39. Dear Hilda,
    Thank you! Sketching kids is really a fun. A bonus is sharing results with others in joy. What a joyful job!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  40. Such wonderful movement and expression in your work!

    How very touching about the last drawing. So nice you could share it with the family :)

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  41. Dear Lolo,
    Thank you! Your creative work is so lovely and very heart-warming. Keep up:)!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  42. I love these scenes of children, to grasp quickly the innocence, frustration, ... Sadami wonderful, I admire you.

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  43. Hi Sadami,

    Thanks so much for posting on my blog and following. Your paintings are just wonderful. I've been working hard at loosening up and being more free with watercolor - my early work was very tight and mechanical. You have a profound comfort with the medium and a love of painting that shows. I will be stopping by often.

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  44. Dear Leovi,
    Thank you for a kind comment. I admire your rich inspirations and beautiful photos.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  45. Dear Wren,
    Thank you. Your watercolor technique, drawing skills and work are amazing! Your style is beautiful. Please keep up.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  46. Dear Tim,
    Thanks! Your drawings and paintings are really nice. I particualrly love your sketching other students.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  47. Sadami,
    Finally time to visit you properly and not just from reading the feed. These are so charming and yet instructive too. I can see you dancing for your colors and brush work sing along.

    Thank you for gentle lessons and gentle words and gorgeous watercolors.

    GG

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  48. I so love that bare bottom! I am potty training my three year old and he has found he loves running around naked. Wonderful work, as always.

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  49. Dear Garden Groans,
    Thank you so much! Yes, I actually sing, dance and chat with kids and their parents. Your work is, too, beatiful and particularly, drawing skills attract me. Keep up!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  50. Dear Margaret,
    Thank you! Ah! You have a wonderful model just around you. Any child is so cute and an living angel:). Enjoy the training. Soon such a time will be gone.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  51. These are wonderful! They made me smile and giggle!
    Vicki

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  52. Sadam
    no doubt you are a guardian of the time!
    these sketches are better than photography,
    because you was the means of transport, a scene from the paper! Direct your eyes and brain for rapid interpretationthis!! is awesome!
    I do not have much ability to design faster,
    For that reason they know how complicated it is!
    Congratulations for capturing these moments,
    so different and special, primarily with children who never sit still!
    I loved all the pictures!

    a huge hug!
    I hope you and your are well,
    with all these outbursts of nature,
    storm, rain ....
    beware!!!

    obs. :/ and now, am I with my PC broke!
    the novel is with me! pacience!!

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  53. Sadami, I am so impressed how perfectly you can capture kids' emotions! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful work!

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  54. Dear Vicki,
    Thanks! But you are multi-talented woman who does knitting, cartoons, sumie, crafts, even button making. I admire your creativity.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  55. Dear Denise,
    Thank you for the kind words. But I admire your PC skills and so rich creativity. Always your work amazes me--smart ideas, interesting concepts and above all, super-design sense! Please keep up and amuze and amaze the world.
    Big hugs and smile,
    Sadami

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  56. Dear Maria,
    Thanks! Your watercolor paintings are soooo cute, gorgeous and pretty. Ah, they always catch my heart.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  57. Oh, how I enjoyed these sketches! I love expecially the child with the pulled down pants... so funny and tender! I like how you transform the drawing practice in a way to enter in relation with people! Thank you for your quickies! Ciao!

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  58. Dear Cristina,
    Thank you! Me, too, love that pants-down boy most. For me, drawing is a communication methods with people.
    Cheers, Sadami

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