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Monday, March 5, 2012

Child's Back Figure -- makes Front Figure!

Hi, Friends, did you enjoy a weekend? I had a good time after I submitted some paintings to exhibitions. The hand is getting better.
Thank you for many cheers and the feedback on "movements."
Now, this week topic is a "kid's back figure."
By the way, how do you play with a sketched back figure? Well, I do a "second use." I reverse the back figure drawing. See below.
An outline is exactly the same as the first illustration. (*I traced it.)
But with it, I can make a front figure, too.
It's my methods to check a back figure is correct or not. If right, a traced figure turns out to be a beautiful front figure.Yes, a back figure makes a front figure! Vise versa.
It's a good practice and an interesting approach to understand a subject in a multi dimention.


Back to the subject.
A back figure often tells a story well, sometimes, more than a front figure.
Actually, we often look at back figures more than front figures, which tells life stories and emotions lots.
In a picture book illustration, a back figure is as efficient as a front figure to tell a text. Or I should say, a back figure stimulates viewers imagination. So, a back figure is a good vehicle to carry a text's message in a subtle way.

Often
I feel something poetic in a back figure like an echo.
It's a joy to find little children's innocence and great concentration in their back figures. Sketching a back figure is reasonably easier than a front figure.
My methods.
1) Check a head, a neck, a shoulder's position.
Yes, unlike a front figure, a shoulder/body comes forward to you! (*hope that sentence makes sense!)
2) Especially, examine a head's angle.
3) Make a smooth relation between a head, a neck and a shoulder/body = A spine is at the centre!



Friends, happy painting!!!
Enjoy both back figures and front figures!

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28 comments:

  1. Dear Sadami I absolutely adore your work!! Do you have a picture book out because I would love to have one. :)

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  2. As always you are full of useful tips and information Sadami!...I like the idea of the visa versa image. Your sketches are always so lively and, I have been meaning to say before, I like that you leave the pencil lines in, they add so much to the painting and 'visa versa'...glad your hand is improving...ann.

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  3. You're right, there is something very expressive in the back of a person, child or adult. I always liked a back figure when doing figure studies, the curve of the backbone is very interesting and poetic. Lovely work, Sadami!

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  4. So clever to see the front and the back of the same figure! I love all your sketches, as always. My favorite this time is the girl feeding the birds! Have a nice week!

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  5. Olé, amiga Sadami!! Me alegra mucho leer lo que acabo de leer! Eres grande!!! Y con una voluntad enorme!! Eso te ha llevado a donde hoy eres!
    En poco tiempo podrás disponer de las dos manos con agilidad!
    Bueno, esos dibujos son geniales y aunque te parezca fácil girar a una persona dibujandola, no es nada fácil. Pero...Hay algo difícil, para ti?
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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  6. Love the post, Sadami! I am fascinated by how quickly your mind works to interpret figures so effectively. And your tips are very clear ... and enthusiastic. :)

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  7. Great explanation on how to show expression. You can tell a lot about the mood of a child from behind. Thanks for the sketching tips. Glad to learn you continue to improve.

    Have a great week!

    Yours,
    Nanina

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  8. Sadami, you make it sound so easy.
    The true sign of a maestro!
    Glad to hear your hand is improving xx

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  9. Dear Crystal,
    Thank you so much. Paste this info, please.
    http://www.paddlepoppress.com/projects/education/wholechild/
    "Stuck" Author Janeen Brian. Rigby (Harcourt Publisher)
    ISBN978-0-7312-7480
    But I'm afraid the book is "Big Book(=classs discussion)" and my watercolour style is very traditional and different from the current one.
    I'm working on another project now.
    So, please keep patience and I'll let you know when my picture book will be published.
    I'd really appreciate your kind enquiry. My great honour.
    Kind regards,Sadami

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  10. さだみさん
    >I do a "second use." I reverse the back figure drawing.
    そうですね!面白くて上手でした。
    エベリン

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  11. Dear Ann,
    Thank you for the kind and sweet message. The visa verse image is fun. It actually checks my original drawing is correct or not. Try it, if you have a spare time. Let us enjoy drawing and painting!
    The hand is getting stronger day by day.
    Kind regards, Sadami

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  12. Hi,Rhonda,
    Thank you! Are you enjoying painting and drawing? Please take care of yourself. Take a rest well and enjoy life fully!!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  13. Hi,Judy,
    Thank you for the kind cheers always. Yes, me, too, most like the ruby red girl feeding birds. Let's have fun in painting.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  14. Ole Estimado Joshemari,
    Gracias. Mi mano se pone mejor y mejor. Voy a disfrutar de dibujo y pintura. Tú, también, cuidar y disfrutar de actividades artísticas.
    Saludos, Sadami

    Ole Dear Joshemari,
    Thank you. My hand gets better and better. I'll enjoy drawing and painting. You, too, take care and enjoy art activities.
    Cheers, Sadami

    Ole Sadami friend! I'm glad to read what I just read! You are great! And with a huge desire! That has led you to where you are today!
    Soon you will have both hands nimbly!
    Well, those pictures are great and even if it seems easier to turn a person drawing it is not easy. But ... There is something difficult for you?
    A big hug.

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  15. Dear Kath,
    Thank you very much. But all of us have the same abilities in eyes. Anyone can tell if drawing is INCORRECT=distorted image.
    So, in my understanding, the point is how you can move hands or if hands will follow your eyes' sending info. Although it takes time to train hands, not impossible. Just have fun.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  16. Dear Nanina,
    Thank you! Sketch a subject from any angle is fun and needed. You, too, enjoy drawing and painting.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  17. Oh, Pat,
    You're always so caring for blog friends. Thank you so much. You, too, enjoy drawing, painting and WRITING!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  18. Hi, Evelyn,
    ありがとう!!エベリンこそすばらしい新しい作品にちょうせんしているので感心しています。がんばってネ。
    Best wishes,Sadami

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  19. I am so surprised to read this post! I do lots of back figures (church sketches) and never dreamed of doing back to front. Amazingly creative of you.

    So happy to hear the hand is healing well.

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  20. Hi, Teri,
    Thank you! A bit sore and weak, the right hand gets stronger.
    I know you make lots of back figures. Yes, you can reverse them. It's my methods to check a back figure is correct or not. If right, a traced figure turns out to be a beautiful front figure. I also use it to make muti-angle references that include front and back. Have fun!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  21. very intersting! glad to read that your hand is recovering! thanks for the beautiful drawings!

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  22. Hi,Celeste,
    Thanks millions! Yes, I'm recovering! Keep up wonderful work and make us happy.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  23. A great blog with marvelous drawing...
    Best regards from Paris,

    Pierre

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  24. Hi,Pierre,
    Thank you for the kind cheers. Your photos are absolutely beautiful, sensitive and delicate art. Please keep up!
    Best wishes,Sadami

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    1. Thanks a lot Sadami !
      Now I'll blush...
      Feel free to visit and comment my older post and albums...
      Best regards from Paris,

      Pierre

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  25. Hi, Pierre,
    ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ Thank you~~!! ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ
    Cheers,Sadami

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  26. Excellent!!! very beautiful watercolor!!!

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    1. Hi, welcome, Степан!
      Thank you for the nice cheers. You, too, enjoy art work, yey!!
      Kind regards, Sadami

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