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Monday, January 28, 2013

Dummy & Roughs : Ongoing Picture Book

Hi, Friends,did you have a wonderful weekend? 
Thank you so much for many warm cheers and encouragements! With them, I'll enjoy picture book illustration more than ever!

Now, I'm creating a dummy and roughs based on the story board.
Girl Has Icecream On Lips


A story board shows a visual info flow and a page break. Understanding a relation between a text and a page structure is crucial to create a book. A board reminds me of movie film cells. I often feel a picture book illustrator is very similar to a film director. We understand a scenario, set characters = actors & actresses, give them roles, choose locations, etc, etc. Get my feeling? In deed, often picture book illustrators study movies and film making.  

A dummy stands for a "dummy book." It's is experimental.
With a dummy, an illustrator checks how pictures tell a story or not and so on. Each illustrator has an individual taste and create a unique dummy.  Some illustrators make small dummies like miniatures, others make a book size ones and so on.  Some illustrators make lots at once and others produce only a few for one project. Once, I made three small dummies for one project. I chose the best page structure and combined better images from the dummies.

But this time, I'm working with "one" nearly "real book size dummy." A page or a rough should be changed, if necessary. So, alternative and potential images are ongoing, while I'm checking the storyboard,too.  

View St Mary Cathedral from Archibald Fountain side

I'll enjoy black & white roughs and colour roughs! 
I hope my lines and colours will keep dancing on papers whole through the project. 
Spontaneity is my strength.

Also, it's important to refresh myself apart from work. 
I had a wonderful time with Sydney sketch club members on Australia day, last Saturday. So nice to catch up with friends! We hugged each other and good to meet new members. We sketched many events and had lots of chats over lunch.
The fountain water showered us and made dots on the cathedral roof in the sketch. Children played around in it! Splash!
The sketching refreshed me so much. I'll enjoy drawing! Yey, we are having a long weekend right now.
Friends, Happy Painting!!



   




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24 comments:

  1. Bonitas ilustraciones, Sadami. Gracias por mostrar tus métodos de trabajo.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Hola, Onera,
      ¡Muchas gracias! Voy a hacer muchas de las ilustraciones para el proyecto en curso. Sus aplausos son mi energía.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Hi, Onera,
      Thank you very much! I'll make lots of illustrations for the ongoing project. Your cheers are my energy.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      Beautiful illustrations, Sadami. Thank you for showing your working methods.
      A hug.

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  2. Querida Sadami, te veo ya lanzada en la ilustración y especialmente te noto feliz con ello. Me alegro mucho. Eres una gran artista y tendrás éxito en esta especialidad. Te iremos siguiendo!!
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Hola, Joshemari,
      ¡Muchas gracias! Sí, realmente estoy disfrutando el proyecto y el texto. Ya les puedo decir el texy por el corazón. Haré mi mejor esfuerzo.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Hi, Joshemari,
      Thank you so much! Yes, I'm really enjoying the project and the text. I can tell the texy by heart already. I'll do my best.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Joshemari said...
      Dear Sadami, I see you already released in the illustration and especially you feel happy with it. I am very happy. You're a great artist and you will have success in this specialty. You will be following!
      A strong hug.

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  3. It is exciting to hear about your progress wiht the book.
    Hugs

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    1. Hi, Teri, thank you very much!
      I'll do my best. Cheers, Sadami

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  4. I'm the first to comment....and I just noticed the date on your post is tomorrow (for me!) haha....love the storyboard --how simple it is. Lovely painitngs, as always. Glad your project is going well and that you are able to spend time with friends too. :)

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    1. Oh, Celeste, thank you!
      Yeah, I always uploard a post or schedule it at 12 AM on Mondays (= I'm Zzzzz...). The example story board is a simple one. I set a happy couple on the way to church (for wedding? is readers expectation that an illustrator uses from social convensions). The film cells have more images, but picture book illustrations tell a story well with fewer images. Got it? I'm struggling, but quite a fun. Many big names in our industry help me and encourage me RIGHT NOW. I'll just have fun and make it happen.
      Cheers, Sadami


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  5. Nice and lovely story board in black and white here. Love how you simplified it. Have a nice week Sadami !

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    1. Thank you, Lydie!!
      The example story board is a simple one. I set a happy couple on the way to church (for wedding? is readers expectation that an illustrator uses from social convensions). The film cells have more images, but picture book illustrations tell a story well with fewer images. Got it? I'm struggling, but quite a fun. Many big names in our industry help me and encourage me RIGHT NOW. I'll make a B&W dummy for value study today. I'll just enjoy this project and make it happen.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  6. It's wonderful how Art refreshes both the artist and the viewer. Thank you for sharing your progress with the book illustrations.

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    1. Hi, Debbie, thank you so much! Your etegami, too, always refreshes me! I'm struggling, but quite a fun. Many big names in our industry help me and encourage me RIGHT NOW. I'll make a B&W dummy for value study today. I'll just enjoy this project and make it happen.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. I'm very glad to read that you are happy with your progress on the book, Sadami. I love the sketch of the little girl with the ice-cream, her expression is priceless. And you did a great job with the cathedral - a pretty complex architectural subject. have a a very nice week!

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    1. Hi, Blaga, yes, I'm surrounded by wonderful people and very big names in our industry. They encourage me and help me so much(*I really thank for Lord).
      Regarding the girl above was a second generation of Japanese. I pinned down her at once. The cathedral took me time, nearly an hour. Rigid. I want to more simplyfy the subject. BUT I've celebrated my achievement! Blaga, you and me, nothing different on our journey in watercolour. Let us enjoy this journey and hope we will achieve goals.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. Dear Sadami ,I'm sometimes late with the comments ... but I always read your posts so interesting. It 'nice to know as an illustrator illustrates the book! I always thought there was a method but I never imagined how ...now read from you with pleasure.
    Thanks to let me stay close to your desk!
    I really love ALL your works and ALL your words.Have nice week!Warmly,Rita.

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    1. Dear Rita,
      Thank you. You've never been to late, really, I swear!! I heartily appreciate each one's comment. (How lucky I am that many people visit here and leave nice and candid say! All are my treasures.) Feel free and enjoy contacting me through comments at anytime. Certainly, I'll reply with my heart.
      Yes, picture book illustration has methods that I studied at Sydney university continuing education course. The professional teachers discovered me.
      I really like your work, too. You, too, have a wonderful week.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  9. I am so happy to see you are hard at work on a book! I'm just catching up on your blog after being very busy myself.

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    1. Hi, Elva,
      Thank you. Please pass my best wishes to your lovely Lita, wonderful picture book illustrator and author!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. Hola Sadami :) Me alegra saber que el proyecto siga adelante y que va muy bien. Me gustan mucho los dibujos que muestras, los trazos son muy sueltos y dan gran sensación de espontaneidad captada en el momento. ¡Te felicito y mis mejores deseos! Sonia.

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    1. Hola, Sonia,
      Gracias por cheers calientes que me permiten avanzar. Sí, estoy trabajando en roughs. Espero que mantener espontaneidad.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Hi, Sonia,
      Thank you for warm cheers that enable me to go forward. Yes, I'm working on roughs. I hope I keep spontaneity.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Sonia said...
      Hello Sadami :) I am happy to know that the project will continue and that it is going very well. I really like the drawings that samples, strokes are very loose and give great feeling of spontaneity captured in the moment. Congratulations and my best wishes! Sonia.

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  11. Sadami, we were only a hundred meters or so apart on Saturday! Fate will ensure we meet someday. I too was sketching that day but not so nice as yours. Glad the work is progressing well. Cheers, Carole

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    1. Hi, Carole,
      Yes, we will get togther one day. Did you realize you captured your figure/reflection on the mirror in a hotel room photo? You look very charming and pretty! Nice skirt!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  12. Yes Sadami, I had a wonderful weekend! You too? I just spoke to Nelvia, an other blogger in America. We use skype. It's so wonderful!!!! What an enthousiasm you have on your book adventures. I love it to reed:) Your sketches are so nice. Especially the Icecreem girl:) Don't worry: your sketches are always very spontaneous! Just go ahead!!

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    1. Hi, Renate,
      Oh, thank you so much! Yes, I can use Skype, too. You and me, we have to enjoy a chat one day, don't we! Tonight, I really enjoyed the first life drawing class. Yes, I'll just go ahead!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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