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Monday, January 14, 2013

Ongoing Picture Book Illustration

Now, I'll chat over picture book illustration and a paper size. As the positive feedback came back to my story board, I'm working on black and white on an A2 or a sheet paper ( Arches, smooth,356 gsm, 65cm x 102cm -- I'll cut it into a half!).
Some people might think picture book illustrators create images on A4 or on a reasonably easy smaller size papers. As far as I know, illustrators use bigger size papers than books. Quite "large," even though a real book size is smaller than original work. 
 
*Above is a doodle just for fun. It's nothing to do with the ongoing project. 
To avoid stress, I always enjoy varied style at once. 
Or I should say do something different from a main ongoing work.
Why do picture book illustrators make big work?
Because a reduced size image will come up beautifully = a big work comes up nice in a real printing size. So, we work on large papers. It's really "huge efforts." I bravely stand in front of a drawing board and challenge a big paper. Physically, mentally, it's a demanding work. Gulp?! Sounds like a battle? Furthermore, these big papers are expensive. It makes an artist a bit nervous. 



Well, hopefully, not the battle with papers, but I'll embrace papers and kiss them all. My dear friend says, "Papers are your dear friends, Sadami!" Great. What smart advice! That has relaxed my high tension to poshed papers. (*Her email is on the drawing board. Thank you, dear!) Other admiring illustrators encourage me so much such as Tohby Riddle, Elise Hurst, Anne Spudvilas, PJ Lynch and Ann James. What a lucky illustrator I am! 

Above all, joy must come first. My editor/publisher Helen Chamberlin is so caring and lovely. Helen says, "Have fun! Enjoy it!" "Do what you think right!" Brilliant cheers. That's the main thing in my illustration. Helen knows me very well. Otherwise, my hand gets stiff and brushes and lines will never dance on papers. What a blessing I can work with that Publisher/Editor!

In 2013, the goal is to accomplish 32 pages plus, a front cover and a back cover. (Friends, besides the mentioned above, illustration requires experiments and lots of other drawings.) Also, technically, I hope my most strength, "spontaneity" will come up in a picture book. If I really cannot make it on a big paper, I'll use a smaller and kinder size to me. Be flexible.

To be honest with you, the ongoing project and other projects occupy me more and more. A bit hard to find enough time for this blogging. If this blogging becomes irregular, please understand it. At weekend, I saw many friends and swam a very long distance in an ocean pool. It was a very good refreshing my heart and body between work. 
Friends, have fun! Thank you for wonderful friendship. 
Happy Painting!! 















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24 comments:

  1. Tus ilustraciones son geniales, Sadami. Ese nuevo proyecto será un éxito seguro.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Hola, Onera,
      Sólo voy a hacer mi mejor! Esperemos que puedo conseguir "algo" de dinero.
      Cheers, Sadami

      Hi, Onera,
      I'll just do my best! Hopefully, I can get "some" money.
      Cheers, Sadami

      >>>Onera said...
      Your illustrations are great, Sadami. This new project will be a sure success.
      A hug.

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  2. all the best with your project sadami ... look forward to seeing your book when it is finished ..happy 2013

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    1. Thank you, Jane!
      Yes, I wish I could invite you for my book launch.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Al decir que nadaste en una gran piscina, dí un salto de alegría, porque creía que tendrías dificultades después de tus intervenciones del pasado año. Eres fenomenal y valiente! Tu lo superas TODO! Me alegro mucho.
    Bueno, tus dibujos fantásticos. Son unas ilustraciones muy bonitas y por lo que nos dices, cada una de ellas un cuadro! Claro que los tienes que querer! Y mucho!!!
    Espero poder ver y disfrutar de tus 32 Ilustraciones. Ánimo!
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Estimado Joshemari,
      ¡Muchas gracias! Estoy muy contento con este proyecto. Hermoso texto. Muy buena noticia es que debo trabajar en imagen un poco más grande, no enorme, hoy que lo obtuve desde el Editor.
      Voy saltar en una piscina de alegría!!
      Abrazo, Sadami

      Dear Joshemari,
      Thank you very much! I'm very happy with working on this project. Lovely text. Very good news is I should work on a bit bigger image, not huge, today I got it from Editor.
      I'll jump into a pool of joy!!
      Big hug, Sadami

      >>>Joshemari said...
      Say you nadaste in a large pool, gave a leap of joy, because I thought you'd have difficulties after your interventions of the past year. You are brave and phenomenal! Your it overcome everything! I am very happy.
      Well, your fantastic drawings. They are a very nice illustrations and so tell us, each one of them a box! Of course, that you have to love! And much!
      I hope to see and enjoy your 32 illustrations. Mood!
      A strong hug.

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  4. Hello Sadami. It has been way too long since I visited your blog. I am wishing you much success with the picture book. It has to be a labor of love.

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    1. Dear Carol,
      Thank you very much. I'm really enjoying the project. Quite interesting. Well, "labour of love," but hopefully, I will earn some money.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  5. Nunca imaginé que los ilustradores trabajabais con ese tamaño de papel!! Bien, los resultados son muy buenos, tienes un don especial para dibujar escenas de niños. Un abrazo.

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    1. Hola, Tina,
      Siempre gracias! Sí, un tamaño es una cuestión. Pero hoy, cuando consulté Editor, la buena noticia llegó! Puedo trabajar en un tamaño razonable. Ah, me siento tan aliviado.
      Te guste!!
      Amor y sonrisa, Sadami

      Hi, Tina,
      Always thank you! Yeah, a size is a matter. But today, when I consulted Editor, the good news came! I can work on a reasonable size. Ah, I'm so relieved.
      I'll enjoy it!!
      Love and smile, Sadami

      >>>Tina said...
      I never imagined that illustrators trabajabais with that size of paper! Well, the results are very good, you have a special gift to draw scenes of children. A hug.

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  6. So interesting to hear the process of illustrating. I love the sketches. Keep up the good work, you sound like you have a lot to do.

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    1. Hi, Polly,
      Thank you. Yes, very busy. Lots of things to do, but very much fun. You, too, enjoy drawing!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  7. I can see that your work is a labour of love Sadami, I hope it is enjoyable and then the hard work will be worth it! Cheers Carole.

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    1. Hi, Oregame,
      Thank you. Ah, yeah, "labour of love," but hopefully it gives me some money. (money does not come from a heaven!) And despite poverty whatever, I really love this job!!!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  8. All the best with your book Sadami! Although I have done a few children's book illustrations, I never knew to do them so much bigger. Very interesting and informative, thank you!

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    1. Hi, Cathy,
      Thank you! I know you did picture books. You have to teach me how to do it. As far as I know many big names work are quite big. Today, I contacted Editor and the old teacher to check the paper size for my case. Then, good news is I do not need to make a huge work. So relieved. I'll enjoy this project fully!!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  9. Best of luck with this project, Sadami! Thank you for letting us an inside look into the process of book illustration. I love this painting of the kids climbing the tree, such a cheerful scene!

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    1. Thank you, Blaga! In my dictionary, ability and skills meet opportunities, called luck. In a healthy way, I'd trust in me and I'll grow as an illustrator in this project.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. さだみさんへ

    ここにいたオーストラリア人の人が、絵本を出版したことがあって、そのとき、その人がサイズのこといっていましたね。みんなあの本のサイズでかいているとおもいますよね。いそがしくてなによりです。がんばって。

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    1. Dear Midori,
      ありがとう。私達 illustrators は貧乏暇ナシです。 Annが私に絵本のサイズを教えました。"Standard size" がありますが、illustratorのtasteで決まります。ウチの業界は大変狭く、お互い仕事の話をします。先輩達はとても親切です。 来週,大先輩が私のスタジオに遊びに来ます。モチ、私のお絵描きを見たいのです。 Wonderful to have a same minded friend! You, too, enjoy drwaing and friendship.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  11. Very beautiful painting Sadami:) This hard work is only possible with your skills and love for the art. Wonderful! Don't overwork yourself and try to enjoy! Big hug:) xxx

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    1. Hi, caring Renate,
      You always cheer me up. Thank you so much! Yes, I'll be kind to myself. I'm looking at a "dummy book" to check information flow. I'll seek advice and feedback from Editor.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  12. Very interesting to read about the process for illustrating children's books - did not have any idea of the process! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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  13. I love your children in the trees!

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