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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

Hi, Friends, Happy New Year!
Are you enjoying a New Year? What did you do a New Years Eve? We had big dinner and enjoyed fire work! So beautiful and popular spots were over crowded. Now, I hope all Friends have a wonderful start. This is my first work in 2013. 

Did you make resolutions? Here, my new year's resolutions. 

1)  Put Heart or Message in Work 
I'll do my best to work on the ongoing picture book project! (*only the shame is I cannot upload the work.)
The point is how illustrations successfully send the message or depict the text for readers. 

In my personal opinion, the message already-put in work is more eye catchy than technical stuff. Sounds strange? I believe so. Or I should say, a message captures viewers' hearts.

A Japanese proverb says, "A brilliantly sculptured Buddha, BUT an artist forgot putting a soul in." That wise say is spot on any art work and particularly, it's true of picture book illustration.
A stunningly beautiful work without heart, will neither move readers nor bear time. On the contrary, technically, it might be not so sophisticated, but if it has a precious message, the work reaches viewers souls. Example, the work is done by young children and people with intellectual disabilities. I always learn from anyone's work.
2) Explore Caricatures As Well As Portraits 
As well as world famous people, I'll make academic people's caricatures, as I'm fond of literature and history etc.   
But I NEVER want to make a caricature that might hurt a personal feeling. I want to make a model and viewers smile. 

I cannot resist uploading my mentor, Ann James's caricature again. Anyone loves this work in our publishing industry!
Caricature, also, is a good practice for character design. The key is how to pick up the essence of a personality.  



3) Sketch everything, anything interests me
Sketching brings ideas for studio work and different approaches.  They become my references and precious daily exercises. Sydney Sketch Club sketched the organ recital at Town Hall last week. On the way to Town Hall, I sketched a couple in train. The work pleased them so much! I'll put colours later for fun!

Below, the organ and the practice of changing "perception."
The subject was too huge. Although on the same seat, I changed the perception in mind and tried to capture a whole. The bottom and the centre were emphasized to show a monstrous mass, but the wings were omitted. After the recital, we climbed up to a stage. My perception was correct! The real sketch location was very near to the organ and just under it from the left. Interesting and handy approach. It deepens my understanding of perception and develops drawing skills. 
I'll explore more interesting approaches in sketches.  

4) Life Drawing
I'll enjoy it and try different techniques. We, members will run workshops this year. I'm in charge of figure by watercolour. Teaching is learning.  I hope I will have a wonderful time with members.   

Well, finally... I'll do exercise lots such as yoga or taichi on the ground. Ah, only the issue is "putting on weight" in this festive season... gulp!  Even though I love swimming and do 1km often, it does not help weight loss at all.  A physio answered with a sympathetic smile, "Swimming is a very gentle exercise that does not consume calories." So, Friends, I'll do exercise "on the ground"  more! ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ Girls, go unite! and ... crash calories?!

I heartily hope 2013 will be a wonderful year for all of you!
Happy Painting!!!









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    1. Hi, Tiffanny,
      Thank you! You, too, happy new year. Let's work on illustration!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. Te deseo salud y felicidad en el nuevo año, Sadami.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Hola, gracias, Onera!
      ¡Tú también! Le deseo salud, felicidad.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Hi, thank you, Onera!
      You, too! I wish you health, happiness.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Onera said...
      I wish you health and happiness in the new year, Sadami.
      A hug.

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  3. Happy New Year and bravo fo your resolutions!

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    1. Hi, Sylviane,
      Thank you! Wish you happy new year! Let's enjoy our lives fully!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  4. Those are good resolutions, Sadami! I have not made them for myself yet. I particularly like the first one. Happy painting in 2013!

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    1. Hi, Judy, thank you very much! I wish you all the very best. I hope 2013 will be a fruitful year for you.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. Happy New Year to you Sadami. I hope 2013 is a very good one for you.....ann.

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    1. Hi, Ann, thank you! Yes, I'll make this year a good one!! "I" take initiative to my life. You, too, have a wonderful year!
      All the very best, Sadami

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  6. All the best wishes in the new year, Sadami!

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    1. Hi, Dora, thank you! I really enjoyed your posts last year. Wish you all the very best for you, too. Have a wonderful year!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  7. さだみさんへ

    さだみさんにとってもいい年になりますように。
    カンナって、英語からきたんですね。
    水泳では、やせないわけですね。
    うーん、私の友人も泳いでますが、減量には結びにはつかないといってましたね。(笑)わたしの抱負は、なんとか花を描けるようになることなんです。これは厳しいです。かなり。去年は簡単に挫折しましたので、今年こそ。

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    1. Dear Midori,
      敢えて一言申し上げます。おせっかいですので無視して下さってけっこうです。"Self-acceptance"が出来て居ないなら、artistとしても人としても行き詰まります。貴方が自分を描くのに行きづまった時、I felt, "That's a pity..." あなたは大変talentのある方です。花はもう"すで"に描いているではありませんか?で、もっと何を望んでいますか?貴方は大変自分に厳しい方ですね。目標を持つのは良い事です。が、結果を素直に喜ぶのも大変大切です。上手に描くのを目指すなら、レベルを上げるのに時間が掛かります。だれも才能だけで飛躍した者は居りません。 私の敬愛するartistは365日,自画像を描きつづけました。
      Wish you all the very best, Sadami

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  8. Hola Sadami!! Este año has empezado muy pronto con tus entradas al blog!! Acaba de empezar el año!!!
    Estoy de acuerdo que se aprende de todo el mundo, sean discapacitados o no. De todos!!!
    Eso de las caricaturas es algo que he admirado siempre a los que lo hacen, pero nunca he sido capaz de hacerlos. La caricatura que has hecho de tan nefasto personaje, está muy bien. Pero... se merece que le hagan caricaturas? Me parece que ni eso!
    Un feliz año y un gran beso para ti.

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    1. Estimado Joshemari, maestro de la vista del paisaje y la ciudad,
      Oh, sí, dibujos animados requieren bastante altamente cualificados dibujo capacidad y sentido del humor sofisticado. De lo contrario, se trata embotado, desorden o no garra, aunque depende de una "audiencia".
      Con respecto a la caricatura cargada, era una parte de la práctica de políticos conocidos en el pasado. Joshemari, obtendrá por eso me centro en caricatura este mes de marzo (es un "programa"). Por favor mantenga un ojo en el blog.
      ¡Muchas gracias!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Dear Joshemari, master of landscape and city view,
      Oh, yeah, cartoons require quite highly skilled drawing ability and sophisticated humour sense. Otherwise, it comes up dull, mess or not punchy, although it depends on a "target audience."
      Regarding the uploaded caricature, it was a part of practice of well-known politicians in the past. Joshemari, you'll get why I focus on caricature this March(is a "schedule"). Please keep an eye on the blog.
      Thank you very much!
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Joshemari said...
      Hello Sadami! This year has started very early with your entries to the blog! Just starting the year!
      I agree that you learn from everyone, whether disabled or not. Of all!
      That cartoon is something that I have always admired those who do, but I've never been able to do them. The caricature you've done so grim character, is fine. But... it deserves to do cartoons? It seems to me that not even that!
      A happy new year and a big kiss for you.

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  9. Feliz año , que el 2013 te traiga mucha felicidad, sigue pintando es un placer ver tu trabajo, saludos.

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    1. Disponibilidad estimado Francis,
      Gracias por la amables cheers. Le deseo todo lo mejor! Mantener su trabajo maravilloso.
      Saludos cordiales, Sadami

      Dear Busy Francis,
      Thank you for kind cheers. I wish you all the very best! Keep up your wonderful work.
      Kind regards, Sadami

      >>> Francis said...
      Happy new year, 2013 brings you much happiness, he continues to paint is a pleasure to see your work, greetings.

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  10. Happy New year, Sadami! Good resolutions! I've always thought you're really good in finding the essence of a personality and depicting it. From there to 1 and 2 is a tiny step. I wish you success in making these decisions come true!

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    1. Dear Blaga,
      Happy New Year to you, too! Thank you very much. Regarding picture book illustration, it requires smooth and sophisticated "information flow" between pages. That's what I'm struggling RIGHT NOW day and night on a story board making. Caricatures are "one highlight scene" and in that meaning, easier than picture book making, for me. Anyway, I really wish you a wonderful year for you!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  11. Happy New year! Love how thoughtful your resolutions are and wish you all the success in 2013!

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    1. Meera, Happy New Year! Thank you so much. You, too, have a wonderful 2013!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  12. Happy New Year Sadami - good resolutions that I think you are well on your way with already - especially the heart and soul one!

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    1. Hi, Cathy, thanks and you, too! I want to put the heart and soul into work. I hope you'll have a wonderful and productive 2013!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  13. great post, Sadami---I was really struck by your character drawing of Hitler! wow! Your work does have heart every day....you don't need to work on that...it is always there! I loved all the drawings and paintings..happy 2013!

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    1. Happy 2013 for you, too! Thank you very much!! I admire all your paintings and posts. Put aside techinical stuff, I'm working on a story board, focusing on the information flow -- hope I can put my heart and send a message.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  14. Happy New Year Sadami! Interesting New Resolutions. It makes me think about mine :D
    I wish you a year full of inspiration and creativity!

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    1. Yahooo, Anna! Thank you. Let us inspire each other in art!!
      All the very best, Sadami

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  15. Dear Sadami:) Your first painting of 2013 is already a winner to me:) Your other sketches are beautiful too! I always love your stories also told by your sketches. I wish you a lot of succes in this year and much of happiness and health. Big kisses:)

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    1. Dear Renate,
      Thank you so much! I love sketching particularly children. In addition, they are very polite and behave very well around me (*much better than some rude adults!) I wish you, too, have a wonderful and creative year!
      Big hugs, kisses, Sadami

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  16. Happy 2013 Sadami!!! i love the little girl, very good job Sadami, like always.. Hugs!!

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    1. Hi, Mari, thank you. I wish you Happy New Year!
      Let's enjoy creative journey in art!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  17. Dear Sadami , I'm late, but it is never too late to wish!
    I wish you a New Year in Great Health, Great Harmony and Great Prosperity!
    It 's always a pleasure to read and admire your work so fresh that it seems the brush flights on paper, touching it with powerful lightness !
    Warm regards,Rita.

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    1. Dear Rita,
      Thank you very much. Please take it easy and put your life first.
      I always pray for you, too. I heartily hope you'll have a wonderful 2013.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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