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Monday, February 4, 2013

Draw, draw, draw your head off!?

Friends, soon I'll submit a dummy to a publisher. The project occupies my heart and mind (*A bit shame. It does not fulfil my stomach directly ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ ).
"Draw, draw, draw," is my mentor Ann James's very good advice (she really enjoys my drawings and loves them all). Moving hand gives me solution.Think nothing, but I'm having fun. Indeed, Editor/Publisher Helen Chamberlin said at the beginning, "Enjoy! Have fun!!" I feel Helen is very thoughtful, who knows me very well. I'm producing lots of black & white images and enjoy colour experiments.
Ultimately, drawing skills decides other painting skills like any artist asserts. To refresh myself between colour works, I always go back to "black and white" and "value" again. Live models or sketching is the best way to improve my watercolour skills, too. 

When I attended the picture book illustration course a long time ago, a lecturer, Wayne Harris soon noticed my A4 sketches piled on a desk in a class room (I always brought them with myself to anywhere). Wayne looked up the drawings and said with a smile, 
"Sadami, with a few lines, your capture figures very well!" I blushed up at an unexpected compliment. Donna Rawlins, too, at once, recognised my drawing skills and phoned me in person. 


Wayne's say echoes in me. I've kept on drawing, drawing, drawing on. For me, lines should be "the fewer, the better." Confidently, strongly and rhythmically, lines must be drawn on papers. Yes, good lines dance on papers! The simpler, the better. Also, a well-organized simple line looks like "nothing special." But in fact, it's sufficient enough and right on spot and in space. I know a good line has a long hidden history or a result of tens of millions of attempts.

I hope myself to keep spontaneity on papers in a studio, too. 
Oh, yes, we will start a life drawing class from today!
I'll enjoy drawing and illustration more. 
Friends, you, too, Happy Painting!!



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34 comments:

  1. This sounds like hard work, preparing work and seeing a publisher, but also sounds like you are enjoying the process Sadami. Lovely to see your drawings.

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    1. Hi, Ann,
      Thank you! It is! Joy must come first. Otherwise, my work gets stiff and no good. Like a little child, I want to enjoy it. You, too, have fun in drawing!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. Cada día me gustan mas tus trabajos! simples, expresivos.. es un verdadero placer entrar en tu blog.

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    1. Oh, tan cuidado a Tina, gracias!!!
      Aprendo mucho de ti al mismo tiempo. Déjenos disfrutar juntos y para siempre!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, so caring Tina, thank you!!!
      I learn lots from you at the same time. Let us enjoy drawing together and forever!
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Tina said...
      Every day I like more your work! simple, expressive... It is a real pleasure to enter into your blog.

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  3. ¡Qué razón tenía tu maestro! Dominas la figura con pocas líneas.
    Buena semana, Sadami. Un abrazo.

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    1. Oh, tipo Onera, gracias!
      Siempre aprender nada de nadie. Soy un estudiante larga vida. Sabes Miguel Ángel dijo, "todavía estoy aprendiendo." Déjenos disfrutar dibujo juntos!!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, kind Onera, thank you!
      I always learn anything from anyone. I'm a life long learner. You know Michelangelo said, "I'm still learning." Let us enjoy drawing together!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Onera said...
      Why was your teacher! You have mastered figure with few lines.
      Good week, Sadami. A hug.

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  4. Your drawings are lovely and lively, indeed fewer lines says more in the freedom of the drawing than hours spent drawing! It has been likened to golf, the less strokes the better! I am aware that I do no draw enough, in fact, I think a lot of artists should probably draw more. After all, perfect practice, makes perfect. Get it?

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    1. Hi, Polly, thank you! I certainly get what you said. "There's no magic. Practice, practice, practice" -- is my mantra. Also, Your metaphor, "golf" is brilliant ( from now on, I'd use it in workshops.) Let us enjoy drawing together!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. The little girl on the stool, you have captured her energy perfectly!

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    1. Oh, Oregame, thank you! It was a great fun to sketch her. She was waiting for Mom shopping food. Later, my sketch made her smile!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  6. You're a very dynamic and creative artist. I enjoy your work very much

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    1. Hi, María, thank you! You, too, are very creative and your landscapes are very eye pleasant. Let us enjoy drawing more and more!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. Your sketches and paintings are awesome...! The fact that you like to draw comes across in everything you do!

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    1. Oh, Celeste, thank you and you're so nice! Yes, indeed, because I love "life"!!!
      Cheers,wink,wink, Sadami

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  8. You have learned to capture movement and life with just a few lines - and I'm sure that's from years of practice and a joy in the process!

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    1. Hi, Rhonda,
      Thank you! Yes, indeed!!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  9. It's always a pleasure visiting your blog, Sadami. These sketches are amazing..especially the little girl on the stool...I love the movement.

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    1. Hi, Hilda, thank you so much! Yes, I really love that sketch. When I showed her that sketch, it amuzed her so much. You, too, enjoy drawing!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. Oh enjoy you life drawing class Sadami! I can't wait to see your new works from it.
    I hope the dummy is flowing easily now :)

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    1. Hi, Teresa,
      Thank you very much! The life drawing class was wonderful. Now, I'm scanning a dummy and alternative images together. From here, it's a "group work." Editor, Publisher, Author and me work together. How is your illu project going? I hope everything will go well.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  11. Your work is so delightful, full if energy and happiness!

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    1. Oh, Sandy, thanks millions! I'm crazy busy!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  12. What a fabulous post! Love the sketches and the watercolor. Are you using the same style of coloring in the book, or will it be different, stylized, for the project and to match the economy of line?

    This is how you are an inspiration - you are responsible, at least in part, for reigniting in me an old dream of doing a picture book. I am re-reading a book on the subject that has been sitting on my shelf for more than two decades (I am surprised that I remember virtually everything - actually maybe I should not be given my initial enthusiasm) and am beginning work on a storyboard. A story has been written already, although I'm sure it will change. Will I see it through? I don't know. Some factors are outside of my control. But it will be wonderful to begin in any event. I don't want to be one of those folks that talk and don't do, so I'll shut up now. Thank you!

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    1. Hi, Dan, thank you for nice cheers.
      Yes, so far, I'm using my style for illu. Very busy. The dummy is nearly there. Due date is Monday.

      Good on you. Yes, please "just do it." I'm quite simple. Dan, only once I can live on the earth. I DO what I want to DO as much/many as possible. Yesterday, I saw Bart teasing at Lisa, "(You're)Thinking. Loser!" I believe so, too.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  13. Sadami, magnífico como siempre, fantástiken!!!!!!!
    Un saludo desde España!

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    1. Hola, Manuel
      ¡Muchas gracias! También, hace trabajo maravilloso!!!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Hi, Manuel
      Thank you so much! You, too, make wonderful work!!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Manuel said...
      Sadami, superb as always, fantastiken!
      Greetings from Spain!

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  14. Dear Sadami,
    Your works are always beautiful as usual. I learned from you a lot. Thank you for sharing, you are so kind.
    With best wishes
    Thum

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    1. Oh, Poungjai, thank you so much!
      You, too, make beautiful work. I learn a lot from you and anyone. Keep up your wonderful drawing and enjoy them all.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  15. Dear Sadami, see the progress of your work is always interesting! Your constant practice allows you to say with a sign that needs to be said only with a sign! When I studied "creative writing" my teacher said "do not use two words, where you need a single word."
    I would like to be capable of this synthesis , but it is not so simple for me(for now)!
    You are master in this art of saying more with less! I wish you a good weekend and as always, happy painting!
    Warm regards, Rita

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    1. Dear Rita,
      Thank you for warm cheers! Oh, yes, you perfectly understand what I meant! What a smart lady you are!! Actually creative activities that include writing has so many similarities. Writing and drawing are good examples. I attended an "Essay writing course" at uni. I still can recall, the lecturer said, "Tighten, tighten, tighten up(words)!" But I had no talent in writing and chose drawing that is much easier and happier for me than essay writing. You, too, have a wonderful weekend!! I swam 1600m in an ocean pool today.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  16. Beautiful work, Sadami. I could get lost in time, contemplating your lines. They are gorgeous xx

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    1. Hi, Pat,
      Thank you very much! Let us enjoy doing "what we love." Go, go, Pat, for writing!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  17. great sketches sadami ... draw draw draw :)

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    1. Hi, Jane, Thank you! You make great washes!

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