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Monday, June 17, 2013

New Story Board & Creating Dummy Books!

I've finished a "text placement" for a new story board. Feedback is very positive from a publishing team. Oh, I'm so happy (got relieved!). Page division and making a solid story board is a first big task in the process of making a picture book. Another big name illustrator celebrated, "All the work you did came together well. Congratulations." Yey! I'll work on the storyboard and creating more images (=roughs). Also, Friends, my cold has finally gone! Hurrah! Now, bits and pieces of cut-out images and a chopped text are here and there with glue and tapes on my messy desk
Well, picture book illustration requires hard work "more" from this stage. Based on the divided text, I'll create a black & white story board. Then, I'll make several dummies and compare them all. (So, my dear friend and big name above said, "All the work you did came together well.") Yes, I've already created many images in both black & white and colour for old storyboards. I did research well. Probably, I need some more new images or merge already created images and must choose appropriate ones from the already-made roughs. Go, Sadami! Drawing is my favorite and strength. 

Now, I'm making both : a miniature and a real book size one. A miniature is handy to check information flow. A real book size sb is essential to examine design and balance. Very energy demanding process and time consuming work. I'll do my best! 

Mutual help is the beauty in our industry or an Australian picture book illustration industry. Even super big names struggle in creating a storyborad. (*as far as I know all famous people are so humble and great learners.) When we get together, we enjoy a chat over how to make sb and exchange information. Experienced illustrators and established authors kindly help me. So, big names show me a favourite and unique way to create a dummy.
For example, my wonderful mentor, Ann James makes several small dummies at once.  Shaun Tan uses a binder for a dummy (*once he encouraged me and gave me his very cute self-portrait cartoon in turn of my sketch of him at his book launch,  "The Arrival" in Sydney uni). Our lecturer,  Donna Rawlins said that Robert Ingpen creates a small storyboard, but its content is exactly the same to a real size work. (wow, I want to have a look of his little sb in my eyes!). Another big name makes a big sb and moves around cut-outs on large watercolour papers. It would be a great fun, if picture book illustrators exhibit storyboards together at one place.  
I'll work on the storyboard and roughs. My caring mentor Ann says, "Glad to hear a little mini sb is born and look forward to how it grows up!" Yey!! Today, colours have come up very playful in the sketches above. Oh, I've been working so hard for these months. I'm Happy, Happy Sadami with the team's nice comments. A school girl above and I have become friends. It's good to have time to relax myself that gives inspiration. I hope inspirations will keep tapping my heart and hands.
Friends, you, too, take care. Thank you for big cheers in my tough time.
Happy Painting!!!







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38 comments:

  1. Felicidades, Sadami!! Adelante!!

    Un abrazo.

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    1. ¡ Gracias J.Paz! Sí, trabajaré en!! Mis mejores deseos, Sadami
      Thank you, J.Paz! Yes, I'll work on!! Best wishes, Sadami

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      Congratulations, Sadami! Go ahead!!

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  2. Me alegra saber que estás bien, Sadami. ¡Se te ve feliz!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Onera! Sí, disfruto este "dolor de parto!" Un abrazo. Sadami
      Thank you, Onera! Yes, I'll enjoy this "birth pain!" A hug. Sadami

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      Glad to hear you are OK, Sadami. You look happy!
      A hug.

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  3. Such a fun project, and you've describe the stages so thoroughly here. I like how you do a preliminary drawing (roughs), then the color version, and the models that you make to help you know your characters and subjects that will be in the story. How big is a storyboard?

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    1. Hi, Katherine, thank u! SBs are A4 for mini and another is a book's real size. Our team has been working on this project for months. We're flexible at the stage of sb. I'm a so lucky illustrator surrounded by wonderful people.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  4. Love hearing about your adventure with story books Sadami, wonderful!
    I'm glad to hear that cold went away ^_^

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    1. Hello, dear Teresa! Thank u!! Yes, ah, the cold was gone with the wind?!
      We're flexible at the stage of sb. Our team has been working on this project for months. I'm a so lucky illustrator surrounded by wonderful people and a good team. I'll do my best!
      Best wishes, a hung, Sadami

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  5. Exceptional paintings..it is so fun to see the process. You are so talented, Sadami! Glad you are feeling better. :)

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    1. Oh, Celeste, thank u and you're always so caring. We're flexible at the stage of sb. Our team has been working on this project for months. I'm a so lucky illustrator surrounded by a good team and wonderful experienced big names. You, too, take care and enjoy making lovely paintings!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  6. Love the sketch of the cluttered desk. Wonder how you managed a peek into my study! Makes me feel good that there are other desks just like mine. Fabulous.

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    1. Hi, AK, thank u! Hahahaha, very nice comment. Me, too, feel good that there is your desk just like mine. I played with colours in that sketch.
      Cheers, wink, wink, Sadami

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  7. So pleased that you are feeling better.
    Love your sketches and a view into your studio and story board. I love seeing how you work!
    xx

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    1. Thank u very much, Pat! Happy to know you enjoy looking at my desk. Your weekly challenge looks wonderful and goes well. Keep up!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. Hi Sadami! It is so interesting to read the details about your project. And it is also so uplifting to see your excitement and your satisfaction with the complete work and the way things are going. I'm so happy for you!
    I was also curious to catch up on your previous posts, the ups and downs, that you always turn into "ups" in the end. Wonderful sketches and paintings all through! Have a very productive week!

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    1. Thank u, Blaga! Yes, picture book illo work is a very hard work that I love. Very happy to know you enjoyed reading posts. Yes, human life has ups and downs and that's life. My most strength is to turn "nagative" into "positive." I'm an optimist. You, too, enjoy everything in your life and have a creative week!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  9. Es refrescante leer tus entradas. Comunicas tu alegria y tus ganas de vivir de una forma real. Un abrazo.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Tina! Tu comentario me hace feliz!! Mi fuerza la mayoría es "negativo" en "positivo". Sí, la vida humana tiene altibajos y así es la vida. Usted, también, disfruta de todo en su vida y tenga una semana creativa!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Tina! Your comment makes me happy!! My most strength is to turn "negative" into "positive." Yes, human life has ups and downs and that's life. You, too, enjoy everything in your life and have a creative week!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      It is refreshing to read your posts. You communicate your happiness and your desire to live in a real way. A hug.

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  10. So interesting to read how much work is involved! I love the sketch of your desk! Have a good week!

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    1. Hi, Judy, thank u! Yes, indeed, so much work and pretty hard, but I love them all. You, too, have a productive week!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  11. Enhorabuena por este nuevo encargo,merecido reconocimiento, saludos

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    1. Dear Frances,
      Thank you so much!!! Cheers, Sadami

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      Congratulations on this new request, deserved recognition, greetings

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  12. Amazes me how you cope with all this work. Love your drawings.

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    1. Hi, Ann, indeed, it amazes ME, too! Ahahaha?! I'll survive. You, too, enjoy darwing. Best wishes, Sadami

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  13. Love your description. Never knew there was so much work involved but you are doing great!

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    1. Thank u, Teri. This time, a sb is ok. I'll go on!! Cheers, Sadami

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  14. I am glad to know that you feel much better. This is excellent news as well as to learn that you are working on a new project. Congratulations!!Love the sketch of your desk. We can feel there's an artist at work. Have a nice week!

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    1. Thank u, Anna! A sb is ok. I'll go on!! You, too, have a creative week! Cheers, Sadami

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  15. Because of travel and jet lag I had missed visiting you the past few days -- and what a treat to come back today! I am glad you are out of slump --even though sorry you lost your librarian friend :( The story board sounds so interesting -- I agree I would love to look at the boards of other illustrators too and see how they work. I always learn a lot every time I read your blog. Take care!

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    1. Thank u so much, Meera! Yes, we, illustrators do lots of attempts and experiments at the stage of sb. Very time and eneregy consuming, but without a solid sb, you cannot make a good picture book. You, too, have a productive week! Take care.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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    2. It's wonderful hearing that you're feeling better, Sadami! I love your sketches..I missed a few of your work since I was away on vacation (taking many future reference pictures) but I love your previous post and LOVE the clock tower....

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    3. Thank u, Hilda! Oh, I'm nearly ok. Sounds you had a very good vacation. (Please forgive my laziness or I've been strugging too much in this new sb. Now I can take a breath well.) Very happy to know you like my previous post. One day, come over Sydney and let's sketch uni together!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  16. I like seeing your sketches of your work area and of your mentor working. Very nice.

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    1. Thank u so much, Carol! Yes, sketching my daily stuff could be fun for viewers. My mentor and big names are very kind and generous to help me. I'll make it happen.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  17. How interesting and wonderful at the same time! Congratulations on your successful travails!

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    1. Thank u, Dan! Yes, indeed, and I'm in labour again after those "travails." I'll get though!! You, too, enjoy drawing.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  18. very neat sketch of your sketch sadami ...have a good and productive week

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    1. Thank u, Jane. Oh, the "neat" sketch of a mess, I did not realise it. Cheers, Sadami

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