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Monday, June 3, 2013

Ongoing Picture Book & Mentor

Hi, Friends, did you enjoy your weekend? I've got back to a trade picture book project and enjoy mentorship. A mentor from Melbourne and I got together in Sydney and discussed about the ongoing picture book project for "hours." A text analysis, interpretation, storyboards and technical stuff. Now, we're working on a storyboard again.

The text is difficult. With Author and Editro's help, I'm working on a storybaord. I feel this text is a poem rather than a story. That thought has inspired me.
A poem has beautiful "pace" in word. If this text is a poem, how I read out loud and illustrate it...? I, a book lover, do not like too much illo in any poems. Readers want to enjoy imagination and echo of words. Busy visual information is inappropriate. If I were a reader of this beautiful poem, what sort of images will be enough and necessary? Where will I stop and close eyes? Where will I look up a sky and enjoy the sounds of words? etc, etc.  Those thoughts help to re-organise a storyboard and I can be brave to cut off unnecessary images.

Also, yesterday, I saw my dear friend and very experienced picture book illustrator -- more than 30 yrs career. We chatted over picture books, the friend's rich experiences, knowledge, my storyboards, dummies and colour etc, etc for hours. Fabulous. The friend encouraged me so much and generously shared techniques with me. It's wonderful to chest off and have a nice frined!


Creating a picture book is a group work. It's brilliant to be well supported by a wonderful team and friends.  Honest, I feel it's a tough time. But I'd get through it.
The key is the information flow in pictures. An illustrator can change lots in illo at the stage of roughs and story boards.


In addition, if you are interested in what mentorship is and how you can make it work, this is a good guide. "Getting Connected -- Making Your Mentorship Work," written by Hunter, M. published by Ausrtalia Council for Arts.
Friends, I've got a cold right now. So, please give me a bit time to get well. 
Happy Painting and Drawing! 
PS .
...I love black and white, too. The book signing is Sally Rippin.




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18 comments:

  1. There is a lot involved in creating a picture book, and it is good you have a great mentor! Get well soon!

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    1. Thank u! Yes, indeed! I'll get well soon.

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  2. Sorry to hear you have a cold, Sadami. Wish you better.
    As to the project, I know what you create will be awesome. xx

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    1. Hi, Pat, I'll go to bed, get well and WORK ON the project!!

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  3. El blanco y negro ayudará a hacer volar la imaginación. Me encanta lo que haces. Gracias por compartir. Cuídate mucho, Sadami.
    Feliz semana!!!

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    1. Hola, J.Paz, muchas gracias! Llegaré bien y trabajar en el proyecto!!
      Saludos cordiales, Sadami

      Hi, J.Paz, thank you so much! I'll get well and WORK ON the project!!
      Kind regards, Sadami

      >>>J.Paz said...
      Black and white will help to make the imagination. I love what you do. Thank you for sharing. Take care much, Sadami.
      Happy week!

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  4. So much work and agreements to reach but I'm sure that you are enjoying the process. Get better!Hugs :)

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    1. Hi, Anna, thank u. I'll get well ASAP.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  5. Hope you feel better soon Sadami. Great blog!

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    1. Hi, Carol, thank u so much! I'll get well!
      Cheers, Sadami

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  6. Hope you are feeling better very soon. Lovely sketches in this post, you are so clever at drawing people.

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    1. Thank u, Ann! I'll get well and work on the project and figures.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  7. How exciting and challenging your life is right now, Sadami! I do hope the cold goes away very very soon :) Wonderful sketches today - thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, indeed, Rhonda!! I'll get well and work on the storyboard.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  8. Lo de ilustrar un libro no parece tarea facil!, estás atareada y ilusionada con el libro, y .. feliz
    Magnificos apuntes.

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    1. Dear Tina,
      ¡Gracias! Como bien dice, no, no es una tarea fácil para ilustrar un libro de ilustraciones. Pero sí, trabajo ocupado, emocionado y feliz con la ayuda de amigos y copia de seguridad! Eres uno de mi gran ayuda!!! Trabajaré en el proyecto!
      Saludos, Sadami

      Dear Tina,
      Thank you! As you said, no, not an easy task to illlustrate a picture book. But yes, busy, excited and happy work with friends' help and backup! You're one of my great help!!! I'll work on the project!
      Cheers, Sadami

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      It does not seem to have easy task of illustrating a book!, are busy and excited with the book, and... happy
      Great notes.

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  9. Hello Sadami:) I'm sure you can handle all the stages of making a book, poem or what ever. You are an experienced artist with a lot of talent. Every new aspect on your way is not a problem for you, at most a challenge.Take the time for your cold and go under the wool! Love:)

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    1. Hi, Renate, thank you very much for warm encouragements!! I'll work on the projects. Like you said, I'll enjoy "challenging." You, too, enjoy experiments.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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