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Monday, July 1, 2013

Inner Child & Text Interpretation

Hi, Friends, did you enjoy your weekend? Yes, I did refreshing! BTW, a question, "Can you feel the world like a child?" When I meet good children's picture book illustrators, all have inner children, I feel. "That's the problem," a big name said. The illustrator implied difficulties to cope with social conventions and values complicated in society. I told the illustrator, "An inner child, it's your most strength!!"
It's interesting, in my observation, if picture book illustrators set a target audience freely, they tend to pick up a similar age to their inner children's ages.

"Can you see the world from a child's eye level?" is a crucial question and an important quest in interpretation of a text. In picture book illustration, if I feel things like a child, I can develop characters well. If I can hear an inner child's voice, I'll get how characters respond to a context in a manuscript. Imagination gives me wings to fly across a sky called "creativity." Then, illustration images come up in me.  Above, an image is a colour rough for the ongoing picture book project, an experiment of creating texture in a background.  (*A boy is in the scene.)   

Friends, do you remember your childhood... full of curiosity, strong interest in anything, creative/imaginative, fear, anxiety, want for love/safety, free, full of life, fond of naked truth, sense of smallness (physically, mentally) = a ground is near/huge etc, etc? What esle? Can you still feel them?

As well as a picture book illustrator, a good fine artist has this precious assets, an "inner child" that drives an artist to create work, don't you? Your inner child talks to you and urges you to pick up a pencil or a brush.  Without an inner child's tapping, in my illo job, work gets very dry and just only follows surface matters. Picture books do not reach at children.

I believe artists are the people who will never forget inner children and pursue quests forever, aren't we!! For adults, to keep an inner child alive and fresh is difficult and challenging. I had a tea with my friend and psychologist for school children. I told her a joke. "At the age of 16, a person discovers life issues, almost, all. After that, he gets used to them and forget them all..." The friend had a big laugh. Well, I do not want to forget my findings.


I cherish my inner child, little Sadami, although once, my family and some friends teased at me, "When will you get grown up? Eh?" ... I was very happy to get matured, but I did not want to leave little Sadami alone. A friend said, "My kids do not think you an adult, but include you as one of them, kids." Her say embarrassed me so much at that time. But today, I believe it's a great honour and doubles my credits as an artist!


So, I've chosen a perfectly matched job, a picture book illustrator. I also always dreamed to advocate voiceless children. Yey!!! What a wonderful job!
I hope myself to centralise children forver in picture book illustration. I'd keep a heart fresh and sensitive and remain creative whole through a life. I'm very fortunate to be surrounded by a wonderful mentor Ann James, brilliant illustrator friends and blogger Friends who share joy.
Friends, Happy Painting!! Happy Illustrating!! 





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29 comments:

  1. I agree, we are all children inside -- and your paintings shine with youthful vitality!

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    1. Thank u, Celeste! Come over Sydney and let's do painting/drawing each other.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  2. Trés beau, très fort comme s'il cherchait à sortir de son monde. Bisous !

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    1. Thank you, Lydie! This is a colour rough for the ongoing picture book project. Your comments are spot on the boy. I hope illustration will make children happy.
      Kind regards, Sadami

      >>>Lydie said,
      Very beautiful, very loud as if he was trying to get out of his world. Kisses!

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  3. Impresionante el fondo de la primera acuarela, muy conseguido.
    No pierdas nunca a la niña que llevas dentro!.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Muchas gracias, Tina! Se trata de un color áspero para el proyecto de libro del cuadro permanente. Un experimento de una textura y color. Un personaje central es un niño. Espero que mi ilustración le encantará a los niños.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Tina! This is a colour rough for the ongoing picture book project. An experiment of a texture and colour. A central character is a boy. I hope my illustration will charm children.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Tina said...
      Impressive first watercolor background, very got.
      Never never the girl you're inside!.
      A hug.

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  4. So good to keep the inner child there, I keep telling people I'll grow up one of these days!

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    1. Thank u, Ann! Yes, it keeps our mental health. Let's enjoy drawing!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. We all have an inner child hidden somewhere, it's about how "successfully" we suppress it, in order to fit in the adult world. I think those who let the inner child more freedom are happier people. Don't stop being a child, Sadami!

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    1. Oh, spot on, Blaga. Yes, I'm certainly true to a little Sadami as well as an adult Sadami. The uploaded image is a colour rough for the ongoing project. An experiment of a texture and colour went well. *A central character is a boy. I hope my illustration will charm children.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  6. Hi, Sadami. Here I am again with my blogger friends. As soon as I saw your inner child, I thought of Munch's The Scream in a childish version! You are absolutely right, Sadami: we should never leave the child we have been once. Have a good week. Cheers!

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    1. Thank u, Albert! Very happy to know you agree with me. Wow, I did not expect Munch's scream (that has scared me since childhood.) The uploaded image is a colour rough for the ongoing picture book project. An experiment went well of a texture and colour. *A central character is a boy. I hope my illustration will charm children.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. So very true. I have a six-year-old that lives in me and she gets out to play a lot.
    Hugs

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    1. Oh, thank u, Teri. Me, too, a little Sadami is 6yrs old. One day, yours and mine must meet for play together!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. Estupendos trabajos, Sadami. ¡No dejes nunca de ser niña!
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Gracias millones, Onera! Las imágenes cargadas es un color áspero para el proyecto de libro del cuadro permanente. * Un personaje central es un niño. Un experimento fue bien de una textura y color. Espero que mi ilustración le encantará a los niños.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thanks millions, Onera! The uploaded image is a colour rough for the ongoing picture book project. *A central character is a boy. An experiment went well of a texture and colour. I hope my illustration will charm children.
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Onera said...
      Super works, Sadami. Don't ever be girl!
      A big hug.

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  9. What a wonderful view to life you have, Sadami! I don't know how old my inner child would be, have to think about that. Btw, I love the textures in the background in the top sketch!

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    1. Thanks, Judy. It's quite interesting picture book illustrators tend to pick up their target audience age = their inner children ages. The uploaded image is a colour rough for the ongoing picture book project. *A central character is a boy. An experiment went well of a texture and colour. I hope my illustration will charm children.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  10. I think children want to grow up too fast, nowadays!! I don't want to grow up! I think we are all children inside to some degree...so much fun that way!! LOVE your work..as always!

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    1. Thank u, Hilda. You and me, parents and care givers always feel above (but certainly humans could be the slowest growing spieces among lives on the earth?). I want to see the world with fresh eyes always.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  11. Hola, Sadami!! Los niños son verdaderos maestros de vida, sin prejuicios, honestos, coherentes y viviendo el presente con ilusión.
    Qué trabajo más bonito!!
    Cuídate mucho, muchísimo.
    Un abrazo y mis mejores deseos.

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    1. Gracias, J.Paz,
      Sí, estoy de acuerdo con su vista. Usted, también, disfruta de dibujo y la vida!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, J.Paz,
      Yes, I agree with your veiw. You, too, enjoy drawing and life!
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>J.Paz said...
      Hello, Sadami! The children are true masters of life, unbiased, honest, consistent and living the present with enthusiasm.
      What work more beautiful!
      Take care much, very much.
      Hugs and best wishes.

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  12. sadami "peter pan"
    inner child has to be nurtured ...it's interesting reading your text in the context of both your illustration and fine art ...have a good week ...love the sketch of the children together

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    1. Hi, Jane in a "wonder land", I expected someone would mention about "Peter Pan" and you did it! It might sound strange though, big names and me enjoy chat over inner child's age(younger or older) and smile. You, too, have a productive week!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  13. That inner child has to be nurtured carefully and you are doing a fine job with yours! Love the sketches of the three children especially :) have a good week and take care!

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  14. The inner child needs to be nurtured and cherished carefully and you are doing a fine job ;) I especially like your sketches of the three children! Take care and have great week

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    1. Thank u, Meera! You, too, love your child in yourself that inspires you to create art work. The three sisiters above really loved watching my sketching. The central one was cheeky and wanted to show me a funny face. You, too, have a wonderful weekend!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  15. Gorgeous sketches !
    Long may your inner child lead to create such beauty! xx

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    1. Thanks, Pat, you, too!! xx Sadami

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