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Monday, September 23, 2013

Author, Illustrator, Editor

Friends, what do you compare a picture book illustrator and an author to? What about an editor? In the last post, I enjoyed a chat with one of foremost authors on a uni campus. I'd write more about what I've learned about publishing and picture book illustration in the conversation.
I compare an illustrator and an author to a composer and a lyricist. "Sometimes, people say which is more important. It's pointless. Illustrator composes music. Author and Illustrator sing together," I said. The lady completely agreed with my say.

Then, the lady and I happily went on together like a duet, 
"(Illustrator will) weave emotions into a text, respond to words and visualise a scene." 
This awesome author very well understands the importance to leave space for Illustrator to work on a text and clearly told me so. Yes, otherwise, Illustrator gets distracted and will lose her own visual images. 

So, Author and Illustrator need Editor, a director to work together like a conductor for an orchestra. Even though Illustrator is respected to work on a text, Author and Illustrator are a key and a lock that need each other. Two in one, eventually, work to create a picture book. 

Editor's job is, the lady depicted, to nurture Author and Illustrator. Editors do mothering us (*women are a majority in publishing indutry). I really appreciate Editor's work that is often at backstage and hardly recognised.  

After seeing the author, I came to know she has had a brilliant career as an editor, too!! (What a humble author! She pretended she did nothing as an editor.) The lady emphasised, "You're a visual person." Yes, I am!  I certainly feel how sensitive and so caring that great author and marvelous editor at the same time! The lady's profound knowledge of picture book illustration amazed me so much.

I'm working on rough colours for the project to check a colour balance on a storyboard in the whole pages.

An unexpected bonus. The lady encourages me to write stories like my mentor Ann says! The great author talked to me as if she were teaching me. Indeed, so! Special thanks for her!
"Invite me to your book launch. I look forward to it," she said at a good bye.  
Wow!! Her cheers were wonderful for me. Step by step, I come closer to my own dream.

Friends, Happy Painting! Make your dream come true.











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22 comments:

  1. Inspirational post, Sadami. Love the illos - and I look forward to your writing too :) xx

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    1. Dear writer Pat, thank u! Me, too, look forward to your writing and painting!! Cheers, Sadami

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  2. What a poetic metaphor and very nicely illustrated too! :) have a great and productive week, Sadami!

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    1. Thank u, Blaga. Good drawing makes beutiful music, doesn't it? You, too, enjoy drawing! Cheers, Sadami

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  3. Beautiful post -- wonderful expressive paintings; important words of observation and wisdom too !

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    1. Thank u, Meera, you're always nice and encourage me. Let's enjoy drawing! Best wishes, Sadami

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  4. Fantásticas violinistas, Sadami. ¡Gran trabajo!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, Onera! También, disfruta de dibujar y escribir juntos. Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Onera! You, too, enjoy drawing and writing together. Best wishes, Sadami

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      Great violinists, Sadami. Great job!
      A hug.

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  5. Lo describes muy bien. Un libro de cuentos debe ser como una orquesta afinada, en la que ilustrador, autor y editor tengan armonia y juntos creen una hermosa obra. Como me gustará tener en las manos ese libro!! Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, Tina. Muy feliz de saber que compartir mi post. Sí, la ilustración es un juego de equipo. Espero que voy a crear buen trabajo. También, disfruta de dibujo! Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Tina. Very happy to know you share my post. Yes, illustration is a team play. I hope I will create nice work. You, too, enjoy drawing! Best wishes, Sadami

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      You describe it very well. A book of short stories must be like a tuned orchestra, where the Illustrator, author and Publisher have harmony and together create a beautiful work. As I will like to have this book in your hands! A hug.

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  6. Wonderful meeting with a wonderful lady! And these paintings speak to me - I've been thinking about the violin lately...not sure why but I never learned to play like I wanted to years ago - perhaps time to look into that!

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    1. Thank u, Rhonda! Violin, sounds good! A Japanese proverb says, "The best day is the day when you decided to do it." Go for it! Make sounds all over the world. Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. That is a great metaphor, Sadami, and a wonderful meeting you had. I love your musicians! And I too look forward to your writing!

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    1. Thank u, Judy! Sketching musicians is fun. Go for it. Well, I wish I could ask that lady for proof reading.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  8. Your painting of the violinist is super. I love seeing these musical artists really get into their music like that.

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    1. Thnaks, Teri! I love your posts and drawings that often make us happy and warm. Cheers, Sadami

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  9. I love the violinist! your job is fantastic! Cheers!

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    1. Thank u, Mari! I love images of musicians. Let's enjoy music and drawing together! Cheers, Sadami

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  10. Inspirational moments. I can hear the music. Hugs :-)

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    1. Thanks millions, Anna! Hugs for you!

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