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Monday, July 14, 2014

Sketching Children@NAIDOC, Library

Hi, Friends, are you enjoying sketching children? All of us want to capture their innocent beauty, don't we? I love capturing emotional children. I hope it would be the quality of my picture book illustration. 

Capturing children is not hard, I've learned. First of all, I've realised the importance of trust in my own eyes. All of us can tell how old a child is and what feeling s/he has. If so, we all have wonderful knowledge about what children are. Just use my eyes' perception and depict kids on paper. But why and how? I've observed children carefully with Qs. Always have a Q is a good approach. Just looking is not looking (does it make sense?). I often set a theme in a time frame, for example, "movement for 2 months" and tried it. Answers have become my precious artistic assets. A child's face expression and movement interest me most.

A first sketch is an Indigenous boy dancing a traditional dance at NAIDOC week event, (="National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee") in Parramatta yesterday. His movement and body language was so strong and full of pride. It was really lovely to see Aboriginal people's languages and cultures.

This was a black and white sketch.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held around Australia each July to appreciate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. If you have interest, please click their NAIDOC History Timeline that shows Indigenous Australians' hard and painful history, yet, full of their pride and fight for human rights. It is, certainly, our Australian history.  

A second sketch is at a library where I go to study children picture books. A girl stood up and looked back for a moment, which was so charming for me. I could not resist it, although I did not draw the detail. A simplified drawing, in my view, can send a stronger message than complicated work.
A third sketch was a boy just standing. He was so cute! I simply like sketching and do it. Each child has a different age, a gender, body language and emotions. Furthermore, their human interactions always give me awe and joy in drawing and painting. These tens of thousands of sketches are my important references. I'd capture emotional moments and hope one day I can create it from my memories freely. Still a long way to go, but I love sketching children and people!
BTW, I've just finished up the illustrations. Editor Helen, Author and Mentor Ann are very happy, which makes me really happy, too! Also, big names such as Libby Gleeson and Elise Hurst celebrate my illustration work done.
I'd come back to sketching. Although the hand still has a pain, it gets much better. Really thank you for warm cheers. I'll enjoy mentoring people with disability, too. I want to grow as a person and artist.
Friends, Happy Painting!!
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16 comments:

  1. I think you are still a child inside, and so it is easier for you to paint children, with emotion.

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    1. Yes, indeed, very a big child. My friend smiled, "Our kids have included u one of them" and we played without any problem. I always thought it could be silly, but it turns out advantage!
      Cheers, wink, wink, Sadami

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  2. You are an expert in sketching people, Sadami, and these are so beautiful. So much movement and energy in the first one. And such a nice expression on the girl's face.
    Have a very nice and productive week!

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    1. Thank u, caring Blaga. I love sketching people, my passion and my life. You, too, enjoy this week fully and have fun! Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Thanks, sweet Carol! You, too, enjoy drawing!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  4. Tu maestría queda patente en cada boceto, en cada dibujo, admiro tu gran capacidad de trabajo, tus obras reflejan la sabiduría de la intuición al mismo tiempo que la laboriosidad, y admiro la calidad humana que transmites, ¡buena pintura!.

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    1. Gracias, Carmen! Admiro sus habilidades de dibujo que transmiten mensajes muy bien. Aprendo mucho sobre "diseño de personajes" de usted. Por favor, mantenga su maravilloso trabajo! Vaya, vaya, Carmen!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, Carmen! I admire your drawing skills that convey messages very well. I learn lots about "character design" from you. Please keep up your wonderful work! Go, go, Carmen!!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      Your expertise is evident in every sketch, every drawing, I admire your capacity for hard work, your work reflects the wisdom of intuition while hard work, and I admire you transmit human quality, good paint!.

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  5. Your children's sketches are the best, Sadami! They speak of your love for people, esp. children. Happy painting!

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    1. Thank u, sweet Judy. Your still life is so lovely, soft and delicate. You, too, enjoy painting!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  6. Fantasticos dibujos, tus lapices tienen magia.

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  7. Dulce Tina, sus cepillos hacen lo mismo! Vamos a disfrutar de la acuarela. Cheers, Sadami

    Sweet Tina, your brushes do the same thing! Let's enjoy watercolour. Cheers, Sadami

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    Fantastic pictures, your pencils are magic.

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  8. Brilliant, Sadami. I love sketching too and really don't understand why more people don't understand the value of it. To use your words "I have a long way to go", but I really love it, so I will keep on. Your children are wonderful. You captured their youthfulness in each one. It is a challenge to make young people look young. You do it so well!

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    1. Dear sweet Celeste, thank u for cheers. You, too, love drawing and enjoy sketching. Try children, too. It's fun. Good drawing skills of children is essential for children picture book illustration. Especially, "age" is the key, as you mentioned. I'll keep up. Best wishes, Sadami

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  9. Your sketches of children is fantastic! (difficult in my eyes!) and I love the softness you put in the background...nice work, my friend! I hope your hand continues to get better, Sadami!!!! Also, I enjoyed going through your previous posts...love your portrait!!!...amazing work as always!!

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    1. Thank u, Hilda, you're a wonderful portraitist who has love!!! What a wonderful portrait you always create! In my view, good portraits show who s/he is, not meticulously detailed. You can teach me how to do it in pastel. Keep up wonderful work.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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