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Monday, November 17, 2014

Sadami Update & ASA Stylefile

Hi, Friends, how is your life? I'm working on the book cover project for Oxford University Press. OUP is the largest university press in the world, and the second-oldest, after that of Cambridge University Press. I've been really enjoying this project. Nearly there. Later, I'd chat over the author and the book to be published next year! I'm renewing my images for ASA stylefile. A bit busy. 

In this post, I upload the work based on photos taken at my friend's all hand-made house in bush. Contrast and value are enhanced in the work. Colours and light fascinate me in any subjects. I really liked this attic bedroom there and took many photos of it. Btw, it seems, Friends, you like this one more than the other in feedback.  

Although I wanted to depict light coming into a shed, in my eyes, an outcome is a bit questionable... (* there aren't the clear visible lines of light in a real photo -- all from my imagination.) Anyway, I'll keep on experiments.
Now, you may ask, what is "ASA Stylefile"? It is the showcase of Australia’s most talented book illustrators. Australian Society of Authors calls for new applicants. Here's the application. http://beta.thestylefile.com/apply Go for it and take a chance! 

If any illustrators are searching for a reliable and trustworthy illustrators "show and tell" place, it's ASA Stylefile! The Stylefile is famous for its high quality, indeed, the best of best Australian illustrators showcase. The Stylefile is the hot meeting spot for publishers and illustrators. It is well-known that publishers "buy" illustrators from the Stylefile. Many illustrators have got projects through the Stylefile.   

Right now, ASA is reconstructing the old style file to the modern one. I'm reorganising my old images and adding four more images. A panel will examine the quality of new images and give me an answer. 

Another wonderful fact is that the Stylefile gives "credit" on emerging artists and promotes successful applicants. Because the Stylefile does not discriminate artists who have not published picture books, it's a great advantage for any artists. Why not add credit on your portfolio and a CV? In my experience, agencies asked me, "Do you have Stylefile?" It meant, "Are you a qualified professional?" or "Do you have an equal and enough drawing ability to a professional?" Got it? People in publishing industry highly recognise the Stylefile. Yes, the Stylefile is the big warranty of illustrators on market. 

I still remember the moment when I got through the selection in 2011. Kind ASA staff celebrated, "Have champagne!" over the phone. Yes, I did! Oh, sweet, how happy I was! 
Also, I'm enjoying portraits by watercolour between the projects. Ah, I most love figures and portraits, although I enjoyed these light and a room for a break. What do you think about these tries? I'd greately appreciate your feedback. 

Now, I'm preparing for a good start for 2015. The two publications, the academic book and the picture book are a great joy. OUP is fantastic and exciting!
You, too, enjoy drawings and get opportunities. Thank you for warm supports for the news of the shortlisted "Poetic Justice". 
Friends,  Happy Painting! 



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22 comments:

  1. How many hands do you have!!! I wish I could multi task like you. Always an inspiration.

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    1. Thank you, AK! I know you and me have the same hands. Let us move them all well. Cheers, Sadami

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  2. Ravie de te voir si occupée.
    Les greniers ont toujours eu l'aspect de grotte au trésor pour moi. Enfant, j'adorais passer des heures dans celui de ma grand-mère, déballant de vieux cartons remisés depuis des années et recélant on ne sait quelles surprises. Ton illustration est parfaite. Bisous.

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    1. Merci, doux Lydie. Oui, une chambre mansardée et un hangar sont des endroits très intéressants pour les enfants. Je viens à travers les histoires semblables dans les livres d'images comme vous le dites. Profitez de dessin, Lydie !! Meilleurs voeux, Sadami

      Thank you, sweet Lydie. Yes, an attic room and a shed are very interesting places for children. I come across the similar stories in picture books like you say. Enjoy drawing, Lydie!! Best wishes, Sadami

      >>> Lydie said...
      Glad to see you so busy.
      Attics have always had the appearance of cave treasure for me. Child, I loved to spend hours in that of my grandmother, unpacking old boxes stored for years and concealing who knows what surprises. Your illustration is perfect. Kisses.

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  3. Gorgeous post Sadami.
    I like your watercolors of light and a room. You create space and athmosphere with so few colors. I am in awe!!!
    Have a great week.

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    1. Merci, Martine! Une palette limitée est une bonne option pour unifier une image et d'harmoniser les couleurs dans le travail. Pour moi, le moins, le mieux et le plus facile à manipuler sujets.
      Cheers, Sadami

      Thank you, Martine! A limited palette is a good option to unify a picture and harmonise colours in work. For me, the fewer, the better and the easier to handle subjects.
      Cheers, Sadami

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  4. You are such a busy lady! It is all good Sadami. I really love the loft painting you did here. The light is most wonderful. Looks like a great place to take a nap after all that work.

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    1. Thank you, sweet Carol. Yes, it's a very good place to relax yourself. Enjoy drawing and art activities. Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. Para mi gusto está mucho mejor conseguida la segunda acuarela. Me gusta mucho! Los colores cálidos y la luz están muy logrados.
    Bravo! Felicidades si publican un dibujo tuyo como portada de un libro de Oxford University. Sería maravilloso!
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Gracias, Joshemari! Me gusta que el trabajo también y lo puse en la primera foto, ahahaha.
      La portada del libro es el trabajo con mi antiguo profesor de lingüística que nos enseñó en Sydney Uni. Me gustaría hablar de su investigación interesante y maravilloso y el área académica.
      Un abrazo y sonrisa, Sadami

      Thank you, Joshemari! I like that work, too and put it at the first picture, ahahaha.
      The book cover is work with my former linguistics professor who taught us at Sydney Uni. I'd like to talk about her interesting and wonderful research and academic area.
      A hug and smile, Sadami


      >>> Joshemari said...
      For my taste is much better achieved the second watercolor. I really like it! Warm colors and light are well made.
      Bravo! Congratulations if you publish a drawing like yours cover of a book from Oxford University. It would be wonderful!
      A hug.

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  6. Dear Sadami - your art is always outstanding. I think you captured very well the light coming into the loft. Your work certainly deserves to be honored by being recognized by ASA Stylefile. Take care and have a wonderful week.

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    1. Wow, sweet Debbie, thank you so much! ASA Stylefile is wonderful. Many publishers come and check registered illustrators. You, too, take care and have a productive and happy week!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  7. What wonderful sketches. I felt like I was in the hut in the bush! Love the light coming into the loft.

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    1. Oh, sweet Carol, thank you! Yes, you have to come to Australia to enjoy sunshine right now. You, too, keep up wonderful drawing! Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. I think you depicted light wonderfully. I had to examine the painting to figure out how exactly you did it - the darker colors on the side of the window, the deeper darks on the objects that remain unlit. I love how you used lighter and darker of the same warm palette, without resorting to the blue or purple that I usually jump to, to depict shadows. I love it!

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    1. Thank u, Blaga and yes, you wrote what I did in the comment. I did value study of the photo and listened to my heart (=relied on instinct. A photo is only a photo). We know mixed colours come up opaque and we lose the beauty of transparency. So, I chose another way, because I wanted to show the beautiful morning light and a mood in a pure air. Let's enjoy different methods and explore the unlimited potential in watercolour!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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  9. Me gustan muucho tus acuarelas, lo sabes, la segunda acuarela me parece magnifica, luminosa y con tus trazos espontaneos.
    Todos esperamos con ilusión el 2015, pero sin dejar de vivir el tiempo que nos queda del 2014
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Oh, gracias, Tina! Sí, me gustaría disfrutar de dibujo más en un año nuevo. Claro, usted disfrutará de la acuarela más! Me estoy preparando para el 2015, para mi libro de imágenes y la publicación del libro de Oxford Uni. Espero que 2015 será un año maravilloso para ti y para mí!
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, thank you, Tina! Yes, I'd like to enjoy drawing more in a new year. Sure, you'll enjoy watercolour more! I'm preparing for 2015, for my picture book and Oxford Uni's book publication. I hope 2015 will be a wonderful year for you and me!
      Best wishes, Sadami

      >>> Tina said...
      I like your watercolors muucho, you know, the second watercolor seems magnificent, bright and spontaneous with your strokes.
      We all look forward to 2015, but still live the remaining time in 2014
      A hug.

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  10. The two watercolours are really fabulous, Sadami. I love how you managed to paint the light in the attic. Good luck with all your projects, Sadami!

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    1. Thank u, Judy. I played up colours (*usually, I do not use very dense colours. Anyway, I'll explore watercolour.) Yes, everything is right on a track. Busy, but fun. Best wishes, Sadami

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  11. what an unusual painting...I really like how you've done it....but I like everything you paint!

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    1. Thank u, Celeste! I hope the charity show will go well!
      Best wishes, Sadami

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