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Monday, March 9, 2015

Close Up Potratrait Finished

Finally, I finished up the paper work. Then, I moved onto new projects, while I'm preparing for the exhibition. 
Also, I finished "publisher and editor" Helen Chamberlin's portrait with a background. Yes, the original is the close up portrait shown in the past post. I added the background. Yes, finally, a background image came up in my mind.
publisher and editor Helen Chamberlin
Always eyes intrigue me most in portraits. I made a black and white of Helen after the watercolour. I started from her eyes and simplified all other information in the work. Her voice, speaking habit and body language remain in me, but the voice is quietly echoing in my ears. They have become my own "references" of Helen. If I was given only one photo, I'm not certain to create a quality portrait that gets into a model's inner world. Although resemblance might be a required condition for a portrait, an artist looks into a model's world and pursuits it, not surface similarities. You can compare the image below to the above.
Interesting. I've found my drawing lines and watercolour brush strokes overlap or show the similar lines. Which do you like the watercolour one or the black and white one? Helen likes both. Me, too. It's fun to have a chat with a model over portraits.
This is the watercolour original and starting point. 
BTW, Friends, what do you handle "stuck" in your working process? Sounds silly though, I will not dare to get on something in work until an inspiration comes up. When I follow a heart, the best work turns up. My drawing and painting are not theoretical movements (*I haven't studied at art school). A senior established picture book illustrator calls it "instinct." What do you think? I agree with it.
When I get stuck, I take a break, refresh myself and await an inspiration. Fortunately, editors understand an illustrator's difficulty in trade picture book illustration and give me more time. I go outside of a studio, enjoy sunshine and chat or move a body.
The same is true of my watercolour portraits. Until an image comes in me, I do not work on.

It is a bit hard to find enough quiet time for portrait work at the moment though, I want to more enjoy portraits between the ongoing projects in parallel. Thank you for your warm cheers!!
Friends, Happy Painting!











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24 comments:

  1. Very nice. You are so talented. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! You, toom enjoy art work! Cheers, Sadami

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  2. Sadami, tus acuarelas de retratos son muy buenos pero mi amor al dibujo hace que me incline por el del blanco y negro.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Oh, dulce y cariñosa Joshemari, muchas gracias. Su regeneración es mismo que el modelo. Usted tiene habilidades de dibujo maravillosas y buenas líneas para su trabajo. Su línea siempre me da la diversión y son impresionantes. Sigan con su línea de trabajo, así como la acuarela.
      Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, sweet and caring Joshemari, thank you very much. Your feedback is same as the model. You have wonderful drawing skills and good lines for your work. Your line always gives me fun and are impressive. Keep up your line work as well as wateroclour.
      Best iwshes, Sadami

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      Sadami, your watercolor portraits are very good but my love of drawing makes me inclined to that of black and white.
      A big hug.

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    1. Thank you and you, too, we know, Celeste!

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  4. Wonderful post Sadami. If you find the secret to getting unstuck from a painting slump you will make millions and be rich. I have many ideas but something is always holding me back from starting a project. I need to feel a passion for the project not just have the great idea. I have heard in the past a saying..."if you can picture it finished in your mind, then you can do it." I have not found that to be true yet. In my case I think it has something to do with fear of failure and that is only a personal fear and not one put onto me by those around me. My husband is very supportive of whatever I wish to do and very encouraging too. It is just me.
    I love coming to your wonderful blog as you are always so open with your followers and your works are inspirational. Please don't every stop blogging.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I always appreciate your thoughtful feedback. No, I do not push myself too much, especially for blogging. Regarding your say, "fear of failure," it belongs to psychology. Please be kind to yourself. You do not need to be someone else, but you, Carol, who you are. Your quote is very fascinating for me. I have no idea to set a rigid goal. Very flexible. Or I should say, "being spontaneous and free" is my strength in work. Fresh, lively and fun. Picture book illustration (and studio work) is different. I carefully plan, do roughs lots and revise them over and over again. Then, I want spontaneity will come up in it. Each one has different approach. Please find your own way. Just do relax and please enjoy your work. Best wishes, Sadami

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  5. So sorry, Judy, I accidently deleted your comment. I publish your comment below.
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    Hi Sadami, I have missed a few of your posts, but now I have looked, and I see wonderful portraits! I like the softness of the black and white, but the watercolour is great! The background is perfect! It is good to wait until your instinct tells you what to do.

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    1. Thank you so caring Judy. Regarding a background, it also relates to an artist's expectation = what you want to say and choose images and colours. Yes, I always listen to my heart and enjoy work. That's it! Cheers, Sadami

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  6. Wowee. Lovely portrait. She is so full of character!

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    1. Wowee~, thank you, Polly! Yes, she's an interesting lady. Cheers, Sadami

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  7. Since I love color, my favorite is the finished watercolor, but both are very nice. The main thing is, do you like it and does the model like it!

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda, you're so encouraging. Cheers, Sadami

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    1. Thank you, Ann! Have fun in portraits. Cheers, Sadami

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    1. Thank you, Catharina! Let's have fun in creating portraits. Cheers, Sadami

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  10. FABULOUS portrait, Sadami!!! I absolutely love it. I cannot imagine painting with watercolors and a portrait to me would even be more difficult but you certainly aced it! I am finally caught up with all your past work...all so amazing and a pleasure to visit!!!

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    1. Thank you, caring Hilda. Your pastel work amazes me. Please keep up your master pieces. You can read any of my blog posts at any time, as you like. Have fun in your life, that's the most important thing. Best wishes, Sadami

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  11. Hola, Sadami. A mi no me cabe ninguna duda que es tu instinto y tu corazón el que nos acerca tu talento y nos regala tanta belleza. Precioso trabajo.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Hola, J.Paz, gracias mucho. Nos encantan dibujar. También, disfruta de sus actividades de dibujo y arte. Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Hi, J.Paz, thank you very much. All of us love drawing. You, too, enjoy your drawing and art activities. Best wishes, Sadami

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      Hello, Sadami. I do not I have no doubt that is your instinct and your heart that bring us your talent and gives us so much beauty. Beautiful work.
      A big hug.

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  12. Dear Sadami:) I haven't got art school too ( not a surprise :). But hey, as long we have fun!! I was stuck for a year, but I'm back and it feels good. Your portraits are beautiful but I prefer the watercolor because of the nose in the black and white. But how much I would try, I will never be able to make a portrait as you do! Keep going Sadami. Big hug for you:) xx

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    1. Dear sweet Renate, thank you! Renate, the most important point is, like you say, "have fun." I've been worreid about your health. Please take it easy and take your time. We do not need to be someone else. I hope I will draw and show my own style. When people say, "It's Sadami's work!" that'll be great. Yes, I'll go on. You, too. Let's walk together, but on each one's pace. (((Big hugs))) for you, xxx Sadami

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