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Sunday, July 17, 2016

New Picture Book Project Contract Signed

Thank you for waiting! I signed a contract of a new picture book project with Ford Street Publishing. The text "My Dog Socks" is written by Robyn Osbourne. Do you like drawing animals? Publishers enquiry me and clients ask to create images of animals from time to time. Yes, if you can demonstrate good animal drawings, there's a chance to get a picture book project. 
Since childhood, I've loved animals and sketched or illustrated any animals, particularly dogs. When I was at primary school, I started to illustrate animals from zoology, biology, the animal kingdom in a very precise way by pencil and watercolour painting. Young Sadami also copied illustrated books such as "The call of the Wild," "Wild Animals I Have Known," from English literature and Japanese wild animal literature. 

Well, it was my first illustration job in life?! I showed sketched birds and mammals and copied drawings to my parents and friends. Innocent Sadami was very happy to hear "Ohhh, whoa...!" from them. I got absorbed in drawing animals. As I already knew the content of animal books by heart, I always chose the books by their illustrations that matched my taste. In a pocket, I kept a small encyclopedia of animals all the time ... until high school = until I had more interest in boys than mammals and insects!  
Even though I left the pocket size animal book behind a door, my enthusiasm would not go down. I kept on reading Joy Adamson, Jane Goodall and so on. Our family kept cats and dogs. They became my good friends and models for drawing when I was in school. I particularly loved sketching dogs. By drawing, I realised that well understanding of the structure of bones helped precise and good drawings. Eventually, I studied about bones and habits of animals, while sketching. 
Museums are another nice spots to "see" or "feel" knowledge and deepen knowledge of animals. Those huge "preliminary research" in young days has nurtured my current drawing skills of animals. 
Friends, especially, boys and girls, spend time with animals and insects! Go to a zoo, a museum, an Easter show and local events! That experience can give your future direction to go. *My mentor Ann James gave very positive comments on my rabbits' images, saying "You can illustrate a rabbit's story!" Publisher Helen Chamberlin and all other people in publishing industry comment, "You draw beautiful animals!" Thanks! 



Here in Australia, we have very unique animals!! It's fun to look at them and they are so adorable. I would like to depict Australian animals in picture books to pass on them to a next generation. There's an interesting and famous story of why "Possum Magic" has become a million seller on market. But I'll chat over it another day. 

Any life is beautiful and precious. It's our meaningful task to pass on such important creatures to a next generation. Right now, dear blogger friend Rhonda creates very beautiful insects. If you like, please visit here, "Watercolours and Words."  
Friends, thank you for your great patience and strong support!! 
Happy Painting. Happy Drawing of Animals and Insects!  
             


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18 comments:

  1. Hi Sadami, you animals are just as interesting as your portraits. Yes please tell us about "Possum Magic" when you have a chance. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you, Carol, for your kind feedback. Yes, the story of Possum Magic is quite interesting. One day, I'll do. Best wishes, Sadami

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  2. These are so natural and beautiful. I also need to do a lot more sketching. You really motivate.

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    1. Thank u, sweet AK! i'm sure you'll enjoy drawing animals. Just have fun. Best wishes, Sadami

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  3. Sadami, qué bien dibujas los animales!! Hasta les dibujas su expresión!!! Fantásticos! Muy bien.
    Me gustan los animales y ha dibujado algunos. He tenido bastantes perros, pero ahora tengo una gata. La he dibujado en todas posiciones, incluso en mis rodillas.
    He salido con mis nietos a una granja donde también he dibujado muchos animales de granja y varias veces a una Reserva africana, donde los animales están sueltos y he dibujado a algunos de ellos. Es muy agradable pintarlos. Lo paso muy bien. Seguro que lo estarás disfrutando.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Oh, bueno Joshemari, muchas gracias! Wow, que fue a África! Usted debe enviar las imágenes! Sé que le gusta compartir tiempo con sus nietos en los animales domésticos. Es una gran diversión para dibujar animales que es una terapia para los seres humanos, que siento. Por lo tanto, mantenerse al día anaimals dibujo. Estoy seguro de que sus perros y gatos serán maravillosas en sus bocetos. Mantenerse al día y disfrutar de los animales de dibujo.
      Los mejores deseos, Sadami

      Oh, kind Joshemari, thank you very much! Wow, you went to Africa! You should post the images! I know you enjoy sharing time with your grandchildren among domestic animals. It's a great fun to draw animals that is a therapy for human beings, I feel. So, keep up drawing anaimals. I'm sure your dogs and cats will be wonderful in your sketches. Keep up and enjoy drawing animals.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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      Sadami, how well you draw animals !! Until you draw them expression !!! Fantastic! Very good.
      I like animals and has drawn some. I have had many dogs, but now I have a cat. I have drawn in all positions, even on my knees.
      I went out with my grandchildren to a farm where I have also drawn many farm animals and several times an African reserve, where animals are loose and have drawn some of them. Paint is very nice. I enjoy it a lot. Sure you're enjoying.
      A hug.

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  4. Your animals are fabulous, Sadami!

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  5. Thank u! Your still life is fabulous, too, Judy!! Cheers, Sadami

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  6. Excellent job and very bautiful painting !!!

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  7. Thank you, Art Traveller! Have a nice and safe trip!! Best wishes, Sadami

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  8. You do animals very well and I love the little bunnies - too cute!!! I think you can paint anything, though, from people, children, animals, oceans, etc. :) So happy for you with your new book project!!

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    1. Oh, sweet Rhonda, thank you so much! Very happy that I've got on the project and people celebrate it. Wonderful. Yes, mentor Ann James says the same thing about bunnies. I love your watercolour and drawing of natural creatures, too. Best wishes, Sadami

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  9. Dear Sadami - your dog portrait is wonderful. I can tell by your work of animals you have a great love for them. It is wonderful you want to create drawings of these sweet creatures for the next generation. Take care and have a super day. Hugs!

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    1. Oh, sweet Debbie, thank you so much! Yes, I love any animals and insects and any creatures. Picture book illustration is a wonderful job like you say, that we will pass on these sweet creatures for the next generation. ((Hugs))

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  10. You are a true portrait artist - of all kinds of beings not just humans! Beautiful animals so full of life and personality !
    have been away from blogs for a while now and I have treats to savor in your site :)

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    1. Oh, sweet Meera, thank you. Yes, that's what my bosses said like you said, "Dog! A dog is beautiful and it has a personality!!" The lovely couple, who runs the publisher, has fallen in love with my submitted images of a dog and at once, the contract came to me. Meera, draw anything and if we can put personality, it could capture a publisher and an editor's eye.
      Best wishes, Sadami

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