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Monday, May 22, 2017

Cremorne Point, Sydney Sketch Club

Sydney Sketch Club enjoyed catch-up in Cremorne Point where we can see Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Tower. Opposite to the three famous spots in City. A wind was becoming cold, as it was autumn. But smile, cheerful laughs and nice chats were pouring among us. Btw, members assisted the lady with difficulty in mobility who missed out a private tour ferry. One member kept an eye on the sea and the ferry returned to the wharf! We assisted the lady. Nice to see a happy ending. 

A little deed was wonderful to refresh myself. It was good to see members and to enjoy drawing together outside in busy days, because the due dates are coming, of My dog Socks and another important project. It's essential for artists to have stress busters.   
The beauty of group activities is friendship and networking. A member and I chatted over her self-publishing of art work. She planned it for quite a long time and had come to nearly making come true. It was exciting and interesting for me and other members. I heartily hope everything will go well with her. Another fun was to sketch each other. This member helped the lady. Her down jacket looked very warm, designed for a winter. A visiting British artist remembers me (*Me, too. We met three years ago in this group!). We enjoyed a chat over publication, too and exchanged information. It's lovely to see unique members and thought-provoking artists.     
Another week has started! I hope all of us will have a creative week. I want to make a good progress in the projects. I'm fully charged with energy in the sketch meet at the weekend. Let's get back to a studio. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 


Monday, May 15, 2017

Medical Doctors vs Sailing

Friends, how do you use a medicare service? In a constructive and useful way, a medicare system needs to be used and doctors should serve patients, whilst a patient and doctors are working in a team. In my view, treatment is like sailing a ship across a sea. I'm the captain. Doctors and other medical specialists are my crews. I make the final decision. My body is a ship. All of crews should respect my ship and treat it with dignity and care. If not, I, the captain will change a crew. "Maximise my healthy life," -- is my goal in a medical treatment. My medicare service use is strategic in a group work. 
    "An apple a day keeps the doctor away. BUT if the doctor is cute forget the fruit." ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ (source unknown)
However, I, this captain does not have enough medical knowledge. Although I know/feel about my body or a ship more than doctors, the captain needs the assistance of crew/doctors to recover or keeps health. I have a map and a goal, but I do not know how to use a compass and draw a line or how to find routes.  Each crew/specialist has different ability and skills. My crews work together to make my ship sailing safely and smoothly in order to get to the goal. We sometimes experience a storm and difficulty. We work together to sail across trouble waters. So, when we make a comfy journey and safe sailing, we celebrate it. I love my medicare service team and respect wonderful crews. I always appreciate the help of crews. 

In other words, a patient and a doctor are "being in a same boat," particularly, in the case of a chronic condition and a treatment that takes time. Say, two people try to sail the boat or row the boat to reach a goal in a long term. I have one paddle. My partner, a doctor has another. If we cannot work together, we will not achieve my goal, health. "What can I do for you?" when I hear that medical doctor's say, I feel very comfortable and equality between a service provider and a service user. 

So, a good trust is crucial between a service user and a doctor = a doctor and me. Ultimately, communication between a doctor and a patient is a vital key. We, patients need to become wise captains and maximise the crew's ability. I am not able to sail a ship all alone. If I row a boat on my own, I will make a vicious circle on a sea and will never move on. How to handle a group work is important for a service user.
What a joy to sail the ship safely! We're achieving lots of things and have stopped at many treasure islands. Medical specialists and I aim at my ship's safe trip in the future and that's our goal. I, the captain, always thank for my crews' hard work in words with all my heart.
The above is my way. What do you think?
Don't cry alone, Friends. Don't row your boat alone with only one paddle, if you are having treatments, especially, in a chronic condition! I hope you will recover asap and even enjoy a tag team with a medical doctor. When you feel something tough in life, draw or paint on papers. Doctors and nurses will love your work. Special thanks for modelling for my drawings above.
Von voyage.
Best wishes, Happy Painting, Friends! 


Monday, May 8, 2017

1) Children 2) Wash Study

Children's dead honest and sensitive response to an outside world always moves me. Their eyes are widely opened by surprise, awe and emotion. Do you like drawing children? Technically, it took time to get used to drawing children, because the proportion of children is very different from adults. A typical example is a young child. Check the positions of eyes, a nose, a mouth and ears in a child's face, comparing them with a grown up's ones. Then, compare a child's whole body with an adult's one. Use an adult's visual information as a scale. Children change proportions as an age grows. Once, proportions, positions, volumes, shapes are perceived in children, values, edges and colours will follow in painting. The ability of observation or the skills of "see" is nearly equal to drawing skills. 
I saw this kid listening to a live music by an amateur gospel band in Town Hall on Sunday. His face expression and body language was lovely. I enjoyed the drawing, surrounded by audience and band members familyIn my eyes, children consist of surprise, curiosity, awe and big emotions. 
When I look back the old sketches and drawings, simplified subjects look much better than complicated ones. I might as well be brave and bold in watercolour.  

Do you enjoy wash? I'm playing with wash and studying it on A4. This is a forest, a landscape setting in illustration. I'll practise it more and get on a picture book real size illustration work. Already, I used this technique in "Moon.In some work, I want to paint without drawing -- it could be fun or .... disaster?!  See how it goes. 

Just now, we are getting into autumn. A chilly wind and an ocean gets cold. I swam at a weekend. Only a few people were in an ocean pool. An old couple said, "When you get into water, we clap for you! What a brave lady!" Indeed, they gave me applause. Tap water from a shower was colder than the ocean. It might be the end of my swimming season. 
Enjoy your life and have a creative week. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 
                                        A currently practised wash 


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Art Supply

Thank you for waiting! New projects have come. I have been in a dead hurry to finish it up, whilst working on other projects. Busy. Sorry for the slow blogging. Do you have your favourite art supply? An art supply is a heaven and a great playground for artists. This Parkers Sydney Fine Art Supplies is in National Art School where Sydney Sketch Club visited. The kind staff allowed my sketching. Timothy Perkins was an artist who had graduated from NAS. He showed me his lovely landscape paintings in gouache. We enjoyed a chat. His rich knowledge of products and art was amazing. I'm a starter forever. 
Btw, what is your most memorable experience of materials at or from an art supply? = products designed for professionals. The first use of Arche paper 300 gsm was my most sensational and astonishing experience in the past. I could not believe how much that paper would suck up paints. I felt that its capacity to absorb water/paints was limitless! The paper stood any tortures such as scratching, cutting etc, etc. Ever since, I've become a big fan and royal customer of Arche. Sometimes, I meet people try to use cheaper and thin papers in order to save money. I recommend "thick papers." Thin papers won't hold either paints or water and will often end up disasters.     

My favourite shop, Art Scene supports artists well. When a new product comes up, staff gives me a try and its information. Regarding paints, Daniel Smith was my most fascinating experience. They organised the watercolour palettes of famous water colour painters for a sample use. Did you try them? It was fun to experience different watercolour artists's colour options. Then, I chose some colours for my own use from Daniel Smith. "Have your own colours," is my favourite say that I encountered in psychology before getting into art industry. Have you ever thought of your own colour option in medium? What's my colour? Or who am I? I've been exploring it. 
The portrait of a Sydney Sketch Club member at National Art School. 
The sketch club member invited me for mutual sketching.
I access new products though, I keep my studio simple, basic and comfortable. To handling new products and knowing them consumes a certain time. It could be stressful which brings me down whilst working on projects. I update myself with new knowledge. But I surely maintain my familiar products at hands like a Linus's blanket! If you have interesting experiences in art materials and can share them, please leave comments.   
Now, "My Dog Socks" is at the final stage of colour! I'll enjoy it. Thank you for your cheers and for your great patience! 
Friends, Happy Painting!  


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Talent Can Be Learned

A talent could be "learned." Apart from a talent, this is true that an individual's drawing skills are in parallel to her/his painting skills, I've read in an established portraitist's say. I'm not confident in painting skills. So, I draw lots, when I wonder how to paint a subject. Further, in my experience, this is also true that drawing skills are equal to an individual's ability to observe a subject. Very the basic artistic skills are the ability of looking at a subject. If so, a talent can be "learned." If observing is the starting point of an artistic talent, it's not difficult. Drawing skills could be a painstaking process to learn, which takes years. But if we love it, we do not mind keeping it up for ages, don't we? Let's enjoy it.  
Did Michealangelo create a Sistine chapel painting in a day? Could Beethoven compose all nine symphonies at once with ease? No. They studied incessantly, researched amazingly, practised well like suffering. Then, they created great work with pain. Their great efforts comfort me and I feel they are same humans. I want to observe a subject well and draw lots, at least! I sketch anything that interests me. 

On the way to a beach I met a horse. "Judy" was nearly 20 yrs old = She was 90 yrs old in a human age. A girl looked after the horse and enjoyed riding. Calmly standing Judy came near to me and sniffed around watercolour paints and papers. Friendly! I scratched her back and face. Judy quietly closed eyes and looked sleepy. Her peaceful eyes and modest mood captured my heart. Then, I got on a job! I always do not want to miss out an opportunity. The girl delightedly allowed my sketch of the horse. Their family and I shared a joy. 

A photographer asked me about a sketch, what for. A "reference" I explained will be used for my studio work. A reference is a good study of an object. My eyes and hands remember it in 3D. I can reorganise its image easily from memory.   
One more really important thing is to have wonderful supporters or genuine friends in art like you and my mentors. 
Mentor Ann James says,
"You have amazing strength, positivity and courage Sadami - and BRILLIANT talent with capturing people and animals inside and out!! The true portraitist!!" 
Her say is too much of me. I do not know if I have a talent, but I love drawing and painting. I love looking at a subject with curiosity and care. I want to be an artist who deserves the encouragement above.  

The picture book project, "My Dog Socks" is at the final stage of illustration, colour on a real size paper. It was challenging for me to work on a dog. But since childhood, I've always dreamed to create a picture book on animals, especially, a doggy! Once our team has got on the project, my drawings get approvals well! After an Easter Holiday, we get back to work. I hope you had a wonderful short vacation and get energised. Thank you very much for your patience. You kindly waited for my blog post.
Friends, Happy Painting and Happy Observing!   


Monday, April 3, 2017

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Brave Sydney Sketch Club enjoyed the mad panic, when it poured in Neutral Bay. In all, I've got three or four bruises = I fell in the hole and slept away twice on a wet rotten wooden structure step --  a risk of life! We got drenched yet we had fun in the fiasco like a party. The bruises were painful. Because of poor balancing, I could not make a hurry. The members offered me a great help. All participants talked to me, "Ok?" in the rain. One was kind enough to protect my watercolour with her work in the downpour. Another took me to her unit near the bay and dried my hair and clothes. With their friendship, I could make this work.  
A local member kindly suggested an interesting subject, a wrecked fishing ship that had Chinese characters. We chatted over it. A rumour was that boat could be a drug smuggling boat. Or it was used for smuggling people. Was an illegal boat scattered there? Who knows? "A gossip makes tea tasty," also it is said! 

I love looking at rusted and old ships. When I was in a teenage, I met this quote, like it and to the present. Today, I found this author's poem on internet (*what a handy research methods!). 

"On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion is the gale. --- Alexander Pope"

I still have passion and want to challenge many things. The silly new question came up, is how much time is left for me. I felt Mark Twain's wise say has answer below. 
A kind member who helped us.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ---Mark Twain. 
In short, "Just do it without any question!" 

Lastly, I'd dedicate this quote for all of you, Friends!!  
"My youngest son has a very clear idea of what he wants to be when he grows up: he wants to be Indiana Jones, Batman and Jack Sparrow. Yes, all three at the same time. So he basically wants to be an archaeologist who wears tights and fights crimes on pirate ships. That's pretty cool, huh?" Rhys Darby Read (actor). 
Yeah, me, too, dreamed to be an archaeologist, when I was young like his son and ended up a watercolourist. So happy with it. Why? I can be anything and everything in drawing and painting. Imagination and creativity are the wings of an artist. 

The publisher's feedback on my submitted colour spreads is very positive. I'm very happy. 
You, too, throw off the bowlines. Sail away. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Friends, Happy Painting!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hello! From Australia in Bologna Book Fair

Friends, my mentor, Books Illustrated (Ann James and Ann Haddon) is heading to Bologna Book Fair in Italy, leading the Australian team from 3 to 6 in April! They will promote our Australian picture books to the world. I'd share their newsletter with you. If you bump them, say, "Hello!" 

Hello! From Australia rights and cultural exhibition 2017
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Australian children’s books shine in the lead up to Bologna Book Fair 2017- April 3 to 6

Hello! from Australia exhibition

We are delighted to be able to accompany the Hello! from Australia exhibition to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in April this year.
This fair is the largest international book fair specialising in children’s books and is most prestigious for its particular focus on book illustration.

The 2017 Hello! from Australia promotional exhibition, curated by Books Illustrated and funded by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, will feature on a collective Australian stand - this year made possible through the collaboration of publisher Allen & Unwin and Books Illustrated - with the support of four independent Australian publishers Berbay, Melbournestyle, MidnightSun, Upload Publishing and the Australian Publishers Association.

13 Australian authors and illustrators will attend the fair and be guests on the Creators’ Table on Hello! from Australia stand - Lee Burgemeestre, Maree Coote, Leigh Hobbs, Ann James, Andrew Joyner, Alison Lester, Caroline Magerl, Marc Martin, Anna Pignataro, Anne Ryan, Jayneen Sanders, Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley.

A highlight this year will be the attendance of Australia’s Children’s Laureate,
Leigh Hobbs, who will participate in the Third Children’s Laureate Summit. Laureates from several countries will be take part in this initiative, in which Australia has taken
an active part in organising
In the lead up to Bologna Children's Book Fair 2017 there has been significant
             international acclaim for Australian Children’s picture book publishers. 

Congratulations to Berbay Publishing for their nomination as Best Publisher, Oceania, 2017.

And Melbourne Style and Maree Coote for Spellbound: Making Pictures with the A-B-C, awarded special mention in Bologna Ragazzi Award, 2017 and Alphabet City Zoo, awarded 'Distinction' in NAMI Concours 2017.

                                  The 2017 Catalogue has been launched!
It will be distributed widely at the book Fair from the collective Australian stand -
 Exhibition Hall 25 Stand B118, Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

View the online catalogue at ISSUU
Download as a PDF

For more information contact:
Ann Haddon 

#HellofromAustralia @bksillustrated

       And just to hand .... great news for this promotional initiative.
                        We are thrilled that it highlights the importance of creators !

                                 Media Release March 28 !
 Government support for Australian showcase at Bologna children’s book fair

The Australian Government will provide more than $160,000 over four years to promote Australian authors and illustrators through a strong Australian presence at the pre-eminent global Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy …

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice wins Prose Award 2017!

Prof Ingrid Piller’s "Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice" (Oxford University Press, 2016) won the 2017 Prose Award in the “Language and Linguistics” category. The Prose Awards presented by the American Association of Publishers have been recognizing “the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content” since 1976. I organised its cover! The reason of why the lady Justice puts on earmuffs is in the intro, here. Congrats, Ingrid! 
It was fun and exciting to see the former lecturer, Ingrid and nice to made friends with her team in the language barrier symposium last week. Now, Ingrid has become a super hero in socioliguistics. I'm very grateful for her giving me the part of her publication. 

My picture book project, "My dog Socks," the colour is ongoing. It's fun. I hope myself to overcome obstacles and realise plans toward a bright future. It is the great joy to do a favourite job. Even in the middle of pain, we say "Happy!" 
Friends, you, too, enjoy your work and happy painting!    


Monday, March 20, 2017

Bridging Language Barriers Symposium

Prof Ingrid Piller and her team, "Language on the Move," made a great symposium, Bridging Language Barriers in Macquarie Uni. Thank you for the wonderful content and the lovely time (Here's the report)! Especially, live broadcasting by twitting is a brilliant and genius idea. The theme, the language barriers is crucially important, which directly relates to human rights, equality and social justice in our multilingual societies. Cutting edge research methods, the newest data and interesting approaches in critical analyses are wonderful. Every participant really enjoyed the symposium. Oh, the LOTM team worked so hard to organise it. All the team members are our heroes!
Prof Ingrid Piller, the host 
Presenters, Prof Ingrid Piller, LOTM team and the right, me! (in a red shirt)
Photo Courtesy of LOTM. 
Thank you very much for the twitter. LOTM members, you did a fantastic job! Twitting or a live coverage worked very well. Moreover, the member collected questions directly from broad audience and the symposium answered. Amazing! Another benefit is that it recorded the symposium. I reread it to review the presentations and could pick up the missed out information. 
This is the LOTM twitter site. Enjoy it.
I found three photos of me. A bit blushing up. Thanks, the team!
It was a very hard and demanding task to make a spot-on summary in short sentences. The twitting LOTM member sacrificed her own time. I felt so sorry for her. But lovely to see other LOTM members brought her a food plate in every break. (*although she hardly enjoyed it.) I cannot help but think of hard workers behind scenes. Backstage players should be valued.  
Keynote Speaker, Prof. Dr. Ingrid Gogolin
Each presenter demonstrated very stimulating, forefront and serious social issues regarding language barriers. In a break and a lunch time, I could make networking. (*I always do preliminary research on presenters, set target persons and attend conferences.) A keynote speaker, Dr Ingrid Gogolin encouraged me to make my dreams come true in picture book publication. She gave me the fascinating information on a successful picture book project that has advocated non legitimate language speakers in Germany. (*I'm checking the information right now). 
Keynote Speaker, Prof. Dr. Drorit Lengyel
I was interested in Prof Amanda Miller Amberber's project and the data that focuses on the aphasia in non English speakers, its treatment and recovery. We had a chat. I always wonder if I should get aphasia, is there any help in an Australian medicare system? As far as I know few experts are available at hospital, yet the reality has gone too further ahead of a current service --- sadly Amanda and I agreed. There's an interpretation service and patients use it in need in Australian hospitals. But a professor from Germany said that the reality of Australia is much better than Germany. It raised a question of our health care system at a global level.      
Prof Amanda Miller Amberber
Btw, Ingrid (Piller) has got "slender" and "Nothing different from 10 years ago"! HOW COULD SHE DO IT?-- I said so to her at a first sight. "Sadami, what a performer! (hahaha!) You, too, nothing different from 10 years ago!" replied Ingrid. Hahaha! Ingrid's say is a compliment. Mine is a truth, a solid fact! Instantly and magically, we could catch up over the 10 yrs gap and enjoyed a chat as if we were seeing all the time.  
Ingrid, that sweet professor and the symposium host introduced me in a humorous way, which was a happy surprise. I could not move from shocking at very the beginning of the symposium! 
"We're lucky to have an artist, Sadami. She had been always sketching lecturers in lectures (= did not study well!) and has become an artist (*partially, true! ... or almost?!)." Ingrid showed the two bookcovers created by me. "If she comes near to you, tell her, 'No! (stop drawing) Go away!' " We/audience laughed. Well, actually, all victims gave me a positive response and they loved my sketches.... Or, were they all flattering?!
Prof Ingrid Piller
A mission was accomplished. Prof Jane Simpson, the expert of Indigenous/endangered languages and Australian English had asked me to sketch her supervising PhD candidate, Ms Susan Poetsch. How sweet Jane is! I'm sure a supervisor feels like a mother nurturing students like my mentors. Susan was very happy to know that Jane had been thinking of her. She wondered when I had studied linguistics in Sydney uni. We found Susan and I studied at the same time in Sydney uni! What a small world! We became friends at once and chatted over our old lecturers. As far as I know, not many students get into the sector of Indigenous people's languages. I'm sure Jane should be very happy and proud to see Susan fledgling from her nest.  
Ms Susan Poetsch 
A light topic in the symposium.
Ingrid's mother tongue is German. The symposium hosted Hamburg Uni from Germany. I met a LOTM member teaching German in Macquarie uni. Another LOTM member is a PhD candidate in the area of German. "Oh, for you, today's symposium will be easy!" said I. The German familiar LOTM members showed a big smile. I knew one sentence in German, "Ich liebe dich." So, I told it to LOTM members. Some laughed and others did not. "What does it mean?" a member asked the PhD candidate or the uni German lecturer. They said, "Oh, that's the most practical expression!" Hahaha, I laughed and kept silent about the meaning! The puzzled member asked again, "What does it mean??" The others answered with a smile, "I love you." I giggled.

Prof Loy Lising was taking photos. Really a lovely lady told me her academic interest. She included me in the photos. (*I kept myself away from the LOTM team, when Loy took photos.) Thank you very much. That was another great bonus.
Those young linguists will bridge a rainbow of love, hope and dreams in their areas, fighting for social justice like Ingrid has been working on. I believe Ingrid has been doing a great job in her life long career at a front line. The same is true of Prof Jane (Simpson) and all the presenters. I sincerely hope many young linguists will follow these great linguists and go beyond them. My area is in art, picture books and portraits. Like Prof Ingrid Gogoling said that a picture book has the great potential. I want to chat with my mentors (Books Illustrated and Helen Chamberlin) to explore the potential and make it happen in Australia. That's the mission in my life. The symposium has become my big encouragement and inspiring!
Lastly, I'd say, the LOTM team and Ingrid are real heroes. Their TONs of unknown hard work has made such a fruitful symposium and an intimate mood among attendees. Oh, yes, food was excellent! Yummy and I felt the team's very sensitive thoughts of calories and health. Very Glutton Sadami wanted to have more, but a stomach had limitation. If they have another conference, I'll happily join it and take away?! Sociolinguistics is my very good brain exercise. Kind Ingrid suggested the team to give me their T shirt. Wow~~~! It made my day. Special thanks to Ingrid and the team!
In addition, the Ford St publisher "loves" my colour roughs of "My dog Socks." Yey! I'll move onto a real size paper. I hope I will make a good picture book. 
Friends, Happy Painting and Bridge a Rainbow! 


Monday, March 13, 2017

Yes, We Can!

I enjoyed sketching and swimming. I made 2 kms recently. 1 km is not hard today. Teenagers asked me, "Is that training?", as only me kept on lap swimming in an ocean pool. "No. It's rehab. I have a disability," I replied from the water. "Awesome!" "I can't do it!" young guys said. Like their say, at first, I thought I would never make it. But I changed my thoughts to "Yes, I can." I simply wanted to swim and made it happen. It took years to come to this level. On my own pace, I will go on. 

Waves were very beautiful and big. They had sands that turned to a lovely yellow ocher in green or cool mint blue. Yes, in the morning, waves show a "cool mint" colour. It was fun to have a chat with children and adults who came to me. A warm communication and human interaction was a bliss and a wonderful bonus in creating art work. 
I saw my dear friend at the pool. He has had two embraces on the legs and kept swimming for rehab. Oh..., if I were him, I might have felt life was too tough. But he was upbeat. His guts and a positive attitude have encouraged me. He says that I AM the very positive person. (thank you for cheers!). Our mutual support and a good friendship is another bonus from an ocean. Oh, his little child has grown, which impressed me so much. "Taller than a mum," he said. "Aw, I've got old!" I said, laughing. "You look better!" the friend said a compliment. We, three had a nice catch up. 
If I stopped swimming, soon a gait got worse and I would never walk again. It's very simple though, this magic word, "Yes, we can!" is nice and worth trying it. As long as I tried something at least once, I could give it up. So, I like, "Give it a go!" Once, my neighbour and an old couple said to me, "Sadami, you have nothing to lose, (even if I cannot make it)." An old husband encouraged me so much. Yeah, his say was true. I wondered why and what I had been worried about so much. Then, I told myself, "Nothing to lose!" I always send you my best cheers, Friends. 
Happy Painting and let's enjoy challenging! 


Monday, March 6, 2017

Colour rough, text placement, page layout in Picture Book Illustration Process

I'm creating colour roughs, nearly there. A "colour rough" is a smaller size coloured work to get an idea of colour balance, layout, etc in a picture book project. A colour rough is a miniature and an experiment of a real paper size one. That fun process comes after "black and white" and a sb ("storyboard"). In black and white and a thumbnail sb, images are roughly set.

In a colour rough, an illustrator tries different colours in black and white drawings and check balance and harmony in spreads. Which colours will work out for the spread or not? In an entire book, what colours are preferable? I tried different colours to create the fur of a dog, "Socks." So far, I'll keep this colour use and see how it goes. I'm looking at the colours all through spreads.
My Dog Socks 
I'll chat over a text placement and a page layout. It's a design and a composition of spreads. The space of a text and the balance of layout were already set in the stage of black and white. Like black and white, ensure to leave a good space for a text in colour roughs. Printed sentences consume a good amount of space in a page. Have a look of any picture book at hand and study where spaces are in a spread. For example, move around cut out sentences on illustrations and check where's the best spot in your project. You'll find the difference in varied places of words. A text placement and a page layout are crucially important in a children picture book.

Apart from a technical stuff, when a page layout is decided, colour rough needs to be approved by an author, an editor, a publisher and a book designer. It's a group work in a publishing team. In discussion, colour rough is changeable. Certainly, that's why called, "rough." Any image and design could be replaced in order to create the best.
Cutting out a text for placement
Of course, an illustrator gets stuck and struggles hard to create images. Sometimes, I'm down and out. Ford St Publishing, which is run by Paul Collins and Meredith Contain, assists my illustrating. We suffer together, work together and share joy!
My wonderful mentor Ann James encourages Sadami, "You have amazing strength, positivity and courage Sadami - and BRILLIANT talent with capturing people and animals inside and out!! The true portraitist!!" Wow, that's too much for me, but it makes me very happy and lifts me up. I'll try! 
Friendly established illustrators and sweet publisher Helen Chamberlin, too, support me. I deeply appreciate all the involved people's kind help. Yes, your cheers, too, Friends!  

To sum, the colour rough is coloured trials in a smaller size in order to examine a page layout, a colour balance etc. It demonstrates what kind of picture book will be "roughly." Any part of colour roughs is changeable. After the approval of a colour rough, an illustrator moves onto a real size work. Some friends and people ask, "Do you do it again?!" Yes. My answer surprises others. A picture book illustration process is very time and energy consuming. But it's a group work. I love it and it's a great joy. I'll get back to work. Busy.
Friends, Happy Painting. Enjoy illustrating!