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Monday, May 20, 2019

Japan Research Trip of Basho funded by Australian Gov

Japan Research Trip on Basho with celebrated author Libby Hathorn, funded by Australian Gov, will start from this Thu. International School visit in Tokyo will be fun! We'll trace back a part of Basho's journey, absorb ourselves into landscapes and people.

See you soon, children in an international school!  
I will sketch around and interview people to build up the images of Basho and our characters, little children in the text. Particularly, I'll collect visual information in museums, figures, land scenes etc as much as possible. 
Then, when we'll come home, we'll work on our picturebook project.  
Basho's Journey in Edo Era
I so much appreciate my supporters :  Helen Chamberlin, Books Illustrated, Margaret Hamilton AM, Susanne Gervay AM, Dr Robin Morrow, Gail Erskine, university lecturers, peak bodies/CBCA, SCBWI, ASA, NAVA, Accessible Arts NSW, WestWords, etc. 
Thank you very much for your support, Friends!! Above all, Australia Council for the arts! 
We’ll do our best to produce a quality Australian picturebook and contribute to the cultural exchange between Australia and Japan, and moreover, at the global level.   
Happy Painting and Happy Illustrating!


Monday, May 13, 2019

International Board of Books for Young People, Lost in Books

Friends, in a new institution Lost in Books, I thoroughly enjoyed a great exhibition of 191 Honour Books from 60 countries in 50 languages selected by the International Board on Books for Young PeopleIBBY Honour books’ rich creativity and great diversity should be appreciated all over the world, Dr Robin Morrow claimed at the Best Books of the World exhibition launch. (*I once met Lost in Books in the event run by WestWords.)  
Honour books bridge across languages, cultures and generations. Robin proudly asserted, “Children’s books can be anything but childish!” In a socioeconomic and cultural aspect, it is vital to read books with young people, support bookshops and libraries so that children will gain literacy, knowledge, linguistic competence, self-esteem and furthermore, empathy.
With historical facts of IBBY, Robin urged audience to consider the current social issues, the importance of children’s literature and the support of literacy activities from a micro to macro level. And Robin and I got excited together to celebrate that my mentor, Ann James and Libby Gleeson are nominees of Anderson Award. Robin has always encouraged me and taught me about children's literature since the start of my career. Thank you very much, Robin. 
Wordless picture book and Lost in Books Staff. 
I bought a silent picture book and my favourite Canadian illustrator's book.
Sensible and thoughtful labels 

Regarding the linguistic diversity in a residential area, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese are majority. I visited Fairfield public library and examined the demography from a catalogue and librarians. In the exhibition, lovely to see the books related to Aboriginal people on the shelf. Wordless picture books are displayed as well as others. 
Thank you very much, Lost in Books staff, for hard work and a lovely smile. May this little shop bring children literature, dream, hope and love. If you like, come to my facebook. IBBY shared my FB post. 
Friends, if you have a chance, come over to this exhibition. You can find your own treasure! 
Small is powerful!


Monday, April 29, 2019

SCBWI Illustration Workshop

SCBWI Scribble was a great and inspiring workshop for picturebook creators. Host Lindy Batchelor helped our appreciation of work. We, illustrators and authors sketched at each stop for 15 to 20 minutes in NSW Art Gallery. *if you want to know more, come over my facebook that shared SCBWI's photos, too. 

William Dobell's self-portrait, oil interested me, a watercolour painter.
One line drawing of SCBWI staff! Thank you very much for organising it for us. 
Study of "Summer morning" (oil) by Elioth Gruner. Light and colour intrigued me.
"The England Channel," sculpture by Michael Parekowhai. This provocative work on James Cook is slippery, reflecting our distorted images on himself like a mirror. Yet, he looked sad in my eyes.
"Reconciliation," work in progress. The Indigenous people's sculptures inspired me. We, Australians' dream that children and Aboriginal people will dance together in the future.
Lindy, you're so informative, inspiring, caring and sensitive to each participant. Thank you very much for your labour of love. Really a wonderful event has offered a mutual support, networking and friendship. 
Friends, with my mentors (Ann James, Helen Chamberlin) and established creators' support, I enjoy my career in publishing industry. Happy Painting! 


Thursday, April 25, 2019

ANZAC day, Digger

25th, April is ANZAC day. A national remembrance in Australia and New Zealand of those who served and sacrificed for countries. I sketched a new "digger" statue set up by a local council and RSL club. He looked sad. What do you think, Friends?  
While I was sketching this digger, I had a chat with him. The digger told me that he really wanted to go home, Australia. I shed tears. Mentally and physically, his formidably stressful life in a trench should have hurt and changed a young sensitive soldier so much. I remembered the book, "All Quiet on the Western Front." Although the book depicts German soldiers in a trench in WWI, the theme is universal. It tells anti-war in my eye.  

Btw, do you know about the noun, "digger"?  
After WWI, a “digger” became an official name for a veteran in Australia. Originally, a "digger" meant “a miner” in Australian English slang. It came up since 1849. The word revived in World War I to refer to an Australian soldier. British troops used the “digger” to refer to Australian and NZ troops. Then, today, it refers a veteran. 
Friends, "Peace, forever." Never, ever make young soldiers sad again. 


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy and Safe Easter Holiday!

How many eggs did you find? Friends, Happy Easter and have a safe holiday season! 
Best wishes, Sadami 


Monday, April 15, 2019

High Tea with Our Stars at Penguin Random House

"High Tea with Our Stars" at Penguin Random House was really great and very good for networking and self-promotion. Special thanks to CBCA, each presenter and audience. You can find Australian prominent picture book creators in this post. I've learned a lot from the event. *(A speaker put on a colourful hat like me!) First, I thank for hardworking CBCA staff behind scenes. You're the real super heroes. 
Now, all these people are top notches and the wonderful CBCA staff. Among them, Margaret Hamilton AM did my mentorship in Pinerolo in 2017. These super stars delightedly foster emerging illustrators and authors. 
Emma Quay. My super hero, woohooo! I've admired her art work, drawing/writing skills and techniques. Emma and I have become friends. This sweet lady supports me well. I will soon catch up her in another meeting. Thank you for inviting me to the group meeting. 
Thank you very much, so kind Libby Hathorn, my another superhero. I love her new release, "Miss Franklin." You, too, support this emerging illustrator, Sadami. 
Hancy Pancy, a lovely author encourages me so much to challenge portraits as well as illustration. Yes, I will! Portraits are my passion!! Thank you for reminding me of the important thing. 
Friends, the point of this event was networking, catching up and self-promotion. I'm a life long learner and happy to be surrounded by such generous and supportive top people. You can find our conversations on my facebook.
Btw, I'm working on the two images of "Stations of the Cross" commissioned work, ordered by a church. Dead hurry. But fun and learning. Hopefully, I can show you something, soon. 
Friends, Happy Painting and Drawing.   


Friday, April 12, 2019

See you at CBCA High Tea!

I'm delighted, honoured and included in the presenters. See you tomorrow! *I've been very busy though, I always think of this blog and you, Friends.  Thank you for long years support and big cheering all the time. 

High Tea with Our Stars AGM event on Saturday April 13, 2019.
Venue | Penguin Random House | Level 3, 100 Pacific Highway | North Sydney NSW
Time    | 3pm – 5.30pm

 Members | FREE -|- Non-members | $40.00 -|- BOOK NOW
STARS presenting:
Nat Amoore | Elizabeth Cummings | Anne Donnelly | Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzetti | M C D Etheridge | Lesley Gibbes | Catherine Greer | Susan Hancy | Libby Hathorn | Jackie Harvey | Nette Hilton |  Kate Forsyth | Sadami Konchi | Ali Lavau | Peter Macinnis | Amelia McInerney | Katrina McKelvey | Aura Parker | Oliver Phommavanh | Antonia Presenti | Emma Quay | Paul Russell | Matthew Shalvey | Shelley Unwin | Frances Watts | Karen West


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

How to get picture book projects

I'm getting very busy with picture book projects and others. Re getting picture book projects, it's highly recommended to display your splendid, most confident and unique art work on social media or internet. Publishers and clients are very well researching illustrators who meet their need/texts. They will contact you, if you match what they want.   
Credit on Harry Sowden
My stylefile at ASA is getting many projects this year. ASA stylefile is great (*submission information. Go, try!). Also, my facebook and instagram attract publishers and clients. They directly contact me through facebook as well as stylefile. 
Similarly, SCBWI and other peak bodies will help an illustrator's marketing. Join them and demonstrate your art work in conferences and on their sites, is a good strategy! 
I've posted an Australian woolshed based on Harry Sowden's black and white photo. Colours are from my imagination. Whilst working on the picture book projects and portraits, I enjoy looking up secondhand landscape books in a break. Interesting! I love to capture light in Australian bush. 

Friends, let's go and enjoy challenging in our lives. Go every direction. 
Happy Painting! 


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Art Unifies Us

Art unifies us and fights against hatred. Lovely, smiling children and mothers talk to me on streets, "You sketched us!" The former work was used for sociolinguistics Prof Ingrid Piller's "Language and Migrationworkshop" and NSW Immigrant Women Speakout 30th anniversary publication. Another was from my daily sketches of women in hijab. A model, a mature student was studying hard, balancing her family business and study.  
Sometimes I meet women in hijab who regularly come to the green grasses to have tea. They allowed me to sit together and sketched them. Ever since, they remember me and include me or invite me to share time. Children soon notice me on streets. "You're drawer!" 
I'm so grateful for my job, being an artist. Art always brings us love, joy, dream, beauty and hope. 
Friends, let's bring love to anywhere. Happy Painting. Your work is shining and will make others happy.    


Monday, March 11, 2019

Samurai Armour, delicacy in brutality

I really enjoyed this sketch in Powerhouse Museum. Samurai Officer Koma Kaemon of Bizen clan, Edoperiod, Japan, 1775. I wanted to feel haiku poet Basho's emotions towards a helmet. In Basho's long walk journey, he saw the helmet kept in a temple and a field. Basho thought of a veteran killed by a young general whom once, the veteran had saved -- a famous episode, Saito Sanemori in Heike Monogatari. 

It is part of my research of our picture book porject written by Libby Hathorn. So, I visited the musem to look into this armour (different from Basho's general though). 
Basho's haiku, "むざんやな甲(かぶと)の下のきりぎりす" ; Alas, how pitiful! A cricket is chirping under the helmet.
Samurai worriers or higher generals were quite intellectual and philosophers, because they created good poems (waka) and studied about Buddhism. Generals thought they would die even today. Also, the generals and lieutenants were, in my eyes, very fashionable in armours. Their colour combinations were defined by seasons, which also showed a rank in army. 
Here, examples. The colour combination of a part of an amour, Odoshi Irome. Originally, it was developed from Kasaneirome, 襲色目(かさねいろめ)women's clothes, serving an emperor.
Japanese, even in war, such brutal events, they sought for beauty.... It touches my heart. 
Now, I'll get back to creating images and character design.
You, too, Friends, have a productive week. 
Happy Painting!  


Friday, March 8, 2019

International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women's Day, I created the portrait of Miles Franklin, an Australian writer, feminist best known for her novel "My Brilliant Career." Today, we have Miles Franklin Award, Stella Prize. Libby Hathorn will launch a picturebook "Miss Franklin" illustrated by Phil Lesnie in late May. I can't wait!
Friends, have a wonderful day. Happy Painting! 


Monday, March 4, 2019

Illustrators Showcase at SCBWI conference 2019

In the submitted folio, I demonstrated
  • The latest work at the best skill,
  • Some black and white,
  • Character design, movement,
  • Variety of subjects,  
  • Colour, front cover, single/double spreads,
  • Mock book, 
  • Postcards designed for promotion.  
The above has responded to publishers' seeking.  
In detailed advice is here. 
Are You Ready for the Illustrator Showcase at the 2019 Sydney International Conference?
An illustrator may submit 10 images, in all. I included landscapes, figures and other subjects. 
The granted "Basho" project Japanese traditional village in winter
The black and white rough, character design. 
Variety of Subjects. 
A double spread, black and white from the "Basho" 
It's Colour. 
Many of my "postcards" were picked up. Hopefully, publishers, authors, illustrators, teacher librarians and anyone in a publishing industry liked them. 
A local printshop printed them all and encouraged me. Thank you! 
The other side of my postcards. 
More timely information is available on my facebook.  Now, we're already moving towards CBCA national conference. 
Friends, did you enjoy SCBWI conference with me? If you've got an idea how to do a folio, I'm happy. Enjoy drawing and painting. Thank you very much for your strong support. 
Happy Painting!! 


Saturday, March 2, 2019

SCBWI international conference

I saw many old/new friends and publishers. Thank you very much, Susanne Gervay and SCBWI team, for organising it. Walker editor Donna Rawlins celebrated my job, "You're achieving so well. Beautiful work." I replied, "You taught me!" Humble Donna said, "No, no, I taught you nothing. Natural." Oh, Donna, you are a wonderful lecturer at Sydney uni Children Picture Book Illustration Course!! 

Illustrators Showcase, Courtesy of SCBWI photo

My folio is at the left hand 
Image may contain: 3 people, people sitting
Susanne Gervay
Elise Hurst, an old illustrator friend since my debut, is always sweet and elegant! She has published already more than 50 books, famous for imaginative vintage pen drawings of surrealism, yet, sweet and kind. Elise, you always encourage me. Thank you! (other publishers and friends are in my fb. Come over, Sadami Konchi's FB, if you want to see more.)  
Another interesting workshop was Dr Mari Reisberg in a blue shirt, was presented by US editor and art director (*The Children's Book Academy). Her lecture was practical and logical on both illustration and writing. Alison-Jane Rice well remembered me in the past ASA event, "the one word, one day," fundraising for Indigenous Literature. So kind Libby Hathorn came to support me and promoted me to key persons and publishers. Thanks millions, Libby! Btw, lunch was so yummy!!
I kept in touch with my mentors in Melbourne, Helen and Books Illustrated and informed them ongoings by mobile. They, too, supported my debut in SCBWI and an international market. The conference gave us a wonderful networking and learning opportunity. 
Friends, that's what we, illustrators, authors, publishers do in conferences and workshops. Go and join them and get a chance.  I'll chat over "Illustrator's Showcase" more later. 
Happy Painting!! 


Monday, February 18, 2019

Powerhouse Museum, Drawing Sydney

Between projects, I enjoyed sketching in Powerhouse museum held by Drawing Sydney. Imagination and creativity are our wings to fly across a sky. I chose this cart...imagined a crossed orphan girl with a step mother and a cheerful driver. From here, the girl's adventure and story would begin!-- is my imagination. 
Ohhh, Bleriot XI, brave Sadami waving at us, achieved the first flight from Melbourne to Sydney! -- is my imagination in Powerhouse Museum.
This is not from imagination, but from my observation. One of the organisers of Drawing Sydney. This sketch club’s facebook is private and closed to the public. Always the club takes a photo of all the participants, called a “school photo.” It’s inclusive and wonderful. Very happy to see members and the model loving my sketches. Thank you very much for an organiser and members warm friendship. 
Now, I’m gearing up for SCBWI international conference. I've already created my portfolio that includes black and white and colours. I'll finish up a dummy or a mock book this week. More closely updating info is available from my facebook. 
Authors and Illustrators, see you there!
Friends, Happy Painting!! 


Sunday, February 3, 2019

1)Sketching Statues 2) SCBWI Sydney Conference

Thank you very much for your patience to see this new post! 
Urban Sketchers Sydney enjoyed sketching "statues" in Hyde Park. Lovely to catch up with friends. Thank you, dear friends for warm cheers! The images : James Cook, Lachlan Macquarie, Queen Victoria. I've been very busy with the projects and organising a portfolio to an upcoming SCBWI conference this month. 
Captain James Cook
Click here, SCBWI Sydney Conference 2019. You can get the information. I'll submit my portfolio to "Illustrator showcase." Publishers will look around our portfolios during the conference. It's very popular event and highlight! My showcase site in SCBWI is here. You'll find my new illustrations for the project on haiku poet, "Basho."
Major General Lachlan Macquarie
I've joined SCBWI this year with mentors' advice, as the conference will be host in Sydney. Wow, I can't miss this and established author Libby Hathorn will help me, a novice, in the conference! I'll do my best for the portfolio. Exciting. I feel little by little, day by day, I'm making my dreams come true. Yet, certainly, I'm achieving it. I thank for all the supporters and peak bodies. Friends, keep your dreams and try them. I always send you my big cheers and hugs. 
Friends, Happy Painting!   
Queen Victoria (a half way through)


Friday, January 11, 2019

Grant approved by Australia Council for the Arts

Celebrated author Libby Hathorn and I have gained Australia Council for the Arts, Literacy Grant to create a heartwarming picturebook on Japanese haiku establisher Basho and children. Thank you for a long strong support, all friends(=you!). Please share our joy. Libby, my mentors and AC celebrated it. I cried in joy. 

I want to make my dream come true. My dream is to create an Australian Classic picturebook in my life. I hope our picturebook will socio-culturally bridge between Japan and Australia. May any children will access it. The grant will give me an emerging illustrator, the big positive real step and a new horizon in a career. It will give me credit and job opportunities onward. This is my second grant experience, Friends, you know.
In 2015, when I got the NSW accessible Arts grant, I became speechless. I anyhow rang up mentors, Helen Chamberlin and Books Illustrated and shed joyous tears. And, the same feeling has happened on me this year. This time, I have a working partner, Libby!! Wonderful. On my facebook, particularly, people in publishing industry celebrate our grant news. I'll do my best for this project. 

I'll be a lifelong starter forever. Australia Council for the Arts already recommends me to try another grant application and mentorship programs they offer. I want to respond to their support and encouragement. AC has been cheering me up for ages since my debut. Really a lovely team. I want to grow as an artist and a person. 

I deeply appreciate my supporters :  Helen Chamberlin, Books Illustrated, Margaret Hamilton AM, Susanne Gervay, Dr Robin Morrow AM, Gail Erskine, uni lecturers, peak bodies/CBCA, SCBWI, ASA, NAVA, Accessible Arts NSW, WestWords, etc. We’ll do our best to produce a quality book! 
Thank you very much for your support, Friends!! 
Happy Painting and Happy Illustrating!