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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Chris Riddell and Leigh Hobbs in Sydney Writers Fest

I met Children’s Laureates of UK and Australia : Chris Riddell and Leigh Hobbs on Sydney Writers Festival final day, 6 May. They showed the importance of individuality in art. In a café, Chris, a 2015–17 UK Chilren's Laureate was sketching people who wished. Although I knew his art work, I did not know his appearance. His strong black lines and good shapes intrigued me.  "Can I sketch you?" I asked. He enjoyed a very smart conversation with models and gave them freebie sketches. Wow! How generous he was!
When I finished up the sketch, a Festival key staff came to us. Chris politely asked me to show my sketch. “Wow!” Chris and the staff exclaimed, which surprised me (*I felt shy). I praised at his drawing with strong lines in black and white. Chris’s drawing lines were amazing that I did not have. Kind Chris and the staff praised at my fluid watercolour painting. Thank you. In this work, sunshine came through from his back, which I wanted to play with. I hope it comes up! We have different styles that are fine.  

I joined "The Mr Chicken and Old Tom Draw off with Leigh Hobbs," our superhero, the Australian Children's Laureate for 2016 – 2017. I wanted to see how he ran workshops. He was very sensitive and caring to approach children. Leigh kept telling to children, 
"Each work is different, because we are different," 
"There isn't a right answer (in art/drawing)," 
"No one is the best. Each one is different." 
They overlap my belief, the importance of uniqueness and becoming who we are. Wonderful, Leigh. Of course, I drew Old Tom, but it was very busy to draw both Leigh and Tom at once! Children came to me after the class to see my sketch. We enjoyed a chat. Nice! Always drawing brings me friends.  
I’m working on the projects. I hope I will lead children and adults to be who they are fully in my art class. I hope I will show what I am fully in picture book illustration and fine art. May imagination and creativity will bloom out.
Friends, enjoy being who you are and Happy Painting!  



  1. Sadami - sketches are superb. I have no doubt that you will do a wonderful job of teaching the children. Take care friend. Hugs!

    1. Thank u, Debbie, for encouragement. Yes, I want each child to find joy in drawing in class. ((Hugs)), Sadami

  2. Eres fantástica Sadami y me alegra que Chris Riddell te haya felicitado por tu dibujo. Eres muy buena y él, lo reconoció! Me encanta también tu último dibujo del gato con el esqueleto del pescado en la mano!!
    Un abrazo.

    1. Gracias, dulce Joshemari. Chris es muy amable. Encantador saber que te gustó mi dibujo de Old Tom. Disfruta tu dibujo, también. Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you, sweet Joshemari. Chris is very kind. Lovely to know you liked my drawing of Old Tom. Enjoy your drawing, too. Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>Joshemari said...
      You are fantastic Sadami and I am glad that Chris Riddell congratulated you on your drawing. You are very good and he recognized it! I also love your last drawing of the cat with the fish skeleton in his hand !!
      A hug.

  3. your sketches and your interactions with people are simply superb -- you will do a great job teaching children -especially since you know to teach how to discover things by themselves :)

    1. Thank u very much, Meera! I'm doing a lot of research and planning my course for children. I want children to enjoy drawing and painting. Best wishes Sadami


  4. I have joined the choir. Your sketches are absolutely superb, Sadami!
    May I also join your class? :}

    1. Wow, Chris, how wonderful, you do singing! Yes, you may! Come to my class. Cheers, wink, wink, Sadami