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Monday, November 20, 2017

Enjoyed the Friends' Exhibition

I've been very busy with the projects and involved with WestWords new office launch on 28th Nov. It will be a new cultural hub and writer's room in Western Sydney. 
In busy days, I gave myself a break to celebrate my friends, Diane Mah and Nancy MacAlpine's exhibition. It turned out a great success. Almost a half of work was sold at opening! Amazing! It's not easy to carry out the show on your own, but they turned it out a huge sucess. I congratulated their job done. We had a great fun night! 

Btw, I love capturing very a moment of a tiny movement -- Nancy noticed my sketching of her during the acclaimed artist Christopher Gentle's speech. She glanced at me and whispered, "You sketch me!?" and we smiled. Such a moment creates a lively and natural mood. Capturing the essence of the body language is beauty, I feel. I want to keep up drawing movement.   
Then, I love playing with colours on papers. Simple, free and bold, I want to be.
Once, I sketched Diane in Sydney Sketch Club meeting. It's really nice to encourage each other...and of course, fun to sketch each other!  
Guest speaker, Chris. His lovely and humorous speech often made us laugh and giggle. 

It's important to keep sketching, particularly, quick drawing in busy days. Otherwise, my hands get stuck and stiff = my brain gets stiff! I hope I will upload a fun post in a following week. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Great benefits of illustrator residency, illustrated writings to be published by WestWords

In the residency, I've achieved a lot with the strong support from Margaret Hamilton AM (Pinerolo) in beautiful Blue Mountains. I'll chat over,  
1) the finished up project.  
2) my huge benefits from the illustrator residency : skills, networking, social exposure by activated social media and set up future job opportunities. 
3) beautiful Blue Mountains tranquilised me. Plus, sightseeing. 
I could finish up illustrating of the 19 primary school students' imaginative and difficult texts from "rough" to "colour" in five days. The project aims at improving children's literacy and advocates students from non English speaking backgrounds. The publication is purely rewards for the children who worked hard to learn English writings = not for sale, to be published this Nov. I'll show my favourite illustration.  
"A human lived in a watch" 
"The Three Sisters" are just around a corner from Pinerolo.
Here's a post from Margaret Hamilton AM's fb
"Sadami Konchi's final day in residency. Here with the selection panel: Michael Campbell (WestWords), me (Pinerolo) and Linsay Knight (Walker Books) were the selection panel for this very successful project. On the table is the extraordinary amount of work she did during her week here: illustrations for childrens' stories to be published by WestWords. She's holding her gorgeous new book MY DOG SOCKS."  
So kind Mr, Mrs Hamilton promoted the mentree in lunch and the displayed the mentree's art work to the selection panel, WestWords and Walker BooksMargaret proudly displayed the art work and passionately spoke for the mentree. 
Photo courtesy credit on WestWords : Left to Right, 
WestWords, Sadami, Margaret, Walker Books. 
Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, indoor
When WestWords selected me for Pinerolo mentorship program, the illustration project came to meWestWords is the Western Sydney’s Literature Development Organisation for Young People. I worked day and night to finish up the project with Margaret's great support. 
I was privileged to use this whole house for residency. 
The right side has a great research library. 
Margaret Hamilton AM and her husband Max have led the mentree with deep and broad knowledge, care, sensitivity, experience, wisdom and enthusiasm to pave a way for the mentree to access winder audience and social exposure in publishing industry. Pinerolo has also respected the mentree’s automacy, privacy and her own thoughts as an independent artist. In order to support the mentree’s work and study, Pinerolo has abundant resources for research. Its collection of picture books and related books is more than a public library and no less than the curriculum resources in Fisher library in University of Sydney. 
I enjoyed a misty morning almost every day. 
The facilities in Pinerolo are well equipped for stay and study, particularly, the unlimited access to internet. Mrs and Mr Hamilton are the witnesses and the part of Australian and international publishing industry history. They well answered my questions. I could create the images in beautiful Blue Mountains. They celebrated my outcome.  
Margaret, Max and me. In front of the permanent exhibition of established illustrators. 
Photo courtesy credit on Margaret Hamilton AM. 
Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoor
WestWords and Walker Books were so happy with my outcome and showed a great interest in my ongoing future projects. Because of a quiet nature and well-organised research resources, I could concentrate on the projects. I enjoyed the discussion with Margaret about my future projects, too. I deeply appreciate many people's support to carry out this mentorship project and I have developed my skills in a career.  
My case in Pinerolo will build a strong pathway and legacy for other emerging illustrators. It has proven that our publishing industry delightedly embraces anyone with the potential and nurtures them. Pinerolo residency will become a good role model for other mentorship programs in Australia. It will bring hope and dream for us : artists, their family and public people.
Now, WestWords and I are editing the images to make a book for kids. 
Friends, visit Pinerolo or try a mentorship program.  
Happy Painting!  
The world heritage, Govetts Leap is, too, very near to Pinerolo. 


Friday, November 3, 2017

Learned a lot from Lisa Stewart's Picture Books workshop

Lisa Stewart and Margaret Hamilton's Picture Books workshop was great. studied collage and enjoyed established illustrators’s working processes. Lisa is, originally from "sculpture" in art. She weighs on the importance of 3D understanding of characters. (*Wow, I wrote it before!) The wishes to draw animals motivated Lisa to be a picture book illustrator, which has turned out a great success. Let's see her working process and tips together. I've bumped good painters converted from sculptors, btw. 
Lisa presented her methods, "collage and drawing" and courteously and generously answered questions. It was very interesting to know how another illustrator responded to a text and organise visual images. Getting an idea is possible from anything, if we have a good antenna! She got the idea of a character owl from a chat! Her small sketch book fascinated me and inspired me. It's Lisa's small dummy and a play ground to develop ideas/characters. In sketches, she explores medium, too. When roughly ideas come together, she traces the black and white to real big watercolour papers. "Simplify subjects," Lisa advised us. Then, she layers papers with a variety of textures and colours. Another fun was to know an illustrator's little tips for effective work to meet a deadline! Wise Lisa well uses a planner to check a progress of illustration.
Lisa suggested the importance of space in composition and the continuity of a style though pages. Lisa's dummy already leaves an enough and essential white space. Her sense of designing or the balance of weight in an image was wonderful, I felt. When I asked Lisa when was the most difficult stage in a working process, Lisa said, "Just before colour." Yes, it's not easy. But her colours are so sweet and beautiful!  
Margaret, too, demonstrated each successful illustrator’s procedure with original art work. She often showed the drawing from Stephen Michael King and the "collage" technique from Patricia Mullins. Michael creates real size black and white roughs. Patricia is very famous and successful! Her collage work has very beautiful colours and a sophisticated composition. So, it was great to see the original in my own eyes. Margaret, indeed, published her many picture books by Hamilton Books. 
Tada~~! Lisa, multi-talented artist, played her violin for us! Wow!! 

The great bonus was the feedback on each participant's work. We showed our work on progress. Margaret and Lisa gave the candid, kind and useful critiques. Each of us learned a lot from the comments and other people's work. In addition, Margaret emphasised the uniqueness of each illustrator's working methods with respect, "Some illustrators try dummies and some do not." I make a dummy book and check an information flow. 
I sincerely appreciate Margaret and Lisa's generous help in the high quality workshop. I've deepened the knowledge of illustration processes and gained the insights of picture book illustration with other lovely participants.  

Did you enjoy the workshop with me above? You can come along to Margaret Hamilton's workshops! It's very helpful and practical. That workshop was the part of my education in the children picture book cottage, Pinerolo. In a next post, I'll chat over my residency, the mentorship of Maragret in Pinerolo. 
Btw, I'm working on the picture book of primary school children's writings to be published by WestWords this Nov. So, we're in a rush, rush, rush~~! But it's a great honour and fun. The publication is a reward and present for the children. See you soon. 
Friends, Happy Painting!    


Sunday, October 29, 2017

"My Dog Socks" Launch, Great Fun!

Back to Sydney from WestWords residency in Pinerolo in Blue Mountains! Finally, I can post the photos, the "Book Launch of My Dog Socks" in Ford St Publishing (Paul Collins) in Melbourne. My sweet mentors, Books Illustrated (Ann James, Ann Haddon) and Helen Chamberlin joined it. Ann launched our book! We announced the winner of dog drawings. Thank you very much for sharing a wonderful time with us!! If you like, come cover to my facebook page, here to see more photos and people in our industry.  

Sadami Konchi
I deeply appreciated all the members's hard work in our publishing team : Author Robyn Osborne, Publisher Paul Collins, Meredith Costain, a book designer and all involved people and supporters! 
Book Launcher, Ann James. Books Illustrated based in Melbourne
kindly framed all my art work for the exhibition in this book launch. 
Author Robyn Osborne flew from Queensland. 
I was honoured to announce a winner of dog drawings.
It was a great fun and heart warming. Edi, you're the winner! 
A great runner-up! 
Now, a party time!! 
Paul Collins
Thank you for a strong support and warm encouragements for me to achieve this book. I'll keep up! In following blog posts, I'd write about my successful illustrator residency and Lisa Stewart's illustration workshop. Stay tuned! 
Friends, Happy painting! Yey! 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lisa Stewart's Picture Books 1 Day Course @ Pinerolo on 21 Oct

I flew back to Sydney from the book launch in Melbourne! It was nice and full of sweet memories. Now, I'll join Lisa Stewart's workshop! Publisher Margaret Hamilton and the acclaimed illustrator and established violinist, Lisa Stewart will run a creating children picture book workshop on 21st Oct @ Pinerolo. Lisa, in Acacia Quartet, plays wonderful music nationally and internationally. She's a gentle soul and approachable. Come and join the useful workshop. Just after that, my mentorship, WestWords Pinerolo Illustrators in Residency 2017will start from 23rd to 27th Oct.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Margaret Hamilton's message. 
Hello there
"Picture Books @ Pinerolo" - our one-day courses on creating picture books have been hugely successful for over ten years now. I’m very proud of past participants who have gone on to have a picture book published. Attendees are invited to bring along some recent work for our "Show and Tell" session at the end of the day. We respond with honest and constructive criticism. It’s a popular segment of the day, as sharing your work with likeminded people is a valuable experience.
I am really pleased to have Lisa Stewart, highly acclaimed illustrator, with a growing list of books to her name, to join me on Saturday 21st October in presenting this course.
Click on the button below for the flyer and booking form. Don’t forget, if you’re travelling a distance, we have accommodation available at Pinerolo.
Please don’t hesitate to email or call me if there are any questions. Also, feel free to share this with your contacts. Pass on the good news and share this opportunity!
Many thanks
Best regards
Margaret Hamilton AM
Pinerolo, the Children's Book Cottage PO Box 172
Blackheath NSW 2785
02 47878492
0402 428911

Flyer and Booking Form


Monday, October 9, 2017

C U at Socks Launch Oct 15 Melbourne

Please join us and celebrate My Dog Docks a new picture book by Robyn Osborne and Sadami Konchi  
My Dog Socks Launch, Art Exhibition 
Sunday 15th October, 2 pm ~. Melbourne.  
Venue Ford St Publishing, 162 Hoddle Street, Vic (map).
RSVP Paul at  
A book launcher, Ann James. Ann is an Illustrator, author, cherisher of creators, promoter, Pixie O'Harris Award, recipient of the national Dromkeen Medalthe Order of Australia and my mentor! Mmentors, the Australia legends, Helen Chamberlin and Books Illustrated (Ann James, Ann Haddon) are coming! 
Sadami will announce the winner of children's dog drawings. 
My Dog Socks, ISBN : 9781925272826, 9781925272833. 
Kids, you still have time! A closing date is 12th October. Call for kids's entries! 
Draw your dog and win a box of books that includes a signed copy of My Dog Socks!  
Great prizes including the illustrator Sadami Konchi's signed latest book written by Robyn Osborne. Read below for details. 
About the author: Robyn Osborne is a Queensland author, teacher and animal fanatic based on the Fraser Coast. "Going Camping" is on the Qld Premier's Reading Challenge book list. Robyn has won a number of writing awards and been published in national journals, newspapers and magazines. In 2011, she was one of only eight participants chosen nationally to attend the prestigious Allen & Unwin/Qld Writers Centre mentorship in Brisbane. Robyn shares her home with an elderly canine and a not so ancient husband

About the illustrator: Yes, Me! Sadami Konchi is an enthusiastic children’s picture book illustrator, award winning portraitist and event/conference sketcher, based in Sydney. One of her greatest strengths is drawing/painting empathetic lively portraits. The BA from Sydney University in linguistics and sociology gives her deep text analyses and good research skills to illustrate a story. Sadami has been one of the highly commended artists in the Arts Access Australia Art prize, a Doug Moran semi-finalist (twice), in top 600 at a world watercolour competition. 

I deeply appreciate the support of peak bodies celebrating the launch of "My Dog Socks"  :  Australian Society of Authors, Accessible Arts NSWAustralia Council for the ArtsArts Access Australia, National Association for the Visual ArtistsKu-Ring-Gai Art SocietyMarrickvile Council, Parramatta Council, WestwordsImmigrants Women SpeakoutSydney Sketch Club and all the people who have encouraged me = YOU.  See you soon in Melbourne, Friends! 
Happy Painting!  


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Workshop Great Success in Eastwood Library

Hi Sadami
Thanks for organising the watercolor workshop once again.  Everyone who came has thoroughly enjoyed their session yesterday. Please find the photos attached for your reference.
Regards, Supervisor, Eastwood Library

Me, too, really enjoyed the workshop. I'd thank the library for giving me the wonderful opportunity. In the intro, I chatted about my disability that had opened a door to be an artist and encouraged children to keep their own language assets. I asked children to draw animals. "Any animals will do! From your imagination, that's perfectly alright! Any colour you can use!" I wanted to boost up their creativity and self-esteem, then I did demo. I hope my short talk would remain someone's heart.  
20 children was an ideal number. Creative children made hibrid animals and creatures from imagination. We had a nice laugh and big smiles. 
Some kids were slow and others were quick I expected. The librarian and I assisted each children. You can see the salt above the painting. An older girl talked to me, "In school, we used salt in a project." Her mother showed their work like a colourful big honeycomb that had salted colours in it.  
Any creatures came up! I loved them all and visited each child. All kids smiled back and looked really happy, when they heard my positive feedback. Yes, I respected each child. They were so precious. 
I assisted each child and encouraged all of them. Awwww! The fractured toe was very painful. I sweated too much and one kind girl asked me, "Are you crying?" No. (*You can imagine how much I was sweating!) But children and librarians' smile made me forget that sore toe. I walked around all the tables equally and kept cheering up each child. Great joy and fun! 
Smoothly the workshop went on, because a kind librarian checked time and informed me when to wrap up. I ensured all children created at least one or two paintings. All children could finish at least two paintings. I showed each work to others and proudly claimed at the end, "All of you are heroes!" The outcome of paintings was very lovely and unique -- that was the objective I achieved. A wonderful reward was many children came and said, "Thank you, Sadami," with a fresh and heartily smile. Oh, daaarling, I love you all! 

I really appreciate the support of librarians! "Team work!" the librarians joyously claimed. Indeed! I could not achieve such a wonderful event without their sensitive and strong help. Especially, after work, the librarians quickly packed up the materials and washed up all the dirties and made them shining! Good as new again!! (*I provided all materials.)

Friends, you can do community work in art. 
Now, I'm focusing on the Socks booklaunch on next Sunday. 
Happy Painting! Thank you for the warm cheers!