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Monday, August 29, 2016

Making Whites in Watercolor

Friends, thank you for patience for my long absence! The picture book illustration is right on a track. So, I can find time for blogging and sketching. I enjoyed sketching this wedding dress in a shop from a street. Let's have fun to create white in watercolour on spot. Technically, the white bridal dress was challenging in watercolour (A4, Arches, 300gsm). 

White is not always a breached white in paintings like you soon realise. 
My main methods : 
1) leave white on paper, 
2) wax / crayon,   
3) use different colours to show white.  
Let's have fun in creating "white" in watercolour painting. 
Take the wedding dress for an example. I used all methods 1), 2) and 3). 
1) leave white on paper
In my eyes, the wedding dress had a bit vintage image = old. 
Arches 300 mgs does not have a breached white, as you know. It just suited to my colour image of the dress.   
2) wax / crayon
Wax worked to create laces. The point was to show the mood of the dress, I felt, not the detailed or exact information. 
3) use different colours to show white
I chose a very soft raw sienna for a first wash to create a slightly sepia image. Then, I played with colours. 
Do you often use masking fluid or a tape? I hardly use them. Embarrassing though, a masking fluid bin often gets "out of order" on my working desk (= I do not use it for years! and gets bad). Another problem, masking fluid and a tape leave a clearly edged white that annoys meIn my experience, it's wise to choose a technique or combine them to match a painting's need and its texture. 
However, I'm not a skillful technician! If you can teach me how to do it or a more effective way and share it, it would be wonderful. 

Also, I'd add my belief that technical things will follow a person pursuing it. So, don't get disappointed, if some trials did not work well. My admiring illustrators and great artists have simple techniques and create amazing and touching work. Think about Michelangelo or Turner. Did they have masking liquid or a tape? I believe if a person wants to find a way to create an effect to describe something in a subject, an individual will find a way. If I made it upside down(= if I chased up only techniques first), I make empty work, I feel. Where there's a will, there's a way. Friends, just have fun! You'll find a way to go!    

Back to the first topic, the picture book illustration. I've been working hard on a storyboard and roughs. Already many blog Friends have read the record of my drawing process. If any Friends and blog visitors want to know the process, you can browse the labels related to picture book on the right side of this blog. 
I hope I will update this "Monday" blog as much as I can. *Honestly, it's hard while I'm working on projects. But your cheers and support encourage me to go on. Thank you so much! I'm sure many blog Friends striving for dreams in their lives and art industry. I'd send you my best wishes!! 
Friends, Happy Painting!     


Monday, August 8, 2016

ASA Contract Assessment Service

When you successfully get a contract, how do you handle a contract without a literary agent? A publishing contract has many technical jargon that we are unfamiliar with. Author and Illustrator advocacy body, Australian Society of Authors has a wonderful service, "Contract Assessment Service". It's available to ASA members. I'd like to express my sincere thanks to ASA for their kindness, patience and a wonderful support for me to understand the contracts. 
Btw, this painting has two people : an editor/publisher Helen Chamberlin and Matt Zurbo, an author of Moon that I illustrated. We’ve become lovely friends in a publishing team. In my eyes, they looked like a mom and a son. It was our launching day and we enjoyed dinner together last year. It’s very sweet that we can help each other and build friendship. I'm now getting to know a new publishing team at Ford Street Publishing. I hope we will create a good picture book for "My Dog Socks"!   

ASA has rich and very varied services. Many helpful workshops and events on their calendar. It’s worth following up and schedule.
When I studied "Children's Picture Book Illustration Course" at Sydney Uni, lecturer Donna Rawlins recommended us, students to join ASA at the end of the course. 

I deeply thank for ASA and highly recommend to join ASA and use their services! ASA is a sweet mom or a wise granny and a strong dad or a reliable granpa for us.
Friends, happy painting and a happy Illustrator life!


Friday, July 29, 2016

My File has got in 10 most clicked-on @ Australian Society of Authors

My Style File has got in top 10 most clicked-on at Australian Society of Authors, over the past 12 months. ASA interviewed me in Aug "Member News"Very happy! Thank you for a great support. The Stylefile is famous for its high quality, indeed, the best of best Australian illustrators's showcase. 
How to apply is here. 
Apply and Stylefile Information 
ASA kindly assists your application. 
This image is in my folio.  
The Stylefile is the hot meeting spot for publishers and illustrators. Publishers directly "buy" illustrators from the Stylefile. Always publishers look for good illustrators and new talents who will meet their need. Although it's very difficult to crack into market for emerging illustrators and artists, Friends, it's a good idea to try Stylefile and begin an illustrator career. Many illustrators have got projects through the Stylefile. Your own Stylefile will be a wonderful registered portfolio to prove your drawing skills to publishers and literary agents among the prominent Australian illustrators. 
This image is in the folio. 
How I use the Stylefile :   
  • demonstrate my work via Stylefile and respond to publishers’ enquiries along with further samples of my work. 
  •  linked my own blog "Sadami's Graffiti" with the stylefile. 
You can find the stylefile at the right side of my blog. Like my self introducing, I always enjoy a chat with publishers, showing my blog and the stylefile. To have a good and appropriate internet site is handy and important to respond or approach publishers. ASA also has "rates and conditions," the recommended minimum wages for ASA stylefile portfolio holders. It's very helpful to discuss about payment and contracts. Here's ASA helpful services Being a member is great help for an illustrator. Information of "Join In."

My new team, Ford St Publishing is very happy with my publicity. My mentor, Ann James and a publisher, Helen Chemberlin, and ASA, too, celebrate my achievement.  
I hope all of us will fly like a big pelican following a dream across a bright sky.  
I'm thinking of adding new images to my stylefile such as a clock maker, below. See how it goes. 
Friends, Happy Painting!  


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Picture Book Project My dog Socks @ Ford Street Publishing

I've started exploring a dog's image roughs to Ford Street Publishing in Melbourne. I deeply thank for giving me the project, "My dog Socks" written by Robyn Osborne! I'm a crazy dog lover! I am also very happy to work with a lovely team to create quality children picture books. The most important point is to have a good project and share a dream in an enthusiastic team for children literature. I'm exploring a dog's images. Have fun. Here we go. 
Btw, my quick roughs have amazed Ford St Publishing and excited them. These roughs are not fixed yet. The characters may change though, I'll enjoy drawing dogs for more roughs.  
A big name once said to me, "It's your strength. You can do a quick response to a publisher." My "hands" are always thinking. It enables me to quickly respond! Daily sketches are great references and my treasure box to check the necessary information. You've seen my many sketches of different subjects, which respond to any topics at once in children picture book illustration. 
I'll have fun in creating "My Dog Socks." I'll give life to a great dog! Ah, that's the illustrator's joy!! I love dogs so much!! Look forward to what sort of dog will come up. A small pug? A long tall Australian Kelpie? A short stout bull dog? What else? I hope you'll enjoyed them all with me. 
I'm getting another project, too. I enjoy being busy. 
Thank you for cheers.
Friends, Happy Painting! 


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!  


Sunday, June 26, 2016

A portrait in washes

Timing is crucial to create washes. I enjoyed colours and washes in this Helen Chamberlin and show the process below. I saw Helen checking my manuscripts for a children's picture book story with a pen. She looked shy, but very passionate about her job. My image of her background is very bright. Washes are great fun! I put, "Splish, splash, splosh," and got high on watching the paints spreading on a paper. I got thrilled and excited.   
My portrait always has one focal point. In this work, Helen's face expression and a mood is the theme. Without a background, it looked like below. 
It was good that an image of her background came up my mind from the beginning. After making the background, I partially emphasised her red dress to blend in the washes. At the same time, I checked a "depth" of washes in work. I hope I will create good depth in washes in any work. 
Black and white is mainly by a graphite and some, by a pencil. A black and white drawing is the simpler, the better, in my loose style.  
Do you enjoy washes in portraits? I will! I'm busy between projects, research and study. But I always enjoy sketches and watercolour like a daily jogging. 
I hope you, too, have fun in washes. 
Friends, Happy painting! 


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Listen to Your Drawing

Sydney Sketch Club, we sketched a pretty house and I drew one member, too. Another member so much inspired us at lunch. "Listen to your drawing. What does your drawing need to put in?" I've realised that I tried so hard to apply new approaches to a subject and did not work well. Apart from an experiment of a new methods, I need to well listen to what my drawing needs. Otherwise, I will mess up the work. His say sounds like upside down though, it convinced me so much. I want to feel what my drawing wants for. What do you think, Friends? 
But it is certain that we cannot grow without stepping out of a comfortable zone and try something new or different. Experiments are fun and pain, which depend on outcomes. I'm interested in a background for a portrait. This is the portrait of a sketch club member. I felt a blank background was empty. I wondered if the portrait wanting for a background and added a simple background. It seems I like bright colours, hahaha!? Any feedback is welcome. Sometimes, an image of a background's colour comes up from the beginning of live portraits on spot. Sometimes, not. Or I might be a deaf and cannot listen to my own work's cry. Or that work does not want anything more and enough. I should leave it alone. Technically, it's hard to resume watercolour in my style, because of edges and washes. I prefer to finishing up work in a short time on a same day.  
The member who enlightened me was a former architecture teacher at an art school and an artist. He always gives me something interesting and generously helps us in need. That's the beauty of group activities and Sydney Sketch Club. 

The pretty house was on Queen St. We had fun on Queen's birthday. Another member commented, "Nice painting, Sadami. I see that yours is a lot more accurate." Until his say came, I did not realise my architecture drawing was precise. I always start from accurate "dessin" in a traditional drawing learning methods. Then, I can loose up or other techniques in watercolour painting. Ultimately, -- another artist taught me -- a person's techniques cannot go beyond her drawing ability/skills. "So, Sadami, draw!" he said. I've kept that advice for ages. Btw, I used a hake brush in this work to create a background. It was fun. Not completely satisfied with a result though, an interesting and good lesson. I'll try it more to enjoy hake.  
How do you interpret this "Listen to your drawing"? I've got that it means in a more profound and general way. It could mean "Look at your work objectively," in my interpretation. I hope I will grow as an artist. 
Friends, let's enjoy our art journeys. It's wonderful to have company in journeys. Thank you for your friendship. 
Happy Painting!!