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Monday, September 22, 2014

1) Wash & Timing 2) 2015 Book Launch, Exhibitions, Author Talks

Hi, Friends, I'm enjoying a new interesting project for publication.
While working on it, I play with washes. If you love washes, I'll post them more. Any feedback is welcomed and appreciated.

1) Wash & Timing
This work (A4) was absolutely fun! Timing is critically important. Sounds contradicted though, being "spontaneous" is, in fact, a carefully planned job in a loose style. Especially, in wet-in-wet, if you can find the appropriate moment when to add a colour, sure, you'll be a winner of a loose style. 
In this work, I left only a bird blank and started up a first wash all over the paper. All wet. Then, I kept on adding paints and moved them around on the paper. It's thrilling to balance between a half-wet paper and adding paints. There's a "time" in watercolour under heaven. 
(*That paper was originally used for life drawing. I always use both sides of papers.) The first try came out not so bad than I had expected.    
This fun experiment gives me a breakthough of washes in a loose style. 
I've got the feeling how to handle washes or played with paints and water. A reference photo was taken in a country side this year. 
This is the original photo. It seems I'm a happy and colourful person! 
Some more study of washes I tried. Landscapes came out of my head.   
Studio work is not so exciting. I went outside and observed bush, while enjoying cricket in the park. I got it -- colour, shape, value and pattern. Then, I got on this wash practice. 
Technically, another important factor for wash is the amount of water. I imagined a typical old-fashioned farmer's house in Australian bush. 
This is a bad example. I could not handle either timing or the amount of water. Also, a mono tone bored me too much. So, (**this is the point for me. I do not push myself too much, particularly, in art. I always listen to my heart and have fun) I moved onto colour instantly. Then, you already saw the better result above. 
Now, thin sketch pads do not hold my washes any more. Gulp... sketching, too, will cost me more than ever?!! 
Anyway, if you like this sort of work, please let me know. I'll keep up. 

2) Planning of Book Launch, Exhibitions, Author Talks in 2015
My illustrations are at the stage of layout. Layout is called, "marriage between a text and illustration." I've left editing in a book designer and an editor's hands. I keep praying it will go well...

We're preparing for a book launch next May. Already, a prominent bookshop, Gleebooks delightedly welcomes our book launch and an exhibition. All the things are first experiences for me. I have no idea how to do it. The bookshop staff, Australian Society of Authors and top-notchers guide me, totally, a novice. Big names celebrate my debut such as Libby Gleeson, Shaun Tan, Margaret Wild, Elise Hurst, Sally Rippin, Jeannie Baker, Donna Rawlins, well-known editors and lots more. They all represent contemporary Australian picture books and to the world as well. Above all, my fabulous editor Helen Chamberlin and fantastic mentor Ann James back up me well. (*Right now, Ann is bridging culture between Korea and Australia by picture books!) I'm certain they want me to bloom out as one of Australian Illustrators.

Friends, I also appreciate Lynndy Bennett (Children's Manager at Gleebooks Pty Ltd), her warm cheers for such long years and her remembering me, this nameless children picture book illustrator! Once, our linguistics professor Jane Simpson and other notable authors such as Libby (Gleeson) did book launch at Gleebooks. I was there and sketched them. Lynndy and I knew each other quite a long time ago. I dreamed... I wish I could do book launch here...

BUT now, my publishing is becoming true.
When I rang up the shop to tell Lynndy my good news, she, -- to my very surprise -- promptly, said, "Oh, Sadami, what a coincidence! I just looked up your work on net a few days ago. Beautiful! I saw how quickly you sketched ... " Wow, I became speechless. I so much thanked for her strong support. In addition and for Lynndy's honour, she received the award, ABA Elizabeth Riley Fellowship for Children's Bookselling 2013. 

I've found myself surrounded by super stars and constellations of Australian picture book industry. ...I sometimes wonder I'm in a fairy tale or a day dream. No. This is real.
Thank you, Friends. Your cheers have enabled me to come to this stage.
My hands have still pains though, I'll do my best to pay back what I've got to society through picture books and art activities.

Libraries also celebrate my debut and we're planning author talks.
Yes, a school holidays program! Come over my watercolour workshop. Children aged between 8 and 12 years @ Parramatta library,  on 1st October,11am-12pm. $3 per person. To book, please contact the library, 9806 5159. Let's have fun!!

Friends, Happy Painting! Special thanks and smile from me, Sadami!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Lunch With Kids @ Bookfeast 2014!

Hi, Friends, first, a school holidays program! Come over my watercolour workshop. Children aged between 8 and 12 years @ Parramatta library,  on 1st October,11am-12pm. $3 per person. To book, please contact the library, 9806 5159. 
Now, this week's topic, Bookfeast! Picture book illustrators and authors had lunch with primary shcool children, teacher librarians and teachers. I had a wonderful time with them, talking over my published books, a sketch book, a dummy book for my picture book = a final stage of illustration. The most entertaning was my watercolour sketch demo! So quick and it captured the speaker, Marcell Bernard on a stage. It amazed all children. Thanks, kids, I love your "wows"!  
Children were very happy to know my books, the process of picture book illustration and the sample works. Primary school students asked me questions.
For example...
Q1) What is you're most proud? 
"Being what I am fully."   
Q2) How did you become an illustrator? 
The difficulty in my leg opened a door to be an illustrator. My story lit up the teacher librarians' faces and kids' faces. After lunch, a girl came to me and said how much it inspired her. Good! 
Kids made a long queue to get my autograph. (*In my mind, I really, really thanked for these little "big" fans...!!)  This is my autograph. One girl had difficulty in the legs and on a wheel chair. She came to me also asked me to pray for her. Another girl brought a huge orange canvas for an autograph. I could imagine she would hang it on her room, sure. I signed each kid's note, diary, etc, etc, thinking of their life stories. 
I also talked of my editor Helen Chamberlin and mentor Ann James, when I chatted over my to-be-published picutre book. Kids and some teacher librarians did not know the name of Helen, but they knew Shaun Tan. When I showed "Arrival", all got how blessed I was to work with such a great editor! Ann James is in Korea RIGHT NOW to bridge culture between Australia and Korea through picture books! What a fantastic mentor I have!  

 I really love these naughty pretty girls and boys. 
Look at this graffiti on a balloon! 
An organiser had told me four years ago, "You (=illustrators and authors) are super heros for children." I know this event would make children's dreams come true to see their superheros and give them hope. It is our real purpose of this project. Ever since, I've been joining this annual feast. 

Kids were kings and queens for me. So, I did my best to entertain them! I wanted to see their smiling and to hear their laughing! Sometimes, I came across children who were poor at using knife. I always cut their chickens. All the staff know me and appreciated my "extra" service for kids. I appreciated their hard work. "All children know you (Sadami)!" the staff said. Wow! It surprised me and made me so happy! 
This is Tasha's present for me. Thank you! 
So beautiful! 
Hey, Friends, ... that's my fabulous job, a picture book illustrator! It brings love and hope for children and readers. 
May all these children have wonderful bright futures.
Their futures are our futures and for our Australia and a world! 
The teacher librarian said, "We'll put your watercolour workshop on our school newspaper!" at a good bye. Yes, please! I look forward to see children again!!
Special thanks to the students and the staff. 

.. and a very interesting new project has come to me. 
Friends, you, too, enjoy drawing and life. Happy Painting!  


Monday, September 8, 2014

Heesco Made Mural on Public Library Wall

Hi, Friends, do you want to know the tips how to paint or whatever answer in art forms? I sketched a renowned street artist from MelbourneHeesco working on Eastwood library. His portrait, "Daniel Boyd in Primary Colours," became Doug Moran Finalist 2013When we had a chat over art, he gave the advice for any artists seeking for help, 
"Drawing. All the problems are in drawings. Draw.
It's cheap. You just need papers. Draw!" 
What an inspiring say! Heesco's say means, "All the answers are in drawings." Yes, me, too, believe so. Draw, draw, draw my head off! 
Interestingly, my eyes commanded me, "Stop! Don't go away. Look at his work! Sketch him!," even though I was walking by the library. The artist's outstanding drawing skills hooked me. I could not walk away any more and started drawing him -- Heesco. 
In my eyes, Heesco so much enjoyed spray painting even in rain and a cold weather. 
... and one more person enjoying sketching him in rain -- it was me, hahaha! ( *People told me, "Interesting to see the artist sketching the artist!") A wet weather was not good for watercolour. I brought a dryer in case from a second day!  
The mural symbolises the rich linguistic diverse and cultural heritage in four children. The common element, "green apples" are known as "Granny Smith Apples," our pioneer's legacy. Maria Ann Smith started to grow them in 19th. These children encompass our bright future. A fun event was we could see real "petit" models in front of the "big" painting in Moon Festival ceremony. So cute they were! You can see how huge the work is below. 
In three days, Heesco finished up the spray painting on the public library wall. Quite fascinating to look at the process and spray can techniques, although I have no idea how to use a spray can. I wondered how on earth to use sprays like "brushes"? Kind Heesco showed me how to use a spray head to draw a "thin line." That's a great bonus! Anyone has any idea what spray like is for an art material? Spray is opaque. It could be more like acrylics and oil or close to gouache in watercolour? His "use" of white is opposite to my transparent watercolour's white "creating."  

We praised at our stupidity?! or our love for drawing. Yes, simply because we love drawing and we've been doing it since childhood. Do you know this feeling? When I wake up and feel like drawing on a huge wall, it's a very good day and I get on work. I simply want to draw and happy! Friends, I know you have the same enthusiasm. 

Heesco used so many cans. Wow, it amazed me, for I do a "limited palette" technique = use only a few colours.  
But when he finished it, he picked up all the messes and cans on his own. He tried "spotless," which impressed me. "You're so caring and nice!" I said with a smile. Shy Heesco smiled back. 

The lovely mural tells "Living in harmony" on the public library entrance. Widely ranged library events activate a community and help education and welfare development. Hardworking and caring librarians are no less than social workers in a residential area. We, picture book illustrators also help events at libraries such as workshops for children and author talks. Libraries and I are planning them right now. Very exciting! I heartily hope to bring children love, hope and dreams through picture books.    
Look forward to Sadami's watercolour workshops and author talks at public libraries. On 1st October, I'll run a watercolour workshop for children aged between 8 and 12 years at Parramatta library. 11am-12pm. $3 per person. A school holidays program session. To book, please contact the library on 9806 5159. Come over, children! 
We're planning my "author talks" especially, 2015 onward after publishing a children picture book. I'm happy to making my dream come true step by step -- "make kids happy by art activities"! 
Thank you for kind visiting of this blog. 

Friends, Happy Painting!

Let's draw!! Have fun!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Sketch Musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Try"

Hi, Friends, I'll take you to a theatre today! Sydney sketch club challenged "mission impossible," sketching a musical in almost darkness! But I sketched a lot. I'll chat over the play and drawing technical tips. The final year students of the Australian Institute of Music Theatre Faculty offered us the musical for freebie! 

Hedy LaRue, "A Secretary Is Not A Toy." 
For the first time, I used soft oil pastel. Interesting. Need more experiments. 

A musical, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Try" is a satirical comedy that discloses problems in big business. Unfair promotion involved with kinship & old school tie, relationship, sexism, backstabbing competition for promotion and irrational lust for commercial benefits and so ons are smartly wrapped with humour and nice music. The story follows the rise of a young man, Finch who uses a handbook called "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying." He climbs up the corporate ladder from a window washer to a top. A time setting is 1960s.
Finch & Secretary  
The theme is the importance of humanity. Like I promised you if I found "how to get success," I will share with you. OK, my conclusion is need to define what success is. So, I'll leave it to you. "Enjoy the play by your own!" ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ 
A protagonist, Finch gets a happy ending though, I felt interest in another NEW window washer, Bud Frump holding the handbook... behind Finch's happy finale. Yeah, if Bud uses that book... gulp...will he rise like Finch?!
Finch gets favour of a 25-yrs working mailroom head, Mr. Twimble. 
They sing "The Company Way."

Regarding sketching a musical, a practical approach is "discover social conventions" and capture them in sketches. Although it's very hard to draw in darkness, one technical solution is learning to draw without looking at own hand and paper. Another tip is to seize the most dramatic/crucial moments/scenes in the play. All these tips are very similar to picture book illustration. Why?

Setting, a scenario and body language use our social conventions to convey symbolic meanings, which is same as picture book illustrators do. Character design amuses me. It's a good example of social agreement. It reveals culture and value in society. Think of a typical bad guy in a business company. How do you set his character? How does he look like? What costume and what colour does he put on? Setting in a theatre also uses a limited space efficiently and very clever. Especially, light and colours on a stage and setting interest me so much. It reminds me of page and space. In the play, "Book Voice" works excellent. Ahahahaha, different though, I remembered a tv show "Big Brother." Got an image? I paid attention when audience laughed.
Boss Mr Biggley, Bad guy/sneaky/nepotistic little nephew Bud Frump 
& Hedy LaRue,(Mr Biggly's secret mistress).

So, for me, to watch a big hit play is a very important study at the same time. They all deepen knowledge and develop drawing skills to create picture books. Wonderful and helpful. Yes, picture book illustrators are no less than film directors. In our industry, very famous and successful picture book illustrators are, you can find, originally from a film/animation industry and vice verse. Films and plays are very good case studies for illustration.
"Paris Original"
All secretaries/girls ironically put on the same dress at a party!
Oh, each girl expected she should be the best. 

This already classic play is still popular. It's my another interest to think of why classic wins popularity. It implies same old issues remain in our modern society.

In addition, the final year students are excellent!!! They gave us a fabulous afternoon of free entertainment. Youngish and so talented students! They asked us for donation for Cancer Council! Good on them!! I happily put some money into a box. When I left the theatre, I said the special thanks to a music mixer and a receptionist. I hope they would pass on my thanks to other students. 
Sketching a musical play is hard, but we can do it! I'll explore oil pastel more. 

Let's challenge something new and explore it. 
Above all, let's have fun and enjoy a theatre play!
Friends, Happy Painting!!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sydney Tea Pot Show & Sydney Sketch Club

Hi, Firends, I belong to two sketch clubs : Urban Sketchers and Sydney Sketch Club. Sydney sketch club went to Tea Pot Show @ Inner City Clayworkers Gallery. Wow, I got stunned by so many unique pots from whimsical art work to very elegant tea pots. Sure, tea lovers and ceramic collectors will steam up for these fabulous ceramics. All the photos are by courtesy of Organiser, Jennifer. Enjoy them all.  

This is the gallery. Really a pretty small shop. Our sketchers are at the entrance in the sketch. Gallery Host Irene welcomed us. Happy surprise was to find that Irene was also a Sydney Sketch Club member! 

Oh, quirky and beautiful pots! We usually meet for 2.5 – 3 hours and then gather for a show’n’tell. I chose this humorous pot, a very sexy gentleman standing next to his wife (*a bit shame I ran out of time to sketch his wife). Very colourful, vivid and cheerful. Irene, Gallery Host said, "All this artist's work looks like her face!" and showed me the photos. Ohhhh! Interesting and yes, indeed, they all look like her. 

Can you believe all these are pots? You can use them for tea! 
A "practical use" is the only condition an artist must satisfy.
All pots are on sale.
The witchery of pots made us "Ohhh, ahhhh" or chuckle?! 
All sketchers created interesting drawings. 
We enjoyed sketching.
Group activities are very important for artists to make friends with others and for mutual help. The beauty of this club is "having lunch together." (*Come & go is all up to members. No obligation.) Regarding a social side, of course, chatting is fun and stress busting. Also, this is when we can discuss techniques and materials used – sketchbooks are often shared around. We'll get inspirations and tips. I should come to sketch more often.
We greatly appreciate the organiser Jennifer's hard work during the meeting. She takes lots of photos and later, will upload them at our club site. Furthermore, she encourages each attendance, negotiates event organisers and explores potential excursions. *I seriously believe we have to set a special thank-u day for Jennifer. 
BTW, I've begun to loose up architecture like my figures! Fun, not pain. I played with colours. This time, I did not have time to think twice, just worked on a building and moved onto a pot in the gallery. Mmmm... "strict time limit" worked a positive way? Yey, Sadami, keep up! This sketch club's very interesting events visiting may cure my dislike-of-architecture. 
Each member uses a very different watercolour kit. Interesting! 
Friends, do ye know? We'll go to a theatre next week! "Sketching Theatre -- "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Try" (musical comedy). Can you believe this? FREE!! (yes that says free) Entertainment of superb quality by the final year students of the Australian Institute of Music Theatre Faculty. What a wonderful opportunity! Again, it is Jennifer who has picked up such a fantastic event. 
The play is a satire of big business. The story follows the rise of a protagonist who uses a handbook called "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" to climb the corporate ladder from a lowly window washer to a high-powered executive.
We'll sketch the stage, setting, etc and of course, all of us want to know the theme...!!! Hehehehe, if I can find "how to", I'll share it with you??! That's what we want to know! 

Do you feel like joining us? Come and see the meet up page here! 
Special thanks for Jennifer and Clayworkers Gallery.
Friends, Happy Painting!!!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

1.Archibald2014, Most Famous Portrait Prize in Australia 2.CBCA winners

Hi, Friends, come and see Archibald. The most famous portrait prize in Australia. I'd post sketches of a winner Fiona Lowry, "Penelope Seidler," and intertesting portraits, a winner Fiona Lowry, "Penelope Seidler," and intertesting portraits, Sophia Hewson, "Atrtist kissses subject (Missy Higgins!)," Anh Do, "Father." I've felt 2014 Archibald is different from other years. NSW Gallery staff said, "Yes, the committee has changed. Different judges." I see... 
You can find 
1) more small works in, (but no watercolour), 
2) more "ordinary" models work in, not super-famous people. eg) artist's parents, a son, next door, butchery  -- it has surprised me and encourages me!  
3) some first try artists in. 
In a technical aspect, the finalists show wonderful diversity. An individual approach is very unique that excites me so much. 

Archibald winner Fiona Lowry's work shows the grace, dignity and beauty of old people. 
Fiona was a Doug Moran winner in 2008 -- I remember her self-nude very well, a young lady! Fiona uses a very interesting approach, acrylics and air brush.  I've immediately realised that the model's eyes were clearly drawn, the focal point of the painting. A rest of the work is softly blurred. Air brush works very well. A slight and delicate colour, thin raw sienna? is put around the model that contrasts to the background created in a very, very modest raw sienna plus patchy green? It comes out like a black and white from a distnce. Fiona's tender approach shows women's delicacy and the model displays an experienced career woman's dignity and elegance.  

2014 Archibald Winner, Fiona Lowry, "Penelope Seidler," Medium acrylic on canvas

Sketching finalists' work gives me wonderful insights of technical and psychological aspects of creators. **Please pay attention to gallery visitors' height like a scale that tells how big work is.
NSW Art Gallery
Sketched it before opened. Cold, early in the morning!

A bit coffee break for you. Tada~~, a hot and controversial work! An artist is kissing Subject, Missy Higgins (*popular Australian singer song writer) --- has got in. To this hot subject, viewers' reactions are quite interesting. Men show very negative responses to this work. On the other hand, women look neutral or swinging between acceptance or disapproval. In the sketch, I put both man and woman. Although each painting has a tag, plain writing for "kids" to help understand work, this work does not have it. 

Sophia Hewson, "Atrtist kissses subject," oil on board
Regarding an entry condition of "model's publicity," the staff emphasised, "It's "preferably," a public figure." I interpreted, "It gives artists room and flexibility. Any model is acceptable?" The staff affirmed my say. Then, the staff encourages me to put work. Thank you. For example, Anh Dohas created his father's portrait in strong strokes and vivid colours. Yet, his colour use is very sensitive that shows a well-organised "value." Anh Do is a multi talented person : a successful comedian, TV presenter, author and fine artist/portraitist. His refugee experience from Vietnam has become a children picture book, too. In our society, if a person keeps a positive attitude, I believe, always nice people support diadvantaged people and it opens doors. That's the beauty of human society.  
Anh Do, "Father," Oil on Canvas
Our faces fascinate me most in drawing subjects. Eyes, eyebrows, mouth, ears etc, etc, "landscapes" in each face tell a story profound, precious and different. Yet, we have commonality and can mutually embrace. My mentor Ann James says, "Your positivity and watercolour and seeing and reflecting people so well is partly because you feel so much." Yes, I feel something that intrigues me to keep drawing people. 
I happily work on portraits.   

BTW, Hooray!!!!! Regarding CBCA book of the year 2014, 
CBCA announced winners and honour books.

Congrats for all the people!
Also, Crichton Award for New Illustrators is,

We celebrated my mentor
Ann James and editor Helen Chamberlin's awards. A lovely author, Janeen Brian and Ann illustrated "I'm a Dirty Dinosaur," has become an honoured book for Early Childhood. (*I once illustrated Janeen's text.)  
Shaun Tan's work, "Rules of Summer" won "Picture Book." Of course, that book was edited by a brilliant editor, Helen Chamberlin! Helen, you're great! 

Friends, Happy Painting!!! 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Week16-22 Aug, Stay Tuned Picture Book of the Year, Dromkeen Medal Winners

Hi, Friends, thank you so much for your warm cheers and donations! Wesley Mission, my clients and I are very happy. Let us hope this project will go on.
Now, August is the book month in Australia. We celebrate a Book Week in the middle of August every year. The Children's Book Council of Australia honours and celebrates the work of Australian authors and illustrators. Highlight is the announcement of the Book of the Year. Winners will be announced at noon on Friday, August 15. Stay tuned CBCA facebook and CBCA twitterThen, the celebrations begin!
This year's theme is "Connect to reading ~ Reading to connect." 
My favorite say certainly tells a book is the best companion for us, 
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. 
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read," by Groucho Marx, hehehehehe!!! 
2014's Children Book Week logo is designed by Ron Brooks, the illustrator who won 2013 Picture Book of the Year.

How do you interpret the interesting theme above? Any interpretation could be possible about the theme. Time and society is changing dramatically and rapidly. Technology, in particular, digitisation and Internet are shaping concepts of books and forms of texts. We connect others through a variety of media. It impacts on communication styles and methods that alter human interactions. Nowadays, contemporary children play with digital media better than me, an old generation.     

But I feel very the basic element in reading is communication between a reader and characters in books. It's like a play catch, I feel. What do you think, Friends? In books, we appreciate sharing time with characters and experience life together. We explore story and step into our inner world or we travel to other worlds, too. Even, we grow with favorite characters in our sweet memories --- in fact, personas have been created by an author/illustrator, triumphs of human creativity! Then, through reading books, socialisation happens among us. I sketched people reading books in train. A book opens our conversations. We share our emotions with others and exchange productive opinions in family, at school, in community, on net, at else where in society. We connect ourselves and others by reading books. I have been a book warm since childhood. As far as I know, famous authors and successful book illustrators are all very good book readers.
Reading books is, for me, not passive, but very creative activities and communication methods with others and ourselves. Indeed, how we, picture book illustrators interpret texts is equal to reading texts for tens of millions times.

Another big event is the announcement of Dromkeen Medal and Dromkeen Librarian’s Award winners. Who will be honoured? 

In addition, Short List & Notables 2014 are below. 
All listed works are lovely! Wish them good luck and all the best! 
**My mentor Ann James's illustrated picture book, "I'm a dirty dinosaur," is in "Early Childhood Notables." Ann used "real" mud in the illustration
Also, previous Book Week slogans and image creators are here.

Special thanks for warm cheers. The hands' pains are being healed. Soon, I'll see the hand specialist.
Friends, Happy Painting and Happy Reading!!