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Sunday, April 19, 2015

ANZAC Centenary, Peace Forver

Friends, I sketched a veteran's monochrome photos, watches and a uniform that are dedicated for ANZAC and displayed in a public library like a museum. ANZAC day, 25th April is the remembrance day of soldiers and served people in Australia. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Originally it was to honour the ANZAC members who fought in Gallipoli against Turkey in WWI. 100 years have passed. 
Casuality : Over 80,000 Arab and Turkish soldiers were killed. Their wounded number was doubled Australian soldiers. Nearly 9,000 Australian soldiers lost their lives. About 140,000 allied troops were killed or wounded. Totall : Estimated casuality was nearly 400,000 on both sides. 
What's the meaning of ANZAC, our respect and mourning today? In my view, the message of died soldiers is simple, "Never repeat war. Remember our sacrifices for peace. Pass on a better world to a next generation." I'm certain that none of killed or served people wants us to make war. How much died people wanted to come home safely to see us, family, loves and friends!  What do you think, Friends? In your own country, you have a similar remembrance day. Today, sadly, there are still wars on the earth. (*NOTE : A soldier's ID is changed.)
In sociology, ANZAC was discussed in regard to a national identity. Our country, Australia always has been seeking for identity. In a critical analysis, this fight, in fact, the invasion of Turkey, has differentiated Australia from "mother" Britain in a socio-political aspect. As a result, it has formed nationalism. Subsequently, the social position and the rights of veterans might be publicly recognised. 
However, the position of Indigenous soldiers, served women such as nurses and non-English speaking background people were invisible in respect of human rights and equality. The official recognition of their work has been delayed. Research is more needed to clarify the issues. Btw, please get surprised. When a tutor asked us, "Does anyone know about ANZAC?" in a tut, only me, this made-in-Japan Australian knew it. It shocked the tutor (... or we're having a peaceful society than ever? = It seems young people do not know about ANZAC).  
Apart from the heavy topics above, I enjoyed the sketchingAll exhibited things belong to a librarian's father, who already passed away. (She happily permitted my sketch and always encourages my art activities.) The photo was framed in a cracked glass.
"Did your father talk of war?" I asked the librarian.
"No. I think it was from post war trauma."
As far as I know few veterans speak of war experiences and keep a heavy silence. The two librarans' sons are serving right now. They are worried about precious sons' lives and safety. All of us agreed, "Against any war." My sketches made the librarians very happy. She added in a cheerful tone, "Great honour. My father should be very happy with your sketches. Blog it!" Thank you for your cooperation and warm cheers.
Technically, I chose a "realistic" and "calm/quiet" approach for the images. The sketches gave me confidence how to colour the images created from monochrome photos. I added colours on figures from my own imagination.
Also, a blog friend says, "How interesting you can take something as static as a watch and still give it life in some way - how do you do that? It doesn't look dull and static when you paint it but has a vibrancy and life to it - you do that with everything, not just people so it must just be your personal style :)." 
Thank you. I actually do not know well how I did it. Yes, it's my style much like from my instinct. "Colour" is my most favorite area and tool. None of theories explains it. I can tell a story in colour rather than black and white. 
My drawing compares to language speaking and bird singing. Think of your language production. We've learned how to speak in an early stage of life. When we are grown up, we can speak only in a "moment" and unconsciously. Linguists still scratch their heads about a human speech production process. It's an enigma. Or think of a bird. I'm sure birds cannot tell you why/how they sing. My drawing, too. I've learned drawing like speaking. I draw quickly without any thought. Drawing is my language like kids and birds do. I do not know well about my drawing process. 
While sketching, my sketches interested people and they talked to me. 
If I dare to explain my drawing theoretically, "value" is the key. In narrative, small settings are crucial, too. Did you realise that I changed the soldier's eye contact in colour from the black and white drawing? I made him more facing us straightly. Really a slight change though, it has made a mood. I always weigh on eyes in portraits. Or Friends, can you explain my painting features for me?? That'll be great and fun. I really appreciate your kind help! 
Parramatta library calls for post cards for women and men currently serving for Australian army (Wednesday 8 April to Friday 24 April 2015). I wrote 2 and added the sketches of Parramatta landscapes in them. Wow, what an honour, the library displays my submitted post cards on a board as samples. "Your sketches are so beautiful!" says a librarian about why they put my postcards (*thank u!). Collected postcards will be sent to Department of Defence to forward to our military personnel all around the world. I hope our little bit compassion will comfort people in army. 
Back to the topic. I hope we will bequeath a better world to a next generation from the precious experience of ANZAC. I also hope, we, illustrators and artists will work on sending the important message, the want for peace in art. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 

BIBLIOGRAPHY
“Anzac Day” Wikipedia Online Edition 2015http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day>
Australian Army (ed.) (2015) "Anzac Day"
<http://www.army.gov.au/our-history/traditions/anzac-day
Australian War Memorial (ed.) (2015) "Great War Nurses" 
<https://www.awm.gov.au/exhibitions/nurses/ww1/
Flanagan, M (2010) "One-sided thinking on Gallipoli injustice," Sydney Morning Herald<http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/onesided-thinking-on-gallipoli-an-injustice-20100423-tj50.html
Florek, S (2015) "Our Global Neighbours : Australia and Turkey at War."<http://australianmuseum.net.au/blogpost/science/our-global-neighbours-australia-and-turkey-at-war>Australian National Museum.  
Londey, P (2015) "Indigenous Australian servicemen" <https://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/aborigines/indigenous/> Australian War Memorial. 
New Zealand History (2014) "Gallipoli casualties by countries."
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Versatile bloggger award, 10 awarded bloggers!

I've been awarded for the Versatile Blogger award by Catharina EngbergeThank you, Catharina! Very happy. What a wonderful surprise and a great honour! Catharina has been enjoying watercolour painting in Sweden. Her colour use and landscapes are very eye pleasant. Also, her challenge spirit is adorable and humour is nice! Her writing is heart warming. However, we all have ups and downs in life, don't we? At ups and downs, Catharina and I have encouraged each other by comments. She's a lovely, lovely and caring lady. (I hope I could see her in person in Sweden one day.)  Friends, mutual support is a wonderful treasure in the world.  
Once, another blog award came to me. I could not pass on it to others, because it was too hard to choose friends. BUT this time, I'd think it in a positive and light way like Catherina says, "It is up to each person to continue or stop the "game."" Wow, it's a game! Yes, it's a fun game for blog friends. If so, why not? Let's have fun with friends. 
Tadadada~~~! Look, this is shining through! Can you see my big smile ear to ear? 


The rule for this award is as following:
It is the decision of each person to continue or stop the game.
You say a few words about the person who sent you the award and a little about yourself. And... 
  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. 
  •  Include a link to the peron's blog. 
  •  Tell 7 things about yourself.
  •  Select 10 blogs and tell a bit about each blogger. 
  •  Nominate those 10 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Regarding myself, Sadami, 1) I've loved drawing since childhood, surrounded by wonderful people in Sydney and in the world by blogging. 2) Right now, my debut children picture book "Moon" is on the way, this Aug. 3) I created a book cover for "Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice" written by Prof Ingrid Piller. It will be published by Oxford University. 4) I suddenly got difficulty in walking on the way to uni. 5) Although #4 sounds serious,  I walk again with an embrace. I'm living "jokes" like Bart Simpson/Papa Homie. Quite optimistic and positive. I love making others laugh and happy. I love laughing loud together!! Indeed, I analysed "jokes" and did presentation of it in linguistics, hahahaha?! 6) Anyone, swimming? As well as drawing, I love swimming with fishes and prawns in a rock bath. I swim 1km in an ocean pool. 7) Writing picture book stories as well as illustration under the supervision of mentor Ann James. Already one work has got her "yes." Yey! I'm enjoying roughs in black and white and colour. Exciting. In the future, my own picture books will be published. Yes, I'm an author and illustrator. 

Ok, I have to admit that it was too painful to select 10 bloggers or blog friends. I thought seriously, "All of my followers deserve this awards." (Who started this award? Can't we change a rule such as an "unlimited number" ?!) Regarding the selection of friends, statistically, a scale is the frequency of comments and visits. Bloggers who have already been awarded are excluded. 

So sorry and forgive me, if I did not include you. Of course, I know, many shy readers silently visit my blog. I always appreciate your visits. My blog readers are very royal and come back to me repeatedly and regularly. I'm so proud of wonderful and supportive visitors. I always think of all the visitors and greatly thank for you. Without your visits, my blog will not go on. So, I visit other blog frinds as many as possible. 

Now, the announcement of 10 awarded people are... 

1) Rhonda,http://rhcarpenter.blogspot.com.au/ 
Rhoda loves watercolour with all her love and life. At the same time, she's a guardian angel for us, bloggers. She cares for others all the time. Please visit her charming blog. 
Joshemari is so fond of watercolour. He's been enjoying watercolour, particularly, landscapes, architectures, old toys and ships! Thank you for your kind support and visit for years! 
Tina always encourages me and creates beautiful washes. What a lovely artist and woman!! I appreciate her support for ages. 
Like Tina, Onera and I encourage each other for ages. Thank you for your visiting for such long years. His another passion is for writing. 
Blaga is so modest, but creates lovely watercolour and explores techniques. Her work gets better and better! We cheer up each other at our ups and downs. Oh, Blaga, you'll never know how much your comments have lifted me up. 
6) Anna http://annaquarelles.blogspot.com.au/
Anna's enthusiasm for watercolour is like a fire! We have been good friends for years. Now, her work is gaining big entitlements (No surprise. Her work is brilliant that also has a social message!). I admire her as an experienced watercolourist.  
7) Isabelle http://isabelle-gaillardon.blogspot.com.au/
Thank you, Isabelle, for your long years support. How much your work also has cheered me up at the tough time for illustration!   
8) Lydie http://lydie-pieplu.blogspot.com.au/
Her watercolour is lovely. Very interesting to see how she approaches subjects. Thank you for your strong support for a long time! 
9) Agnieszka Grzelak, http://agnieszkagrzelakart.blogspot.com.au/
Agnieszka does not only watercolour painting, but also does wonderful crafts such as a quilt. They are really amazing! Her love creates them for four daughters.
10) Katherine  http://katherinejft.blogspot.com.au/ 
Katherine, a retired teacher, enjoys colour pencil drawing with philosophical thoughts. Her sensitive, meticulous, yet imaginative colour pencil work tells her personality and inner world. It is fun to exchange thoughts with her. 

Other people I've been thinking of are Martine PaquetCeleste Bergin, Hilda Muxo, Meera Rao, Carol Blackburn, Carol KingPat EliottCathy Gatland, Ann (studio hyde), AKOlivia Quentin, Floriana Quaini, Dora, J.Pazkieselsteine TrickfilmstudiosDosanko-Debbie, Orega-me Orega-me, Renate(you've already got it!) etc, etc. (*I've respected that some people have claimed, "Award Free Zone" and others are in a hectic time.) Aaahhh! I want to list up all the friends! Please pardon me. Special thanks for Jane Minter, too. (you once awarded me!) http://janeminterssketchbook.blogspot.com.au/

Already, "blogging" has formed a big internet community. It's good to get acknowledged by others about my blog and acknowledge other friends. Thank you again for Catharina who gave me a wonderful joy and a lovely opportunity to share joy. It's wonderful. Really my frineds are in all over the world. My former linguistics lecturer got surprised, when she secretly visited my blog and found my friends's number. But I know a number is not a matter. All of you have given me support and friendship. That's the most important and priceless. I hope we will enjoy friendship more than ever.

Friends, Happy Painting! I hope I can see you them all one day!!










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Monday, April 13, 2015

Good Textless Dummy Book Tells Story : Check Dummy!

Hi, Friends, Author Matt ZurboEditor Helen Chamberlin and Mentor Ann James say, "We love the submitted illustrations!" Very good feedback makes me so happy. Our team is working on layout and book designing. Soon, I'll check "binded" images called, "proofs" from Windy Hollow publisher. Very exciting. What sort of book will come up? Illustration must tell a story and be narrative. Btw, here's a simple test to check if your organised images are successful or not as a real picture book. Show others a wordless dummy book and ask them to create a story. If a dummy is successful, others can tell your expected story. If not, examine where readers cannot get a message. That's a fun experiment.
I asked a family to have a look of my textless dummy and to make up a story (Gulp. Huge pressure! Phtew, heart attack!?). Our target aged girl "carefully" looked at the small book and correctly told the story. Her understanding was quite close to the real text! It was interesting to observe the family, although a mother and an older sibling did not care for the tiny dummy seriously. My mentor and I celebrated our achievement. She says, "The resulting book will be a strong melding of text and visual narrative and marks the beginning of Sadami’s career as a picture book illustrator - your long-held dream." The submitted illustration tells a story well. It means that the art work does not need big changes. "Moon" has a short text like a poem that consists of very selected words. I greatly thank for Matt's beautiful writing. The very evocative text has stimulated my imagination. Now, I enjoy this experiment and check people's responses. I love young children's imagination and admire it. 

In a picture book, if illustration works properly, kids effortlessly get a plot even only by pictures without a word. Images weigh heavily "picture" books. I've been looking at my dummies from time to time. What's a dummy? It's a small and mock-up book made by an illustrator to check information flow, composition, balance and so ons. I've already made several dummies at each stage of the project --- in black & white and colour. Once, I wrote about it, "New Storyboard & Creating Dummy Books!" Although an illustrator decides the position of a text in a real book size dummy, I love a textless tiny dummy. It sits on my palm. Can you see it in the photo? This is the real size.
Behind my hand, what you see there, are all dummies and story boards, my babies. What size/sort of dummy do you like? I love a replica. My favorite is just a palm size like. These dummies have so much intrigued Marrickville Council staff. You can enjoy them at my solo exhibition in Chrissie Cotter Gallery (map) from 20th Oct to 2nd Nov 2015. Big names are guests. Mentor Ann, Editor Helen, Libby Gleeson AM (our book launcher) and other top notches are coming. Yes, you can see super stars, too!   
Do you like wordless picture books? I love them all. To some extent, a wordless picture book is a very subtle genre in children picture books. Mentor Ann James has often brought me good wordless picture books from all over the world. I've been closely studying about them for these years. A wordless picture book fascinates me most, because technically, it's the most required and refined. An illustrator's drawing skills are really stunning. Often I come across very wise and remarkable wordless picture books. For example, Anno Mitsumasa is my favorite wordless picture book illustrator. His very sensitive, beautiful, humorous and witty pictures capture readers from young and old. Also, a very well organised story never bores readers, shows a drama and leads to an end. Anyone can understand wordless picture books. It can also become very powerful to send a universal message. Picture books are certainly brilliant and sophisticated literature.  
I hope our Moon publishing team will smoothly move onto a next stage along a schedule, publication is set in August. Already I've been working on roughs for a "new project" under the supervision of Ann. I'll enjoy ( or "suffer"?!) illustration! Yes, we, picture book industry people are perfectionists to create quality picture books for children and any readers. A big name said to me, "You'll suffer and suffer (in illustration)! After that, you think you will never do it again. And... you will be addicted to it!" Ahahahaha, true, so true. Nothing different from delivering a baby. That's our joy. I really appreciate our team, experienced illustrators and famous authors great and warm support. Moon is nearly ready. 
Wow, really amazing. Step by step, our picture book is being created...! Thank you for encouragements for nearly 3 years to come to this stage. How lovely to finally see my work all the way through a book! When a publishing date comes up, I'll certainly inform you. 
Friends, Happy Painting! 
*The first image is a colour rough that explored techniques as well as composition. These are the study of a whale. "Moon" shows the beauty of nature, too. Many black and white and colour roughs were developed to create final images. 





















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Monday, April 6, 2015

Back Streets in Parramatta

Hi, Friends, how is your long weekend? I sketched "back streets." What sort of architectural drawings and landscapes do you want to create? I want the sense of life such as sounds, smells etc to come up in work. I also want to keep a unique point of view to the world. Finding subjects is the key element. My most fun is to have a look around little known spots or places disregarded such as back streets. Subjects are just in front of us. Each has unique beauty. If an artist can disclose the beauty of an overlooked subject, it would be a great honour.
Have you ever tried back streets for your subjects? In back allies, you see people working at restaurants. Frustrated or stressful people come up and throw away dirty stuff and unnecessary things into bins. Or tired people come out for a cigarette for a few minutes break. Or a truck driver delivers something for shops. Each person's small stories show "dramas" -- tragedies and comedies, yet humanistic stories go on. Soon, working people realise me and silently let me sketch (*thank you!).
Technically, I enjoyed to capture the perspective and played with the colours in these drawings. Artists may move mountains or create them in drawings. The changing is the important element of the composition of work. It's "balance" in a drawing. My balancing sense really owes to instinct, although this sounds strange and vague. I changed the colours, values and positions of bins. There are many signs and bins in back allies. They are so colourful and powerful to stimulate us, passer-bys' inner world. I met a photographer, while sketching these streets. "Colour!" he yelled at a first sight of my work. The nice photographer smiled at my say, "I can cheat it. I moved some and changed value."  Yes, he had known it and turned a blind eye to the changing in my work. That's the the creativity and pleasure in drawing.
Regarding the sense of life in back streets at night, I love a picture book "Way Home," illustrated by Gregory Rogers. The story is about a young homeless boy who picked up a kitten, showing city's night world. I feel sounds, smell and conversations in a back street in that book. Like Gregory, I hope my work will send you some mood, although I need more experience of drawings. I hope ultimately, my architectural work will show people's life and send the "sense of life." I'd explore them in my architectural drawing and landscapes. So, my work will not always be neat and beautiful, but they will be dirty, stinky and strong -- I'm working on them at the same time. They are similar to illustration or drawings with narrative stories.
Now, I have no fear of landscape or architecture. I'm really enjoying them daily. The more, we draw, the better we do.
Friends,  Happy Painting! Thank you for warm cheers.













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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Start From Eyes for Portraits

Hi, how was your weekend? I enjoyed sketching with Sydney sketch club members. Although we sketched architectures, I sketched others at lunch. Very much fun to sketch each other. Where do you start drawing in a face? I always start drawing people from eyes. Other members asked me questions. "Do you draw it from memory?" Mmmm... partially from impression or memory, but I have no idea, for I draw so quick. Something in a person intrigues me. Then, I get on drawing that person. A person is moving around and never stops for me. After catching the point such as eyes, I wait for the same moment comes up in the model.

This is one of our club members. His sharp eyes fascinated me most! Only for a few seconds he threw his eyes to another member and mostly worked on iPad. I observed him carefully and captured that moment. The angle of his face is another key in this work.
Another member was enjoying a chat and lunch. The old lady who had a character in her appearance. She made a pause and thought for a second, which impressed me most. I started drawing her from eyes and simplified other areas. Mood is very important for my figure drawings.
Probably, our eyes tell most stories of life in portraits. So, I start drawing from eyes. Oh, yes, I answered for the member, "3D understanding of a model is essential. Once, you get a model in 3D, you can draw her from any angle." I usually move around a model and check her/him from all around. To pick up a lively face expression is crtically important for my work.

I feel my mentor is very wise and knows who I am or my strength. When I got sluguish in drawing of children, she suggested me to "Focus on children's face expression, not a whole body sketching." My work got back to life. It turned out colourful and vivid. In additon, in a studio, I start from eyes or face lines. It depends on a case. Friends, if you start drawing from other areas in a face, let's have a chat over it. Or you may say, "It doesn't a matter as long as work comes up nice!" Yeah, true. 

Back to the techinical thing, eyes.  If I can draw eyes well, I feel comfortable and move on other areas without any hesitation. But if I cannot draw eyes good, I chuck it into a bin. BTW, I'm still working on the close up portrait though, it's nearly at finishing. Ah, a bad habit?! I endlessly keep on touching graphite or a charcoal unlike speed drawing. I should stop my hands. (I started from eyes in this work, too.)
I'm enjoying architectural drawings of Parramatta as well as figures. Did you enjoy my architectural work in the last post? Later, I'd post the newly created ones.

When I put aside technical stuff, one thing I'm sure is I love people. Drawing us, human beings is my great joy. Simple motivation is strong and great. It drives me go forward and keeps me stay positive. 
Friends, thank you very much for warm cheers. I hope all, we can have a productive and creative week.
Happy Painting!




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bologna Children's Book Fair Mar30 to Apr2

Hi, Friends, exclusion! Books Illustrated (Ann James and Ann Haddon) will lead our Australian team for Bologna Children's Book Fair 2015 from Monday March 30 to Thursday April 2 in Italy, 2015. If you see these two people = Book Illustrated, certainly you've come to the Australia Stand, Hall 25 B112The Stand will display books and limited edition prints from over 100 new Australian illustrated books. Please say, "Hello!" and enjoy books and chat with Australian illustrators and authors!
Click the image below, our team's catalogue "Hello! from Australia" will come up. Can you find your favorite picture books? 
Yes, the stand is the exhibition of selected Australian quality children picture books. 
Friends, you also have a chance to see Australian illustrators and authors in person! NOTE: They are fragile. Handle with care. Keep upright, please !? 

Tada~! Also, here's the information of shortlisted publishers from Oceania.  
Ah, I wish all the publishers would get prizes...!  
Bologna Prize for the Best Children's Publishers of the year
Oceania, nominated publishers:
Allen & Unwin - Crows Nest, Australia  
www.allenandunwin.com
The Text Publishing Co. - MelbourneAustralia
www.textpublishing.com.au
Wilkins Farago - Victoria, Australia
Full list is here.

Another sounds interesting event is,
International Children's Laureate Summit hosted by Bologna Book Fair 2015.
Jackie French attends it. Jackie is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014– 2015. She is also celebrated as the best-selling author of over 170 books and Senior Australian of the Year 2015.

Sunday 29 March – Private Laureate conference
Monday 30 March – Growing the Laureate movement – by invitation
Monday 30 March (3.30–5pm) – Meet Jackie French on the Australia Stand, Hall 25 B112
Tuesday 31 March (Time TBC) – Official Summit – for general admission
Wednesday 1 April – Australian Stand Party, Hall 25 B112 talk by Jackie on Australian Children’s Literature. 


Btw, I'm waiting for their come back with souvenirs, but I keep in touch with the team and will join them in the near future. Hey, the Australian team, never forget coming back ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ
I always feel that Books Illustrated is really the motor engine of Australian picture book industry. In addition, anyone in Australian picture book industry gives me positive feedback on the image of Books Illustrated such as, "Gorgeous!" "Ah, adorable,"Ahhhh Sadami, what a lovely way to start my day!" "Very good pic!" etc, etc. Yes, Boooks Illustrated is very much loved in our industry. I'm fortunate to have such a wonderful mentor in my career. 
Friends, enjoy Bologna Book Fair! Also, Happy Painting! 









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Monday, March 23, 2015

My dislike of architecure cured by Parramatta sketches!

Hi, Friends, I sketched architectures to show changing Parramatta in both black and white and colour. Unlike my figures with graphite, my architectural drwaing takes time. It's not a loose style. You will say, "Didn't you hate architecture?" I've got the way out! This is my "treatment" to cure the dislike!? (*Otherwise, I will never learn it!) The point is to give myself joy in architectural drawing. 1) Find a favorite medium. 2) Stick to the most favorite style. They've worked out! I enjoy sketching of Parramatta deveolping into Australia's great city in the near future. 
(**I made a blogging techincal mistake ; my reversed empty post will come up in Friends' blog rolls. So, *this week, I upload two same posts at different titles, "Parramatta Changing Into Australia's Great City" and "My dislike of architecure cured by Parramatta sketches!" Sorry and thank you, Friends.)
St John's Anglican Church and Parish (*All work size is A4)
Mentor Ann James's say gave me a clue to explore a pen drawing. "Your architecture drawing is quite accurate. I can't draw like you!" Hummm.... Her say was my surprise. I remember when I was young, I sketched mechanics very meticulously. I loved exactness. Little Sadami was so happy to sketch it again and again. I eventually memorised the quite complicated machines and drew them by heart. Also, the use of a pen for Sydney uni had been good. So, I've chosen a pen and started sketching buildings accurately. Oh, it works well! Fun, fun, fun! I've giggled  like a little child. Black and white drawings have turned out joy. 

Then, I decided to stick to my "original joy" in architectural drawings -- accuracy. I remember Robert Ingpen, one of my favotirtes and admiring picture book illustrators, as you know. "Afternoon Tree House" (Robert Ingpen) and "Memorial" (Shaun Tan) are the most influencial works about a tree and landscapes. I've been reading them years after years since I fell in love with them!  
...and my most and only favourite editor has been Helen Chamberlin who edited both picture books  mentioned above. I dreamed to work with her. Today, she has become my editor and the mentor. Although I made a gulp from a high tension, I sent Helen these drawings on Parramatta. Wow, her feedback is very positive. "Your architectural drawings all look really lovely to me, Sadami - I don’t know what you are worried about! All the best Helen" Hurray! It put me into a heaven.  
The restaurant on Church St called Eat St 
Btw, does anyone have difficulty in architecture like me? Let's share my technical findings. Architecture is not hard than what I expected. I always seek for the most big "chunk" in a building. A building consists of very mathematical lumps like cubes in 3D. Check if they are symmetry or not. Then, rebuild them in your mind. Once you get it and the perception is correct, it's reasonably easy to pin down a subject on paper. I put priority to my first impression of a building and do not too much care about details.
Emotionally, we need to feel joy, don't we? After choosing a right material and tool, I've realised that I'm very keen about a ratio of buildings in drawing.That excites me and thrills me in drawing architecture!  It is fun to find an object matching to another object's size in drawing one after another. It means I love drawing a scene correctly and setting the content properly. So, viewers will not feel "This work is weired." (*Of course, in the world, there is a very wise guy like Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher who used trickery and illusions in art work such as impossible constructions. I admire him!) Anyway, I could find joy and confidence in architecture drawing. Ah, I can go on.

Regarding colours, I'm playing with them, whilst sticking to reality at the moment. I need more time to develop my own watercolour style in architecture. My figurative drawing and loose painting has taken years to come to the current loose style from a traditional classic style. Or I may stay with this accurate drawing in architecture? See how it goes.
Back to another topic. Parramatta interests me by her strong contrasts : historical vs modern, chaotic vs neat, back streets vs promenades. European settlers marked a first step on Parramatta. Already, this city has become the CBD that has collected Departments of NSW State Government, Court etc as well as City in Sydney ( = Gov Depts have dual addresses equally in City and Parramatta). Their function is increasing. The development plan will transform Parramatta into Australia's big city in commercial, cultural, medical and social phases. 

In order to enhance Parramatta's function and upgrade the quality of life, reconstruction and refurbishment has started. In the very near future, sky high towers will stand in Parramatta : Western Sydney University, Cumberland Newspaper/News Ltd Site (Media Centre), Westmead Medical Research Hub, a shopping centre etc, etc. The new huge car parks are ongoing that I sketched. Dynamically and dramatically, Parramatta is dressing up herself! I look forward to what sort of lady will come up. 
Did you enjoy my architecture? It seems that I made mistake in the option of a style and medium. Although in years, I may be able to loose up architecture, my most favourite work remains in my eyes and heart. My adventure is going on, while keeping my own stance. Editor Helen's most important say was/is "What's your stance?" I'll always remember it in my art work. Thank you, Helen. 
Any feedback is welcome. If you like, I'll post architectural drawings more, picking up an interesting topic from time to time. Local shops and Parramatta Heritage Centre welcome my sketching. Passer-bys cheer me up. They are very nice and supportive ʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ. Thanks guys!!
Friends, Happy Painting! Work on your style! 


Bibliography
Parramatta Council (2015) "Building Australia's Next Great City-- Changes Ahead,"
Parramatta Council (2014) "Parramatta Major Development" 

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