” Okin the Panda Bear Finds his Family “

 

Time flies…
I feel like I’ve started painting the illustratoins for this Panda story, "Okin the Panda Bear Fined his Family", just a couple of weeks ago.
But it’s actually 6 months had already passed!

Now, "Okin" is coming out to the world making this colorful book with more than 30 illustrations which I’ve created for this book.
Isn’t it gorgeous? *smile*

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"Okin the Panda Bear Finds his Family"

 

The story is about a little blue panda bear named Okin, who was ‘different’ from other panda friends. And getting through some heartwarming happenings, Okin eventually finds his place and a new family where he can be really happy being as what he is.

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Jeff Lutes, who is the author of "Okin the Panda Bear Fined his Family", is a licensed sychotherapist, writer, public speaker, and social justice advocate in Austin, Texas. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the International Association for Relationship Research, Counselors for Social Justice, the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling, the Council on Contemporary Families, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

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I am a believer in the third sex.
While homosexuality often has hard time to be accepted in some societies, I have to say that we could not forget that those non-sense custom was built mainly by the influence from religions. Before them, in the ancient cities that had built high advanced cultures such as ancient Rome, homosexuality was rather regarded as noble form of love.
Even in Buddhism, we Japanese has a famous story, " Chigo no sora ne- 稚児のそら寝", which shows Buddhism monks had some little boy in their temples with them for their sexual needs. I remember that I have learned this custom in a class at my junior high school.

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What the Science says and Doesn’t say – About Homosexuality by Jeff Lutes

What the Bible says anddoesn’t say – About Homosexuality by Mel White

Anyway, in this Art world in San Francisco, I’ve been blessed with the chances to work with gay people. Most of them are wonderful business people who have keen sense of beauty, detail oriented and they are generally very romantic and sweet.
I love gay people.

 

Meanwhile, one of other main themes of this book was "Sign Language".
It was my first interesting challenge to create a hand sign list.

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Here is the process of creating this chart. Click thumbnails to view lager images.

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1. draw painting base line 2. paint hands 3. paint back
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4. scan all hands 5. extract each hands 6. make a grid by illustrator
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7. copy grid on photoshop 8. inlay hands 9. add back
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10. add alphabets 11. hide grid 12 add frame line

 

"Okin the Panda Bear Fined his Family" has some quize pages in the end of the story where you can learn sign language playing with fun activities.
Let’s practice sign language alphabet and challenge the quize!

 


 

 

You can now order this fabulous book online.
Please visite Hiroko Sakai Fine Art Online Shop/ books / "Okin the Panda Bear Fined his Family"
Each books from my website comes with my hand signature.

 

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Thank you~*

 


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” Painting blue sky in a fine day “

 

I have painted this blue sky painting for the back image of my coming Panda book looking the sky of San Francisco from my window.

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Here is how I painted this sky.
Click the images to see larger images.

 

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1. paint sky base 2. draw out lines of the clouds with the shadow color 3. add white
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4. blending with soft fine brush after blending
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5. add high light 6. blend again finish!

 

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"Okin the Panda Bear Finds his Family"
is coming with this blue sky painting in the beginning
of October 2011! Please stay tuned~*

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” The Purr-ple Power Cats Ventures! “

 

Feeling the bright summer is just around the corner, I’ve been excited that I can share my first children’s book “The Purr-ple Power Cats Ventures” with you.

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“The Purr-ple Cats Ventures!”



You know, iIllustrating a children’s book is my first challenge.

I’ve painted more than 30 illustrations of this charming purple cat sisters and fluffy friendly animals in the last half year for this marvelous cat story.

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As you may have known, I always stick on oil painting. So can you believe that I had painted 5 oil paintings every month for 6 months total? I am such a hard worker! LOL*

Let me share my painting process on one painting here which is one of my most favorite scene.

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Well, first, I gotta make a draft to present to writers and publisher to show them what I am going to paint.

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While I am waiting their replies, let me prepare canvas board, paints and paint brushes. Those fan brushes are the must for painting fruffy animals.

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OK, they loved my drawing. (That’s why I love polite people* -P*) So now I can get on painting!

This painting was a night scene. It’s a bit hard to paint the picture which has strong lighting contrast (at least to me! ), so I made color lighting map first.

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And on the base of the light color map, I painted the first color layer. At this point, everything is just flat and boring, but don’t worry, it gets nice and pretty soon.

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In the second layer process, more details came up. Painting this sweet picture, smile was always on my face. My little wild was giving me a wired look*

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Oh, but look at my hand! I hope nobody come to knock my door right now. You may easily imagine how my face look like now, too.

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On the third layer, all details eventually came up. It is something like “Spot the difference” game, but you can see how shadows gave the painting more stereoscopic effect and every ellements on the picture got harmoney.

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Here is the completed painting. After making sure that everything got dry (usually takes 2 to 4 days), I scan my painting in 600 dpi. It is a bit large resolution, but it is the requirment from my publisher. But after all, I liked it and started scanning all my paintings in 600 dpi for art print making.

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I hope you enjoyed the tour of my painting process*


By the way, guess what?

I’ve opened my humble “book store” section on Hiroko Sakai Fine Art Online Gallery Shop.

So you can now purchase my book directly from me with my original hand signature.

If you have little ones, this fun and colorful cat story will be a great gift for them!

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Please visite www.hirokosakai.com/books to check this fabulous book!


“The Purr-ple Power Cats Ventures”

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*~Thank you~*


Love,

Hiroko



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” My first book illustration project! “

 

As you may already have noticed, I’ve taken a break from shows since last month.

Yeah, guess what?

I’ve got my first book illustration project! which has kept me chained in front of my easel. 30 paintings are coming up for this book and the deadline is the last of this December. It means, I have to finish 5-7 paintings per each month…. Wish me luck!

The title of the book is “The Purr-ple Power Cats Ventures”, which story is about very rare purple cat sisters’ adventure. I’ve fallen in love with this story as soon as I got the script.

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You can order this book online from my online gallery shop.

Please check it out! >> Hiroko Sakai Fine Art Gallery Online Shop -Books

Meanwhile, the interesting thing is that I have realized how modern technology gave us new possibilities. I mean… since this project started, I’ve been working mainly with a publisher and two writers. We communicate exchanging e-mails frequently and closely as if we were working sitting in a small office all together. Also, I have couple of Artist ‘co-workers’ who are working with the publisher on different stories. Our project has been going pretty well in friendly mood.

Then, OK, what I sometimes forget is that I’ve never met anyone there in person yet!

In spite of our close business relation, our each physical locations are pretty far. The publisher is in Texas, one writer is in South California, other one is in Michigan and I am here in San Francisco. The artist who brought me this project is living in Canada. Other two are German and Japanese.

It is all thanks to this modern internet technology. I could never even imagine this situation 15 years ago when I was still working at my studio in Japan where all projects had to start with visiting clients office every days for business meetings.

Anyway, the book is scheduled for release in April 2011. I am now in the very middle of creating illustrations.

Again, please do not forget to make pre-order*

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Thank you!

Have a beautiful day~*

Love,

Hiroko



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