” 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.

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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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