From my childhood, I was fond of reading about universe. Now as a picturebook writer, I have an ambition to make a picture book about universe… which is still just my personal dream.
I would like to make the book as the crossover of science and history… so I am thinking to show the oldest mythes about the universe and the latest theory. But the science is progressing always, and the newest theory is always having a possibility to be revised.
At the very end of the last January, I was given to know by internet news that, Dr Stephen Hawking announced there are no black holes in universe, and theoretical physicists in all over the world are seriously shocked.
I am not very sure in the details because of my lack of ability for comprehension, but Dr Hawking says there are only ‘grey holes’ and the famous ‘ event horizen’(if matters go over this horizen, nothing can come back, because of too heavy gravity) does not appear to exist…
Yes it is shocking off course. Because, as a fan of astrophisics, I have long been reading quite a lot books saying about the big-bang , black holes and so on.
However, does ‘grey hole’ make sense really???
From just a bit of time, I was also given to know the growing numbers of astro phisicists are doubting the big-ban theories. And I came across the idea about ‘plasma universe’ or ‘Electric universe’ which is most reliable candidate to be an alternative, if the big-bang theory collapsed. Those discussion are not yet visible for public like us in Japan, actually almost no reliable sourse book are not yet published.
I myself tend to love ‘thinking’ all the time, so those abstract theories developed these days for universe was very impressive, such as super strings and holographic universe…
Holographic universe was most of my favorite. It appears the theory mainly led by Dr Susskind in US, that the every information for our reality is stored in 2 dimentional black hole surface, over the ‘event horizen’ , and we are just a holographic image of that 2 dimentional reality. It means we are not real! Myself, my husband, my friends, cats, works, the spider-web in my garden, the singing bird, everything are not real.
It is a horiible story but also mysterious and in a way beautiful like a horror literature. But at the same time, I have started doubting those whole system of the theories we were told, because, the holographic universe seemed to me ‘going too far’ as science.
If the blackhole does not exist, holographic universe also does not exist. And it affects all the fondamental of modern phisics and astronomy’s ’standard model’ which we have long since believed.
But this is not the first time to have the evidence against the standard model- the big bang. For example, after 2000s, Some galaxies are being found, of which age is to be estimated rather longer than the age of the universe itself estimated by the big bang theory. Moreover, in 2011 or around, in CERN’s experiment, the particle called neutron moves by faster speed than light. The difference was so small in nano second level, but how it is small is not important, but the fact was so shocking, because if there exist the matter faster than light, Einstein’s theory of relativity became ‘wrong’, and all the physics theories build on that basis, can lose significance.
What is the standard model we have believed? I am coming across this serious question, and my idea about the picture book about universe for children is now pending, meanwhile I am trying to study the optional theory :plasma/electric universe.
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I have a friend, who was my junior-high classmate. She is so keen about chinese astrology.(She has her family origin in Taiwan, maybe that is the reason). She is a pharmacist, and scientifically intelligent, but also have an excellent intuition, in a kind of super-natural way, i.e. She recognised her husband’s cancer in the very first stage in her dreaming…She is my ‘Sherman’, too.
At the very end of the last year, she told me that 2014 will be a very nice year for me. And her prophesy is already seeming to become true. Because I am so much enjoying to work for illustrations just from the very beginning of this year.
These are still the dummy works for 2015 calendar design, but it arose me quite a pure happiness to work, just fun to draw and paint, which we tend to lose in working as a professional.
This primitive happiness in art-work making is most valuable and precious, than the other goodness ever, such as the successful achievement as a business and so on.
↓Girls from Bretagne
↓Nicola Tesla, from ‘Great Scientists’
As you might see, those series of works can be divided into 2 categories: 1 is for animals basically in their natural appearance. 2 is the dressed animals in human world activity. I myself cannot decide which way would be nice for the calendar. We will have a talk with our publisher after 10 days, then i hope the decision will be out.
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illustrated flax family, worked for the 2014 calendar of Teikoku Sen-i Co., LTD. which is an oldest linen manufacturer in Japan. (the word sen-i means ‘fiber’ in Japanese)
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This is the work I do monthly, the cover art&text on ‘Tsubame no Ouchi’ (means: Sparrow’s House), which is the annex leaflet for picture books published by Froebel-Kan Co.,Ltd.
This July issue is offering a simple recipes to make a herb tea jelly, with camomile or mint.
It is to be printed in 2 colours, but unfortunately I am not very good at working for pictures in 2 colours… Well, actually I can draw it in black and the other colour off course, though incapable by my daily use materials-watercolours with colour pencils.
At first I tried several ways to maintain my aiming quality with softness, but finally I found it better to work with my usual materials for full colour art works, then to ask my art director to ‘divide’ the colour to print it using just 2 colour inks.
And it worked very successfully!
I am so delighted about the results, as those printed images come out in excellent quality far more than I expected. Additionally, it seems getting nicer and nicer month by month.(You can see the above image is printed just in 2 colours- blue and orange.)
Encouraged by this experience, I am now thinking that it might be nice to make a picture book in 2 colour printings.
The excellent teamwork made me awakened to get the new idea, which I have never thought of before.
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This is an image of flax scutchers. I have sketched them from the old belgian photos in ‘Flax in Flanders‘.
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