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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Last year I went a zoo in Tokyo to sketch some little mice, and met a Japanese squirrel along. He had a beautiful orange summer fur on legs and I was given to awake about the beauty of Japanese squirrel. Since then, for me, Japanese squirrel became one of the most ‘picturesque’ creature.
So, I have been working for the next picture book from last summer. The text and rough skethces have been almost done, and I have started to work for main drawings.
Every contexts relating to the animals makes me sometimes very moved… Just a simple story makes me in tears, for example about a dog named ‘Bamse’ , attended norwegian navy and behaved so bravely when his battleship was under attack by Nazis Germans, gave a great courage to all of the soldiers, who were fighting together.
By the way, here is my favorite phrase from a poem by Emily Dickinson:
If I can ・・・
・・・ help one fainting Robin
Unto his nest again
I shall not live in vain.
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I wish you a very happy and peaceful new year for 2011.
The above is Fuku [福」(means Happiness in Japanese), our beloved cat.
The very first meal in New Year is very important in Japan. It is time for reunion of the family as well.
I have cooked the meal called ‘Osechi‘ . It is to be served in the wooden box painted by ’Urushi‘ (a kind of juice taken from ivy family), and has a strict regulations about what to eat, and how to put in the top, middle or bottom box.
Our life in Japan nowadays is very simplified with modern high-techs, but I feel we are rather conservative about food all the time. We often have traditional style Japanese cuisine, as well as we love to eat steak and frites, hamburgers or pastas.
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