Hello February

Well hello February, you beautiful month of love. Yeah, you are going to bring us chocolates, flowers, and some sweet nothings in our ear. In all honesty though, it’s spring we can see just over your shoulder that’s got us all excited.

We have a sweet issue for you! Edwina McNamee is our feature artist. She has drawn five exclusive images that we know you are going to love. We also have images from Alena Lazareva, Anisa Claire, Antonina Kalinina, Cate Edwards, Nashana Webb, and Neetika Agarwal.

Thank you to our wonderful team, Alex Whisman, Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau.

A Chat with Edwina Mc Namee

Edwina McNamee is the featured artist for February. Edwina has drawn five exclusive images that we know you are going to love.

 

What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?

I have always loved to draw, and after sharing some of my drawings, a lot of people suggested I should do a coloring book, so I did.

How do you create your art? Do you create your drawings by computer or do you prefer old school pencil and paper?

I draw everything with a mechanical pencil then go over it in fine-liner then I scan it and clean up the lines in adobe illustrator.

What is your inspiration for the different types of art that you create for your coloring books?

I am inspired by everything around me and my favorite things. One of my recent books is just full of owls simply because I love owls,  and I love drawing them.

Do you ever color your own work? And if so, what’s your favorite medium? Do you like pencils, markers or are you dipping into random reserves around the house for anything that can apply color in an interesting fashion?

Yes, I always color my own drawings and I have colored a lot of my covers. I love to use high pigmented coloring pencils like Polychromos or Prismacolor. I also love Copic markers.

How do you define success and how do you measure it?

I feel like my work is a huge success for me. Although I am not a very well known artist, I still make enough money to be able to keep doing what I love.

Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?

There are so many brilliant illustrators out there, which is brilliant because they all have unique styles. I love the tiny details of Johanna Basford’s work and the whimsical drawings of Hanna Karlzon.

What color or colors do you most love to work with?

I love blues and purples.

Outside of creating coloring books, do you have any other hobbies or activities that you love?

Yes, I love anything artistic. I especially love origami and fashion. Even while I was working in a restaurant here in France, I saved all the kitchen dockets and made a dress from origami.

What are your plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring book releases planned?

I plan to keep traveling the world with my sketch pad and pencil and to keep creating coloring books.

What are the titles of the last three books you have read or movies you’ve watched?

I honestly just spend any spare time I have drawing, but I am reading a French book called Bonjour Tristesse at the minute because I live in France for 6 months of the year, so I am trying to learn the language as much as possible.

If you could be any super hero, which one would you be? Why?

I would be the Flash so I could get more coloring books done quicker. I have so many ideas and never enough time.

You can learn more about Edwina and her art on her website www.edwinamcnamee.com or you can follow her on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/edwinamcnameecoloringbooks.

Join her Facebook group and say hello Inky Colorists – Edwina McNamee Books.

Reviews From A Dude

By Larry Pierce

Today I will be reviewing The Book of Beast:  Color and Discover from Sterling Children’s Books, Illustrated by Angela Rizza.  If you are a fan of the fantastical beast straight from the pages of your favorite mythological tome, then you are going to love this book. I know that it says that the book is for children but let me tell you, the intricate details on the drawings make it a great gift for the young and old alike.

First off, this is a hardbound book with a beautiful, gold leaf style front and back cover. The paper of this book is nice and thick, and the illustrations are bold and lined heavy enough that even someone who is visually impaired, such as myself, will have no trouble making out where one beast ends and another begins.  The book is 64 pages of illustrations, and the neat thing is that on the back of each page is a description of each beast including the country of origin.  Seeing as how these are double sided pages, if you decide that you want to color in marker you will probably want to copy and print the page.  However, if you are a pencil junkie like myself (shhh.. don’t tell anyone, but I used marker on this one) then you can just feel free to color in the book.

Overall, this book ROCKS, and I would recommend it not only for colorists but for a fan of the beasts and other critters from the world of mythology.

You can find The Book of Beasts: Color & Discover on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2Cj9PBM. 

Magnifier Lighted Lamp Reveiw

 

By Stephanie Anders

 

Now that I am finally grown up, I want to spend my time creating, crafting, and  coloring. I have a problem though. I do have 20/20 vision, but I cannot read books, labels, or even coloring pages well unless I wear my specs. My magic number in glasses is +2.50. According to one of my grand-kids, that means I’m nana-old and blind. Sometimes my specs aren’t enough for detailed work. 

I started to use handheld magnifiers as I colored and it worked well for a while. I began wishing that the magnified space was larger and the lighting on the magnifier was brighter. It’s amazing what sufficient lighting can do for color. I did a lot of review reading on Amazon looking for a larger magnifier when I came across a lamp with great reviews,the Brightech LightView Pro LED Magnifying Floor Lamp.

It was super simple to assemble on my own. The base does not have any wheels. The lamp head is 12″ x 8″ with the magnifying window being 6.5″ x 4″. The window actually seems much bigger than that because such a large portion of the page  is seen through the lens. The lamp itself is about 55 inches tall. The arm of the lamp is very adjustable and once adjusted holds it’s positions flawlessly. It never sags or needs adjustment.

I really do love this lamp. I have been able to work on a coloring page I normally wouldn’t attempt because I couldn’t see it or my hand would get tired and ache from holding a handheld magnifier for too long. I love cross stitching and other needle arts but gave them up because I couldn’t see my project. I will be picking a couple of those hobbies back up because of this lamp. The only con I can say about this lamp is that the base is very heavy. This is something to take into consideration when it comes to your coloring area. If you have a permanent coloring desk you will be fine. For those that like to move around when they color, it might be a problem.

If you would like to know more about this lamp, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to tell you about this wonderful lamp. If you would like to purchase your own, you can find it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2BkIaOW.

Feature Colorists

Our feature colorists for February are Michelle A. Turner, Michelle Huntley Herrema, and Mary Whitworth.

 

Colored by Michelle A. Turner. Image by feature artist Edwina McNamee.

Colored by Michelle Huntley Herrema. Image drawn by contributing artist Neetika Agarwal.

 

Colored by Mary Whitworth. Image drawn by contributing artist Alena Lazareva.

Welcome to January

Here we are facing a bright and shiny new year. No need to look back over our shoulders at where we were or what we did because it’s a time of new beginnings. It’s full steam ahead into all the wonderful new adventures that life brings us. Yeah, we might forget ourselves and experience a moment of stress, but just pick up your pencils, color, and be still. You will soon remember that we don’t sweat the small stuff, we color instead.

You are going to love our January 2018 issue. Our featured artist is Chet Minton of Long Hare Studios. Chet has drawn five exclusive images for us, and we also have some awesome images from Antonina Kalinina, Alena Lazareva, Julie Thompson, Kelly Horton, Nashana Webb, Stephen Barnwell, and Teri Sherman for a total of 20 images.

To our Color On! team, Alex Whisman, Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau you made our year so much brighter. We appreciate all your dedication and hard work. Thank you for another wonderful year!

A Chat with Chet Minton

 

We are starting the New Year off with our January feature artist, Chet Minton. Chet’s images inspired us to theme this issue “all things fantasy”. We know you will enjoy getting to know Chet as much as we have!

What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?

As an illustrator it is only natural to search out every avenue that can further promote your work and introduce it to new audiences. It was really a no-brainer considering my artistic style and chosen medium of ink. It has been one of the most rewarding decisions of my life!

How do you create your art? Do you create your drawings by computer or do  you prefer old school pencil and paper?  

I work primarily in traditional mediums during my illustration process. It’s not until I use color that I switch over to a digital process. For the coloring book images, I start with a variety of drawing pencils. Once I am satisfied with my composition I move onto Inks. I use to use rapidograph pens that I filled by hand. Unfortunately, I have a heavy hand and wear the nips out quickly. I have converted to throw-away technical pens that have archival inks. These technical pens have come a long way over the years.

What is your inspiration for the different types of art that you create for your coloring books?

As an artist, I am influenced by almost everything around me: nature, people, advertisements, television and movies. I cannot forget about the usefulness of the internet and its unending visual resources. When I actively seek out material, it is almost always related to Fantasy and Science Fiction. These genres are what I am most passionate about.

Do you ever color your own work? And if so, what’s your favorite medium? Do you like pencils, markers or are you dipping into random reserves around the house for anything that can apply color in an interesting fashion?

I almost always color in my own work or at least intend too! LOL! Lately I use Photoshop to color my pieces. (I use to have a negative opinion about people using the computer to color, but have come to realize that it is just another tool and takes just as many years to master.)

I am classically trained in oil paints, acrylics and other mediums….but if I had to chose one traditional medium it would definitely be water colors.

How do you define success and how do you measure it?

I have had a lot of great opportunities and achievements, but still seek the next great thing. As an artist, I am always trying to improve and learn. I see it really as a life long path.

The single thing that has told me that I am succeeding is the feed back and interaction I get from people….people actively seeking out my work for their enjoyment and their therapy. When you have dozens of people sharing their colored versions of something you created, you can’t help but smile and know you have done well.

Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?

There are so many great artists to chose from. If I had to narrow it down, I would have to say the combined works of Michael Kulata and Charles Vess. They are giants of the fantasy illustration world, and their raw lined ink works are so moving.

What color or colors do you most love to work with?

Each piece tells its own story and begs for its own palette, but I prefer the cool colors. Blues and purples are definitely my guilty choices.

Outside of creating coloring books, do you have any other hobbies or activities that you love?

I am actively involved in Fantasy Role-playing Games. I also indulge in Fantasy Novels, TV Shows and Movies. I have an addiction to video games and must avoid them at all costs…..but don’t always succeed!

Currently, I have been working on my own young adult/coming-of-age book that I will illustrate. It focuses around a medieval animal kingdom. The style of the book is more of a written book heavily saturated with illustration and not a graphic novel.

What are your plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring book releases planned?

I plan on working on a few books at the same time. I plan to release sections of each book as small collections of PDFs.  Each PDF will have 6 Illustrations. After I have completed 24 illustrations for each subject matter, they will be released as completed books.

What are the titles of the last three books you have read or movies you’ve watched?

I have recently reread The Hobbit. I have also been reading The Red Wall Series. I have also re-watched Moana and Brave. I absolutely love animations!

If you were deserted on an island, what three things would you want to have with you?

Well beyond the necessities of food and shelter….My Sketch Books, my Pens/Pencils and of course my cats!

Rainbow Roses Tutorial

By Melissa Pierce

My first time coloring these rainbow roses was on a drawing by artist Ian de Jesus in the August 2017 issue of Color On! Magazine, so it is only fitting that I use a rose from another of his drawings in that issue for this tutorial.

In this tutorial, I will show you step-by-step how to color multicolored or rainbow roses. I will be using watercolor brush tip markers and water brushes. My first attempt at doing these was on watercolor paper, but I have since also done them on card stock and this set of examples are being done on card stock. With using card stock, you have to be more mindful of the paper buckling and even wrinkling or tearing where using watercolor paper prevents that. The larger the area to be colored, the more likely the paper will get over saturated and buckle or wrinkle and tear with card stock. Placing a heavy book on the picture as it dries will help with any buckling that may occur from wetting the card stock.

Materials Used:

Zig Clean Color Brush Markers:

  • 25 Pink
  • 82 Purple
  • 42 Turquoise Green
  • 32 Persian Blue

Arteza Waterbrush: Small round head

Prismacolor Pencil: Black (PC 935)

Prismacolor Colorless Blending Pencil: (PC 1077)

To start, pick four colors that go well together. The colors will mix when overlapped, so choose colors that, when mixed, make colors you like. I use pink, purple, blue, and green or teal. I have colored rainbow roses in both pastel and jewel tone shades of these four colors. When using lighter or pastel colors, I recommend leaving some white space on the petals. I will be using the brighter jewel tones for this tutorial.

You can add the color petal by petal or do larger swipes of color across multiple petals at a time. I have done both and will be demonstrating putting it across multiple petals at a time in this tutorial.

Step One: I begin with No. 42 Turquoise Green, as it is my favorite of the colors and will be the most used. I start by randomly putting the first color around the rose, leaving plenty of white space behind for adding the other colors.

 

Step Two: The next color I will be using is the No. 32 Persian Blue. Again, randomly place the blue color around the white spaces in the rose leaving white space open for the next two colors as well.

Step Three: The third color I will be using is the No. 25 Pink. I again randomly place color around in the remaining white spaces leaving some white exposed for the last color.

Step Four: Finally take the No. 82 Purple and fill in the remaining white spaces with color. Feel free to overlap color where needed and don’t worry if it looks like there are large spaces of one solid color as they will bleed and blend. Later,  we will be adding black to outline the petals which  will add a separation in the large spaces.

 

Step Five: Now that the rose is completely filled with the four chosen colors, it is time to blend with the water brush. I use the Arteza Water Brush with the smallest tip. I start with the green and dab at the color with the tip. Do not swipe like painting with the brush but dab or dot it all over the color, wetting it completely.

Step Six: Next do the same thing with the pink, making sure to completely wet each pink area. You will start to see the lines disappear and the colors look like they bloom or spread out and mix.

Step Seven: Once you have gone over the colors individually, dab over the entire rose again to really pick up and blend and move the color around. This is how you get the mixed color parts. After this step, allow pic to dry completely. The colors will lighten and brighten as they dry.

Step Eight: Once the watercolor is completely dry, take the Prismacolor Black (PC 935) and outline the entire rose with it. If the rose is big with really large open space petals, then outline it with thick lines that go over both sides of the lines a little. If it is a smaller space that you are working in, stay right on the line, but outline it completely.

This example is from a different rose I did for practice that was already dry. It is done with the same colors, so you can see how they lighten as they dry.  The steps are the same but shows how the random color placement makes every rose end up looking unique.

Step Nine: Take the Prismacolor Colorless Blender Pencil (PC 1077) and go over all of the lines kind of scribbling so it pushes the black to both sides of the lines on all except the very outside lines that go into the background space. On those just push the color into the petals. The thicker the black pencil outline, the more black pencil that gets pushed onto the petals.

 

I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls

 

By Stephanie Anders

I have had the good fortune of being asked to review the awesome book I am Confident, Brave, & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls by Hopscotch Girls. As the grandmother of three beautiful girls, I am inspired and excited by this book.

We live in a world where our young ladies are easily influenced by what they see on TV or read in magazines. Often times they are left feeling less than what they truly are. Hopscotch Girls is working diligently to empower young girls by using affirmations through coloring. Each page of this book has an affirmation on it accompanied by images that reinforce each statement and are just plain fun for young girls to color.          

Coloring is often prescribed or suggested for those going through serious illnesses or those with physical disabilities. If we can soothe and set the soul on the path to healing with coloring, then we most certainly can inspire our young women to believe in themselves, have a healthy body image, to always believe they can do anything they want when they set their mind to it.

You can buy this book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2CgIFeR.

Follow Hopscotch Girls on Facebook or stop by their website to learn more about empowering your daughters www.hopscotchgirls.com. 

 

Welcome to December

Here we are in December, ready to celebrate another holiday. Some of us are still sipping on our pumpkin spice lattes hopping it never ends, and some of us are busy wrestling the Christmas tree and ornaments in search of the oh so perfect holiday spirit.

Well we have your holiday spirit in our biggest issue ever! Sarah Renae Clark is our feature artists. She has shared five awesome holiday images with us as well as images from Alena Lazareva, Anisa Claire, Christine Aldridge, Ellen Million, Ligia Ortega, Lynette Hansen-McNamara, Mariya Kovalyov, Neringa Barmute, Prajakta P, Romy Maimon, Sue Curry, and Tammara Wright of TJW Artistic Creations for a total of 30 images!

Our hugest issue ever would not be possible if not for our awesome team! Thank you  Alex Whisman, Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau for all your hardwork!