Alena Lazareva is our feature artist. Alena has drawn five exclusive images for us.
What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?
I draw fantasy illustrations. I’ve got a lot of fans. Some of them who like to color asked me to start creating coloring books so that they too could color my works. So I began to draw grey-scale and line art coloring books. I see how the colorists color my works differently, with fantasy. Apply interesting ideas. I love to see coloring results.
How do you create your art? Do you create your drawings by computer or do you prefer old school pencil and paper?
In 2009 I got acquainted with digital painting. It is very interesting and gives more opportunities for the artist. For drawing, I use a Wacom cintiq graphics tablet.
What is your inspiration for the different types of art that you create for your coloring books?
I’m inspired by the new emotions that I get from traveling, walking in nature, my family.
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 color my work. I use soft pastels and colored pencils. In the future, I want to try using watercolor pencils and markers for coloring.
How do you define success and how do you measure it?
I do my favorite work, which also pleases people. They love my work. This is a success for me.
Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?
I like the work of Selina Fenech
What color or colors do you most love to work with?
I love all the bright colors. My works are bright, with solar effects. I can not do a gloomy, dark job.
Outside of creating coloring books, do you have any other hobbies or activities that you love?
I like a decor made by myself that will decorate my house: decoupage, painting on glass. I also like to grow flowers and plants. I like to decorate clothes with beads or appliques, embroidery.
What are your plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring book releases planned?
I have many new ideas. I’m doing a new coloring about once every 2 months.
What are the titles of the last three books you have read or movies you’ve watched?
I have two small children so basically I have to watch children’s tales. ha-ha. I love movies like “Sherlock” and fantasy like the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
If you could be any super hero, which one would you be? Why?
I guess I would not choose any superhero from the movies. For me, a superhero is an ordinary person who can sacrifice his life for the sake of saving other lives.