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.
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