Our feature artist for December is Sarah Renae Clark. We know you will love the Christmas images she has shared with us.
What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?
I was actually looking for a creative outlet when my son was 1 year old, and I wanted something that meant I wouldn’t have to go back to work after finishing maternity leave. I stumbled across adult coloring by accident and never turned back!
How do you create your art? Do you create your drawings by computer or do you prefer old school pencil and paper?
I actually use both – When I’m feeling creative, I love to sit down with a pencil and paper. But if I’m on a mission to get a certain project done by a deadline, I often use the computer instead. Most of my images are a little bit of both.
What is your inspiration for the different types of art that you create for your coloring books?
Many of my coloring pages are just inspired out of curiosity or wanting to try something new. My Coloring Through Cancer book was inspired by my mom, who’s going through chemotherapy again and wanted something to color during her treatment. My Coloring Affirmations For New Mothers book was inspired by my own time as a new mom, where I just needed encouragement and a creative way to relax!
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 don’t color my own work very often – I love coloring, but I don’t often have the time! My go-to supplies were always markers until I recently bought my first set of Prismacolor pencils. Now I’m loving the pencils! I still dabble in both.
How do you define success and how do you measure it?
Oooh this is a tricky one! I think success is defined by the goals you set. In my case, my biggest goal has been to use my coloring books to support my family so I can spend more time with my son. So I’m successful every day that I can do that. I also have goals that I set for each month and year, but if I don’t reach those goals, I haven’t failed – as long as I keep my focus on what matters the most to me, which is my family.
Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?
I have quite a few artists that really inspire me, but I admittedly have never colored anything but my own books! I’d love to give some of Hannah Karlzon’s books a go – especially her beautiful faces!
What color or colors do you most love to work with?
I’m a HUGE teal fan. It’s my favorite color and always sneaks into my designs. I tend to color more blues and greens than anything else.
Outside of creating coloring books, do you have any other hobbies or activities that you love?
I’m a bit of a movie addict. A great night out for me is a night at the cinema with my husband, eating WAYYY too much popcorn with a giant frozen Coke.
What are your plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring book releases planned?
I’m releasing a range of printable planners in early 2018 – you can already get my 2018 calendar on my website, but I’ll be adding habit trackers, weekly planners, goal setting worksheets and other useful printables – all with a coloring book twist, of course!
What are the titles of the last three books you have read or movies you’ve watched?
Dunkirk, Geostorm, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Not my favorites, but they’re the most recent we’ve seen.
If you could be any animal on a carousel, what would you be, and why?
A unicorn. They’re not afraid to be different, creative, and aren’t limited by what others think is ‘possible’ or ‘impossible’.
I am beautiful and Kaleidomania colored by Michelle HH.
I have so much to be grateful for colored by Debbie Schroeder.