Our feature for November is none other than Steve Squidoodle Turner. We are very happy to have him in our November issue.
What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?
I think it was a natural transition – my artwork is black and white, pen work, with lots of intricate objects, patterns etc. When I started sharing my work online a lot of people suggested adult coloring books, so I looked into it, designed a few pages, and brought out my first book. I haven’t looked back since!
How do you create your art? Do you create your drawings by computer or do you prefer old school pencil and paper?
Old school all way! My job as a designer involves computer work all day long, so art is my escape and a form of relaxation. I like to use a pen, a pencil and a sketch pad. I’ve never attempted creating my artwork on a computer, and I’m not even sure I’d know how!
What is your inspiration for the different types of art that you create for your coloring books?
I’m inspired by things around me that I come into contact with. I love animals, beaches, nature… old brick walls, wooden gates… meadows, streams and rivers – coasts, where the land meets the sea. Things like that. But also, I like machinery – cogs, wheels, chains, rusty metal. It’s a mixture of man-made and natural that inspires me.
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?
Oh my… I am terrible at coloring my own work. Really bad… ha ha. I leave that to the colorists, of which I have seen some truly outstanding work – breathtaking even. I sometimes produce colored original art, but I’m not good at coloring an existing design. I like to use pastels sometimes to create backgrounds for my art, but I’m not very good with colored pencils. I’m learning though!
How do you define success and how do you measure it?
That’s a difficult question. Not by money, that’s for sure. I guess happiness… if you are happy, you’ve been successful in one thing. But it’s all relevant to whoever the question is aimed at – someone might consider a specific thing a success, but to someone else that may be deemed a failure. For me, I just want me and my family to be happy. Whether that’s as a coloring book artist or a street cleaner – it doesn’t matter as long as I’m happy.
Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?
There are too many to mention. Kerby Rosanes was a big influence on me, Hannah Karlzon does some beautiful work. I’m a big fan of Lizzie Mary Cullen and Slinky Tart does some incredible unique drawings of people that I adore.
What color or colors do you most love to work with?
Black! Ha ha. I don’t use color all that often. But I guess I also like oranges and yellows. Bright like sunshine.
Outside of creating coloring books, do you have any other hobbies or activities that you love?
I go away a lot in my camper-van. I love seeing new places, spending time in different locations. I also love reading and researching historical events. A bit geeky, but it’s what I love.
What are your plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring book releases planned?
I think all the while people keep buying my books, I’ll keep making them. I have lots planned – a dog’s book, flags of the world…. too many to mention. Every day I come up with a new idea.
What are the titles of the last three books you read or movies you’ve watched?
The last two movies I watched were Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy (I’m a comic book nerd as well…) and the last book I read was The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsythe. If you could be any super hero, who would you be? Why?I’d be the Marvel Character Quicksilver – then I could produce coloring books at superhuman speed… one every day!! Ha ha!