Hello April

April is here! Yet, some of us are still freezing! Come on Mother Nature, we’re ready for some fun in the sun, flip flops, barbecues, outdoor sports, and some family fun!

We have an awesome issue this month! Lots of images to get you in a chipper spring mood! Our feature artist is Pamela Duarte and she has drawn us six exclusive images. We also have images from Alena Lazareva, Anisa Claire, Ian De Jesus, Kelly Rhoades, Lola Edith, and Simi Raghavan.

We have an awesome team here at  Color On! Magazine. Thank you Alex Whisman, Jessica Johnson, Kim Bussey, Kristin Fitt, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau!

An Chat with Pamela Duarte

THIS MONTH’S FEATURE artist is the amazing Pamela Duarte.  We are super excited because Pamela has drawn six exclusive images for the April issue.

What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?
I have been illustrating children’s coloring books as well as other things for a long time. However, a few years ago, my aunt was in Continuing Care & I noticed that her roommate, who was a lovely & talented woman, liked to color & derived great enjoyment from it. I decided that, since it was something I knew how to do, I would like to contribute to that positive feeling for others. This was just about a year before coloring books for adults became so popular.

In the beginning, I thought that the images needed to be simple and my first 2 books, “Flower Mandalas Vol.1” and “Flower Patterns, Vol.1” reflect that. But as I started to see that colorists can enjoy coloring more complicated compositions I started adding more detail. However, I always like to leave enough space for the colorists to add their own creativity. The collaborative aspect of the process is fascinating to me.

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Easy Backgrounds With EzyShaid Pigments – Part 2

By Alex Whisman

Welcome back! In my first article, published in the February issue of Color On, I talked about making easy backgrounds with EasyShaid pigment powders.  We covered how to make simple, vibrant backgrounds and how to blend EzyShaid on your page.

There are different ways to add texture to your pictures, however, they are best used on print-outs.  You may be able to use it in some books, but I suggest this only after you have experimented with the technique so you don’t use too much water on your books and that you test a small area on the title page before you apply it to your whole page in case the paper doesn’t do well with adding the water.

Once applied, the pigments will be fragile, so you will need to seal these with a fixative to better protect them after you finish colouring your picture.

Texturing your backgrounds:

One way you can texture your background is by tipping your EzyShaid onto your picture and lightly spritzing it with water.  You want to use a spray bottle with a fine mist.  I use a specific atomiser for EzyShaid.

It is best to add background texture before you colour.  This is especially important if you use water colour pencils or water-based pens which might smear or run in contact with water.  Spray lightly and let it fully dry before colouring.

I used different coloured Shaids to create a quilt-like background in Cristin Frey’s “Eat, Sleep, Color, Repeat” banner from the September 2016 Color On issue.

I tipped the colours out randomly around the page and then spritzed the page lightly with water.  In this image I had coloured with gel pens, so I spritzed with water after I had coloured it.  My gel pens didn’t run when I did this picture, but in general I would texturize my backgrounds before colouring if I was using my water colour pencils or fine tipped pens to be safe.

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Coloring: A New Hobby for Men.

By Larry Pierce

 

 

A couple of years ago my wife came to me talking about Adult Coloring, and like the man I am, I heard about every third word and went back to binge watching my favorite show (which is Doctor Who, if you’re wondering, David Tenant is the best). It wasn’t until several months later that I began to see a change in my wife’s demeanor.  She wasn’t as stressed, she was a little happier and there seemed to be a little more hitch in her giddy-up.  That got me to thinking. I thought to myself, “Self, (and I know it was me because I checked my underwear and sure enough it said Larry) you could use some of that de-stressing and happiness”.

So, I started watching my wife and listening to her more intently, which means I turned off the TV. She would show me her work, talk about the different techniques that she used, and tell me about the various Facebook groups dedicated to this new world of Adult Coloring. After being hesitant because, well because not a lot of men color, I decided to give it a go.  I started on a simple picture for my first time, had to take it easy because it had been about 100 years since I held a colored pencil, and even then my kindergarten teacher wasn’t sure I was cut out for coloring.  It took me a couple of hours to finish that first picture, and I didn’t want to show it to anyone but my wife. She convinced me that it wasn’t half bad and maybe, just maybe I should share it to one of the smaller groups, you know, test the waters.

Well we did share it, and you know what? The comments were all positive, which surprised me because I expected more pitchforks, lit torches, and angry villagers, but instead there was feedback, positive feedback.  Apparently coloring knows no gender, no ethnicity, and no preconceived ideas of who should or should not be coloring. I started to notice that I was not the only man coloring. In fact, there were tens of guys (it was still early in the craze) out there putting color to paper and seemingly enjoying it.

Well that was all I needed to get me going, that and an Amazon Prime account. My wife started buying me books here and there, pencils of all shapes and sizes, and she convinced me that I should branch out and check out the different groups on Facebook devoted to Adult Coloring.  So here we are a year or so later, several different coloring groups in my Facebook favorites list and now I can say without a doubt that coloring isn’t just for one gender or the other, coloring isn’t just something that kids, or ladies do, coloring is something we all should do at least once a week.  Stressed, color… Bored, color… Nothing on the magic picture box, color… Man, definitely COLOR!!

Below are two pictures from a couple of my favorite books, the first one, which I like to call Rastafarian Skull, is from Chris Dyer’s Kick-A**(censored for your protection) Coloring Book and the second is from Alan Robert’s The Beauty Of Horror, which by the way, for you horror junkies like myself,  the sequel is coming soon.

Blast from the Past

By Whitehall Publishing

Sisters, Vicki Vermeer and Mary Weber have just released a 1930’s fashion coloring book for adults entitled “Lola’s Ladies” featuring their mother’s, Lola Mayer, original designs.

Lola Mayer, 1915-2010, grew up in Oakland, California. She and her younger sister,
Irene, loved to draw. Irene, who recently passed at age 100, reminisced about waiting for the Oakland Tribune Newspaper every weekend and learning about fashion from the featured designs. “Lola was always a wonderful artist. She had a talent for capturing what she saw,” remembered Irene.

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April Feature Colorist

By Stephanie Anders 

April has finally arrived! It’s also time for those April Showers. What a better way to pass the time when it rains than coloring?

Our April Feature Colorist:

Molly Wee – Molly colored an image from Summer Nights by Hanna Karlzon. You can find Hanna’s book on Amazon http://amzn.to/2nDo9R4

Amelia Richard: Amelia colored her own image from Adult Coloring Book Treasury 2. You can also find the Treasury 2 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2mIcYBP. You can also follow Amelia and learn more about her art on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AmeliasArtCorner.

 

Leanne Heeley: Leanne colored an image by Rick St Dennis. You can find the book Carnival in his Zibbet store http://bit.ly/2mluD7b. You can also follow Rick and his art on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RickstdennisMFA.