Welcome to August

How can it be August already? Summer is slowing slipping away from us. Time to start prepping for the new school year. (insert happy dance here) Yes, it’s time for school clothes shopping and battling your way through the school supply aisles. Mom,  it’s your time too! Grab yourself some of those great priced Sharpie sets and pencil sets. For most the party begins at the end of this month. For those of you that can’t wait, we have your stress relief covered.

Our August feature artist is Ian De Jesus. Ian has drawn for us 5 exlusive images. We also have images from Alex Fizix, James Courtney, Ligia Ortega, Sarah Renae Clark, and Shelly Eartha Simpson.

Thank you to our Color On Team! Alex Whisman, Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau! You guys rock!

A Chat with Ian De Jesus


Our feature artist for August is Ian De Jesus, a long time member of the Color On! coloring team and member of our companion coloring group, Coloring Books for Adults.

What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?

I attended an event in the Philippines organized by National Book Store. One of the guest artists was Kerby Rosanes (Sketchy Stories, Animorphia). I’m with a very good friend, Meann, and she actually asked me, when will I do something like Kerby did. It just started from there. A rediscovery of my love for pen and ink, and drawing came back.

How do you create your art? Do you create your drawings by computer or do you prefer old school pencil and paper?  

I am a designer/graphic artist by profession, and I do most of my works on the computer, but there is magic when you draw on traditional paper and ink. There is a certain feeling when you feel your pen running around the paper’s surface. Most of my drawings are done with pen and ink (I rarely use pencils when drawing my lines), but whenever I need symmetrical and geometric shapes, I usually draw it digitally.

What is your inspiration for the different types of art that you create for your coloring books?

I love organic shapes and forms, floras and faunas, mythological and fantasy themed books. I love watching anime, animation, reading manga and comic books.

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 color my works as much as possible, not as often as I should. I want people to be unrestricted by the colors that I will choose. I want them to view the black and white illustrations with a fresh eye.

I love colored pencils, they are precise and very forgiving. I enjoy using markers too because they are efficient and fast. I use watercolors sometimes, gouache and acrylics too. I also add details with inks and gel pens. I have lots of art materials, and I don’t want to limit myself on how I apply it on my colored works.

How do you define success and how do you measure it?

 Success is measured by how many times an experience takes your breath away. I think the best way to measure success is the wonderful and positive effect that you have on other people. If your work transcends happiness and makes other people smile.

Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?

Some of my favorite coloring book artists are Kerby Rosanes, Johanna Basford, Marty Woods, and Millie Marrota.

What color or colors do you most love to work with?

I love Purples, Magentas, Turquoise, and Yellow Greens

Outside of creating coloring books, do you have any other hobbies or activities that you love?

I love cooking pasta. I also adore reading books, specially art history books. I love traveling and taking pictures.

What are your plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring book releases planned?

I hope to finally release my coloring book this year internationally. And I hope I can also have another one next year.

What are the titles of the last three books you have read or movies you’ve watched?

Last films that I saw were Planet of the Apes, Spiderman: Homecoming, and In This Corner of the World (A Japanese animated film that you should watch)

If you were deserted on an island, what three things would you want to have with you?

A sleeping bag, a sketchbook, and a pencil.



StyleModel Pencil Review

By Melissa Pierce

Style Model pencils come in colors that are perfect for coloring skin tones and hair as well as blushed cheeks and soft lip colors. The pencils have cute, shiny decorations on them. They come as a 12 pack and include a tutorial insert with instructions for four different skin and hair variations. The twelve included colors are: white, teint, light, gold, powder, rose, apricot, caramel, nougat, cocoa, mahagoni, and black. Style Model brand also includes Top Model brand and they have several different pencil sets for coloring faces and fashion. These pencils have a hard core and are wax based.

I started out by using the included tutorial for a medium skin tone and reddish brown hair. I personally have a heavy hand when I use pencils and lay the color down thick. After the first layer of the suggested color was laid down, the second layer appeared streaky and was hard to blend. The insert shows putting the darker color across the face and neck from right to left and only partway as to leave a lighter area on one side showing shadows and light. I have never attempted this look before, and I was unable to achieve it.

I normally lay down color heavy because I have a hard time doing light layers evenly. They are a very waxy pencil, and with my heavy handedness, I believe I was not able to layer adequately to get the look shown without major wax bloom and streaking. I do believe it can be achieved with light layers instead of my heavier ones. I decided instead to use the colors shown together in a technique I was more familiar with. If I outlined with the darker color first and then went over with the lighter one, I was able to blend out the lines with the lighter color. I was also able to use a blender pencil to blend out the blush of the cheeks with no problems.

Overall, I think these would be helpful for someone who is newer to coloring skin and hair as the colors and instructional insert would be great starter kit tools. I purchased these for that purpose and this was the first time I used them. The pencils are similar in quality to other hard wax core, cheaper varieties and are packaged and decorated in a cute way. The insert would also be helpful with other pencil sets to match up the colors and use them together in the combinations shown as well as helping learn shadows and light for faces and hair.

I think I would have been more successful had I tried a smaller area with a lighter touch until I had the shading down. I have a hard time coloring light layers evenly throughout and that also contributed to the streaking I experienced. I am happy with how the final picture turned out and will try to follow the tutorial insert again sometime as I do believe it is a great tool to use. These are recommended for ages 6+ so could be used by all. I especially think anyone who is into different and cute looking pencils will enjoy using these.

StyleModel Neutral Colored Pencils can be found on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2v1fjQt

A Review from a Dude

By Larry Pierce

Today I will be reviewing Vintage Motorcycles Coloring Books for Adults: A Biker, men and tattoo coloring book.  If you’re anything like me then your knowledge of motorcycles extends to what you have learned from TV (shhhh I watched CHiPs), movies or just the local kids whose parents would let them ride a motorcycle. Alas I wasn’t one of those “local kids”, so I had to pretend my BMX was my motorcycle.  I know its lame, but what’s a kid to do? Wait, this has turned from a review into a therapy session.   Alright, back to the book.

Once you open the cover of this cool little book you will find 58 pages of single sided images to choose from. The paper isn’t a heavy weight. It’s good for colored pencils, but if you’re going to get all fancy and go with markers you might want to use some backer material. For example:  cardboard, t-shirt, the neighbors newspaper (don’t tell them, but I’m borrowing it for the crossword). This book has a little bit of something for everybody including choppers and various types of engines that are light on the details because, let’s be honest, you don’t have time for details when you’re roaring down the open road.  You’ll also find an assortment of biker patches, skulls, custom bike shop logos, skulls, tattoo designs, big bearded dudes and, did I mention, skulls throughout the book.  Whether you’re a seasoned Hog Rider or someone like me, who just thinks bikes are cool, there are plenty of pictures to keep you dreaming of the wind in your hair and the asphalt zipping by under your feet.

From one dude to another, if you don’t like this book feel free to jump on your motorcycle and drop your copy off at my house.

Roadwear Color Your Own Sunshade Review

By Stephanie Anders

Have you seen the images of doodled on cars floating around on Facebook? My husband said no and I assume many other husbands every where are also saying no (he just rolled his eyes at me) because, I’ve not seen a doodled car in person. We may not be able to color doodles on our cars quite yet but would you settle for a sunshade? Roadwear Color Your Own Sunshade by Remington Industries, is a new color-able car sunshade that you can find at Walmart locations or at Amazon.

This coloring project would take one person a long time to color on their own so why not make this a family project? The coloring spaces in this doodle are quite large making this an ideal coloring project for children to seniors. My grandchildren pitched in by demand and did quite well. The sunshade comes with a complete set of watercolor markers but because I am a Sharpie- a-holic I went with Sharpies. I think any alcohol based markers would really work best for this sunshade. The size of this does seem awkward at first when attempting to color. I recommend your dining room table over a desk. At a large table not only would you have room for all your coloring helpers, you will be able to turn the sunshade around as your coloring progresses across the doodle.

I personally think that the sunshade looks absolutely stunning uncolored. So for all you line art lovers out there, you too can get just a little bit closer to that all over doodled car that us colorists dream of. This is an item I am sure will sell out quickly during the Christmas shopping season. So to all the husbands out there that will not let their wives doodle on their cars, buy these now.

Check out the automotive department at your local Walmart store for this Roadwear Color Your Own Sunshade or you can find it on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2vYjpqa. 

P.S. I do not drive. I did however ask my husband for the tenth time if I could doodle his truck and his answer is still no.



August Feature Colorists

By Stephanie Anders

New to coloring? Join us at  Coloring Books for Adults to learn more about coloring, meet new artists, and make new friends.

Each month we feature three colorists from our group. We are pretty excited to announce our August Feature Colorists:

Emilie Springfield – Emilie colored an image from A Coloring Feast by Ivette Ramos Levy. If you would like to purchase Ivette’s book, you can find it here: http://amzn.to/2vMtAhv

Ronda Francis – Ronda colored an image from The World of Fairies by Ruth Sanderson. You can find Ruth’s book on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2eQnhpl

Sue Sander – Sue colored an image by Stephen Barnwell from his book EQUINOX. You can pick up your copy here: http://amzn.to/2v17lH2