Hello February

Well hello February, you beautiful month of love. Yeah, you are going to bring us chocolates, flowers, and some sweet nothings in our ear. In all honesty though, it’s spring we can see just over your shoulder that’s got us all excited.

We have a sweet issue for you! Edwina McNamee is our feature artist. She has drawn five exclusive images that we know you are going to love. We also have images from Alena Lazareva, Anisa Claire, Antonina Kalinina, Cate Edwards, Nashana Webb, and Neetika Agarwal.

Thank you to our wonderful team, Alex Whisman, Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau.

A Chat with Edwina Mc Namee

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.

You can learn more about Edwina and her art on her website www.edwinamcnamee.com or you can follow her on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/edwinamcnameecoloringbooks.

Join her Facebook group and say hello Inky Colorists – Edwina McNamee Books.

Reviews From A Dude

By Larry Pierce

Today I will be reviewing The Book of Beast:  Color and Discover from Sterling Children’s Books, Illustrated by Angela Rizza.  If you are a fan of the fantastical beast straight from the pages of your favorite mythological tome, then you are going to love this book. I know that it says that the book is for children but let me tell you, the intricate details on the drawings make it a great gift for the young and old alike.

First off, this is a hardbound book with a beautiful, gold leaf style front and back cover. The paper of this book is nice and thick, and the illustrations are bold and lined heavy enough that even someone who is visually impaired, such as myself, will have no trouble making out where one beast ends and another begins.  The book is 64 pages of illustrations, and the neat thing is that on the back of each page is a description of each beast including the country of origin.  Seeing as how these are double sided pages, if you decide that you want to color in marker you will probably want to copy and print the page.  However, if you are a pencil junkie like myself (shhh.. don’t tell anyone, but I used marker on this one) then you can just feel free to color in the book.

Overall, this book ROCKS, and I would recommend it not only for colorists but for a fan of the beasts and other critters from the world of mythology.

You can find The Book of Beasts: Color & Discover on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2Cj9PBM. 

Magnifier Lighted Lamp Reveiw

 

By Stephanie Anders

 

Now that I am finally grown up, I want to spend my time creating, crafting, and  coloring. I have a problem though. I do have 20/20 vision, but I cannot read books, labels, or even coloring pages well unless I wear my specs. My magic number in glasses is +2.50. According to one of my grand-kids, that means I’m nana-old and blind. Sometimes my specs aren’t enough for detailed work. 

I started to use handheld magnifiers as I colored and it worked well for a while. I began wishing that the magnified space was larger and the lighting on the magnifier was brighter. It’s amazing what sufficient lighting can do for color. I did a lot of review reading on Amazon looking for a larger magnifier when I came across a lamp with great reviews,the Brightech LightView Pro LED Magnifying Floor Lamp.

It was super simple to assemble on my own. The base does not have any wheels. The lamp head is 12″ x 8″ with the magnifying window being 6.5″ x 4″. The window actually seems much bigger than that because such a large portion of the page  is seen through the lens. The lamp itself is about 55 inches tall. The arm of the lamp is very adjustable and once adjusted holds it’s positions flawlessly. It never sags or needs adjustment.

I really do love this lamp. I have been able to work on a coloring page I normally wouldn’t attempt because I couldn’t see it or my hand would get tired and ache from holding a handheld magnifier for too long. I love cross stitching and other needle arts but gave them up because I couldn’t see my project. I will be picking a couple of those hobbies back up because of this lamp. The only con I can say about this lamp is that the base is very heavy. This is something to take into consideration when it comes to your coloring area. If you have a permanent coloring desk you will be fine. For those that like to move around when they color, it might be a problem.

If you would like to know more about this lamp, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to tell you about this wonderful lamp. If you would like to purchase your own, you can find it here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2BkIaOW.

Feature Colorists

Our feature colorists for February are Michelle A. Turner, Michelle Huntley Herrema, and Mary Whitworth.

 

Colored by Michelle A. Turner. Image by feature artist Edwina McNamee.

Colored by Michelle Huntley Herrema. Image drawn by contributing artist Neetika Agarwal.

 

Colored by Mary Whitworth. Image drawn by contributing artist Alena Lazareva.