Hello March

Spring! Yeah, it’s in sight. Some of us are either running the air conditioner already or we are still putting on winter gear for snow. It’s that crazy time of the year where winter fights leaving us. He gives us a cold, wet stomp or two on his way out the door. Though, we are ready for some brighter, warmer weather.

As you have been staring out the window wondering if you should wear a sweater or winter coat, we’ve put together a very awesome, cheerful issue for you with just a touch of spring added in.

Our feature artist is Sena Carroz. Sena has drawn five exclusive, magical images for us. We also have images from Kim White, Marie Kay-Art, Neetika Agarwal, Rex Findley, Rick St Dennis, and Rodney Sellars.

Special thanks to our team Alex Whisman, Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau.

A Chat with Sena Carroz


Sena Carroz is our feature artist for March. Sena had drawn five exclusive images for this issue.

What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?

My sister. She bought Johanna’s Basford Enchanted Forest when if first came out.

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

I am totally old school pencil and pens…lol

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

I love reading and watching fantasy.

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 totally color my own work. I love my Prismacolor Premier colored pencils and my Copic markers.

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

Success to me is being happy with my own artwork. I work hard at improving my art all the time. As long as I’m moving forward, I feel good.

Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?

I love all of Johanna’s Basford books. They are so beautiful.

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

I love the color Green.

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

I also love to paint with acrylics and watercolors. Plus I read all the time….lol….not enough hours in the day.

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

I just finished my coloring book about Angels, so I’ll probably be starting another fantasy book soon

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

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Replica by Lauren Oliver, The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

If you could be any animal on a carousel, what would you be, and why?

Oh I would totally be a Unicorn! I love anything to do glitter.



Is Coloring Digitally Really Coloring?

By Stephanie Anders 

Is coloring digitally really coloring? It is the subject of debate in some coloring enthusiast circles. Adult coloring is an important aspect in the lives of many. It is their way of expressing their inner artist and these colorists take every aspect of it very serious. Others simply color to relax akin to popping open a bottle of wine.

Coloring is now commonly prescribed to relieve stress and anxiety. It helps those with motor skill disabilities such as Parkinson’s disease. For those with Alzheimer’s, or other types of dementia, it keeps them focused in their moment and not lost to confusion. Some of our older colorists find relief from tremors through coloring. Our  veterans find moments of peace from PTSD through coloring. What about those who cannot physically color with pencil or marker on to paper? They color digitally. When does it become not true coloring?

Some of the greatest illustrators of our time color digitally. We do not mind when we see that digitally colored comic book cover, or even the digitally colored cover by our favorite coloring book artist. It seems to only be the colorist that are not famous or super stars that are criticized for coloring digitally. About 50% of the images that we color today have had their lines cleaned up in a digital art program or digitally drawn in a program. Is it not a true design? Should we or should we not color it?

The truth is a tablet or computer program are tools just as colored pencils, sharpeners, markers, etc. Both sets of tools require practice, effort, and time to learn. Not everyone can create or color digitally, just as not everyone can color on paper with pencil or marker. An artist who paints with his feet is no less than the artist who paints with his hands. The end product has always been art.

Art has no true definition, no laws of creation. Art simply is. Therefore, no matter who we are or how we live, what we are and are not capable of does not matter. Coloring is coloring.


Picking the Right Picture


By Larry Pierce

Hello out there to all of my fans. I know that both of you have been waiting with bated breath for the next installment of my coloring continuum.  Well, wait no longer for I am here with more coloring adventures. Truthfully though, I’m getting too old for many exciting adventures.  Just this morning I caught a cramp tying my shoe, sniff, I’m crying again just thinking about it (*shakes fist cursing Father Time).

Helmets on, check. Tray tables in upright position, check.  Alright people here we go!!

I know that most of you say, “Larry, how do you pick what kind of pictures you like to color?”  Well, fans, that’s easy. I’m a dude, and like most dudes I like all the flowery and cutesy pictures…wait that’s not right!!  No, what I like is irrelevant, it’s what you like that matters the most. Personally, I don’t have a genre or a milieu (don’t know what that means, heard it once and thought I might sneak it into a sentence) that I stick to. I color what I like to color, and if that’s kittens riding unicorns into a battle against the marshmallow people then so be it.

Actually, my process goes like this when picking a picture: A) can I see the completed picture in my mind; 2) does it make sense to tackle the picture and Z) will I be happy with it when I’m done.  If you find that you can’t wrap your head around a picture or think that it may be too complicated for your current skill set, then do what I do.  Set it aside and come back to it at some point between now and the end of time OR just use it for a color tester.  To be honest with both of you that are reading this, I have about as many “set aside for later” pictures as I have colored pictures. If I can’t complete the vision of how I want it to be then I just don’t finish it. I AM A QUITTER…

*GASP, I know it’s hard to believe but there I said it.  Most of the time when I am coloring a picture, I have already finished it in my head and know which way I want to go with it.  I know what you’re thinking, did I start the dishwasher, no you didn’t and that’s not what you were thinking either.  You were thinking, “Why would you color it in your head before you start coloring?” That’s a good question!

Well like a lot of dudes out there I am color tone challenged (according to my wife) and if I don’t have it all laid out ahead of time then the picture might go off the rails.  If I can’t find the pencil, marker or crayon that I am looking for in the heat of the coloring moment then I just pack it away, grab a beer and try to figure out where it all went wrong.  Of course, if the planets and stars are aligned and I manage to track it all down, then it looks like a kindergarten classroom when I’m coloring because I have supplies everywhere, so if you are a neat and orderly type colorist my method may not be for you and that’s okay, not everybody out there can be as “did a hurricane just come through here” as I am.

At the end of the coloring day, do what makes you happy and what brings about the most peace in your life. Stressed, color…. Bored, color…. Burnt your toast and your curtains, color…. Just because you have the “XY Chromosome” doesn’t mean that you can’t color kittens, puppies, unicorns or any other creatures that take you on your own coloring adventure.

Feature Colorists


Our feature colorist for March are Michelle Huntley Herrema, T-Robyn Lyle, and Emilie Springfield.

Colored by Michelle Huntley Herrema. Image drawn by feature artist Sena Carroz.

Colored by T-Robyn Lyle‎. Image drawn by contributing artist Kim White.

Colored by Emilie Springfield.  Image drawn by feature artist Sena Carroz.