So it’s been a while since I posted in my blog, but it’s not for lack of inspiration. It’s because I have been a very busy bee working on new projects and ideas. I am very excited to introduce to you one of my latest projects: An Animal Themed Adult Colouring Book!
I am stoked about this, for many reasons. Firstly…because I get to create abstract artwork using lines (LINES!!….and some dots, coz you know…dots are my thang). It’s a really fun project for me because usually my art style is pointillism realism wildlife portraits, which is very time consuming and requires a lot of patience and a precise detailing. Although pointillism realism is my prefered medium (it gives me a strong focus and challenges my capabilities more than other mediums I have tried), I have been longing for a more rapid and free art project for some time. It’s nice to let loose and just create free flowing forms whilst taking inspiration from tattoo art, tribal art, and traditional pokerwork. It’s also nice to try a contemporary and bold approach to wildlife art. The possibilities really are limitless and this is exciting in itself.
The second reason I am looking forward to launching this project so much is because I’ll be offering it in two formats, digital art and hard copies.
DIGITAL COLOURING PAGES:
This would usually be my idea of a nightmare due to copyrighting and de-valuing of my work, but for this project it is perfect because my artwork isn’t complete…it’s for colouring in!
The premise of it is this, I offer each illustration as a separate page for digital download. This means you pay me a small fee (somewhere between £1.99-£4.99 depending on the intricacy of the design), and in return I send you a file that allows you to download and print the artwork yourself. The plus side to this is that you’ve got the file forever so you can print as many copies as you like and keep colouring until your heart’s content. For me this is also a good move, because it allows me to generate a passive income from my artwork (hopefully long after I have drawn it). I can sell my artwork over and over and over again whilst I concentrate on making new pieces. It’s a nice way to offer open edition artwork in an affordable way that’s highly accessible to everyone. It’s nice to share the love 🙂
This will be coming later on, once I have enough illustrations to compile a complete book. I’m aiming to have this ready for Christmas (though I still need to make my new Christmas Card designs AND tote bags….lots of fun to be had but less and less time to do it). As it stands my book will have 2 copies of 10 images, though this may change depending on how my market research goes. I’ll be offering my colouring books for order online via etsy and my website shop and I’ll be bringing them along to the Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses too. I think they’ll make great gifts!
Here are a few of the images I have been working on so far. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below.
I’ve really enjoyed the creative process for these, and I think I will try and produce images of varying complexity which can then be graded in terms of colouring difficulty. Lots to think about!
Here are some progress shots to see how the drawings develop throughout the creative process:
Drawing is therapy for the soul (as demonstrated by Dylan The Wonder Dog):