A new "little" book! I'm calling this my pandemic inspiration book. I hope that this little book brings a smile to someone out there who needs it.
I feel like I was meant to do this book because of fourth grade. I was in a small-ish town in Canada and we had a teacher (Mr. D) who gave everyone in the class nicknames. We had to use these names always and were not allowed to use our actual names under any circumstance. Yes, my nickname was Rainbow for an entire year of school. Kind of wild. I really embraced drawing that year and yes, there was a whole lot of singing every day with Mr. D's acoustic guitar. I don't think I learned much math or grammar but I guess some of the "different" of that learning has stuck with me.
And here we are...when we need rainbows again. I don't know about you but I need all the encouragement I can get. I wanted to do a smallish book (8.5" square) for a while because I think this size is so cute and practical. Just easy, peazy pages with simple, bold artwork. I envision this being a book you can give a friend to let them know you are thinking about them. This artwork is not complicated to color and is a combination of short illustrated quotes and simple rainbow inspired illustrations.
Happy Coloring, Friends!
Welcome to Scandinavia! In this book I wanted to explore some of my favorite themes and shapes in a more deliberate way. The pattern and repetition that can be found in Scandi folk art can be a fun way to explore color and also make beautiful coloring pages. I also wanted to create a book that had fairly easy shapes to color and featured a heavier more distressed line. The line texture is pretty subtle but I think makes a difference in the finished work. You can check my instagram for examples of colored pages (@jenracinecoloring). The book ended up being a little bird heavy (ha, ha) but they were my favorite animal to illustrate in this style. I've also included a squirrel (another favorite), fox, bear and horse along with some florals. This book has some similarities with Time to Hygge but has exclusively a nature theme. It also is somewhat similar to Woodland Wonder but less cute. This artwork is perfect for this kind of relaxing, stress-free (or de-stressing) coloring! I had a lot of fun with this one and hope you enjoy this artwork.
I'm happy to announce my newest book, Uncommonly cute Animals Coloring Book!
This book was really a joy to illustrate. I was inspired by seeing a picture of the Axolotl which is a very cute amphibian that lives only in the waters in Lake Xolchmilco and Lake Chalco in the valley of Mexico. This little creature captured the interest of the internet a while back and has been circulating. From there I started to research all of the "cutest" animals that I could find. There are, of course, thousands (millions?) more that are just as cute and unusual but these were the ones that stood out in various lists I could find.
The illustrations are simple yet realistic with easy-to-color backgrounds. I don't love it when the backgrounds are too complicated for kids. It's a bother for them to get that all colored in. The focus is on the animal and should not be too difficult. Kids will have to look up the colors of animals (if they wish) but I think this is sort of a bonus because they will find more information about it if they are curious. I have included a small amount of information such as where the animal is found and any other pertinent tidbits.
Also this is my first book with full page images (lines go off of the edge of the page). I like the effect for this book. It makes for a bigger image on each page which is fun for kids, I think. Also the line is a soft weight (kind of like a thick charcoal pencil) with the outline of the animal fairly bold.
I hope this book sparks curiosity and joy for kids of all ages who love animals! Happy Coloring Friends....
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I'm Jen! I have a passion for creating fun, cute, and quirky coloring books. I love to draw and I love the computer so the challenge of bringing a personal, handmade feeling to digital work is what I find the most satisfying. My work is full of what I find funny and pretty and what I like to color. If even one image makes you smile, it makes me happy!