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....
Just in time for independence day! Phew...this was A LOT of maps. Have you been to every state in the US? I have most certainly not. I'm a West Coast gal having been born in British Columbia, Canada. I moved to California as a teen and have lived here ever since except for a 4 year stint in Oregon. I have traveled to Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii and Louisiana (many years ago) but that's it! I actually love to travel but just haven't done that much in the US. The United States is so big and so varied I've always been interested in how regional differences have been a part of people's identities here. Also, just thinking and listening to people's stories during this strange time in the modern history the US has been quite eye-opening. I know we will come out the other side of this pandemic one way or another without a doubt, it will leave a mark. This coloring book is very much not about any of that. It's maps (which I love!) and birds, flowers, animals and insects. My filler shapes are cute little trees with some mountains. I like the balance of these big shapes (the symbols) and the little, simple trees as filler. It makes for an interesting looking map. I had a hard time learning all the state capitals when I moved to US and could have really used this coloring book! It was really fun to illustrate. Below are some sample pages (first 6 alphabetical) to give you an idea of the flavor of the book.
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!