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!
Welcome to the magical world of the Jackalope! I have always loved the idea of a hybrid rabbit creature roaming the Southwest. My favorite version is the Pixar short "Boundin'" about a Jackalope that is encouraging to creatures down on their luck (specifically a shorn sheep). The moral is to never feel bad about yourself. The Jackalope in this film is a somewhat goofy character which is very different than traditional versions which are darker and the Jackalope is a troublemaker of sorts. My version of the Jackalope is a magical, mischievous and solitary. They watch over plants and small animals in pristine areas. They travel quickly through the wild on enchanted feet and commune with other magical animals (like the unicorn). Twenty-five illustrations are included that are simple enough for a younger colorer but also fun for anyone. If you love Jackalopes as much as I do I hope you enjoy this artwork! Happy Coloring!
My newest book! Was I inspired by all the houseplant instagrams and cute new plants available everywhere? Absolutely Yes. I have always had a few indoor plants around but it's hard not to get bitten by the plant bug when everyone is talking about how much they enhance your environment. I think it's true though I'm still getting into the habit of the care and feeding :). That said, I felt inspired to create a houseplant coloring book but to also make it helpful for the "plant parent" by adding some info about each plant to the page. I think it's really cute and actually illustrating and coloring has made me learn my plant babies names. I think this book would make a fabulous gift (with a plant!).
I really couldn't help myself. If you love a good pun as much as I do, you'll know why I had to try my hand at illustrating a cute coloring book for kids that features food puns! What is it about funny fruits that we find so a-peeling? For kids (and adults with a funny bone), maybe it's something we all can relate to? Whatever the reason, I hope you enjoy coloring this book filled more simple (for little hands) yet fun to color illustrations. The fruits and veg are alive! They feature little legs, arms and faces because (in my opinion) this is the best way to make these jokes and puns come to life. Also, I have been experimenting with different kids of brushes and lines. This book features a softer thick pencil line that I think coordinates with the artwork in a fresh way.
Happy Coloring friends,
Do you know what "Hygge" (sounds like hue-guh) is? It's the Danish word for acknowledging a feeling or a moment of cozy contentment and well-being. This feeling is typically found by enjoying the simple things in life like warm socks, a cozy sweater, a sleepy pet or a hot cup of good coffee or tea. I absolutely love all of these things and with the changing of the season, it felt like the perfect time to embrace these thoughts with some cozy illustrations. This is sort of my "adulting" version of my last book, Woodland Wonder. These pictures were really fun to draw and I tried to give a good examples of all the things that bring meaning to HYGGE. Time to Hygge is 25 pages of simple joys like house plants (I'm currently kind of obsessed), sleepy dog and cat, tea and coffee, candles, firelight, sweaters, socks, books, needlepoint, knitting and a good dose of Scandinavian design motifs. I hope it brings you joy and happiness during this holiday season. Happy Coloring!
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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!