My newest fall-themed book...Woodland Wonder! I felt very inspired by the artwork in my last coloring book, Garden Gnomes. This book has a similar look and feel but I wanted to make the shapes a bit more pattern-like and geometric. I created both cute "scenes" with animals and pages that feature an animals with a pattern of floral and leaf shapes surrounding it. I love this combination because it gives the colorist something more than a traditional coloring page to work with. It looks more like a print to me which I find fun and easier to work with (especially for kids/teens). I'll get a majority up in my etsy shop. I think they would be adorable printed and painted. The patterns and shapes are definitely scandinavian inspired! The clean lines and flat geometry of this kind of design is really appealing to me right now. Below are some sample pages. I hope this book brings some joy and "cozyness" to the holidays for you and your loved ones!
Who doesn't love a little gnome? These small and sprite caretakers of the garden and small animals are the epitome of the sweetness of nature. I was very inspired by Swedish folk designs for this book (as in much of my work). It felt like the perfect inspiration to keep the designs simple and fun for all ages to color. Each page has a gnome at work or play in an outdoor setting along with a few pages with floral motif. Check out the back page of the book below for a sample of pages. I love these little gnomes and hope you do too!
Astrology Cats now available! I couldn't be more happy with this cute, funky, silly and informative coloring book! I feel like it's for anyone who's interested in astrological signs plus has a thing for cute cat drawings? Not really sure I can put my finger on it but this is where the inspiration came from (I love both!). I did a drawing of a cat initially that had this kind of dreamy expression that I liked. Then I thought it would be fun if he/she was wearing a costume of some kind (because, you know...cats in clothes). And then, what if, just what if...the costume was astrology related. So there you have it...the genesis of art (ha, ha!). Anyway, I hope that some folks out there in the world like this sort of thing too.
Just released and out in the world...The National Parks Coloring Book! I wanted these images to be fun for kids to color so I focused on the animals and one, two or three of some of the most common plants or wildflowers you will find at each park against a backdrop of the landscape or an iconic landmark. It's woodcut inspired artwork with lot's of lines where shadows would be found. I love the way this looks when colored and I think it really helps to give a visual guide to the colorer. It's something a little different than what you would you might normally find in coloring book artwork that features landscapes. It was really, really fun to illustrate in this style. I hope it inspires some families out there on their summer travels to our beautiful National Parks!
Below are some sample pages from the book. There are 24 parks featured. I wish I could have done them all (58!) but the drawing was pretty involved so I limited to the big parks of the west and then a representing some of the ones in the south and eastern United States. If this book sells well I will definitely do a volume 2 with the rest of the parks.
I really had a lot of fun with this coloring book. The intention was to illustrate the usual magical animals like the Unicorn, Pegasus, Hippogriff, Hippocamp, etc. I loved doing these drawings but was inspired to do some that were about more unusual woodland creatures and sea animals (for example, a magical deer, squirrel, spirit bear, jackalope and seahorse). I made the lines heavier as well so there is a bit more boldness in these pictures. I think this style lends itself to the theme and makes the drawings easier to color for all ages. There are always ways to make things better and I'm learning as I go. I think this is my favorite book yet. It's easy to be inspired by magic and nature!
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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!