This is a short blog post to note that my colouring book Fantastic Landscapes was published today on Amazon. I added 10 new illustrations on top of the 30 previous ones that had been made available for download as high-resolution PDF files.
This moment feels strange. It should be a happy moment when you celebrate the completion of a project. But as it goes with many projects it had taken a long time from the first lines to the final book being uploaded to Create Space website. And now I feel bit tired and not sure what I really feel.
There are definitely few things that came out of this process which I appreciate a lot now. I learnt how to overcome the creative block when it comes. I learnt that I can immerse myself into drawing instead of being scared of it. I learnt a new way to express my inner need to visually express myself. I learnt that sometimes it feels fantastic to do even the most simple drawings. I learnt that drawing very detailed images is relaxing and almost therapeutical. And now I hope that these new things will not be lost. 🙂
There have been many articles about the benefits of colouring for adults. To some, it might seem childish to be colouring in picture books. But I think for many people it feels very beneficial. Colouring reduces anxiety and stress, it can be calming, and it helps you concentrate and focus.
For me as an illustrator, there is one absolutely wonderful thing about the colouring book. It is about a connection. Many visuals art forms are mostly part of quite lonely and individual process. At the end of the process, the artwork is placed in public spaces, homes or internet and it brings new emotions and atmosphere to them. But not so with the illustrations for colouring books.
For a colouring book, the journey does not end with a finished drawing. In fact, the creative journey starts here. The illustrations are ready to meet the next creator or artist, who will take them to a new level of expression. Who will make them complete?
He or she will bring them to life. He or she will transform them completely. He or she will create a new piece of artwork. The illustration is open to many interpretations. What should be the most prominent image or line? What colours belong there? Should I use a high key or a low key colour combination? Should I go with calming harmony or exciting vivid colours? And many more questions are answered by you, who take the illustration and apply colours to it.
For me, as a creator of the illustrations, it is lovely to know that drawing them is just one part of the creative process here. That they are on their way to becoming complete. And that my part was just one piece of the journey. THANK YOU, all who will breathe life into them.
Here are the ten latest pictures for preview: