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Flying Witch & Cat Halloween Coloring Book Page Redesign

Over the years I have done so many illustrations. As I develop new coloring books, I have been enjoying revisiting my old work and redoing them so that the illustrations—many of which are digital paintings—are converted into line art appropriate for coloring.

Some of the images I don’t just turn into line art, but I redraw, re-imagine, or redo. Often I add in more detail than what was in the original, so that they are more intricate to color. Sometimes I am not happy with the level or quality of the art.

I just finished doing such a redo with the following piece.

Whimsical Flying Witch Illustration originally done in 2007.

I have always enjoyed this piece. I especially love the colors. At the time I was experimenting wit a whimsical illustration style with highly stylized characters with odd proportions. It is still for sale on greeting cards in various locations of the internet.

But it never really sold all that well, and I believe it’s because it’s perhaps too quirky. Also, the witch is a bit of a conceptual mess… Her posture and outfit suggests pinup, but she is decidedly matronly.

This piece is perfect for a drawing redo!

And here is the result:

Flying Witch and Cat Halloween Coloring Book Page redo: 2017

To appeal to more people, I embraced the pinup suggestion of the original and turned the witch from a matron to a lovely young woman. I unified the style, and went with a classic semi-realistic cartoon, and added in more details in the hat and hair and legs to color. I also changed the kitty cat to match the style of the new drawing, but kept the touches that I liked, such as the basket of spilling candy corn and the magic sparkles from the wand.

Eventually this page will make it into a Halloween coloring book that I am working on this October. It won’t be available in time for Halloween, but it will be ready for next year.

I enjoyed highlighting the differences between the original images and the redrawn coloring page versions. Stay tuned for more posts like this in the future.



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New Coloring Book in the Works

Beautiful Butterfly Doodle Art Coloring Page

Nature coloring pages for spring!

It's been a little while since I have been able to check in with you guys. It's almost the end of May now, and the school year (which has absorbed much of my focus) is winding to a close.

Spring is in full force here in the Midwest finally, and I have been coming out of winter hibernation mode. This return of the flowers, bees, butterflies and green growing things is the inspiration behind my newest coloring project.

I'm working on a book of nature doodles, which are intricate drawings inspired by doodle art, Zentangles and, paisleys and henna art.

Like my other coloring books, I plan on including about 30 images in this new book, and I think I'm off to a pretty good start.

So far I've drawn the butterfly and sun goddess pictured here, a tree of life, some lovely mushrooms, flowers, and a dragonfly.

The tree of life is already available as a free download on my Coloring Page Freebies page – and on etsy and in my store here on this site, I plan on offering a selection of digital prints of a few more of the drawings in this book before the book is out.

I'll be updated the blog here as I get closer to the book's launch, but if you'd like to know for sure when the book will be available to purchase on Amazon, please sign up for my mailing list below.

Thanks so much!



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Local Hero Press Book Cover Work in Progress

Work in progress screenshot from a cover I am doing for Local Hero Press.
Work in progress screenshot from a cover I am doing for Local Hero Press.

Just thought I’d share one of the many projects on my ‘art table’. This is a digital painting I am doing for a fantasy novel published by Local Hero Press.

As you can see, I’m still in the rough underpainting phase, which I am doing in Clip Studio Paint (Manga Studio). I will finish most of the rendering in black and white, and then move over into Photoshop to do the colors and finial tweaking/painting.

What’s nice about Clip Studio is that you can save your files as Photoshop files, which makes this kind of hybrid painting/creation very easy.

Stay tuned for more progress. 😀

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Upcycled, Crochet Handbag, work in progress

Working on a crochet bag made from unraveled thrift store sweaters.
Working on a crochet bag made from unraveled thrift store sweaters.

I am in desperate need of two things.

  • A new handbag/purse
  • A reduction to the monstrous size of my yarn stash

To kill two birds with one stone, I set out to make myself a new bag. I don’t buy bags from the store for myself anymore. I enjoy making them.

I also have a stash of sweaters that I get from the thrift store just for the yarn. It is much cheaper to buy a sweater’s worth of yarn for $5 or less and take it apart, than to buy the yarn new. I look for interesting colors, fiber blends and yarn weights and I enjoy the hunt at the thrift store.

This bag is made from two different sweaters. The brown lower part is from an acrylic sweater that had two colors of yarn for a variegated look, and the tan color is also two-strands of wool yarn in two different colors.

I am using the most basic crochet stitch of all – the single crochet – to put this together. The base was crocheted first, and then I crocheted around it to begin working in the round. Easy-peasy.

Stay tuned for the finished product.

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Self-Publishing adult coloring books on CreateSpace, digital proofer

Today I thought I’d share a little behind the scenes look at the digital proofer that CreateSpace uses in the self-publishing process that they offer. While going through the final approval on the digital proofs for my newest coloring book, “Illustrated Christmas: 25 Holiday Designs to Color,” I made a quick video flip through of what the book looks like. CreateSpace is so easy and fun to use.

I’ve approved the book, and it will be available on Amazon later today or tomorrow. I hope you’ll check it out. 😀