Today is my tenth day creating my own coloring pages. So far, so good. I have improved significantly in the number of pages and quality of drawing that I’m able to come up with - two done sketches and one draft sketch. Not bad!
“Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” ~Chinese Proverb
I thought I should work on cleaning up my inked images. That means adding another menu to my daily activities - drawing, inking, scanning, clean-up.
Each time I start a new thing, it’s almost always an uphill climb. It could be tedious work and really draining. At times, I wanted to take a break and do something else. However, after all that I’ve been through it feels like I’ve grown into the habit of making my coloring pages everyday.
One good thing I’ve developed from starting my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge is a stronger ability to focus. Before, I hopped from one task or activity to another when what I was doing that’s meant for the long haul did not give me immediate results. Now, I know where I’m heading and my mind and body are all targeted to reaching my destination.
Adult Coloring Pages: Clean-up Job Results
I’ve done some clean-up tasks before but still, it is something where I’m still slow at. That means I have to work harder and smarter to learn the trade.
After hours of on-and-off work today, I managed to come up with two images. Take a look at the before and after images:
This is the first one:
My second one is the floral coloring page. I’m almost there. I just need a little more tweaking. It should be ready by tomorrow when no major distraction come my way!
How did I fare? Does it inspire you to color the page?
Please let me know in the comment below or send me a note and I’ll send you this coloring page.
Better still, join me in this challenge. It’s never too late to start as the adult coloring books market is exploding! You don’t want to get left out. But even if you don’t get into publishing, just the act of making your own coloring pages is delightful!
Today was crazy. My spouse and I were on the road for most of the time for various activities – doctor’s appointment, lab test, pick up our son at another city for track and field, check out housing rental space, and grocery.
To make the story short, I didn’t finish my obra maestra based on my theme on women. I did manage to draw and ink two floral drawings for another theme. It seemed easier to draw flowers after I’ve defined some basic paramaters.
If you look closely at the images, you’ll notice plenty of erasures. I tried cleaning up the images at the drawing board using Bic’s Wite-Out, the one kids use at school to correct writing mistakes. I thought it would do the trick but not 100%. For that, it’s a fail but I’m not worried as I could easily correct those mistakes at Photoshop. I wish I don’t have, too, because it takes a significant amount of time.
The ideas for these images were based on my impressions of flowers around the neighborhood. They’re not from people’s gardens but the type you find by the sidewalk. They are not precise but more a mimicry of nature.
There’s nothing much I could write today as I’m so tired from the trip and heat!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a better post. Promise.
Adult Coloring Pages Challenge: How I Created My Muse
For the day’s Adult Coloring Pages Challenge, I thought of a pregnant woman as my subject. She would have a bulging tummy and late into her pregnancy. I doodled, doodled, doodled. Did lots of erasures. Fixed the lines. Doodled some more. When I was happy with my drawing, I inked and filled up blank spaces.
My coloring page is nothing that intricate, isn’t it? But inking sure did take a lot of my time. That design in my curtain gave me a blurry vision after. I had to focus and fix my sight on to coming up with clear and connected lines.That would save me time in the clean-up process.
After all the “hard” but fun and rewarding work, here’s what I came up with - a young pregnant woman blissfully expecting her baby!
It was not exactly how I planned her. I started with a general concept and went with my creative flow. It soon evolved into what she is now. That’s the beauty of creativity. You start with something and end up with something else. Most of the time, it’s way better than your seed idea.
“My kind of composing is more like the work of a gardener. The gardener takes his seeds and scatters them, knowing what he is planting but not quite what will grow where and when - and he won’t necessarily be able to reproduce it again afterwards either.” ~Brian Eno
Adult Coloring Pages Challenge: Tips of the Day
Tip #1: Trust your creative spirit.
Just like coloring, creating your own coloring pages is exhilarating and therapeutic. It’s also a creative process that could take you to faraway places you never knew existed or deeper into your core that you’ve never reached and explored. It’s a wonderful experience but you have to learn to trust yourself. Allow your creative spirit to engulf you. Battle your fear. Know that fear is not real. When you’re clear, your muse will show up and all your doodling will have meaning.
Tip #2: Make a clean inked drawing to make it easy at clean-up time.
I have not discussed nor shown anything about clean-up work at Photoshop but in my previous works, I spent unnecessary time doing so. When you do a good job at inking, it would save you a significant amount of time later on. Trust me. Just do it.
Tip #3: Find inspiration everywhere.
I am creative, alright. However, I admit that I have limited design ideas. I can only go so far. That’s why when I walk my son to or pick him up from the bus stop, it’s a great adventure for me. That’s when I:
- gaze at the flowers, leaves and trees
- memorize shapes, lines and textures
- count petals
- observe spacing in between leaves, petals and stalks
- notice angles or inclinations
- spot consistencies (or inconsistencies), uniqueness and special features
- take note of their surroundings and growth patterns.
When I’m not fully satisfied with all those, I pluck them, bring them home, and gaze some more using my short-range eyeglasses.
That’s how I find inspiration. Other than that, I also look at other artists’ creations. I’m always amazed at how brilliant their drawings are! I wish I could make them myself; but again, I have come to accept the idea that I have my own style. I must honor that.
Tip #4: Enjoy what you do.
I admit. If I don’t enjoy making these coloring pages, I would have retired to my comfy couch to read my books, write stories, or play guitar. But I enjoy this one so much that I dream of my subjects every minute.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius
Tip #5: Be patient.
You want to make a coloring book? You want to make it as quick as possible? Well, hire somebody to make them for you or buy those private label rights designs at Fiverr or other places online.
Soon, you’ll have your own adult coloring book plus a quick rush of instant gratification. You may not have much self-satisfaction. However, if you want to make your own from hand-drawn designs, I mean, your own creations, that would take a lot of time, patience and self-gratification!
“Rome was not built in one day but they were laying bricks every hour.” ~James Clear
What are you waiting for?
Keep creating. Keep moving. Soon, you’ll get there. I’ll get there.
If you had fun with this blog post and see some great possibilities, give me a shout out here and let me know that you’re in this as well.
That brings me back to my tagline. How do you make a coloring book? One adult coloring book page at a time!
For purposes of transparency, disclosure (and self-promotion!), that Fiverr link I gave you earlier is mine. Yes, I own a shop at Fiverr selling patterns and mandala coloring pages. Just not hand-drawn ones though.
Adult Coloring Page Muse: Cancer-Stricken Woman
Today, I drew an adult coloring page of a cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy and is battling its effects, including loss of hair.
Look at her. Isn’t she lovely?
Cancer is a devastating disease. It is like a death sentence with a blank date. Despite its ill effects, many cancer patients refuse to give up and struggle to the end.
Life is never the same when someone you know has cancer, isn’t it? Despite all efforts and resources to combat it, finding a cure - not just a palliative - continues to be an uphill climb.
Let’s pay tribute to all women and men, young and old, battling and defeated, who suffer from cancer. Their loved ones and close circle of friends also deserve such tribute.
Adult Coloring Pages Challenge: My Takeaway
What is my takeaway from today’s work?
It has rekindled in me a sense of compassion to everyone facing all forms of difficulty, regardless of their situation. This takes me to John Lennon’s song “Imagine,” which depicts a world of perfection:
“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…”
I wish that’s possible.
Adult Coloring Pages: Tips of the Day
I don’t have a tip as I did the same things as with previous posts - sketching and inking. I’m sure to have loads of them in my succeeding posts; that is, when I deal with the technical side of how to make a coloring book.
Watch out for those tips.
If you’d like to read my previous posts, click the links below:
Day 1 – Afro woman
Day 2 - Indian-inspired woman
Day 3 - Long-necked South African Ndebele woman
In my earlier post, I declared my intention behind my “Adult Coloring Pages” Challenge.
Please join me in this exciting adventure of creating hand-drawn coloring pages every day. I am not merely coloring other artists’ adult coloring books. I am making and publishing my own.
If I can do it, so can you! Let’s do it together.