Half of you have been begging me to do this for a long time and the other half are asking me "what in the world is an adult coloring book?" Am I publishing adult content? Is this something we should be talking about publicly?
So what is an adult coloring book? It's a few things. It's permission for adults to color without having to gag on some Disney princess while you do it. It's a recommended stress relief technique that has proven very successful for many people. Ask around, everyone is coloring! When the doctor asks stressed out adults "what do you do for self care?" You can get an expensive mani-pedi, or you can salt scrub exfoliate with Aveda products, but none of these things can be done in less than 20 minutes in a coffee shop on your lunch break. Self care needs to be a habit & it seems coloring is catching on like Elsa & Olaf at Halloween (only waaaaaay different).
Adult coloring books are as much about stress relief as they are about content. Some coloring books are challenging and intricate and kids would cry if they got hold of one. Adults too, in my opinion. Repetitive mathematical shape stacks are no fun. I'm sorry Aztec pattern lovers, you will not find this sort of thing here. So, what I've tried to do is eliminate math totally from my work and my life. I find that very helpful. I draw whimsical scenarios and some are quite complicated. I prefer a group of average ladies standing by the pool waiting for something (who knows what?) looking in all directions with swirly waves that a person could literally color fifty shades of teal.
If you've followed me for a long time you know that I love to draw every day. Unfortunately, I also love to color my own drawings (gouache is my preferred medium)... so when I was asked to make coloring books, I looked into my 17 years worth of sketch books and not one drawing was print ready. So I began the purposeful task of recreating 40 drawings in the proper format. I'm already working on the next 40 drawings... so don't worry, if you power through these Zines, more are on the way!
I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. Please visit "New Work" for Zines available now. If you wish to buy 40 or more, please email me about wholesale pricing!