New grayscale landscape coloring book

Over a decade ago, I started taking pictures on some of my many trips to enjoy hiking and backpacking around the country. I have stacks and stacks of slides from Utah, Washington state, and Colorado. When digital cameras got cheap enough to be affordable, I started accumulating digital photos. When cameras got better, I upgraded  a few times. I read photography books to better understand manual camera settings, and eventually, I started capturing some pretty darned good pictures. Photographing nature is an awful lot of fun.

Also about ten years ago I got interested in painting and drawing, specifically with pastels. I love the vivid colors you can get with pastel paint sticks and started playing around with creating landscape drawings. I am pretty terrible at that. I’d actually display one of my photographs on my computer screen and try to recreate the image on paper. All of my attempts looked bad. Really bad.

This year, I discovered a way to translate my photographs into paintings: grayscale coloring. The idea is to convert photos to grayscale–just black and white–then color over the gray to create a drawing. IT IS SO MUCH FUN.

By using a grayscale as the base of a drawing, it’s easy to experiment with color and shading to create beautiful drawings. Here’s one of my photographs and a drawing I created from it.

The original:

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The grayscale photo:

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The drawing:

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I wanted something in more of pastel tones, so I had fun changing the green leaves to more fall colors, as well as adding blue for the water.

Because I’m enjoying grayscale coloring so much, I’m creating a series of grayscale coloring books. The first one, Landscapes of America, includes 31 grayscale landscape images. Sections of the book include forests, streams, waterfalls, mountains, and deserts. Some photographs are from wilderness areas near my home (the above photo is from the Pisgah Gorge in northeast Alabama), while others are from National Parks across the country.

I’m really excited about this book and I hope you will be too! The book will be available by November 16.

The world around us is beautiful. Coloring fantastic landscapes is relaxing and transports you outdoors, to a place where the wind ripples through the trees and mountains tower in the distance. Check out this grayscale coloring book for adults that provides a great selection of landscape scenes for your coloring enjoyment!

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Steampunk coloring book almost ready!

We’ve been working hard on two new adult coloring books, one with a mandala/symmetrical art theme and one with a mechanical/steampunk theme. We’re really pleased with how they turned out! Here’s the cover for the new book to give you an idea of what the images in the book are like.

Here’s the front cover:

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Here’s the back cover. We had a good time coloring the images to create the covers! back

Here are a couple of examples of images inside the book. We’ll share more with you as we get closer to the publication date. inside1¬† inside2

Launching new science fiction and steampunk coloring book series

Adult coloring books are all the rage, and we’re getting in on the act with an offering that is a little different. We’re working with the amazing artist Steve Pitts to publish a coloring books of his intricately detailed drawings of mandalas and Celtic designs, but also steampunk and mechanical drawings.

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Scan of the original pen and ink drawing Zororaster

Steve has created his amazing drawings for many decades, entirely freehand with only pen and ink. Everyone who sees an original is blown away by the skill and creativity it obviously takes to draw something so beautiful and so detailed.

When people started to mention that his drawings would make great coloring books, we were intrigued. We took a look, and with some work we were able to put together two lovely books based on his artwork. Because his original drawings are all a fairly large format (14×17 in most cases) we included each original drawing, but then broke the book down into detailed views of many of his most complex drawings. We believe this will give you a great opportunity to use your creativity to design your own colors and interpretations of the drawings.

Steve’s mechanical drawings are also unique in the world of coloring books. Many of his drawings are inspired by spaceships, electronics, and machines, so his drawing will be attractive for people who enjoy the world of steampunk and science fiction.

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The coloring books will be available on Amazon on April 20. Get a copy and share your coloring inspirations with us and we’ll publish them here!

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