A bit belatedly, I'm excited to announce the launch of my second coloring book, Tropical Birds. If you've followed my work over the past two years, you'll know that I'm a bit bird-obsessed, so it's probably no surprise that I've indulged in more birdiness for this coloring book, right?
For this coloring book, I started by researching tropical birds and ended up making a long list of possible candidates for my coloring book. After settling on 50 as the number of illustrations for this book, I narrowed my list down to 50 birds and started with some rough sketches. These coloring books are a passion project, something I like to work on in my down time. To ensure I could break away from my studio while working on these coloring book pages, I decided to illustrate them on my iPad Pro. Using the Graphic app--it's a bit pricey, but the best vector app I've found--I was able to create crisp vector line art that could easily be imported into Illustrator.
I absolutely loved the portability of my iPad Pro for this project. The process was so enjoyable and relaxing; I'm already planning out my next coloring book!
After finishing the lineart on my iPad Pro, I imported everything to Illustrator for last minute tweaks and nudges, and then on to InDesign for the final layout of the book.
For my coloring books, I'm self-publishing through CreateSpace. And although I ran into significant snags in the process with Garden Tea Party, my first coloring book, the process with Tropical Birds was much smoother overall.
If you're enjoying either of my coloring books, please take a moment to leave an review on Amazon. And that goes not just for my books for but any books you might be reading or coloring. Reviews are a big help, especially to independent creators, in driving sales. Every honest review is so appreciated.
My next coloring book will focus on books/reading and I can't wait to get started on it. I'll be posting a few snaps of the process over on Instagram if you'd like to follow along.