Tropical Birds: A Coloring Book for Adults

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.  

You can buy Tropical Birds and Garden Tea Party on Amazon.  

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.

Happy coloring,

Steph

Blog Break!

Before I post this week's 52 Birds art, I wanted to let you--the few of you who still keep up with this sporadically updated blog--that I'm taking a blog break.  Maybe for a few weeks or a few months or maybe just forever.

I know for a lot of artists, blogging is an integral part of what they do, but for me, it's become a thing I feel guilty about not doing.  Because I post so often on my other social media accounts, I'm usually left feeling that there's nothing new to share here.  It's been a struggle and, for right now, I'm letting it go.  

I'm going to let it marinate a bit, whether or not I want to give it another go at some point, with a new focus and renewed energy.  

For now, you can always keep up with my work on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.  I post daily in at least one of those places, usually all four.  

But before I go, here's this week's 52 Birds illustration, a blackburnian warbler:

You can keep up with this illustration project by following one of my social media accounts listed above!

Best,

Steph :)

52 Birds: Cerulean Warbler

One of the other nerdy fun things about this illustration project is learning new birds from my region, some that are harder to spot, and generally more elusive than your common cardinal and robin.  Enter the cerulean warbler!

I didn't even know these little birderson existed until I sat down yesterday to flip through my bird reference book, in hope of inspiration.  Turns out they are quite small and spend most of their time high in the treetops, so they are quite tricky to spot.  I'm going to be on the lookout now, but in the meantime, I settled for drawing one:

As always, prints and stuff can be found in my shop.

Happy weekend!

52 Birds: Downy Woodpecker

Other than the drawing, of course, the research part of this project has been most exciting for me.  The history nerd in me relishes any excuse to pull out the reference books.  Every time I spot a new bird, I'm rushing off to my little stack of bird books to identify it.  

This week's bird, the downy woodpecker, is one that frequently visits our backyard feeders, but that I only identified when I started my 52 Birds project.  What a kick!

As always, prints and stuff can be found in my shop.

Happy Saturday!

52 Birds: Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Earlier this week, I saw a rose-breasted grosbeak on the bird feeder right outside our kitchen window, and proceeded to get silly excited about it.  My husband thought I'd lost my mind.  Since I've started this 52 Birds project, I've found that I've become a bit of a bird watcher.  My eyes are constantly peeled, I'm always on the lookout for new birds I may not have noticed.  And when I can't identify one, I rush home to check my bird guidebook.  

It's true, I'm a bit of a bird nerd now.  

Anyway, from what I've read, rose-breasted grosbeaks aren't overly common in this part of the state, and generally only show up when they are migrating.  Hence the excitement over seeing one just chilling on the bird feeder.  

Obviously, I had to draw him:

As always, prints can be found in my shop.  Throw pillows, mugs, and tote bags can be found over on Society6.

And of course, you're always welcome to jump in with your own weekly bird illustrations.  Be sure to post them on Instagram with the tag #52birds, so I can keep up with them!

52 Birds: Rufous Hummingbird

Up to my eyeballs in Surtex prep right now, I almost didn't manage to get in my 52 Birds illustration this week.  While I won't be at Surtex, my art will be, with my agents from Bright.  Exciting stuff!  I'm scrambling to illustrate a slew of new greeting cards before my agents pack up and head off to the big show.  

But I finally sat down for a few minutes today and drew up the last hummingbird in this little series, a rufous hummingbird.  

You can buy small prints of this illustration over in my shop and larger prints, canvas prints, tote bags, mugs, etc, over inmy Society6 shop.

52 Birds: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

It's Saturday, so it's 52 Birds day!  This week it's the ruby-throated hummingbird, which is the only hummingbird found in the eastern United States, according to my bird guide.  They are frequent visitors around here in the summer months.

You can buy small prints of this illustration over in my shop and larger prints, canvas prints, tote bags, mugs, etc, over in my Society6 shop.

52 Birds: Lucifer Hummingbird

This week's bird illustration ended up being a real struggle for me.  I almost ended up not even sharing it, but decided to stick with it since this is a weekly project.  And, happily, after a few adjustments, I'm actually quite happy with it.  Maybe there will be a mini series of hummingbirds for the next few weeks of 52 Birds, we shall see!

For this week, here's the lucifer hummingbird, which isn't all that common anywhere in the US.  It's seen rarely in southern parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and is most abundant in Mexico.


52 Birds: Goldfinch

I feel like I've been missing out, having never explored this color palette before.  Expect to see more of it, because I love it, especially right now as I'm hankering for spring.  Seeing the tiny shoots of day lilies, tulips, and mallow begin to pop up around the flower beds has me all excited for warmer weather and an enormous vegetable garden.  

Until then, I'll focus on capturing a bit of birdy sweetness.  This week, it's the American goldfinch, which is quite noticeable at the moment because they are getting their pretty bright yellow feathers back, after a winter of the muddier yellow color.

As always, 52 Birds prints are in my Etsy shop, and throw pillows, etc can be found in my Society 6 shop.

If you'd like to draw along with me on this weekly bird illustration project, just share your bird art on Instagram, tagged with #52birds.

52 Birds: American Robin

It's Saturday/Bird Day!  Sticking with the theme of drawing birds that hang out in my general vicinity, this week I illustrated an American Robin.  We tend to associate these birds with spring, but they generally stick around all year long.  

As always, 52 Birds prints are in my Etsy shop, and throw pillows, etc can be found in my Society 6 shop.

If you'd like to draw along with me on this weekly bird illustration project, just share your bird art on Instagram, tagged with #52birds.

52 Birds: Cardinal

Nine weeks into my 52 Birds project seems like a good time to finally illustrate our state bird, the cardinal.  These always remind me of my grandma who used to call the brightly plumaged male and his lady counterpart Mr. and Mrs. Red.  

As always, 52 Birds prints are in my Etsy shop, and throw pillows, etc can be found in my Society 6 shop.

If you'd like to draw along with me on this weekly bird illustration project, just share your bird art on Instagram, tagged with #52birds.

52 Birds: Dark Eyed Junco

We've finally had snow on the ground for about the last week and the dark eyed juncos have been hopping around all over the place, standing out from the snow with their dark feathers, light pink beaks, and white underbelly.  

 Dark Eyed Junco illustration by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Now, thanks, Winter, I think we're done with snow til next year!

As always, 52 Birds prints are in my Etsy shop, and throw pillows, etc can be found in my Society 6 shop.

If you'd like to draw along with me on this weekly bird illustration project, just share your bird art on Instagram, tagged with #52birds.

52 Birds: Tufted Titmouse

For my 52 Birds project, I'm mostly starting out drawing birds that frequent the area around my house, and then as the year progresses, I'll be widening the area, drawing birds from my state, then my region, then other parts of the country, and maybe the world if I'm in the mood to draw something totally different.  

This week is the Tufted Titmouse, which is a frequent, and very friendly, visitor around here.  These birds are actually pretty sassy, which is why they are one of my favorites.

As always, 52 Birds prints are in my Etsy shop, and throw pillows, etc can be found in my Society 6 shop.

If you'd like to draw along with me on this weekly bird illustration project, just share your bird art on Instagram, tagged with #52birds.

52 Birds: Carolina Wren

This week's 52 Birds illustration is the Carolina wren, the state bird of South Carolina.  These adorable birds are also frequently spotted all over the eastern part of the United States during warmer weather, including here in West Virginia.  

I spotted my first Carolina wren a couple of summers ago, when I heard it's very loud song in our backyard, and finally discovered him perking in a pine tree, singing his heart out.  

This year, we've had an unusually mild winter, so they are still sticking around, frequenting the feeders and the trees around our house.

As always, 52 Birds prints are in my Etsy shop, and throw pillows, etc can be found in my Society 6 shop.

If you'd like to draw along with me on this weekly bird illustration project, just share your bird art on Instagram, tagged with #52birds.

52 Birds: Mountain Bluebird

Mountain bluebirds, we don't have them around here, but gosh, are they ever gorgeous.  That color!  

I was thinking that I'd start out 52 Birds just drawing regional birds and then branch out--see what I did there?--later in the year, but I'm already veering off course and just drawing whatever I'm digging each week.  That works, too.

You can buy prints of the 52 Birds series in my Etsy shop, and I've also started adding them to my Society6 shop, so you can also

Happy Saturday to you!