Available so far: The Fantastic & Fabulous Colouring Book and the Fantastic Worlds Storybook (info below). Next up: Fantastic & Fabulous Dublin, a colouring book featuring Dublin hallmarks surrounded by my strange creatures.
Price per book is just 5 euro plus postage, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like one or five or twenty…! Or if you’d like an original or a specific one made for a special occasion…
But enough talking… see what you think of them first:
Sept 2019: This summer, I produced my first colouring book, the Fantastic & Fabulous colouring book. I’m on the third short print run now and so far the colouring books have gone as far as Australia, but also to France, Scotland, all over Ireland and to London. They seem to appeal to all ages, from about five years old to seventy.
The ‘fantastic and fabulous’ part refers to the creatures in the drawings, which generally come from a doodle that then gets filtered and honed and built up into a picture that can be coloured in.
There can be up to 50 creatures on any one page; they might have three legs or fish tails or hair that’s made up of bird beaks and snakes.
I started thinking about doing a colouring book when other artists I know were asking for copies of my doodles to do just that! But the discipline for me was not to colour them in until I had enough for a book.
There are ten pictures in total, all A6 in size, so the book slips into a bag easily.
So far, they have been coloured in with water colours and acrylics, pencils and gel pens and markers and no two renditions are the same as you can see:
Now that I’m ‘allowed’ to colour them in myself, these are also available for sale.
And if you’d like to commission a special doodle – as a gift to colour in or hand-painted – with something that resonates to you at the centre of a mythical myriad of creatures, let me know.
THE FABULOUS WORLDS storybook
After the colouring book, because I had lots of pictures I’d already painted, and everyone was always asking what they were about, I made up a storybook – the Fabulous Worlds storybook – and told some of their off-the-wall tales – purple birds appearing in the sky, what happens when snails get indigestion etc.
But I also left two stories to be written opposite the last two pictures… The trick is to find a character on the page and figure out what they might be doing there or thinking about or seeing… These are 6 euro plus P&P.
And COMING NEXT… The Fantastic & Fabulous Dublin colouring book:
I’m working on images for a colouring book that will feature iconic images of Dublin… starting with that Dublin landmark, the Pigeon House at Poolbeg.
Here’s a sneak preview:
If you’d like a copy of any of my books, or a special offer set of novels and colouring books, or to commission a drawing with your own favourite icon/ image at the centre of a melee of strange creatures – ie get those Christmas presents bought early! – let me know by email at email@example.com or by messaging me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram