The second book of my Horse drawings is out in the World, and I continue testing the content of these books. The fun part that both books contain plenty to place the hands on. Together both books, Horses Volume I and Horses, Hearts & Unicorns Volume II, have around 50 illustrations of real as well mystical animals. And in addition there are pages and pages of activities.
The book is available in the bookstores such Barnes&Noble as well as on Amazon:
Super sweet surprise waited for me today when I went to Barnes&Noble Bookstore website: the book on Horses Hearts and Unicorns just got to their virtual shelves. What a great way to start the day! Love it!!
and here is the link to see the book in the bookstore:
The Book about Horses & Unicorns is published now. I am very happy about results as this book is more interactive and has not only mystical creatures such Unicorns, but as well landscapes with horses from all over the World: there are not only ranches from California and Virginia; there are Holland windmills and Italian castles, there are barns and carriages of rural areas, there are palms of Bahamas. And this time I added half dozen of activity pages such Connect The Dots, Resolve The Maze, Find The Differences fun tasks.
The book can be found on Amazon:
This illustration was created in preparation for a new Coloring and Activity book about horses. It is important for me to draw and paint animals in the nature, free and happy. I chose the realistic style for the landscapes and somewhat symbolic style for other illustrations that will be in this book. In this particular painting the contrast of the fall forest and evening sun adds lively three dementional look to the whole scene.
While I have already started working on the second book about Horses, I keep testing watercolor pencils on the drawings from the Book I – Coloring & Activity Book For All Ages. The colors are quite vibrant and I am happy with the results. The ink lines of the drawings do complement the picture and make it perfect!
Exciting moment of un-boxing: I’ve ordered new watercolors, which are presented in the form of wood-less pencils ( Cretacolor Aqua Monolith ) . So basically, artist holds the watercolor in the hand, applies it as pencils would apply, and then can brush the painting with the wet brush. I bought those pencils to try and I love them .
Today I tested them for coloring the page from my new Horses Book
I just received my Coloring & Activity Book about Horses, the proof copy, in the mail. Ready to give it some test with my art tools:
and here is a quick tour into inside of the book:
The book is available HERE
Horses Coloring & Activity Book is published worldwide. Amazon makes it incredibly easy for customers from different countries to be able to order the books online.
When I was working on the illustrations for this book I wanted to make it suitable for all ages. As I previously mentioned, children have very little fear when it comes to coloring. They grab the brush or pencil and start creating. Adults, on another hand, sometimes hesitate before jumping into to the creative process. So, my book has two kinds of drawings in it. I placed a dozen of farm scenes and horses in the natures in quite realistic style. But another dozen of drawings were created from my childhood memories about Merry-Go-Round carousel. The horses are imaginary; but they do not follow the carousel circle in my book. They are surrounded by hearts. Yes, right in the middle of this coloring book creation about horses, the very same horses didn’t want to be “attached” to the carousel; instead, they wanted to do what they LOVE to do, run happy. So, the heart symbols came into my book as simple as could be. And I am so happy it did. Now I can certainly test the colors on the horse drawings and hearts. I love to work with pencil and dry-on-dry technique with slight watercolor touch:
The two kinds of drawings for coloring in this book are placed one after another in order to keep a nice entertaining flow such mix of complex and easy. And some of the complex drawings actually derived from my watercolor paintings of the horses. Here is a good example, the horse on the farm:
I’ve met this cute little girl when traveling to the state of Washington. She was a pet horse at the small ranch on Columbia River Gorge. And she became one of my models not only for the watercolor painting but as well for the drawing in this book:
It was so much fun to come back to my memories of traveling and drawing the horses.
Another great example on the subject was a landscape from my other travels, this time to the state of Virginia. A beautiful mountain ranch right in the middle of National Forest got my full attention. This time I first drew the landscape and then colored it with watercolor pencils:
When book was almost finished, I kept thinking how to make it more interesting for my art collectors and co-creators who will color the drawings. And I came up with few more ideas by adding several pages of other activities such Connect The Dots and Help the Horse Find The Barn:
Those little puzzles will keep whole family entertained!
The book is now ready to meet with its co-creators who are not afraid to color, play, and have fun 🙂