Animals Watercolor Illustration – Horses

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Watercolor Pencils Coloring Animals Horses illustration Irina Sztukowski

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.

Watercolor Pencils At Work – Horse Book

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Coloring Book About Horses by Irina Sztukowski

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!

Coloring Book About Horses by Irina Sztukowski

Horses Coloring Book Illustration

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Today I am testing one of the drawings from my Horses Coloring & Activity book that was recently published on Amazon:

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The book is available for purchase HERE

Woodless Watercolor Pencils At Work

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Cretacolor Monolith Woodless Watercolor Pencils

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

Coloring & Activity Book About Horses

Horses Coloring Book – Ready to Color

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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:

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and here is a quick tour into inside of the book:

The book is available HERE

 

Coloring And Activity Book – Horses

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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.

Coloring Activity Book about Horses

Coloring Book about Horses

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:

Horse In The Heart Drawing and Watercolor

Horse In The Heart Drawing and Watercolor

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:

Horse On The Farm Watercolor Painting

Horse On The Farm Watercolor Painting

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:

Horse On The Farm Ink Drawing

Horse On The Farm Ink Drawing

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:

Landscape With Mountains And Horses

Landscape With Mountains And Horses

Colored Landscape With Mountains And Horses

Colored Landscape With Mountains And Horses

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:

Connect The Dots Horse Drawing

Connect The Dots Horse Drawing

Activity Page With Maze Horse And Barn

Activity Page With Maze Horse And 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 🙂

Coloring & Activity Book About Horses

 

Book About Horses

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I continue working on the coloring book about horses. This book will be devoted to adults and children as it will have complex and easy drawings to color as well as fun activity pages. The back cover is completed:

Coloring Book About Horses back cover

Coloring & Activity Book About Horses

and here a few examples of drawing with landscapes:

Coloring Book About Horses Landscape Drawings

Coloring Book About Horses

Some drawings of horses are quite simple, some more detailed. I was thinking about Mary-Go-Round theme, but wanted to avoid the bars that hold the horses into the place. Instead I drew cute hearts and placed horses near them. Here is an example that is going to be in the book:

Horse And Heart Coloring Book About Horses

Coloring Book About Horses

It is so much fun to create a book, I am using my drawing skill, testing painting and color, and my imagination goes wild! Love it! Love it! <3 IT !!!

The book will be published through my Book Store on Amazon

Editorial Illustrations Vs Illustration Project

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Personally, it is much easier for me to create commissioned editorial illustrations in watercolor than participate in this exciting yet quite challenging project: Horses Coloring And Activity Book for All Ages.

Usually, when I work with my clients on editorial illustrations, it is that the projects are put in place, the budgets are established and I get a good rapport with the customer. I complete the requested piece, client is satisfied; and, I am as an artist and illustrator happy.

In the creation of my own book, I draw and redraw, paint and re-paint. I try to decide the best format for my future co-creators. And, I literally overwhelm myself. A great example with this book. If the Flowers books were quite easy to create: I painted flowers, I drew, and I placed them into the book. On another hand, this Horses book is more than just a coloring book, which customers can purchase, color, and place in the frame into a home decor (see example HERE) . The Horse Coloring book is also an Activity book; but, not only for adults. It is also going to be created for children as well. So, my idea is to make the drawings as simplified and fun as possible yet to have adults to be interested in the coloring them as well. I know from my teaching art experience that children are not afraid to color, yes, yes: adults are! And, than older person gets, then more “doubts” he or she places on one’s courage and desire to succeed. I want to create a book that will unite adults and children. Children will have fun drawing and do activities; and, adults would rejuvenate a Child from within their gorgeous Souls.

Now, you see why commission editorial illustrations for me are much easier to accomplish following business rules. In my personal project of creating horse book there are no rules per se.

Well, this journey will be quite an interesting one. I think I will have to start with the small steps and develop further and further.

Live To Create!

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