Midnight Gardens Coloring Book
The much-anticipated dark fantasy coloring book has arrived~!!! A huge box came to my front door the other day, and I've finally got around to making a listing at the AW shop on Etsy. :D Along with this listing, I also had to do some updating on the main web site at www.AuroraWings.com because Etsy won't let me list a slide show of all the images that are included in the book. And although a handful of sample pages is always nice to go along with any book listings, I prefer to offer a thorough look-through for my customers and fans. So they can clearly see for themselves what's included in the book and cross-reference their list of digis already on their computer, even. Check out the slide show of the inside pages here.
This latest batch of coloring books has a nice glossy cover stock. The print job is wonderful. The cover has a satiny feel, rich, saturated colors, and this book, with the Las Calaveras as the cover, just has a powerful presence about it. :D
This book also has an interesting collection of images ranging from Catrinas (I do have a love of the skull painted beauties of the Day of the Dead celebration.), Japanese noh plays and folklore demons, an Asian tattoo art fantasy, a piece inspired by one of the many grimmer tales by the Brothers Grimm, some pieces inspired by Buddhist art, a piece inspired by Greek mythology, skull collecting mermaids, and some steampunk that leans slightly to the dark side. Lots of different genres and quite a range of world traditions.
Many of the pieces you see in this book were done for the Enchanted Visions Project when I was an active contributing member. I haven't felt particularly inspired by some of the more recent monthly themes and I haven't had (or probably more accurately ... haven't made) time to participate in the activities of that collective. At the beginning of my fantasy art career though, it forced me to create something on a regular basis and helped me expand my portfolio, which was great. And I was able to take full advantage of the challenge of the themes, always trying my best to one up the previous effort. Good times. ^_^
This year saw a massive and fast growth in my digi sales on Etsy, which ended up claiming much of my available time. I would like to have more time to do larger scale artwork which also require more research into the themes. Part of the fun I have when I make a larger, more committed fantasy pieces, is the research and brainstorming that go into each. Sometimes I spend days scouring the Internet in multiple languages. ^_^
I am not sure how the dark coloring book will be received. Probably not as huge a success as my more mainstream Gardens & Goddesses, but the dark art niche is a strong one with very enthusiastic fans, so who knows? I, for one, like both ends of the spectrum and everything in between, from bright and cheerful to dark and sinister. ^_^