Well, Coloring Flower Mandalas is OFF to the presses! I’ve seen the proofs, seen the cover art in action, and I have to say, Ulysses Press makes me look damn good. 🙂 I’ve been posting a few snapshots here and there of work in progress on Instagram, I just wanted to share some of these with you all in one place!
And here’s a free sample coloring page from this book!
I know you’re thinking – “Where is the dang book pre-order link, Wendy?”
Sorry. I don’t have it yet! When I do I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops, and I’ll update this post with the info. Promise!
Forget the pre-ordering – this thing has HIT THE STREETS! 😀
Here is the
pre-order link for Amazon and for Barnes & Noble!!! And if you are near McHenry County, IL, or like to support local bookstores, please order from my hometown bookstore Read Between the Lynes!
Edited to add: Here is the video preview, too!
Here’s the first peek, and not anything you’ll actually see in the book. This was the first draft image for the cover, and we took the feedback from Facebook and Instagram friends to go in a slightly different direction:
Here’s the final art for the book cover, and I’m so glad I asked for input because I liked this so much better than the first two:
Today I spent a full 3 hours coloring a new flower mandala for my next book cover. Thanks to all my IG and Facebook friends for your input on the last two I put up to a vote! I used the colors of the right side on the drawing from the left. I’m much happier with the outcome! 🙂 A photo posted by Wendy Piersall (@wendypiersall) on
At some point in February I panicked that I was getting behind schedule, so I started drinking lots of caffeine and pretty much drew non-stop. This is one of the most intricate flower mandalas in the book:
As work progressed, I was surprised at how different of a process it was drawing flower mandalas as opposed to animal mandalas. Flowers are naturally so symmetrical that they were easier to draw than I had anticipated. But at the same time, I thought they looked less interesting than the animals did when they weren’t colored in. If you really think about it, many flowers look almost identical to each other, and it’s just colors that enables us to tell different types apart. So when I colored this poppy, I realized it also looks a lot like an anemone, and I loved the idea that color interpretation will make a bigger impact on this book than the last one:
I have a feeling I am going to enjoy coloring my next mandala coloring book even more than the last one. 🙂 A photo posted by Wendy Piersall (@wendypiersall) on
Finally, after all the artwork was done, the Ulysses Press editorial team picked the mandala they wanted me to color for the back cover. I couldn’t believe the response it got on Instagram and Facebook – I seriously have the most supportive and kickass friends and fans ANYWHERE!
Lastly, I was super-dooper-pooper sad that a few of my absolute favorite illustrations got cut from the final book. I understand very well why editorial decisions like this must be made, and I don’t take it personally. But that just means I have to find other ways of getting this art to you – gee darn, huh?! 🙂 Here’s a freebie I posted to my new Facebook page – go ahead and print and color away right now! 😉