Remember that time I thought it was a good idea to not just create a new free-hand pen and ink drawing every day for a month, but to also produce a high-quality time-lapse video for each of them? Yeah.. that was Inktober 2020.
2020 was the first time I joined Inktober. I was hesitant. You may have heard.
But it turned out to be an extraordinary experience, it helped me deal with a severe case of burnout, inspired me to create and publish my now best-selling adult coloring art book Inkandescence, and today I’m finally ready to let go of the original drawings as well.
Setting my very personal and vulnerable art, Inkandescence, into the world as an interactive art book was, to say the least, terrifying.
“Lisa, this could be your best book yet. I think it’s genius!” – Dee Myles (fan and artist)
I was fully prepared for trolls, haters, and critics, but am pleasantly surprised by the warm reception.
“I’ve watched you bloom from your very first book all the way through to now. It has been a privilege and a trip to watch and to take part in it. I always knew you were a great artist, but you only grow better! Exquisite art! Bravo Lisa! Bravo!” – Madame Laurie (fan, colorist, art student)
The people who are already coloring the pages, have much praise as well. I found that many colorists enjoy working with colored pencils directly on top of the dark photographs that are featured in the book, while others prefer the grey-scale line art versions of the pages. Likewise, my digital colorists are having a blast.
I’m a realist though. I fully understand that this book is not for everyone. For some it’s too racy. For some it’s too dark. For some it’s just too detailed. I’ve learned a long time ago that if you try to please everyone, you will please no one. My aim with Inkandescence wasn’t to release a popular and “safe” book. There’re plenty of those out on the market already. My book is for those who are like me: artistic, daring, different, somewhat on the dark side but not stereotypically gothic, and ultimately positive and energetic.
I’m thrilled that those who don’t fancy this work, just walk on by without leaving hurtful comments, while whose who appreciate the work take the time to let me know. Granted, it’s only been a week since the book’s release.
I’m thrilled to see how new audiences react in a few weeks when Inkandescence will be reviewed by multiple YouTubers. Stay tuned for those updates and announcements.
Most of all, I enjoy seeing the colorings and reading about your interpretations of my drawings.
I hope to hear from YOU.
Join my free private community TALM, and share your art and thoughts with the rest of us.
Stay dark. Stay humorous. Stay positive. These attributes don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
My new book, Inkandescence, is not for everyone, and that’s just the way I like it.
This is the first adult coloring book that I didn’t design to be a coloring book from the start. All of the art in this volume is based on the drawings that I did during Inktober 2020, and all were greatly influenced by 2020 itself.
For me, this book is a way of getting closure on this very difficult year and punching my way out of burnout. I hope that my audience also finds comfort and resolution in its pages.
It was a very different experience for me to take my ballpoint pen and ink drawings and transform them into colorable art. It was especially tricky to take the leap of faith and share art that is so personal. After all, none of these images were intended for coloring. They were my way of interpreting the Inktober prompts while dealing with stress, and also practicing my ballpoint pen technique.
In the end, it was a great decision. This is the book that I’m most proud of. Is it perfect? Art never is. But I’ve learned to accept and embrace imperfection, because chasing a flawless outcome is a guaranteed way to never accomplish anything. It’s honest. It’s beautiful. It gets you thinking, and you can interact with it.
So, how “adult” IS this book?
Watch this behind-the-scenes INTERVIEW and decide for yourself.
“I grew up on classical art. I grew up on marble statues and Michelangelo’s bodies all intertwined. To me, artistic nudity is just natural. It’s obscene that we have to drape our women in drapery, and hide nipples and curves.”
Swing by my private community TALM, and share your thoughts and feelings about this volume, and also show off your colorings.