Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Meet Jeff - Colourer of the Month

This will be a monthly post, featuring someone whose colouring has caught my eye.

Check out Colourer of the Month for April - Helen
Check out Colourer of the Month for May - Erin
Check out Colourer of the Month for June - Kate
Check out Colourer of the Month for July - Lou
Check out Colourer of the Month for August - Amber


Introducing Jeff who lives in Georgia, United States.


From Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford


What made you start colouring?

I was always artistic as a child. I think I inherited it from my mother. I drew all the time and had aspirations to work for Walt Disney Company as an animator or an imagineer in theme park design. I always had coloring books and crayons, and spent a lot of my time in those worlds; imagining and creating.
Somewhere along the way that all got put aside and I got busy with school and decided to become a doctor. I had not touched anything to do with art until last year when I bought some of the vintage coloring books, that I'd had as a kid, off Ebay. Just as those arrived, I saw an article on Facebook about this crazy trend started by a woman in Scotland by the name of Johanna Basford. I rushed out and bought all her books, and many more, along with a set of Polychromos. So I got back to my roots.
It is not so much a stress reliever for me, as I can get pretty obsessive about it, but it gives me a way of releasing my imagination. My work is all about protocols and regimens and allows little room for being creative and thinking outside the box. This gives me that outlet.


From Dagdrommar (Daydreams) by Hanna Karlzon


From Secret Garden by Johanna Basford


Do you consider colouring to be an art?

Most certainly. This is art for the masses. It is a chance for everyone to dig inside themselves and come up with something that only they can do. You can't go online and look at the new colourings posted every day by millions of talented people and tell me it is not art. I know there are skeptics and cynics  that laugh at this but this is creativity on a massive scale by people who love beauty. That is art.


From Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford


What materials do you like to use?

I am primarily a pencil guy. I started with Polychromos. I told myself at the start that I would not go crazy! No, I have the Polys, Prismas, Luminance, Inktense pencils and blocks, and my latest and greatest acquisition……Holbeins. I love my Holbeins. I also use the occasional Gelly Roll pen here and there, and have used PanPastels in several of my pictures.


From Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford


Which is your favourite colouring book?

Wow, tough one. As you can see, I color mostly Basford books. I feel very loyal to her since it was her work that brought me this wonderful world. I love Maria Trolle's books. I adore Romantic Country for its simple charm. I think Imagimorphia is insanely creative……this list goes on and on. I don't think I can narrow it down to one, or even several. The great thing is that there are just so many wonderful books by so many wonderful artists, and they are each unique and appealing in their own special way.



From Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford

Do you frame your finished colourings? Or display them?

Not a chance! I like what I have done but not that much! I do share them with my friends and family and coworkers. I have shared them with my patients and have gotten several of them involved with adult coloring as a result.


From Dagdrommar (Daydreams) by Hanna Karlzon

What is your favourite colour?

Hmmm, I love yellows and oranges. They are just so cheerful. It always brightens my day to see someone using a lot of colours. They make me happy.


From Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford

What advice would you have for other colourists?

Having been at this for a little while, I would say, to do for yourself what I am often not good at doing for myself…give yourself a break. This is coloring and while I said it is art up above, it is more about having fun. It does not have to be perfect.
Life never is, so your colorings don't have to be either. Don't ever apologise for your colorings, or feel inadequate. We all started somewhere, we all grow and we all get better.
Don't compare yourself to others - enjoy your personal vision, and your own outcome, and be proud of it. Share your work and let others see your talent and imagination!
Join coloring groups and make friends. Coloring is an experience best shared. I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet some of the most wonderful people across the globe because of this, and everyone should have that same chance.

Thanks Jeff.


From Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford


You can read all about "Johanna Basford's Busy Year"here.

Here are the books that Jeff is colouring from…..




Dagdrommar (Daydreams) by Hanna Karlzon
My review and video flip through is - here.


You can buy it at - Book Depository;









Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford
You can see a flip through video and review by Johanna herself - here.


You can buy it at - Book Depository;









Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
You can read my review - here.

You can buy it at - Book Depository;  Amazon US;  
Amazon UK







Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford

You can buy it at - Book Depository;










Secret Garden by Johanna Basford

You can buy it at - Book Depository;   Amazon US;
Amazon UK







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Reviews and Posts from last week



We're Off to See the Wizard"  - review, purchase links & flip through video - here.










Buena Vista  - Review, purchase links & flip through video - here.

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