Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Intricate Ink Animals in Detail

A coloring book by Tim Jeffs

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I couldn't be happier and more excited to have 50 of my drawings packaged into a beautiful coloring book published by Pomegranate Publishing of Portland Oregon! Pomegranate out did themselves with the production of this book. It's a casebound book with a special lay-flat binding and sturdy, hardbound cover. It's 108 pages long and printed on high-quality paper. The Size is: 8¾ x 11¼. The coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed once you've finished coloring them.

People have watched me draw the animal drawings in this book on social media for over a year now. They have supported me, encouraged my drawing as I’ve posted step-by-step process pictures, and many of the animals have been their suggestions. I feel their support has made this book happen. Therefore my hope is that now, with the book, they can be part of the creative process as well. And the book and their new color creations can become an inspiration for them to share with me and other coloring book enthusiasts.

Intricate Ink: Animals in Detail is a coloring book for animal lovers that explores each animal’s unique and incredibly ornate details, patterns and textures. This book is where coloring and fine drawing meet. Where the colorer has the opportunity to let the line art become part of the coloring experience. Most coloring books have thick outlines and simplify drawings which lack great detail. The user is limited to only fill in the areas within the lines, where this book lets the user lay color over the drawings and colorize the animals in a completely different way. The end result is a detailed drawing of an animals that is colored with the user’s imagination. The user can color the animals as they are in nature, or let their imagination run free. A rainbow elephant, a blue polar bear, a green lion, with an end result that is realistic, complex, and unlike any other coloring book experience before.

"Intricate Ink: Animals in Detail" takes the coloring book experience to the next level. This is the first coloring book with extremely detailed drawings of animals to color. It lets the user color animals like they never have before in other simpler-lined coloring books. The end result will be a piece of art they helped create. And one they will be proud to show or cut out and frame.

For coloring book lovers, this is the next step in coloring challenges. A book that lets the user explore detailed patterns that other coloring books just don't have. For animal lovers, it's offers 50 extremely detailed drawings of their favorite animals to colorize. For children, its a book to see animals in ways they never have before, and color them in ways only their imagination will limit.

Here are two examples of the 50 pages inside the coloring book

here's an example of an elephant I colored in from the book

and before and after examples of my Macaw and Zebra

A little history about me

Using black ink pens and colored pencils, American artist and illustrator Tim Jeffs is creating a veritable ink zoo of intricately drawn animals. Ever intrigued by their diversity and complexity, Jeffs strives to capture his subjects’ essence in his portraits. He begins each drawing with extensive research into a given animal’s conservation status, habitats, habits, and physical appearance. He then closely studies its skin or fur but lets artistic license dictate the patterns, textures, and colors he applies. He enjoys “having the control of making it my own creation, and not just another photograph.” Jeffs does, however, pay photorealistic attention to drawing each creature’s eyes, which “give it a personality, express emotion and let the animal tell its own story as it looks back at the viewer.”

The artist’s story began in Maryland in 1965. Born the seventh of eight children, and from a young age fascinated by drawing, Jeffs was a national award–winning artist while still in high school. A scholarship to Parsons School of Design in New York set the stage for a twenty-five-year career designing books, logos, and websites for Scientific American, Sunset Publishing, Time Life Books and others. Jeffs began sketching animals for personal pleasure; his finely detailed drawings have gone on to garner worldwide attention.

Here's the list of 50 animal Images included in the book:

  1. Alligator
  2. Bearded Dragon
  3. Black Bear
  4. Boa Constrictor
  5. Buffalo
  6. Chameleon 1
  7. Chameleon 2
  8. Chameleon 3
  9. Cheetah
  10. Crocodile
  11. Cuttlefish
  12. Elephant 1
  13. Elephant 3
  14. Giraffe
  15. Great Horned Owl 1
  16. Great Horned Owl 2
  17. Hippopotamus
  18. Humpback Whale
  19. Iguana 1
  20. Iguana 2
  21. Jaguar 1
  22. Jaguar 2
  23. Komodo Dragon
  24. Lemur
  25. Lion
  26. Lionfish
  27. Macaw 1
  28. Macaw 2
  29. Maine Lobster
  30. Moray Eel
  31. Musk Ox
  32. Nautilus
  33. Ocelot
  34. Octopus 1
  35. Octopus 2
  36. Polar Bear
  37. Ram
  38. Red-Tailed Hawk
  39. Rhinoceros
  40. Rock Lobster
  41. Sea Horse
  42. Sea Turtle 1
  43. Sloth
  44. Snow Leopard
  45. Spiny Lobster
  46. Squid
  47. Tapir
  48. Tiger
  49. Wolf
  50. Zebra

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