Johanna has since released a further 4 books, totalling sales of over 20 million and counting. The beauty of colouring books is that generally there is no language barrier, creating a global opportunity, which Johanna s backing up with huge sales in Brazil, China and the US to name a few.
WHAT INSPIRES JOHANNA?
Johanna spent much of her childhood exploring her rural Scottish surroundings; visiting relatives on family holidays. Her Grandfather was Head Gardener at Brodick Castle Gardens, where a young Johanna was free to indulge in it’s beautiful natural surroundings and let her imagination unfold:
IT’S BETTER TOGETHER
Speaking to the Herald Scotland, Johanna humbly discusses the collaboration between illustrator and you the reader/buyer…..person who colours the book in!
“It is just my job to do those black and white outlines, then whoever has the book brings the pictures to life with colour – they are really completing it. We work as a team.”
It’s this inclusion that we love about colouring books for grown ups. Whatever the reason you colour in: coping with stress, anxiety, creativity, fun. It needs YOU too. Sure the illustrations are often so intricate and mesmerising but adding colour brings them to life. Such simplicity can be enjoyed by anyone, of any ability.
THE ILLUSTRATORS PROCESS
Johanna is known to advocate the hand drawn approach and, where possible, steers clear of computer generated artwork, embracing the personal charm and imperfections of hand. Her work is beautifully intricate, blossoming with flora, fauna and minute little details.
Discussing her process, Johanna explains to Digital Arts Online:
As an inspiration to many new illustrators, trying to make their mark in the colouring book for adults genre, the future looks bright for Johanna, and here at StressFish, we continue to enjoy colouring in her amazing work.
Why not submit some of your own work to Johanna Basford Colouring Gallery? A space she has created to showcase your collaborations: https://www.johannabasford.com/gallery/
Some of Johanna Basford’s inspirational books:
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