GDG artist Johanna Ans, being selfish or just proud!
If others can’t or don’t blog about me as an artist, colorist and my work, I have to do it my self. No, did not think about that before, but it’s time to do it…I have to promote myself too, because working always for others, will not help to sell my books…so let me be selfish and do it right away….. because I have the right to be proud…made already 3 individuals, worked together on a lot of books with Maria Wedel, took care of hundreds and hundreds of colorings for the covers and video’s for the books with or for Maria, can’t count the colorings anymore that I did for all the GDG colleges, for example, for cover, for fun, for video or to help out. Full of idea’s that I share with others, for their books, for my own books or my idea’s in a collaboration like the GDG Typical Dutch book. Tell people that we have a fair collaboration with our publisher, we make books together, share our royalties, but we still our the owners of our work, the copyright for Global Doodle Gems is just the book itself. Did an interview together with Maria for the Dutch Magazine “Kleurglossy” by publisher Personalia, will be published on November 20th 2016. Going to events and bookstores to tell about our Global Doodle Gems experience, about our books and artists, the colorists that we can’t miss. Doing workshops in art-supplies stores to show how I color, of course on freebies from GDG and try to convince people how great our books are, that it is worth to buy on Amazon or Bookdepository…. in the hope that we will find the way to become on the shelves IN the bookstores….. and not in the last place, that some day I am not the poor artist anymore, but that the people will no who I am, recognize my work, want to color my work….and maybe will buy some of my adult coloringbooks once in a while… Not becoming a rich artist…that’s not what I dream of…. just be recognized and appreciated! Does that sound selfish?
I will show you what I did last year, just my things, the selfish side…what I did just for me! I start with the individuals and the projects together with others…. just to begin!
My very first proud to be me, GDG “Cat Gems”, all about cats, easy coloring, detailed work, furry or smooth, but cats…..
This beautiful cover is colored by Peggy Sue Karunding
Cat Gems: Global Doodle Gems Presents Cat Gems by Johanna Ans
Coloring book for all Cat lovers, fun, quirky great for all levels, 42 designs and a surprise for the end ….The book “GDG Cat Gems” is an adult coloring book, but of course you can color with your kids too! Don’t let yourselves be held back by the detailed work, because you can color it anyway you want, it will be your art too! Have a lot of fun with all the materials you have, because there is no holding back, the book is single side printed! Prrrrr,…prrrr….prrrr…., mrauw, have furry fun coloring these furry friends!
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Than my first project with Maria started, she asked me to help out coloring Eggs for her, and it became coloring hundreds of eggs and a bunch of bonus pages that I did draw… And I am on the cover, you can’t miss it…over 300 eggs colored that! Very proud of ur first project Maria, our GDG “The Little Big Book of Egg Designs”
Just one page of the colored examples…there are 32 video’s of my colorings to inspire you…just open this video, and if you like you can see them all….
400 decorated eggs to color and have fun with in various sizes, extra bonus codes inside for biggie eggs ..So here is my little big book of Egg designs….remember it does not have to be Easter,to have fun times with eggs, Eggtime is any time !!!
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Working in the meantime on my second individual, GDG “Twister-Gems-Doodle-Do-Book”, a book that you can color, or draw with me, or fill in the way you like. It is a very big book, 240 one side printed… can be a great help for you, if you never draw before!
The cover is gorgeous colored by Carla den Otter
After the Big Eggbook, Maria and I descided that we would do another one too, a mini- sized big book, GDG The Big Little Book of Egg Designs”…. 101 same-sized eggs, drawn by Maria and me, colored with the help of Carla Den Otter and Nancy van Acker, and yes, I did a lot again..
I show you in a video all the colored work….
The Big Little Book of Egg Designs: Adult Coloring Book : 101 single page big eggs to color in a Pocket size book
101 single page big decorated eggs to color and have fun with, So here is my big little book of Egg designs….remember it does not have to be Easter,to have fun times with eggs, Eggtime is any time !!!
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And I just go on, because I can’t stop drawing and coloring anymore, I am addicted or just dedicated, to Global Doodle Gems, but even more to myself…. I started a third individual, GDG “Wood you color me”, a mini book, playing with the word WOOD as in WOULD, and the pattern a repeat in all the drawings is a kind of wood….
I asked my friend and colorist Wendy Hofstee to color my cover, she has a great coloringpage herself, maybe you know her as
“Wendy Kleurt”. I am proud of the cover, but I believe, Wendy is even more proud of it!
And yes, for the first time I colored a whole book from myself, from beginning till the end, and I really loved it to do. Yes, as an artist is it not always easy to color your own work, your mind is also always busy with new ideas, new projects, new art…. But how can I show people that it is fun to color, that you can do it your own way, pick your colors whatever you like, even if you color purple wood, if I do not show it my self…. take a look on what I did…
And I just went on, talked with Maria, can’t we do something like the Eggbooks, but than for Christmas, and so the idea for mini X-Mas ornament books became 2 real books, yes, we did 2 of them, and they are funny to color to. To free your mind, do it between difficult and detailed colorings, and if you like, you can even cut them out and make X-Mas cards of it…. Again proud of us Maria, we made GDG “The Big Little Book of X-Mas Ornaments” in a time of lot of stress and hardwork, to free our minds!
We loved the cover theme of the Eggbooks, so for us, it was just a second away to think about the covers for the mini X-Mas books, color a hell of a lot ornaments Johanna…and that was just what I did…. I made an example for you how to make a nice
101 single page big decorated Christmas ornaments to color and have fun with, So here is “The Big Little Book of Xmas Ornaments” 1. There are pages for all levels of coloring, so the whole family can enjoy this and have fun with it … lots of possibilities cut out your designs and use for Christmas cards … or use for Christmas Decorations … or just enjoy coloring in the book ….
It still goes on….and it is just about individuals and projects together with others…do I have an example from all the colored work for the The Big Little Book of X-Mas Ornaments… you know me in the meantime, yes of course I have…take a look!
And than I just forgot 2 great books, brainstorm with Maria, about a good colorist tool! If you download a color chart from a specific brand, that has 120 blocks to fill in, and you only can afford 24 of them, you always have the frustration of the empty spaces…So how can we make something that gaves you all the opportunities that fits with your stuff..yup, make different kind of color charts, so do research about it…and we made our great tool, Maria did all the charts by hand, and they are gorgeous, great… and very useful too! Look to this great book GDG “My Color Companion”
We published a “normal” sized book, with a lot of pages and a lot of different templates… How I colored the cover.. and some colored examples by Maria Wedel
My Color Companion, the idea for this book comes from my own need, to always keep records of my colors, it is the first thing I do, when I get new pencils, markers or pens, as an artist I also test fineliners and pencils, I have handdrawn the 30 different templates inside this book ( each template is repeated 4 times in the book) , I recommend that you use a piece of cardstock between the pages when you test markers. The book is printed on the same paper as 90 % of most of the coloring books you will find on Amazon, which means it is a great place to test how your colors will work in the books, and create your own unique color palettes that are your style. Also check out the pocket edition with 15 different templates (also repeated 4 times, giving you a whole 60 single pages to work with your colors on).
Just one of my colored examples in my GDG “My Pocket Color Companion”..there are 14 video’s if you like to see them all
My Color Companion, the idea for this book, comes from my own need to always keep records of my colors, it is the first thing I do, when I get new pencils, markers or pens, as an artist I also test fineliners and pencils, I have handdrawn the 15 different templates inside this book ( each template is repeated 4 times in the book) , I recommend that you use a piece of cardstock between the pages when you test markers. The book is printed on the same paper as 90 % of most of the coloring books you will find on Amazon, which means it is a great place to test how your colors will work in the books, and create your own unique color palettes that are your style. The mini edition is thought to be your companion on the go, a smaller size, easier to bring along on short trips !
And it will not stop, still the individuals or collaborations, that I show you. My latest idea was to make a book with my Dutch GDG artist colleges, and we made a gorgeous book GDG “Typical Dutch”. It is published in Dutch and English edition and the French edition will come soon! A special thank you to the Dutchie Coloristteam, for there great support! Karin Speijer Kamp (Karin’s Kleurplaten), Wendy Hofstee Wiersema (Wendy Kleurt), Wendy Danko (WeColor), Nancy van Acker, Carla den Otter, Manuela Bremer (Manuela Bremer)
We make a beautiful trip through our country for you to color it your own way, or search for the original examples to color it traditional.
And did I already color in it…oh yeah I have…and I will color the whole book, because I am making a showbook too!
The first typical Dutch in the Global Doodle Gems line, in this book our Dutch artists are represented. The book brings together the Dutchie team. We take you on a journey through our country The Netherlands, from Kinderdijk to Amsterdam, via Hindeloopen to Delft. Of course our typical Dutch delicacies may not be missing, the herring bite, drop and foam blocks, pea soup with rye bread and of course our bitterballen. We are a land of mills and windmills, water and vistas and fixed habits like our Sinterklaas party. On the bike through the tulip fields is a typical Dutch occupation.We wish you lots of fun with your tour through our little country !
And of course the Dutch edition
Het eerste typische Nederlands aan dit Global Doodle Gem boek, is natuurlijk het feit dat we allemaal Nederlandse tekenaars zijn. Het idee ontstond het Dutchie team samen te brengen in 1 boek, de tekenaars en onze inkleurders ! We nemen jullie mee op reis door ons Nederland, van Kinderdijk naar Amsterdam, via Hindeloopen naar Delft. Natuurlijk mogen onze typisch Nederlandse lekkernijen ook niet ontbreken, het haringhappen, drop en schuimblokken, snert met roggebrood en natuurlijk onze bitterballen. We zijn een land van molens en windmolens, van water en vergezichten en van vaste gewoontes zoals ons Sinterklaasfeest. Op de fiets door de tulpenvelden is een typisch Nederlandse bezigheid.Wij wensen jullie heel plezier met jullie toeristische, kleurrijke tour door ons kikkerlandje.
And this was just all about my individuals and my collaborations. Did I tell you that I am also in the GDG theme books like Mandala, Flower, Gems, Hearts, Who’s Who, Annual Colorists Choice and also in the GDG Holiday books like Halloween, X-Mas, Valentines, Easter, Heartevent charity book…and I really believe, that I forget things right now. Oh, and what about the tests that I did for the Mephisto Coloring Therapy books, I did all the covers in day and night editions, tested also the Mandala Coloringtherapy book, projects that I also did with Maria… And I am also in all 6 Minibook volumes, published in Volume 8 and 13 already…..But let I talk about that in another blog… I see that I crossed a mountain, no I think I crossed a whole mountain chain!
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