Creating Digital Art From Stress Relief Coloring

Last month a friend of mine shared a link to a “coloring book for adults” she had purchased on Amazon.com. I learned her motivation behind the purchase was “stress relief” and a whole new world of artistic expression opened for me. I have always loved to draw and in the 70’s I produced two books of drawings for my art glass business as well as several design packages filled with themed pages of drawings my students could use for their glass pieces. Now, with “stress relief coloring” exercises turning into a movement I find I can re-purpose those old publications as well as create new ones from scratch. I’m inspired to create again!

Yesterday I finished coloring a paper print and took a snapshot of it with my smartphone. As you can see the lighting wasn’t all that great. I wasn’t too concerned because I knew that running the image through photo filters would produce different results. That to me is what adds the magic to digital art creations.  When I started manipulating the image I was in “beta testing” mode, not concerned as to whether the end result would be a piece worthy of framing and labeling “art”. I was into the experience for the adventure. After several hours and interruptions, I had produced some pieces worthy of attention. 

Here is one of the digital art pieces I generated to use for Instagram and Facebook posts: 
As you can see, the digital art rendition looks little like the original coloring.