Hello adult coloring fans! Today we have an interview with creator of adult coloring book “Zemlja snova”. A great coloring book created by illustrator that worked previously on Game of thrones and Outlander adult coloring books. For those of you lucky enough to have a copy of his book, you already know how good are his designs, and for his new fans… read on to find out more about Tomislav Tomic.
Q: First of all tell us little something about yourself.
My name is Tomislav Tomic and I am an illustrator from Croatia. I usually illustrate children books using ink drawing as a technique in my illustrations. So far I made illustrations for several coloring books for different publishers. [easyazon_link identifier=”B01N0DI9JE” locale=”US” tag=”color-planer-20″]Zemlja Snova[/easyazon_link] is first book coloring book I did for Croatian publisher.
Q: Where do you get the ideas? What inspired you?
When creating this book I was inspired by the fairy tales, I made my own worlds using all kinds of creatures that usually live in these stories. I tried to tell my own stories through pictures and make the people who will color the book create their own stories by adding their own touch to the illustrations.
Q: Describe your illustrations in three little words
I would say that my illustrations are: detailed, classic, decorative.
Q: How would you describe your workplace?
My workplace is always too small and messy but I like it that way.
Q: Do you work with a team? If so, how many people you work with?
I always work on my illustrations alone, not much of a team player.
Q: In your opinion, why does your illustrations appeal so much to adults?
I am not sure why my illustrations appeal to adults, maybe they remember some old books from their childhood when they look at my illustrations. Really not sure about this.
Q: Before making this adult coloring book did you have any other projects?
Before this book I made two coloring books as a part of Pictura edition, these are: A Walk Through Paris and New York Jazz
Q: What challenges (if any) did you face in making your coloring book for adults and can you give other artist any tips for solving similar problems?
When I was creating this book I tried to put myself in a position of someone who is going to color my illustration. I tried to make enough elements to color, and to make pictures that give lot of opportunities to make their own worlds. My advice is to make illustrations in a way that you enjoy the most, it is important to have fun while creating. That way you are honest to yourself and it turns out good in the end.
Q: Do you test your illustrations on a specific group of coloring community members before publishing?
I didn’t test the book on anybody. I didn’t know any person that color the coloring books for adults at the time. I met some people after the book was published, and they told it is ok.
Q: What’s your favorite thing from your latest coloring book?
I am really happy that I was allowed to make whatever I want while making this book. Some other projects are not that much fun to make. That is why I am happy with this book. No favorite piece I think.
Q: How do you feel about the success of your coloring books for adults?
I am not sure what to say about that, it is maybe too early to call it success.
Q: What’s the one message you’d want to send to all of the people who enjoy your books?
I would like to thank them for buying the book and to be brave with colors, there is no wrong way in coloring. It is important that you have fun while doing it.
Q: What drives the adult coloring trend according to your experience?
I am not sure what makes people color the coloring books, I am sure that there are many different reasons. But probably it helps them in a way, that is why they are doing it. As an illustrator I have a possibility to fill all my creative needs through my projects and on the other hand it is stressful and a therapy at the same time. So I am probably not the best person to talk about other people’s reasons about coloring.
Q: Do you have a favorite coloring book author? How did he/she earn your admirations?
I don’t really know many authors of coloring books, mostly these that I can find in local bookstore. Didn’t make a big research before I started making my own book. Now I see that there are really lot of artists in the world that made coloring books. Don’t have my favorite artist of coloring book but I liked one I noticed few months ago on the web. Unfortunately forgot her name and not able to find it anymore, her drawings were really beautiful.
Q: What would you like to see more in adult coloring book world?
I think that there is so many books on the market at the moment, more than I can explore to say what would be a good way to go from here. It would be better to ask the people who color these books, what they would like to see in the future.
Q: And last but not least, where can we find your artwork?
I don’t use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, I don’t feel comfortable using these services, people think I am weird, but I got used to it. These services can be very useful but I am not the right person for it.
I only have a website, I don’t upload new images to it very often (every five years or so I think). I prefer spending my time drawing and with my family and friends in person.
Bellow is the link to my website:
Here is a review of the adult coloring book Zemlja snova by Youtuber Coloring Queen
Click here to see Zemlja Snova on Amazon.
(update 2017: This book is currently hard to find!)
If you want more information about the book and see more finished coloring pages please visit the Facebook group:
Fans of Zemlja Snova (Land of Dreams) by Croatian artist Tomislav Tomić
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Interview with Tomislav was very interesting and it was good to put a face to his name. I delight in sitting quietly and I imagine myself being amongst your wonderful line work. I have both books and really enjoy coloring in them, letting my imagination run free. Are you working on another fabulous coloring book? Hope so!
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