The coloring book of nightmares
A few things set Davina's work apart from the mainstream market, making her books a unique and wonderful addition to any library....
Venturing away from the usual coloring book subjects, Davina's current publications include "The Creatures of Greek Mythology", "The Creatures of Classic Horror", "The Famous Painters in Art History", her own version of the classic "Alice in Wonderland" and her latest, "Haunted Dolls: the coloring book of nightmares". While the subjects of these books are less typical in the market, what really makes them stand out is the educational approach. With a great love for both art and education, Davina has accompanied her coloring pages with a few fun facts that add to your creative experience (along with a generous filmography listing in her "Creatures of Classic Horror").
In addition to these unique features, there is one more detail that really defines her coloring books and sets them apart from others-- the illustration technique. While most coloring book illustrators choose to generate their art through the use of computer graphic programs, Davina takes a different and more involved approach, hand-drawing each piece in her own artistic interpretation of the subject. See the video above.
My very first coloring book project, The "Creatures of Greek Mythology" was quite an adventure for me. While attending college I had taken a course in Mythology, where I was greatly inspired by the assigned readings which led me to draw Medusa for my own entertainment-- I love to draw! When my children saw the drawing, they had commented on how it looked like a coloring book page and asked if they could have one to color-- in that very moment, the wheels of my imagination began turning and my first coloring book project began. I had never even thought about creating coloring books before that!
I began by making a list and sketching each of the creatures in pencil, and then inking them by hand. I then researched the mythological deities and wrote up a short legend for each, adding in the educational aspect that I so dearly love in my work. My children, ages 9 and 10 at the time, where anxious for each character to be finished so that I could run copies for them to color. Seeing their excitement and enjoyment in my work was the fuel that kept me going on the project as it stretched out for over a year. Now, many years later, I still see the impact that my book has had on them. When they recently watched the newer version for "Clash of the Titans", I heard them commenting on the characters, mentioning cool little facts that they remembered from my book! It really made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile with my work. I love knowing that they enjoyed coloring my book AND that they learned something memorable from it. Since then, I have created many more coloring books and I owe many thanks to my daughters for setting me on this path. For this reason and many others, I dedicate all of my work to them!