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Capturing a New Coloring Page with Adobe

Hi there, friends! I hope your 2016 is off to a great start! Currently I'm working on a supercool project with the wonderful folks at Adobe, and we could use your help! As you may know by now, I am a huge fan of the Adobe mobile apps-- I use them in my work just about every day. Adobe Capture is one of my faves-- it has different components, but one of the things you can do is capture shapes and save them to your Creative Cloud library to use in your designs.

I've teamed up with Adobe to create a coloring page based on shapes that AdobeCapture users send in. The idea for this project is for you to capture something you love, submit the shape, then I'll combine the shapes into a coloring page just in time for Valentine's Day!

You can read all about the project here on the Adobe blog. You have until January 29th to submit your shapes, and I'll take it from there!

And speaking of Adobe Capture, here are some ways I'm using it with the newly-released public domain collections from the New York Public Library. Over 180000 images have been made available for use by the public, and artists are encouraged to remix and reuse the images. I used the Brush function in Capture to create a brush of the artwork below on the left. I then took that brush into Adobe Sketch and created the design on the right. The palette was created using the Colors function in Capture.

Jenean Morrison + NYPL Remix + Adobe Capture

Here is another one I created using the same process.

Jenean Morrison + NYPL Remix + Adobe Capture

For this design, I pulled a bird shape from one of the images, turned it into a brush and scattered it around in Sketch.

Jenean Morrison + NYPL Remix + Adobe Capture

Like many artists, I often gravitate toward the same shapes and colors, so this app provides a nice way to get outside of my head with my art! 

I'll be back soon with a few more updates and some new art to share. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the shapes that are submitted for the coloring page. Let me know if you submit anything--I'll keep an eye out for it!

Flower Designs Coloring Book, Volume 2

I'm so happy to let you know that Volume 2 of my Flower Designs Coloring Book series is now available at Amazon and other cool shops!

Flower Designs Coloring Book, Volume 2 by Jenean Morrison

If you enjoyed the first volume, I think you're going to love this one just as much! I've created 50 new designs for coloring, consisting of flower bouquets, floral mandalas, repeat patterns and really pretty stand-alone prints. Here are a few of my colored pages. Most of these were colored with Stabilo markers.

Flower Designs Coloring Book , Volume 2 by Jenean Morrison
Flower Designs Coloring Book, Volume 2 by Jenean Morrison
Flower Designs Coloring Book, Volume 2 by Jenean Morrison

I hope you'll share your colored pages-- I love seeing how you fill the designs with color! If you share them on instagram, please tag me: @jeneanmorrison or use the hashtag #jeneanmorrison so I can find them! I hope your holidays are going wonderfully!

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November Updates

I spent a wonderful week in Los Angeles last month for the AdobeMax conference. While attending I also collaborated with attendees in the Adobe Make It booth, sharing tips and techniques for working in the Adobe mobile apps on the iPad. The conference is a great mix of information and inspiration, and I even had a chance to try out the new iPad Pro! Word on the Apple site says they are going on sale in November and I can't wait!

As usual I returned from Max full of inspiration and energy to create. I painted ten new paintings over the course of the last month, and they are all for sale starting tonight as a part of the 12th Annual St. George's Fine Art Show. They are acrylic on canvas and range in size from 16" x 16" to 24" x 24". I'll list any of the paintings that don't sell in my shop next week! I'm also working on some new works, and I'll be opening up my studio for visitors quite a bit between now and the new year.

© 2015 Jenean Morrison. "Wanderlust", Acrylic on Canvas
© 2015 Jenean Morrison "Departure" Acrylic on Canvas

Here is an iPad sketch using the same layout and concept. I created it in Adobe Photoshop Sketch. I really love the new watercolor brushes the came with the latest update!

© 2015 Jenean Morrison iPad Sketch created in Adobe Photoshop Sketch

In case you missed it, I contributed a downloadable coloring page to one of my favorite sites, Design Mom. You can download and print the page as many times as you'd like, giving you plenty of opportunities to try new techniques and coloring styles!

Coloring Page by Jenean Morrison for Design Mom
Coloring Page by Jenean Morrison for Design Mom

I also recently received copies of my coloring books from both my Brazilian and Italian publishers! It is always so exciting to see how publishers in other countries choose to interpret the book covers. These are from Newton Compton Editori, and they are just gorgeous! They are hard cover books, but the covers are padded and really beautiful!

Jenean Morrison Coloring Books for Newton Compton Editori

And here are the books from Brazil, published by Edipro. They kept the layout the same as I had it, but they combined the colors in a really beautiful way! I love them so much!

Jenean Morrison Coloring Books by Edipro, Brazil

 

One more note... Amazon has my 2016 Coloring Calendar marked down to $31.49! It is a great price for 300+ pages of coloring. I think you are going to love it!

2016 Coloring Calendar by Jenean Morrison

 I hope your November is off to an awesome start!!

2016 Coloring Calendar + The Super Awesome Coloring Book

I recently published two new coloring books, and I'm really excited about both of them! The first was a collaboration with Mark Cesarik, an artist I met back when we were both licensing our work to Free Spirit Fabric. I've always been a fan of Mark's work and jumped at the chance to work with him on a coloring book. The result: The Super Awesome Coloring Book!

The artwork is all Mark's-- I came on board to help optimize the designs for coloring, since I've had quite a bit of experience at this point! I really love Mark's wide variety of subject matter and his quirky design sensibilities. Here are a couple of the pages I've colored from the book:

Super Awesome Coloring Book by Mark Cesarik, edited by Jenean Morrison
Super Awesome Coloring Book by Mark Cesarik, edited by Jenean Morrison

I really enjoyed the collaborative process and hope to work with other artists in the future! I also recently designed and published a great big, giant 2016 Coloring Calendar. 

The book is 1.4" thick, weighs 3.9 pounds and has over 300 pages to color throughout the year. Each page is unique, with a colorable design as well as a place to jot down notes or keep track of your big ideas!

Jenean Morrison 2016 Coloring Calendar

The pages contain designs from four of my previously published books as well as over 100 new designs. My favorite part of the book might be the patterns on the spines. I love how they look when stacked!

2016 Coloring Calendar by Jenean Morrison

I hope you have a great weekend! I have some fun things planned for the holiday season, so I'll update you on those soon. If you want to follow along in between blog posts, you can find me on Instagram and Facebook

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Alt Design Summit, Summer 2015

I've been to the Alt Summit design conference 5 times in the past few years, and this one was by far my favorite! The main conference happens every January in Salt Lake City. And while SLC is beautiful in the winter, I think I prefer it in Summer. I actually spent a little time outside this time around!

photo credit: Alt Summit

photo credit: Alt Summit

Photo Credit: Alt Summit

Photo Credit: Alt Summit

This year was extra-special for me and my artwork. Not only did I have the pleasure and honor of speaking at the conference with my good friend, Monica Lee, but I also got to work with Squarespace to decorate their sponsored lounge!

Monica and I talked about being proactive and "choosing yourself" as opposed to being passive and waiting around to be selected, in art and business. We had a lot to say about the topic, and we are planning to do a podcast version on Smart Creative Women soon.

Photo credit: Alt Summit.

Photo credit: Alt Summit.

The attendees at Alt are amazing––ready to inspire, share and learn. And we had a room full of happy, smiling, nodding faces cheering us on the whole talk! I always meet the nicest people at this conference!

Photo credit: Alt Summit

Photo credit: Alt Summit

At Winter Alt this past January, I met two lovely ladies from Squarespace. I've been a devoted Squarespace user for years, and they have been a sponsor at every Alt I've attended. Earlier this year Jessica contacted me this year about working with them on their lounge. 

Photo Credit: Alt Summit

Photo Credit: Alt Summit

She had the idea to do a black and white lounge filled with artwork from my coloring books and letting attendees color during the breaks between events. Of course I loved the idea, and I went to work reformatting and resizing some of the artwork from Flower Designs. The designs were printed on tabletops and some large colorable walls. This is without a doubt one of my favorite projects that I've ever been a part of! I took a lot of photos along the way, as did the Alt photographers, and I've put them in a slideshow for you here:

It was so nice to see people––at times chatting with friends and at times alone––coloring the artwork. I loved the collaboration of it all, like how one person could color one section and the next person could color another part. And it all worked together to fill the room with color. I know that my coloring books go out into the world and that people color them, but coloring is often a solo activity. It was really fun to actually watch people color the designs and enjoy themselves so much!

Photo credit: Alt Summit

Photo credit: Alt Summit

Guy Kawasaki (above) gave the closing keynote and it was informative, funny and inspiring. Just as great were the opening talks from Danielle Krysa, Rachel Ryle, Jane Mosbacher Morris and Heather Armstrong. Each of their talks was around 15-20 minutes long, each on a different subject, all compelling. The rest of the conference was filled with hour-long sessions on topics such as building a community, launching products, pitching content to magazines and TV shows, social media and work/life balance. 

I came away from this Alt much like I have every other Alt, inspired and ready to do BIG things!! You can't walk away from a conference being surrounded by so many amazing women doing spectacular, awesome things, without feeling empowered and motivated! Oh, and good news about the Squarespace room, too: Carly from Ever Clever Mom managed to get these 48 x 96 panels back to her home for her kids to color, and Guy Kawasaki took this table top back with him and his daughter to San Francisco! Happy to see these make their way back to happy homes!

Photo credits: Guy Kawasaki/Carly Morgan

Photo credits: Guy Kawasaki/Carly Morgan

Be sure to check out Monica's new accessory line, XO Monica Lee! She's worked so hard to get this line up and running, and she has created an absolutely stunning (and practical) line of handbags. I carried a couple of her handbags at the conference and they were so lovely. And they are large enough to hold my trusted iPad which rarely leaves my side! Take a look at the line––I think you'll love everything she has to offer.

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Design + Inspiration

Inspiration: How to Marry a Millionaire. I loved the color palette of Betty Grable's outfit, the drape of the curtains behind her and the checked pattern of her shorts. Sketch created in Adobe Line. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Inspiration: How to Marry a Millionaire. I loved the color palette of Betty Grable's outfit, the drape of the curtains behind her and the checked pattern of her shorts. Sketch created in Adobe Line. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

This is one of my favorite ongoing projects. As someone who designs artwork often intended to help sell products, it is important that I pay attention to trends in the marketplace. This means I often find myself viewing lots of artwork from other artists in my field. While I want to be aware of what is happening in the world of design, I want more than anything to have a portfolio that stands out and is unique. This is one of the exercises I do to try to come up with new ideas. I look to films, art, and life, pulling color palettes, textures, shapes, etc., and use those to create original designs for my portfolio.

I created all of these sketches on the iPad using the Adobe mobile apps. This has become the way I start every project I work on. Drawing on the iPad feels very natural to me––I can sit or stand anywhere, in any position––and feel comfortable making art. And I've noticed I give myself more time to experiment and play than I do when I'm working on my desktop. I love being able to capture inspiration so freely and quickly.

In the example above from How to Marry a Millionaire, I took inspiration from Betty Grable's adorable ensemble: the checked shorts, the color palette, the bow on her scarf mixed with the texture from the drapes. In the example below, from Sleeping With the Enemy, I used the subway tile shapes and patterns; the rectangular blue shapes from the misaligned bath towels; and I did my own take on the embroidered floral bouquets from the towels. 

Inspiration: Sleeping with the Enemy. I drew the elements in Adobe Draw and Adobe Line, turned them into brushes in Adobe Brush, then created the final sketch in Adobe Sketch. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Inspiration: Sleeping with the Enemy. I drew the elements in Adobe Draw and Adobe Line, turned them into brushes in Adobe Brush, then created the final sketch in Adobe Sketch. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Here are a few more examples from some of my favorite movies!

Inspriation: Harold and Maude. I drew the flowers in Adobe Draw, then turned them into brushes in Adobe Brush. I then took the brushes into Adobe Sketch to create the design. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Inspriation: Harold and Maude. I drew the flowers in Adobe Draw, then turned them into brushes in Adobe Brush. I then took the brushes into Adobe Sketch to create the design. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Inspiration: The Young Girls of Rochefort. I used Adobe Draw to create the elements (triangles, raindrops and circles), then turned those into brushes in Adobe Brush. I then used those brushes, along with the marker tools in Adobe Sketch to create the final layout. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Inspiration: The Young Girls of Rochefort. I used Adobe Draw to create the elements (triangles, raindrops and circles), then turned those into brushes in Adobe Brush. I then used those brushes, along with the marker tools in Adobe Sketch to create the final layout. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Inspiration: Desk Set. Love this movie! In this sketch I used my usual tools (Draw, Brush and Sketch) and also Adobe Shape and Adobe Color. 

Inspiration: Desk Set. Love this movie! In this sketch I used my usual tools (Draw, Brush and Sketch) and also Adobe Shape and Adobe Color. 

Inspiration: Single White Female. Created in Adobe Line. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Inspiration: Single White Female. Created in Adobe Line. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

A couple of examples from things other than movies. 

My husband's family gathers at the Piccadilly Cafeteria every year for Thanksgiving. This sketch was inspired by the colors and textures in the jello and salad section. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

My husband's family gathers at the Piccadilly Cafeteria every year for Thanksgiving. This sketch was inspired by the colors and textures in the jello and salad section. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Inspiration: CB2 catalog. I love to use catalogs for inspiration because you can pull shapes and colors that are right on trend. I created the elements in Draw, turned them into brushes in Brush, then used those in Sketch to create the design. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Inspiration: CB2 catalog. I love to use catalogs for inspiration because you can pull shapes and colors that are right on trend. I created the elements in Draw, turned them into brushes in Brush, then used those in Sketch to create the design. (Artwork by Jenean Morrison)

Some of these sketches end up in my portfolio as is. Others go through several revisions before making the cut. And some don't have lives beyond this exercise. In any case, I enjoy the process and find I'm often surprised by the outcome!

You can view the entire project in my Behance Portfolio, and you can see new examples on Instagram following the hashtag #jmdesignandinspiration. I recently had the pleasure of demonstrating these apps and some of my techniques at Behance's 99U Conference. The conference was amazing, full of talented, creative, inspiring people including the awesome folks at Adobe! You can read more about my time at the conference here on the Adobe blog.

A couple of quick updates before I close: Four of my coloring books have been released in Brazil, and we have editions coming soon to Poland and Turkey! Also, I'll be speaking at Alt Summit in Salt Lake City next month. I'm doing a joint pre-conference presentation with Monica Lee! I Hope to see you guys there!