GET TO KNOW KIM FLODIN
Q. When did you start drawing?
I started drawing seriously four years in November of 2012, I was in a super stressful situation but also had a lot of time on my hands and decided I needed a hobby to keep my mind off my life and so I literally googled “hobbies” and found a list of the top 10. Number one was Parkour. I didn’t even know what that was, but after watching a few YouTube videos, I was blown away…wow! Also, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to become a Parkour athlete any time soon, lol. Another thing on the list was Zentangle drawing…I’d always been a doodler and when I worked a corporate job I was known as the Queen of the Highlighters because I had every possible color and type and used them all. The Zentangle stuff actually looked a lot like the doodling I did in high school and in the margins of my notes while sitting in boring corporate meetings. It felt like it gave legitimacy to what I was already been doing. I looked at a few of the patterns, never really did much more than that and just started drawing. The only other hint I ever had that I might become an artist was when my high school art teacher - from the one and only art class I ever took - told me three days before graduation that I should consider doing something with art because there was something there.
Q. Where does your inspiration come from?
Patterns. They’re everywhere. When I started drawing I was in crisis and looking at and examining the patterns around me both in my physical environment and in my life…what was repeating and what was new? A lot of times now I just see a picture in my head that I would like to draw…where those pictures come from, I have no idea. I also get inspiration from other artist’s work. When I first started drawing, Adult Coloring Books weren’t a thing, so I went on Art.com and just looked at tons of different types of art to get a sense of what I liked and what I could maybe draw from or draw like. It was fun and I did a lot of experimenting around with styles in the beginning.
Q. Did you always know you wanted to be an artist? Or did you have other ideas to be something else???
That’s a great question! I definitely spent a lot of time drawing when I was growing up, but artist was not what I thought I’d be…my list of possible careers included movie star (comedian), famous writer, and disc jockey, none of which came true…yet…lol. Being an artist who drew and created coloring books was the furthest thing from my mind. Even 5 years ago, if you told me that I’d have 16 published coloring books, I would not have been able to comprehend that! I never saw the coloring books coming, just like I never saw the art coming, either. Life is fun.
Q. How much work and time goes into doing a book?
Funny, I just had this discussion with a fellow coloring book artist. For me, it’s like this…when I’m super inspired by what I’ve created, it doesn’t seem like work at all….the whole process is a joy from start to finish. It goes something like this for me. I draw the artwork and then scan everything into my laptop. From there I use Photoshop to clean up and enhance the art as needed…basically it makes it print ready. Then comes the fun of laying out the book, which can be like putting together a giant puzzle. I’ve somehow ended up making four books that are each 200 or more pages for my last few books and that is crazy to put together! The new Christmas book was interesting because it has three parts, and it was just really challenging to put together for whatever reason. You have to be patient and diligent to make sure you get everything just how you want it. I will say that hours and hours and hours of time go into creating a coloring book and that’s just the creating part of the book. Then hours and hours of marketing time are also needed. It’s much more involved and time consuming than I would have thought!
Q. Do you ever color any of your images?
All the time. I think I started drawing, so I could color. I love color! And, coloring! I actually think I created my coloring book journal, You’ve Got This, Superwoman! for me to use and color. I had a bit of a stressful summer and that book was created during that time and it was a life-saver…I’ve colored and journaled my way through almost the whole book!
Q. What has been your personal experience in the adult coloring world as an artist?
It’s been really interesting. I published my first book in August of 2015 and didn’t really know what I was doing, but shortly afterwards I found a group of fellow coloring book authors on Facebook, which was really great in so many ways…help with how to make great coloring books and also I made new friends and found myself part of a new community of people. The other half was how incredibly fulfilling and satisfying it’s been to get to know so many of my fans through Facebook. I have had so much incredible support and have been blown away many times by the beautiful reviews and personal messages I’ve received from colorists who have been personally influenced by my artwork! That was something I didn’t even think about…. but what a beautiful surprise and how inspiring it is for me to keep creating when I know that what I’m doing actually is making a difference to people. That’s huge for me.
Q. ANY PLANS FOR MORE BOOKS IN THE FUTURE???
I have more plans than I have time….lol…so yes.
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Q. Anything else you would like to add we haven't covered??? Nothing is off limits
The only other thing I’d like to add is that it’s really been a trip becoming and being a coloring book artist and I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received along the way, from my mom who first encouraged me to make a coloring book to all my fans here on and on Amazon who have been so kind and supportive with their reviews. I just thought I was making a coloring book, I didn’t realize it would grow into this! I’m truly honored and blessed.