GET TO KNOW Amelia richard

Q. When did you start drawing?

I have been drawing since I was a little girl. My parents are professional artists and a lot I know I have learned from them. My mother taught art and design classes at one of the community colleges and I sat in on many of her classes. I took other art classes throughout my school career and I love to just play and sketch on my free time.

Q. Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes a lot from my experiences growing up. We camped a lot and I still do because I love being out in nature. (Minus the bees, wasps and heat. haha) I also danced for almost 10 years and took music lessons for about 5 years. I have an emotional connection with music, dance and art because of how I grew up. I can feel the passion and heart in it. I use drawing and painting to portray the emotions I feel when I experience music, art, dance and nature.

Q. Did you always know you wanted to be an artist? Or did you have other ideas to be something else???

Yes and no. I kind of went all over the place. Especially after my mother passed away in 2004. She was hit by a drunk driver on her way home from a public art meeting. At that time I was going to school for an associates in art. I was planning to be a teacher like her. After she passed I realized I was only following her footsteps because I didn’t know what exactly I wanted and that was the easy way. I stepped away from art for a few years trying to find myself. I finally was able to go back to school and I got a degree in interior architecture and design. I haven’t had any luck in finding work in that field so I found myself in graphic design which then led me back to drawing and painting again. I missed it and haven’t looked back since.

Q. How much work and time goes into doing a book?

I am currently working on my very first book and it has been a long, hard, but fun road. I spend a couple of hours sketching and drawing each page then I manually trace over my page in illustrator to turn it into a vector so the lines are clean. There is an easier way to do it, but I really do enjoy my process and it keeps me connected to my artwork.

Q. Do you ever color any of your images?

I do color my own pages. I feel it is how I am able to make sure my pages really are me and in my style. I like being honest to myself that way my fans can really know me through my art and coloring pages.

Q. Anything else you would like to add we haven't covered??? Nothing is off limits

So, my mother was also a mixed media artist and I have really started to get into mixed media and I am starting to sell my work in my etsy shop. I use some of my coloring pages that I have colored in them as well. There is a connection between the coloring book and mixed media world that I really want to help bridge. Give people another step in artistic expression by using the beautiful pages they have colored and creating art pieces with them. That is a goal of one of my future coloring books.

Q. Any plans for more books in the future???

Yes! So many plans! Haha I am not sure what to start with first.

Q. What has been your personal experience in the adult coloring world as a artist?

It has been interesting to say the least. It is different being able to connect “directly” with fans on social media. I have had a pretty good experience. Everyone is so nice and loving to each other I really feel I have found my place. I am a pretty friendly person, an open book, and I love talking to people and making friends. I am over the moon thankful for the coloring book community of both colorists and artists. They are a fantastically creative group of people that I feel blessed to be apart of.