Launching new adult coloring book series

Adult coloring books are all the rage, and I’m getting in on the act with an offering that is a little different. I’m working on a coloring book featuring my intricately detailed drawings of mandalas and Celtic designs, plus also steampunk and mechanical drawings.

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Scan of the original pen and ink drawing Zororaster

I’ve created these symmetrical drawings for many decades, entirely freehand with only pen and ink. When people started to mention that my drawings would make great coloring books, I were intrigued. I took a look, and with some work my wife (through her publishing company Rocket City Books) put together two books based on my artwork. Because my original drawings are all a fairly large format (14×17 in most cases) we included each original drawing, but then broke the book down into detailed views of many of his most complex drawings. We believe this will give you a great opportunity to use your creativity to design your own colors and interpretations of the drawings.

My mechanical drawings are also unique in the world of adultcoloring books. Many of my drawings are inspired by spaceships, electronics, and machines, so my drawings will be attractive to people who enjoy the world of steampunk and science fiction.

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The coloring books will be available on Amazon on April 20. Get a copy and share your coloring inspirations with us and we’ll publish them here!

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Merovingian

Merovingian is a departure from the symmetrical mandala format. It’s an experiment in pure mechanical form inspired by nineteenth century lithographs of mining and industrial machinery and printing presses. Depicted in this drawing are wheels, pulleys, gears, bearings and axles, electric motors and cam shafts and a variety of mechanical forms assembled in a random collage. The design for this drawing was spontaneous improvisation. In this type of design, I draw a basic outline and add each detail in a way that strengthens the contrast and focuses the form into a logical assemblage. The overall goal is to create a structure whose individual parts appear to have a functional purpose. The arrangement of the mechanical forms should also fit together to provide form and contrast.

Purchase archival quality prints of Merovingian here.

Merovingian8x10Details of Merovingian:

 

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Vessel of the Quancing Grig

Vessel of the Quancing Grig is meant to be an enhancement and expansion of the ideas I explored in Craft. The new design is more streamlined and compact but is an almost identical copy of the central cockpit theme in “Craft”. The fine pitched background shading was an experiment to add contrast to the image. For this drawing I used a .25 mm Rapidograph pen and black India ink. The initial design was created using a pencil, compass, ruler and protractor. This drawing is a recent re-design of the original drawing “Craft”. This drawing is available in 8×10, 11×14, and 16×20 archival quality prints. The 16×20 print has the same dimensions as the original drawing, just printed on slightly larger paper.

Trivia question: Do you know what science fiction TV show the name of this drawing comes from?

Vessel 8x10Here are some close-up views with more detail:

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Craft

The machinery and technology of spacecraft and aeronautics are fascinating and provide imagery that I enjoy blending together into a symmetrical structure. Propulsion and navigation systems, gauges, instruments, riveted bulkheads, landing gear: these are all parts of a space vessel which is partially transparent to expose it’s interior. In the center is the cockpit and pressure hatches leading to the interior of the craft.

Craft is an early 14 X 17 pen and ink drawing, drawn using a .25 mm Rapidograph pen and black India ink. The initial design was created using a pencil, compass, ruler and protractor. After creating an initial drawing concept in pencil, I drew all of the detail with ink. All shapes are drawn completely freehand.

Purchase copies of this drawing here.

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Here are some close-ups of the drawing so you can study some of the detail.

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Crustacean

Crustacean is another in a series of asymmetrical mechanical drawings inspired by nineteenth century lithographs of industrial machinery. In this drawing are depictions of gears, pulleys, motors and drive belts, and random mechanical structures. The most basic design is intended to resemble a clock mechanism with pendulums and gears, but the drawing began to evolve into a quasi-living form. I began to think of the structure as a sea snail :the tractor tracks and suspension system are the foot of the snail, the searchlight and various related appendages are the antennae. Multiple layers link together to form an integrated mechanism.

Crustacean Steve Pitts drawing

 

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