When you’re hiking in the woods and you see a bird fly swiftly away, do you wonder if maybe, just maybe, it isn’t actually a bird? Maybe it’s a fantastical creature no one has seen before. Maybe it’s a fairy, or a tiny winged dragon, or perhaps it’s a mixture of songbirds and lions, the subject of Esther Brendel’s coloring book Songgryphons.
More fluffy cuteness than you’d think you could pack into 14 pages!
– From Songgryphons description
Esther shared with us some of her thoughts on what inspires her art in this interview.
Q: What inspired you to start creating art for coloring books?
Esther: Mostly the wonderfully detailed lineart of great artists like Jenny Dolfen, Adele Lorienne, Stephanie PuiMun Law, Niroot Puttapipat, Jessica Peffer and many more of whom I just cannot remember the names.
Q: How long have you been drawing?
Esther: As long as I can think back.
Q: Do you work entirely digitally, or do you prefer pen and paper when creating?
Esther: Mostly pencil & paper.
Q: Do you make/sell other kinds of art?
Esther: Yes, I love to create fantasy art and I am currently working on a children’s book. But I have very little time for drawing and painting. Most of the time that is not eaten up by day job and family I use for writing.
Q: When coloring your own art, what is your favorite medium?
Esther: Colored pencils, Acrylics, or digital coloring.
Q: Do you enjoy relaxing with coloring books by other artists? If so, do you have a favorite artist or book?
Esther: No, when I have time for art, I usually draw my own stuff.
Q: What color or colors do you most love to work with?
Esther: I love green and black but I am not aware of having a favorite color to work with. I use whatever the picture in my head demands. To my own surprise I often find myself using pinkish tones in my latest paintings.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your art. Do you have a favorite piece that you created?
Esther: My favorite subject is mixing fantasy with real world elements, mostly towards a tragic end. Good examples of that are my coloring pages from the “Fantasy isn’t always pretty” coloring book of Ellen Million. The book is out of press but my pages are available here.
Q: Other than creating coloring book art, what interesting hobbies or activities do you enjoy?
Esther: Writing fantasy novels.
Q: Have you had any memorable responses to your art work from collectors?
Esther: Someone tattooed a drawing from me around their ankle. I was really stunned by that.
Q: If you had to choose one superpower, what would it be?
Esther: To be able to make wholehearted wishes come true.
Q: Who is your favorite artist?
Esther: There are so many! If I had to pick one, maybe Luis Royo (artist).
Q: Is there some person, place or thing that inspires you when you are creating your art?
Esther: Nature. Forests most of all. And often inspiration for a specific piece comes from wildlife or journalistic photography.