Goldsinggreifchen_EstherBrendelWhen 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.

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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?

Drachenfriedhof_by_EstherBrendelEsther: 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.

My favorite piece of that theme is still the very old chalk drawing “The last Unicorn”. It can be seen on my website.

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).

Fairy_Warrior_Herz-6Q: 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.

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