2018 Redlands Calendar

*NEW* 2018 Redlands Calendars featuring 12 original photos taken by Bruce Herwig, local Redlands photographer. Pick up one today for you and as a gift for a friend!

Only $20 each. Available for purchase at the:

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Color Me Redlands Coloring Book

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Featured Artist Show & Reception

I have the honor of being selected as the Featured Artist at the Redlands Art Association and would like to invite you to my gallery reception.

Saturday, October 7, 3-5 pm

Redlands Art Association
215 E. State St | Redlands, CA 92373
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In addition to showcasing my photography, I’ll be debuting my 2018 Redlands Calendar, new Crazy Critter coloring book, and more! Light refreshments will be served and attendees will get their choice of free coloring pages.

If you are not able to make it to the reception, the show will be on display OCTOBER 7-27, 2107.

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Crazy Critters Coloring Book

Crazy Critters Coloring Book By Bruce HerwigAmazing Animals A-Z

26 Original Coloring Pages, One Coloring Page For Each Letter Of The Alphabet: Alligator, Butterfly, Chameleon, Deer, Elephant, Fox, Giraffe, Heron, Ibex, Jaguar, Kiwi, Lion, Manatee, Narwhal, Owl, Panda, Quail, Raccoon, Squirrel, and More!

This unique coloring book contains: 
QR Codes Linking To Educational Videos For Each Animal AND Sample Coloring Pages From Bruce’s Other Coloring Books, Including Ninjas, Dragons, and Fidget Spinners!

(c) 2017 Bruce Herwig. All Rights Reserved.

ONLY $9.99. Available for purchase on Amazon.com:

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No reason to wait to start coloring…here are some free images you can print at home to get you going. Feel free to share with your friends!

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Fidget Spinner Coloring Book

fidget-spinner-fun-coloring-book-front-coverFidget Spinning Mania Has Swept The Nation!

Fidgets spinners claim to help people who have trouble focusing by acting as a release mechanism for nervous energy or stress…just like coloring!

This unique coloring book contains: 
30 Fidget Spinner Designs
PLUS…Fidget spinner challenges, links to fidget spinning videos, design your own fidget spinner pages, fidget spinner triva….and more!

Single sided print. Blotter page recommended if using magic markers.

(c) 2017 Bruce Herwig. All Rights Reserved.

ONLY $9.99. Available for purchase on Amazon.com:

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fidget-spinner-fun-coloring-book-back-coverBonus Coloring Pages

No reason to wait to start coloring…here are some free images you can print at home to get you going. Feel free to share with your friends!

Fidget Spinner Fun Coloring Book Bruce Herwig Bonus Page 1Fidget Spinner Fun Coloring Book Bruce Herwig Bonus Page 3Fidget Spinner Fun Coloring Book Bruce Herwig Bonus Page 2

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Dragon Coloring Book

ninjas-attack-coloing-book-cover“If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.” -Ilona Andrews, Fate’s Edge

Get ready to color some dragons! 30 original designs with quotes about dragons from top fantasy authors, including Ilona Andrews, Ursula K. Le Guin, J. R. R. Tolkien, Patricia Briggs, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett And More!

BONUS PAGES INCLUDED: 2 test pages and 3 coloring pages from my Ninja Attacks! coloring book.

(c) 2017 Bruce Herwig. All Rights Reserved.

ONLY $9.99. Available for purchase on Amazon.com:

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Dragon Coloring Book Bruce HerwigBonus Coloring Pages

No reason to wait to start coloring…here are some free images you can print at home to get you going. Feel free to share with your friends!

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Color Me Redlands Coloring Book
25 Unique Images Celebrating Redlands, CA…a great American City!

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Ninjas Attack: Adventure Coloring Book

Nninjas-attack-coloing-book-coverINJA: “a member of a feudal Japanese society of mercenaries who were highly trained in martial arts and stealth.”

Get ready for some NINJA Adventure as you color! 25 original designs by Redlands, CA artist Bruce Herwig. Single sided print so marker pens won’t go through onto the other images.

“Inspired by the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing.” (c) 2017 Bruce Herwig. All Rights Reserved.

Only $9.95. Available for purchase on Amazon.com:

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Bonus Coloring Pages

No reason to wait to start coloring…here are some free images you can print at home to get you going. Feel free to share with your friends!

 

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Also available: Color Me Redlands Coloring Book

25 Unique Images Celebrating Our City!

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How To Make A Zentangle Adult Coloring Page (Part 2)

Turn A Photograph Into A Coloring Book (Part 2)

This past year I had a lot of fun creating the Color Me Redlands coloring book. Learning how to create the coloring pages was a 12-month journey. I hope to save you the learning curve and show you step-by-step how to make your own. For the foundational concepts, please read Part 1.

* Zentangle is a specific method of pattern drawing that has been adopted to describe a certain type of “Zen” coloring book design.

I found that the best images for coloring pages are simple silhouettes. This eliminated several of the photos I had considered using.

This is what I used: iPad with the Adobe Draw App, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, digital stylus optional (I use the pencil from FiftyThree). You’ll also need a “Zentangle” type image for the background. Click Here to download sample Adobe Stock #130780658.

Adobe Draw

  1. Place a photo onto the image Layer of Adobe Draw.
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  2. Bring the opacity of the Image Layer down to about 50%
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  3. Using the stylus (or your finger), manually trace the image* on the “draw layer.” One of the nice things about this app is that you can zoom in on the part of the image you want to trace.
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    * If your original is something more architectural, the app has a full set of tools to make straight lines and curves. It may be easier to use these than hand tracing with a stylus.

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  4. You don’t want too many details when you trace, as they will only get lost in your final image. When you’re done, the image will look something like this. You can completely hide the picture to see the final trace.

    Samples from my Color Me Redlands coloring book.
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  5. Transfer the traced image to Illustrator.img_0549

Adobe Illustrator

  1. Once the file is in Illustrator, If you need to “thicken” the tracing line, it’s easiest if you do it now. Select All and select a stroke.
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  2. The idea of this next part is to create a mask and remove only the parts of the image where the “Zentangle” graphic will show through. The easiest way I found to do this is to export the image, insert the image back into Adobe Illustrator and let the computer trace it.
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    I use a 600 “PPI” (pixels per inch) for a high-resolution export.
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  3. Personally, I find working in Adobe Illustrator confusing and it’s sometimes easier to “clean up” the image in Photoshop and remove any unintended lines. Also, check that that there are no “open ends.”  If you find one, manually close it.
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  4. Open up a blank 8.5×11 Illustrator Document and place the finished .jpg onto the page. Scale the image proportionally (by holding the shift key) so it is centered on the page.
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  5. Use the “Image Trace” with the “Sketched Art” option.
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  6. * VERY IMPORTANT * Find the “Image Trace” options and look at the “Advanced Settings.” Make sure the box “Ignore White” option is NOT checked.
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  7. When the computer is finished tracing, select the “Expand” button.
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  8. Even out the edges by using the white arrow and drag each handle to the corner of the page.
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  9. Place the “Zentangle” image into the document, resize it to the full page and send it to the back. If you haven’t already, save the file.
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  10. Use the white arrow to select and delete the parts of the image you don’t need. Resize and move the background image around till you have an image you’re happy with.
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If you delete too many parts, you have the saved version to revert to.

That’s it! Save the file, Export and you’re done.

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How To Make A Zentangle Adult Coloring Book (Part 1)

How To Make A Zentangle Adult Coloring Book (Part 1)

This past year I had a lot of fun turning my photos into the Color Me Redlands coloring book. I’m super-pleased with how it turned out. But learning how to the create the coloring pages was a 12-month journey. I hope to save you the learning curve, and show you step-by-step how to make your own. Some background first:

To start, I tried over a dozen iPhone Apps, computer programs, services, and read several blog articles that would show how to turn a photograph into a coloring page. I even hired several artists from Fiver.com to create my coloring pages. While there are many talented artists, I wasn’t able to get the quality, consistency or the “look” that I was after. Plus, at $25-$30 an illustration, with the 25 images I wanted to include, it was going to cost a lot of money to have this project outsourced.

I then tried creating my own iPad App and Illustrator workflow. I was happy with it, but after getting some feedback from a friend and actually trying to color the images, I found that most of the ends did not “close”, which is a MUST for a coloring book. I found myself going back to the drawing board.

In researching the adult coloring pages, I was trying to describe the “look” that I liked and came to discover it was called Zentangle. * Zentangle is a specific method of pattern drawing that has been adopted to describe a certain type of “Zen” coloring book design. I’m not an illustrator and I can’t draw…but I knew I could purchase the images on Shutterstock or Adobe Stock.

Months had gone by with no progress and I was getting frustrated. Thinking I would never figure out how to turn my photos into a coloring page I happened to be visit to my parents, thumbing through my mother’s Food Network Magazine when I had a “lightbulb” moment.

All I needed to do was create the outline of a picture (silhouette shapes work best), then insert the zentagle image behind it.

squashOnce I had the concept, I was off to the races. I’m going to demonstrate this technique twice…once using a simple shape to show you the concept, and again with the exact method and tools I used to turn a photograph into a Zentangle adult coloring book.

Example 1 – A Simple Shape Coloring Page.

Needed: Adobe Illustrator, background image. (Click Here to download sample Adobe Stock #130780658)

    1. Draw A Star
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    2. Draw a Rectangle covering the entire page.
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    3. Make sure the rectangle is filled white, then send it to the back, behind the star.
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    4. You want the page to be a mask and the star to be “see-through” with the Zentagle image showing through the star. (ie. subtract the star shape from the larger rectangle.) “Select All” to make sure you have both shapes selected, then use the Pathfinder option in Adobe Illustrator and select “minus front.”
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    5. Give the selected image a stroke of 5 pts. If you move the newly created shape, you will see that you now have a rectangle with a star shape missing in the middle.
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    6. Place the Zentangle image into your Illustrator file and send it to the back.
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    7. You can now move and/or resize the background image until you are happy with how it looks.
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That’s it! You now have a coloring page of a simple image. This technique also works great with text that has been converted to outlines.

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Click Here to read my next blog post where I’ll show how to turn a photograph into a coloring page.

Color Me Redlands Coloring Book

25 Unique Images Celebrating Our City!

redlands-coloring-bookColoring book art by award winning Redlands photographer Bruce Herwig.

Only $12. Available for purchase at the:

 

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Inspired by the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing.

(c) 2016 Bruce Herwig. All Rights Reserved.

Bonus Coloring Pages

No reason to wait to start coloring…here are some free images you can print at home to get you going. Feel free to share with your friends!

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Also available 2017 Redlands Calendar

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