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Newfoundland artist Dawn Baker releases first adult colouring book; new children’s book


Newfoundland artist Dawn Baker is well known for her art, but now you can have the opportunity to add your own flare to her drawings.

She recently released her first adult colouring book, “Colouring Newfoundland and Labrador.”

It was a labour of love that took Baker over four months to complete.

“I drew every picture by hand and worked on it seven days a week, from before Christmas to Easter time,” Baker said.

First, she draws all the illustrations in pencil. Once Baker is satisfied with the product she traces over the pencil in permanent ink, using various sizes of pens for each size line she wants. The pencil lines are then erased, leaving only ink.

Some pictures, like the one of Cabot Tower, were labour intensive taking Baker three days to complete one drawing.

“I used a magnifying glass,” she said. “I looked at pictures of how the bricks were positioned and made them proportionate.”

Baker said she does her artwork with a pencil, eraser and ruler and a calculator, to work out ratios for drawing pictures to scale.

“Some people use projectors or other shortcuts, but that’s just not how I like to do things. I guess I’m just old-fashioned,” she laughed.

Baker noted the popularity of adult colouring books has grown. People have been excited to see pictures of familiar scenes in her book, like Fogo Island.

While Baker’s name is on the cover of the colouring book you won’t see her name on any of the pages within.

“I don’t put my name on the colouring pages because once someone colours them they become their artwork,” she said. “I love to see the finished pictures because everyone’s is so different.”

Baker is inviting people to send pictures of their finished pages to her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dawnbakerartist/.

 

Around Newfoundland

Baker has also been busy releasing her latest children’s book, “Around Newfoundland.”

The book follows two boys on an adventure to some popular destinations in Newfoundland.

Stops at the L’anse aux Meadows Viking site, Salmonid Interpretation Centre, Cobb’s Pond Park and Twillingate — to name a few — keep the boys busy all summer.

With so many tourist destinations in Newfoundland how did Baker choose which ones to include?

“I chose the locations based on my own experiences,” she said. “When my daughter was young we would staycation and visit all these wonderful places on the island.”

Baker said the key to writing children’s books is to keep the book short.

“This one can be read aloud at a comfortable pace in about seven minutes,” she said.

There are many more places Baker would like to write about and illustrate so she anticipates another book of the same nature in the future.

“I’m a storyteller who likes to draw,” she said. “Children’s books are my heart and soul and they make me happy.”

In addition to writing, Baker continues to paint releasing at least three new prints a year and make Christmas ornaments.

Baker’s books are available at various locations in Twillingate, Lewisporte, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Baie Verte and also online at www.flankerpress.com.

 christy.janes@pilotnl.ca

She recently released her first adult colouring book, “Colouring Newfoundland and Labrador.”

It was a labour of love that took Baker over four months to complete.

“I drew every picture by hand and worked on it seven days a week, from before Christmas to Easter time,” Baker said.

First, she draws all the illustrations in pencil. Once Baker is satisfied with the product she traces over the pencil in permanent ink, using various sizes of pens for each size line she wants. The pencil lines are then erased, leaving only ink.

Some pictures, like the one of Cabot Tower, were labour intensive taking Baker three days to complete one drawing.

“I used a magnifying glass,” she said. “I looked at pictures of how the bricks were positioned and made them proportionate.”

Baker said she does her artwork with a pencil, eraser and ruler and a calculator, to work out ratios for drawing pictures to scale.

“Some people use projectors or other shortcuts, but that’s just not how I like to do things. I guess I’m just old-fashioned,” she laughed.

Baker noted the popularity of adult colouring books has grown. People have been excited to see pictures of familiar scenes in her book, like Fogo Island.

While Baker’s name is on the cover of the colouring book you won’t see her name on any of the pages within.

“I don’t put my name on the colouring pages because once someone colours them they become their artwork,” she said. “I love to see the finished pictures because everyone’s is so different.”

Baker is inviting people to send pictures of their finished pages to her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dawnbakerartist/.

 

Around Newfoundland

Baker has also been busy releasing her latest children’s book, “Around Newfoundland.”

The book follows two boys on an adventure to some popular destinations in Newfoundland.

Stops at the L’anse aux Meadows Viking site, Salmonid Interpretation Centre, Cobb’s Pond Park and Twillingate — to name a few — keep the boys busy all summer.

With so many tourist destinations in Newfoundland how did Baker choose which ones to include?

“I chose the locations based on my own experiences,” she said. “When my daughter was young we would staycation and visit all these wonderful places on the island.”

Baker said the key to writing children’s books is to keep the book short.

“This one can be read aloud at a comfortable pace in about seven minutes,” she said.

There are many more places Baker would like to write about and illustrate so she anticipates another book of the same nature in the future.

“I’m a storyteller who likes to draw,” she said. “Children’s books are my heart and soul and they make me happy.”

In addition to writing, Baker continues to paint releasing at least three new prints a year and make Christmas ornaments.

Baker’s books are available at various locations in Twillingate, Lewisporte, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Baie Verte and also online at www.flankerpress.com.

 christy.janes@pilotnl.ca

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