Ideas for my coloring pages come from things I love to doodle anyhow - bears, fairies, readers. You've seen them, so I hope you know! They also come from pending holidays and YOU. Dear readers, you send in some lovely ideas!
What makes a good idea? Well, my images are usually fairly simple - one character doing something silly - or reading. I really love giving teachers and book lovers reading images.
I'll often do a bunch of sketches in one batch - like this:
Or maybe they'll be line drawings of the hand-drawn cards I create for friends.
I do the originals at 8.5x11" size because sometimes folks want to buy usage rights to one of my images for something else, like a t-shirt or logo. Those need to be high resolution images. But for my coloring pages, I size them down. I keep an existing template which is 1000 pixels high and 773 pixels wide. Over the years and per your feedback, I've found that size works for most home printers without printing to two pages.
It's why I also always put a copyright line up against my artwork along with in the template frame.
I save the "big" version of my coloring page as a "Maximum JPG" which seems to print fine for most of my followers.
I also save two other sizes of my images - a medium and a small. The medium-sized image (with it's copyright) is the one that goes on my blog posts. I usually save it as a "high JPG" at about 350 to 400 pixels wide. The small image is also saved as a "high JPG" at 200 pixels on its longest side for my online collection which you can see HERE.
The result is what I hope you've come to enjoy and share - a finished coloring page. This one has always been one of my faves - I love snowmen. (Click the image to see its big version in a new window.)
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