Beverly is an educational professional and fine artist. As well as illustrating Beverly uses a number of mediums in her artwork including watercolors, pastels, charcoal, oil paints, and airbrushing. Her multitude of qualifications and awards reflects her dedication to teaching and protecting the environment.
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Let’s get to know Beverly
Do you remember the first thing that you drew and if so what was it?
I was about 5 years when I was fascinated with comic book characters. My favorite was Lorna of the Jungle. I would draw storyboards of her in action.
Do you have any formal art training or are you self taught?
Before attending college, I painted watercolors and oils of landscapes and portraits. I taught myself pastel portraiture and did them professionally. Eventually, I earned an illustration degree from Moore College of Art & Design. I went on to earn a double Masters from Villanova University. I also have a teaching degree from Kutztown University.
What are your favorite things/topics to draw/illustrate?
Currently, my favorite theme is carousels. I do them in watercolor. I enjoy working on the draped human figure in drawings and paintings. I also love doing watercolors of butterflies in gardens.
Where do you create your drawings? Can you describe what your workspace looks like?
I work in a studio space where we live. There are several drafting tables, a few computers, and much art material. It is a sizable space and separate from the rest of the rooms. Solitude enables me to concentrate on creativity.
What is your drawing process like? Do you prefer to finish a drawing in one sitting, work on it over a number of sittings, or do you switch between drawings that you are working on? Or do you do something else?
I almost never finish a piece of artwork in one sitting. Usually, there are several preliminary sketches for each piece. Also, I tend to work on more than one idea at a time.
Do you listen to music while you illustrate, if so, what are your musical tastes?
Many times, I will listen to the Quiet Songs of Aisha Duo or Maita Bobeira. Sometimes, Beethoven’s Symphony #3, or soft rock; such as Katy Perry or Pink, Steve Winwood, Madonna. I love the works of Hank Williams.
Does your workspace/environment influence your artwork at all?
Only in the fact that it is very private and affords great solitude. I call it my walls of solitude.
You have published a coloring book/s please tell us what drew you to the coloring book market and a bit about your book and your inspiration for it
I was drawn to the creativity factor in the medium when I saw certain artists’ work. I only saw the covers of their books; however, it was an inspiration. Also, a great motivational factor occurred when I witnessed a friend purchase a coloring book avidly. It was then that I realized there may be a potential market for me in this field of endeavor. My work at Villanova University studying the cultures of the world was a great inspiration for the theme of my book.
What do you look forward to doing in the next 6 months in the coloring world?
Certainly, I will be working on another book, perhaps with a different theme. Much of my time may be used in marketing my work also.
What was the feeling like when you first saw your artwork published in a coloring book?
It was an exhilarating moment to see my work in print.
What did it feel like to see your artwork colored in by someone else?
I work in a hospital, so it was very gratifying to see the young patients anxiously coloring in my illustrations.
Do you color as well illustrate/draw/publish books?
I have done a little coloring myself in order to demonstrate how it can be achieved.
It can be very difficult managing day to day life as well as publishing a coloring book. Can you tell us about your daily routine and how you manage your time?
My husband is disabled from traumatic brain injury. I am his only caregiver. So, much of my day is utilized in maintaining his schedule of eating, medications, and physical activity. There is time in the morning for me to work on art designs or painting, then we have breakfast and cleanup, then medicine, then other routine work. During his work time, I can devote a few hours to art. We have dinner, which I prepare and clean up, then there is time for a recreational activity where we may go for his physical therapy walks. Afterwards, possibly some TV time.
Publishing can be a creative and chaotic experience with a lot of learning curves along the way. Tell us the best and worst experiences that you have had creating your coloring book
Some of the most difficult times had to do with maintaining the size of my pieces in order to upload them on the computer for the Internet. It was then that I realized there would have to be detailed work to clean up the edges and maintain the integrity of the pieces. My best experiences had to do when I felt satisfied that a design piece was completed.
What is your favorite treat/reward for a job well done?
Certainly, I hope to earn compensation from my works. I feel exhilarated when I see someone working avidly on my book. I am so flattered when someone asks for an autographed book.
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Where to buy coloring books by Beverly Yablin
Mystic Gardens Coloring Book
Mystic Gardens was Beverly’s first coloring book. It is available at the following online stores.
Mystic Illusions Coloring Book
Happy coloring x