Author Interview with Andrea Pippins

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becoming meAdult coloring books are definitely becoming the new “in” thing. I can honestly tell you that I have about seven of them scattered about my living room. Why did you decide to create the adult coloring book, Becoming Me: A Work in Progress and what do you hope that fans/readers/future colorers take away from it? Yes adult coloring books continue to be a big hit among readers. The beauty of Becoming Me is that it takes the idea of a coloring book a step further. With tips, tricks, exercises, and yes a bit of coloring as well, I was looking to create a resource to encourage readers to live a creative life. Even if you’re not a visual kind of creative person (painting, drawing, etc.), Becoming Me is a great space for collecting your ideas and inspirations. It also shares techniques for generating and capturing thoughts and ideas, all of which are necessary for any creative process.

Did you create all of the illustrations in Becoming Me: A Work in Progress?

Yes I did. All of the illustrations, lettering, and words are by me.

Do you intend to create more adult coloring books in the future?

I hope to make many more books in the future, whether or not they are coloring books, I’m not sure. Doing work that challenges me is important, so hopefully I’ll continue to build on the idea of making spaces for others to be inspired to create.

Do you find that coloring helps you relieve stress or just relax in general?

Drawing and creating space for others to create is to me what coloring is for others. I love sitting down with a cup of tea, have a candle burning, and drawing for hours. That is very therapeutic for me.

Be honest, do you also have a collection of adult coloring books? Do you have a favorite one?

I don’t have a coloring book collection but I do have two coloring books that I love, Nina Chakrabarti’s My Wonderful World of Fashion is a favorite—she really took coloring and activity books to a funky level. And my friend, Sarah Walsh’s, Just Add Color: Carnival, which she gave to me as a gift is super special. We used to work together at Hallmark Cards where both dreamed about becoming full-time illustrators. And we’re both now living that dream. Her book is a great reminder of how important it is to dream and to take action towards making those dreams come true.

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ANDREA PIPPINS is the creator of the adult coloring book I Love My Hair, which was featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, the Huffington Post, Bustle, and more. Her new book BECOMING ME is a simple, motivational guide to nurturing self-expression through art. She is an influencer, a designer, and an educator. Her work can be seen in magazines and on TV as well as on clothing and stationery. Andrea teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and curates her fashion, art, and design blog, Fly, a weekly resource to inspire young women to pursue their creative passions. She also produces digital and screen-printed artwork while interpreting her personal experiences as an African American woman. Andrea lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where you can often find her dancing in her living room with the samba music way up. Learn more at andreapippins.com and follow her on Twitter at @andreagpippins.