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On 8/4/2022 at 11:24 AM, Aidan B said:

@GracesWarbler

I have quite a few good photos of both Phainopepla and Vermillion Flycatchers you can use. I also have photos of lots of other birds found in the southwest you as well.

https://media.ebird.org/catalog?userId=USER580646&mediaType=photo&sort=rating_rank_desc

Thanks, I'll take a look!

Here's a new one: A Vermilion Flycatcher.  ("Vermilion" seems like it should have another "L" in it!)  I also did a new drawing for Northern Rough-Winged Swallows.

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I'm most of the way through the drawings for my coloring book, so I started putting things together! Here's the intro page so far. Thoughts?

If you have any fascinating trivia for the bird species I've posted so far, feel free to share. I'll be adding a few sentences about each bird, as well as a description of their colors, to the back of each page.

Birds_of_the_Southwest_5.jpg

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On 8/16/2022 at 4:51 PM, GracesWarbler said:

I'm most of the way through the drawings for my coloring book, so I started putting things together! Here's the intro page so far. Thoughts?

If you have any fascinating trivia for the bird species I've posted so far, feel free to share. I'll be adding a few sentences about each bird, as well as a description of their colors, to the back of each page.

Birds_of_the_Southwest_5.jpg

Sounds more natural to me to say Southwestern. Otherwise I like it!

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On 8/18/2022 at 7:59 AM, Kevin said:

Much easier for me to say Southwest.?‍♂️

I doubt there is a 'correct' way - I'm used to 'The Southwest' or even 'The American Southwest' but 'The Southwestern U.S.'  

Really not sure why unless one is more of a proper noun place name and the other is more with reference to the compass direction. 

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Thanks for the suggestion!  Like SirVive mentioned, I tend to think of "the Southwest" as a particular region of the U.S.  I'll keep it as-is for now and see if it still sounds natural to me later on.

A question: I'm most of the way through the drawings and I'm starting to put the book together now.  Is there a good order to put birds in?  I may just "wing it" and give them a semi-random order, or I may put the bird in order from smallest to largest.  Or is there a nice order to put birds in?  I suppose bird guides group birds by type.

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20 hours ago, GracesWarbler said:

Is there a good order to put birds in? 

Alphabetical 

Family groups(similar to field guide order)

Size

Habitat

Colour (brightest to darkest, least number of colours to the most multiple coloured birds)

Angle/placement of bird on the page. (left to right, clockwise)

Simplest to most intricate drawing

Just a few ideas above but my suggestion would be to mix it up as randomly as possible.

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On 8/21/2022 at 5:53 AM, lonestranger said:

Alphabetical 

Family groups(similar to field guide order)

Size

Habitat

Colour (brightest to darkest, least number of colours to the most multiple coloured birds)

Angle/placement of bird on the page. (left to right, clockwise)

Simplest to most intricate drawing

Just a few ideas above but my suggestion would be to mix it up as randomly as possible.

Great, thanks for the ideas!  I decided to manually order the birds, so they're semi-random.

Also, I made a cover!  I'll probably keep working on it, but what do you all think?  The colors look a bit different here, so I may have to change it further.

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On 9/11/2022 at 4:37 PM, The Bird Nuts said:

Very nice website!

On 9/12/2022 at 8:14 PM, SirVive said:

The site got another hit from your's truly ?

Thanks!

Have any of your seen good articles about bird beaks, feathers, or feet/claws?  I have three pages in the book about those three topics.  I mostly want to talk about the diversity of birds, and maybe highlight one or two interesting examples.

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My Birds of the Southwest Coloring Book is done!  Great thanks to everyone here who provided feedback and encouragement.  I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with some watercolors when I get my physical copy.

If you're interested, you can find free pages to color on my website https://colorbird.org/.  The drawings there are available as both PDFs (for printing) or PNGs with transparent backgrounds (for digital art).

I may be interested in doing a coloring book for another region at some point, but I'd have to think about it. Most of my photos are from the Southwest U.S., so I'd probably have to partner with others for photos.

Anyway, thanks again!

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12 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Congratulations!  It looks so awesome!  I would love to know what type of paper the physical copy has.

It's white paper at 55 lbs / 90 GSM. I would have liked something thicker, but Amazon provides the easiest publishing option and they don't offer many paper choices.  Colored pencils, markers, and crayons seem to work fine but paints warp the paper a little.  So I think it's good for casual coloring but may not be good enough for a serious artist.  What do you think?

I also offer free downloads of some pages on my website, so there's options for digital art or printing on different paper.

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9 hours ago, GracesWarbler said:

It's white paper at 55 lbs / 90 GSM. I would have liked something thicker, but Amazon provides the easiest publishing option and they don't offer many paper choices.  Colored pencils, markers, and crayons seem to work fine but paints warp the paper a little.  So I think it's good for casual coloring but may not be good enough for a serious artist.  What do you think?

I also offer free downloads of some pages on my website, so there's options for digital art or printing on different paper.

Thanks!  Yeah, that is pretty thin paper and probably quite smooth.  It might help to state the paper type in the Amazon description.

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14 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Thanks!  Yeah, that is pretty thin paper and probably quite smooth.  It might help to state the paper type in the Amazon description.

The paper has a little roughness--a little rougher than printer paper, I think.  Like I said, I'd like something thicker, but I think it's good enough.

Anyway, as a Thank You to everyone who helped me in this thread, I'm happy to send you each two free books: one for you to keep and one to give to someone as a gift. (Or feel free to give both away, especially if you already bought a copy.) If you're interested, just send me a message with a mailing address.

The only condition is that you have to give at least one away. I don't want both books gathering dust together. And feel free to let me know what you think of the book.

Attn: @lonestranger@Birds are cool@The Bird Nuts@stitch58@SirVive@Connor Cochrane@pictaker@Kevin@Seanbirds@Chris Clem@Spyonabird@Aidan B

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21 hours ago, GracesWarbler said:

The paper has a little roughness--a little rougher than printer paper, I think.  Like I said, I'd like something thicker, but I think it's good enough.

Anyway, as a Thank You to everyone who helped me in this thread, I'm happy to send you each two free books: one for you to keep and one to give to someone as a gift. (Or feel free to give both away, especially if you already bought a copy.) If you're interested, just send me a message with a mailing address.

The only condition is that you have to give at least one away. I don't want both books gathering dust together. And feel free to let me know what you think of the book.

Attn: @lonestranger@Birds are cool@The Bird Nuts@stitch58@SirVive@Connor Cochrane@pictaker@Kevin@Seanbirds@Chris Clem@Spyonabird@Aidan B

Oh wow, cool!! I'll PM you with the address.

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