Contact: Bridget Finnegan
Aug. 23, 2016
Know-It-All Gorilla Stars in Local Author’s Debut Adult Coloring Book
DURHAM, N.H. — Local author and illustrator Bridget Finnegan has released the first in her new series of coloring books for grown-ups that infuses creativity and humor into the latest stress relief rage. Animals, starring a know-it-all gorilla, is the first in the Doc MacDoodle® series and the latest entry into the coloring book craze that is taking over the nation.
“Doc MacDoodle is a know-it-all gorilla who claims to be an expert in all areas,” Finnegan said about the collection’s namesake and a featured character from Animals. “He sees himself as a bit of a spiritual leader.”
For Finnegan, Animals’ humor and whimsical illustrations set it apart from the many other coloring books on the market. Unlike other books featuring beautiful, intricate artwork that is almost impossible to color, the Doc MacDoodle series is friendly for people of all ages and all skills levels, designed to be a form of therapy rather than frustration. The illustrations vary in complexity.
Finnegan, an illustrator and designer, is the creative director at the University of New Hampshire when she is not designing coloring books and keeping DocMacDoodle in line. She graduated from Washington University with a degree in photography and is currently in the MBA program at Plymouth State University.
Animals are the stars of this offbeat coloring book that draws inspiration from a wide variety; Marie Antoinette and NASA to art deco and Mother Nature. Vines and plants intersect with insects and patterns throughout a magical world where monkeys knit mittens for lions and rhinos wear waders. Animals is the first title to be published by her new company, Dawdle Publishing, LLC. It is available on Amazon. According to an early Amazon review “The best thing about this book is that several of the pictures made me laugh out loud when I saw them. That’s stress relief right there!”
Finnegan has found joy in creating art ever since she was a child growing up in Durham. Receiving her first coloring book as an inquisitive 7-year-old served as a spark for this recent creative endeavor. “There is something so magical about a new coloring book,” she said. “The possibilities are endless!”
Picasso, Chuck Jones (the creator of Bugs Bunny) and local N.H. potter Jane Kaufmann are some of the eclectic mix of artists who inspire her.
Outside of the art world, another inspiration is Josephine Baker, a French-American singer, dancer and actress who also received the French Medal of Honor after working for the resistance during World War II.
Baker will be featured in Finnegan’s next coloring book, due to come out this fall, which will focus on what Finnegan calls “amazing women who I think the world should know about.” An eclectic mix of women such as Cleopatra and Margaret Mead will also be included.
Animals is available on Amazon.