The artist, hAndroid went to UC Santa Cruz as an anthropology major, but has always had an affinity for art appreciation and creation. Since her grassroots non-kid-friendly coloring book distribution last year, hAndroid has since received much-earned attention from the UCSC crowd. The images featured are from her coloring book, which features pleasantly-worded confessions of a troubled young person in the form of Seuss-like poetry (if Seuss didn’t write for children, that is).
About the illustration above, the artist explains, “I made a zine-type coloring book earlier this year and accidentally drew myself as one of the drawings. I didn’t know that the chicken was a self portrait until people starting asking me if it was a picture of myself.” hAndroid creates all of her drawings finger-to-iPad, typically in transit around Santa Cruz. Her coloring book was distributed throughout the UC and downtown area.
“I decided to get it tattooed on my arm because I’ve decided I’m a chicken. Some have said I’m crazy, but like a chicken I can live without my head, I guess. I figure I might be a lil dumb without a brain so I use drawing and poetry to keep my noggin screwed on somewhat tight. I plan on making more coloring books in the future to help people use the catharsis of coloring to keep their head attached to their body too.”
hAndroid has several collaborations in the making currently, most notably the mentioned coloring books. They hope to use their art strictly for optimism and the transmission of hope and empathy, even if the content may not always be G-Rated. A message from the artist: “Feel free to print and color any of the pictures on my blog, and post it on instagram with the hashtag #handroidart if ya want.” hAndroid’s printable coloring pages and complimentary poetry are available on her website.