Tyler Driscoll is a freelance artist and trans man, who lives on the shore of Lake Superior. He enjoys painting and giving new life to old objects.
What do you remember from childhood about coloring?
My older sister and I had a small table with chairs in our bedroom. With a sunny view of the backyard, we spent many hours coloring there. She taught me everything about the first 64 Crayola crayon colors. We spent a lot of time organizing them into “rainbow” order and picking out combinations of our favorites. We had coloring books and drawing paper. We liked Carebears, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, He‐Man, and Transformers.
What role does coloring (however you want to define it! choosing color, applying color, whether for art, make‐up, food) play in your life today? How would you describe your joy of coloring?
Making art is my hobby; I spend most of my free time painting, drawing, and fixing up old things. The joy of coloring is a force that is expelled from these hands all the time. When I’m not working on art, I’m thinking about it.
Does your joy of coloring connect with aspects of your identity? How/why?
I like colorful things, there is a lot of it in my household and wardrobe. A nice coat of good spray paint is the best way to give new life to old furniture.
If someone wanted to pursue the joy of coloring, what is an exercise or activity or prompt that you would suggest from your own experiences?
- Get to know the color wheel
- Buy coloring books and crayons
- Trace the Sunday comics
You get to name five Crayola crayons that are based on the palette and mood of the day you are having today. What do you name them?
- Puffy Cloud
- Tinman’s Gray
- Rustic Arugula
Coloring might seem to some like child’s play. Is there more to it than that? What in your mind is the benefit of coloring in the world?
Coloring is a very easy way to be and feel creative without the pressure of making something from scratch. I’m sure there are studies that show the correlation between creativity and good health, life satisfaction.