2016 review and onward into 2017

It’s that time of year. 2016 was a blur of, well let’s be honest, many terrible things. But amidst all that it’s easy to forget all we’ve achieved, so let’s have a look back at what I got done in 2016. Spoiler alert- it was a metric butt-tonne.


My artwork was licensed onto 15 new figurines and hundreds of phone and device cases.

I traded at Supanova, St Ives Medieval Fair, Winter Fest, Glebe St Fair, and Central Coast Christmas Markets. Book Expo was cancelled in a very disappointing manner and won’t be one of my attended shows again.

I painted Eye of the Storm, Moon Boat, 78 Tarot Astral High Priestess (yet to be released), 78 Tarot Carnival- Strength and some mini paintings- Locked, Dipped in Stars and Rainbows, Silver Butterflies, and Together through the Storm.

I published and released two huge deluxe style 2017 calendars.

The French edition of Memory’s Wake book one was released, and books 2 and 3 of the series were released on Audio finishing the trilogy there.

Emotionally Charged was optioned for TV, and a script for the pilot episode was written by the studio I’m working with, and is being presented to TV networks.

I published 10 colouring books- Gothic, Goddess and Myth, Gothic Minis, Mermaid Minis, Festive Magic, Faedorables, Mythic Mermaids, Grayscale Mermaids, Grayscale Enchanted, and Night Magic. I sold over 50,000 colouring books (including Christmas of 2015), and have signed with a couple of publishers for a European release and Hong Kong release.

I released the new Easy Display Art Prints option, and am discontinuing many of my other product types from my Fairies and Fantasy business as I move away from doing manufacturing myself. I will continue making prints and books, but may stop selling all other products- planning there continues to evolve.


I am cutting down on trading at in-person events, but I will attend Books by the Bridge, Mind Body Spirit, and Supanova.

I am, somewhat sadly, saying goodbye to my DIY Dolls range. They were super fun to create, and I might still occasionally do some designs for fun, but I want to dedicate my time more to artworks and fiction from now on.

Colouring Books will still be a thing. I have two more grayscale books planned, and two more outline books planned. I might also do another Faedorables book as well, but colouring book releases won’t be as frequent as in 2016.

I aim to write two more stories in the Empath Chronicles series to wrap that storyline up. They are all planned and ready to go, and I even started writing them at the Story Queens writing retreat.

In fiction writing I have plans for 5 other standalone novels I’d LOVE to write, plus a new series, but I’m not sure on the ifs and whens for these yet.

I have a couple ideas for non-fiction books I’d like to do as well, an art/creative business how-to style book mainly. It’s been on my list for a long time, and as with most things, just waiting for me to find time or make it a priority.

I’ve been working on finding ways to bring my art and my writing together more. With this in mind, there may be children’s books or other picture book style projects in the future.

I want to paint more. I feel as though, with the little mini experiments with new mediums I’ve been doing, that I’m starting to get a better feel for the mediums I like (oils, watercolours, graphite, and markers are interesting me most currently) and don’t like (canvas. Yep, finally worked out I really don’t like painting on canvas.) I feel as though I’m on the cusp of defining a method and style I can really own, that I really click with, but know it will take a lot more trial and error to really get there. I plan to make more time for this in 2017.

What would you like to see me do more of in 2017?

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15 thoughts on “2016 review and onward into 2017

  1. Suria Boshoff says:

    O my word. You are so successful. Wow your art is amazing. I have been into your colouring books. I did not realise that you are more than a illustrator. Well done Selina. I absolutely love your work. And I have more respect for you than ever!

  2. Meg Cowley says:

    Hey Selina,

    This is super interesting! Well done for your amazing 2016 achievements. Licensing, TV options, books… so exciting! 2017 sounds like it will be even more so. 🙂 I look forward as ever to your new artworks, and now more fiction from you too.

    • Selina says:

      It’s all been a bit mind blowing to be honest! It’s like many, many years of work finally coming together into something bigger. And I still feel as though, creatively, I’ve got so much more to explore.

  3. Marjolijn says:

    It’s been an amazing year for you and I hope 2017 will be another one. I’m totally in love with the greyscale coloring books and can’t wait to see more. And more art of course! I, for one, would be very curious to see books on creativity and business . Keep up the awesomeness next year!

  4. Serene says:

    Love this! What an amazing, magical year you’ve had! And I’m so happy for you that you’ve had such very-well-deserved success. Can’t wait to see what you create in 2017! I’ll be covering all this on Thursday when I finally start filling in my Leonie book 🙂 xx

    • Selina says:

      Thank you! I’ll be working on mine soon too (I keep telling myself) once I have a clearer idea of what I want to do in 2017 🙂

  5. Pamela says:

    “Born in 81”? lol You, my dear, are a young un’ to be so successful 🙂 Congratulations! Looking forward to more lovely art 🙂

  6. Victoria Worrel says:

    Extraordinary how your mind works creating these impish characters with such whimsy. Simply adore your love of fancy and life. I get lost in reverie back to my childhood days when coloring freed me to express myself like no other medium. Thank you Selina for bringing such wonder to life.

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