Coloring Pages are Back!

Boy, that was a long break.

I haven’t made an American Girl inspired coloring page for over 6 months.

At the beginning of the year, I just didn’t feel inspired to draw Gabriela. She wasn’t my favorite GOTY, so no coloring pages were created. I felt very bored with the whole idea and I didn’t feel like anyone really liked them. I did myself, but I was getting tired of drawing in that style. I thought maybe it was time to give it up.

Making coloring pages taught SO much. By making dozens of coloring pages (I’ve saved all my originals) I learned how to draw the human body. I can’t tell you how thankful I am to have that skill. The human body can be tricky, especially since there are so many details. I’ve learned to draw feet. Proportionate legs and arms. I’ve learned a lot.

This year I’ve been focusing more on how I draw people. Not dolls in a big-headed style, but how I ACTUALLY draw them. I must say, when I drew a person in my regular, realistic drawing style this year, I might have been a little rusty. Emma from Drawn to Writing, and I went on a 30 day challenge where we draw the same character for 30 days. I, of course, picked Sabine from Star Wars Rebels, and Emma picked her OC, Rusem. We drew. And we got bored. But we still drew. I feel like that was the practice that I needed to polish up my skills and get better at them.

Lately I’ve been really into Z. I mean, really. How can you not be into a character who loves to do what you love?! She has to be my favorite character AG has come out with in a long time. It also really helps that her whole storyline and collection are super unique as well. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I express what I love through drawing. So I drew Z. For fun. And I drew her in my normal style.


I love it.

It really made me think back to when I made my first coloring page. And how far that I’ve come. It’s been what, 2-3 years? I’ve made SO much progress. Practicing gets you places.


And today I drew Tenney. πŸ™‚ I love her hair.

Do you see my little signature? It’s a little chocolate bar, and a “D”. And another line on the bottom to make it look cool. XD

If you want to color these yourself, I’ve converted them to black and white.



I had a lot of fun with these, and I may be making more in the future. πŸ™‚

Even if you don’t like to color (come on though, who doesn’t?!) just remember that whatever you’re trying to learn, or get better at, even if you think you’re moving at a snail’s pace, you are still moving. Sometimes it will be fast. Sometimes it will be slow. But you’re moving. So never. Stop. Practicing.

– American Girl Doll Artist

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Hey, I'm Dara! I'm the main blogger here at Small Dolls in a Big World. I love sewing, drawing, and photographing my dolls. I started this blog in 2014 and have been blogging ever since. :) A lot of the time you can find me on Instagram where I share my latest work. (@americangirldollartist)


  1. Avatar Katherine says

    THESE ARE SO GOOD, I MEAN, I LOVE THEM! Yeah, I’ve actually been practicing how to draw people. I’ve progressed! Not much, but I have. I really like Tenney. Maybe because I own her. 😊 KEEP ON DRAWING GIRL!
    ~Katherine βœοΈπŸ–Œ

  2. Yay! Your an amazing artist!
    πŸ™‚ Bella /

  3. These look great! I’ve always admired your drawing skills, and they are so inspiring. I’ve tried multiple times to recreate your doll drawing, but I’ve never matched your skill. The sketches you drew look so amazing. I bet you’ll be a professional artist someday.


  4. Yay! I am so happy! This looks absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to print it and color it in!

  5. Great drawings! πŸ˜€

  6. Great job! They look so good!

  7. Yay! I love them – I’m going to print out the Z and colour it!
    Though I personally prefer the old style, I’m happy that you’ve gotten better…and those drawing challenges sound fun! I wish someone would do one with me hint hint…

  8. Avatar olivehiddenhollow says

    I just want to see your sabine pictures. πŸ˜› but if you don’t want to share them, i understand πŸ™‚
    Most crazily, ~Olive

  9. Avatar Who let the dolls out says

    Am I the only one who thought of Luna Lovegood when I saw Tenney?

  10. You have come so far in drawing and you were good when you first started!
    So encouraging what you said about practicing and moving somewhere no matter how slowly it is. You do arrive eventually. If you persist, you achieve. ~Your Friend

  11. Do you have the Z doll yet? What are your favorites of the new dolls?

  12. I love these! They are amazing!

  13. Awesome job on these! They turned out SOO cute!
    I might try out that drawing challenge! It sounds really cool!

  14. These are so amazing! We wish we could draw like that. We need practice. A lot of it. We love the Tenney picture! Maybe we need to get her now because of this drawing! Keep up the good work!

  15. Very nice!
    Also, I nominated you for The Vlogging Tag!

  16. Wow, those are really good! I’m super impressed!

  17. Cute! Tenney is probably my favorite. How do you color them? Is it on the computer, or with colored pencils?

    P.S. I just did a super fun Photo Story! Feel free to check it out!


  18. I love your art! I really like Z. Tenney is really cute too! You are an amazing artist!

  19. These look fabulous, AGDA! πŸ˜‰ Keep up the good work! <3

  20. I can’t wate to cooler in tenny

  21. Do you want Z?!?!!

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