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It’s probably not a secret that I like chocolate (or most desserts, for that matter).


chocolate tweet


Plus, I’m impressionable, or maybe better yet, let’s say, easily inspired?


white cup doodling

Some coffee inspiration


So when children’s author, Susanna Leonard Hill, posted about this:


The First Ever Pretty-Much-World-Famous Illustration Contest!!!

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I got caught up in the glamour, the intrigue, the excuse to go to the craft store to buy more art supplies, and well,

a little chocolate hypnosis.

Because Susanna is one of my blogger friends who likes to post yummy chocolate pictures in her posts.

Of course she posts tons of other cool stuff about writing for children, but again there’s that mesmerizing chocolate.

So my creativity took over (as soon as I had a brand new set of watercolor pencils in my hands) and the result is an illustration for a fun story from Susanna’s March Madness Fractured Fairy Tale Writing Contest,

The Princess and the Stinky Cheese

 by Lauri Meyers.


The chocolate made me do it.


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Check out more illustrations HERE.


Have you ever experienced chocolate (or any other food induced) hypnosis? I’d love to hear about it! Tell me in the comments. 🙂

Happy Monday!


69 thoughts on “The Chocolate Made Me Do It

  1. kath unsworth

    Thanks Coleen I started following susanna’s blog, a bit too late to submit an illustration but thanks for letting us know. Good luck with your sweet drawing.

  2. Wendy Terrien

    Yay chocolate! I’m a dark chocolate fan myself. Sometimes i just want pure, extra dark chocolate. And sometimes I want almonds or raisins or caramel mixed in. Oh! Caramels with dark chocolate and sea salt — dreamy.

    Now I’m feeling I need to blog about chocolate! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  3. Lauri Meyers

    Coleen – You really are multi-talented! I love your Princess Peabody with her high tops, messy braids, and snake on a stick! I’m so glad you joined in the fun.

  4. Joanna

    There’s a lot I’d do for chocolate, though maybe not draw! This is cute, especially the sneakers!

  5. Name

    I knew you were an excellent photographer, but I didn’t realize your were an artist. I love the illustration of the Princess and the Stinky Cheese. Love those sneakers! Good luck to you!

  6. Debra Kristi

    Chocolate is evil! I bought a bag of sea salt and caramel dark chocolates yesterday. OMG! Someone, please take it away! See? I typed that and immediately had to go find the bag. EVIL!

    Your art is amazing. I know you’ve been in the kidlit circle for sometime now. Do you write kidlit, illustrate, or both? The talent you show on your Starbucks cups every week is amazing.

    1. Coleen Patrick

      I can agree with the evil. Sometimes I have to make my husband take the sweets to work. Can’t control myself.
      I write middle grade stories too, but not as much as I write YA. The doodling has become a really fun hobby. Kind of creative cross training. Thanks, Debra! 🙂

    2. Lauri Meyers

      Holy wait a second! You drew all those doodly bits on that Starbucks cup? Seriously, you post a lot of starbucks cups. Have they all had doodles on them?! My world is shaken, and now I must go through all your old posts because I have been oblivious to this. Love it!

      1. Coleen Patrick Post author

        I haven’t doodled on them all, but I have posted a fair share of cups here. Now I’m thinking Starbucks should send me a gift card. Or at the very least, a box of cups for doodling! 🙂

  7. Inion N. Mathair

    Okay…only you my dear Coleen Patrick could do a post on “Chocolate Induced Hypnosis” and make it a freaking trend!!! I say that cuz the minute we read this together. (that is Inion myself & our bus. man. Nana) we all started smiling goofy & the two of them we’re like…”I want a chocolate induced hypnosis!!” lmao~ Seriously though, that drawing is absolutely adorable!! It reminded Inion & myself of our story that we’re currently working on New Salem Chronicles The 13 Reapers. Beautiful job on the pic!! On another note, I’m not sure if I told you yet. But we’ve had your book for the past couple of months and have been so busy with editing 3 books, I haven’t been able to finish it yet. I will tell you this. Hats off, applause due, cuz your book, is absolutely freaking awesome!! One of the few YA novels that the MC is beautifully flawed & relatable. I mean that. So many times the female MC’s are these cookie cutter perfected teens that have no kind of baggage except for their awards, trophies and boyfriend who’s always the badboy!! From the moment I started this book, I felt myself breathe. Okay..she’s human, normal, like us! She makes mistakes and lives with them!! She doesn’t have a spotless closet, she has a few demons tucked away in there! Beautifully done Coleen! As soon as we’re done with this ridiculous schedule, we will finish this and get some attention going big time on this book as it is most definitely brilliant and we feel honored to pass that on!!! 😉

    1. Coleen Patrick

      Hypnosis is the only way to explain it!! 🙂
      Thanks so much for your support. You guys are awesome!

  8. Name

    You’re not only awesome at doodling pieces or art, you’re also a great illustrator, Coleen. Wow, some of the entries are so professional looking. What a treat!

    1. Name

      Forgot to fill in my info. From Lynn Kelley. *Yawn* I sure could go for a nap right now! 🙂

  9. Born Bookish

    In the rare cases I do find strength to resist chocolate while at the store, I get mad at myself later when I’m craving it and have none. LoL. I just made oreo truffles the other night to bring to family game night and I’m pretty sure we all went into a chocolate induced comma =) Love your drawing by the way, so cute!

    1. Coleen Patrick

      My daughter LOVES to make Oreo truffles. Whenever she makes them, everyone declares them dangerous. 🙂 THanks, Amanda!

  10. Phil

    Great – now I’m stuck at work here at 3pm and really want coffee and chocolate! Dark chocolate is my fav!

    Nice doodling!

    1. Coleen Patrick

      Sorry, Phil. I thought I was helping by not posting some evil, mouthwatering chocolate picture. 🙂

  11. Susanna Leonard Hill

    Oh, I LOVE this Coleen! Here is a princess who looks like she’s been bushwhacking through a swamp and really might have a nose full of mud! And those flies buzzing around the cheese certainly say “stinky” to me! Great job! I’m so glad you went and got new watercolor pencils and joined in the contest fun! (And I hope you got a good supply of chocolate to sustain you through that creating too! :))

    1. Coleen Patrick

      I had a little too much candy this weekend. But I’ve got the whole week to abstain. (LOL)
      Happy to participate! It was fun. 🙂

  12. Patricia

    Food hypnosis happens every year at Thanksgiving. Every year.

    And I have occasionally felt the hypnotic effects of one too many glasses of wine, but that’s just between you and me.

    Cute drawings.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Coleen Patrick

      My lips are sealed. Well, unless someone brings me some chocolate. 🙂
      Thank you, Patricia!

  13. Jennette Marie Powell

    At my last job, I used to go into a food coma every Monday after lunch, just in time for our staff meeting. 🙂 Didn’t matter what I had for lunch, but chocolate’s always a good excuse! Your illustration is adorable!

  14. Name

    Did you say new watercolor pencils? (drool) They’re better than chocolate . . . almost. Nice job!

  15. Clay

    I love chocolate. But sometimes when I eat chocolate, it makes my brain crazy. I mean it gets a bit fuzzy and I have a difficult time focusing. Maybe I am eating too much at one time but, I still love chocolate. Also, the Aztecs used chocolate in their ceremonies and it was important part of their culture – they mixed spices into their chocolate making it very potent. But I certainly identify with chocolate hypnosis.

    1. coleen

      Thanks, Susie! I might start with my next book cover. I’ve been taking classes and learning tons. It’s been a challenge with some of the techie stuff though!

  16. Jenny

    So cute!! I, too, love a bit of (always dark) chocolate. Have you tried Kind + protein bars? I don’t know if they are made with real chocolate but they are yummy and, you know, it says “protein” on the box so they’re obviously super good for you too! It’s a chocolately win-win!

  17. Karen McFarland

    It has to be dark chocolate Coleen! You’re illustration rocks girlfriend! Truly, you’ve got awesome talent! I have ideas and titles for a series for children and you’ve inspired me. I need an illustrator. Let me know if you’re interested. ((Hugs)) 🙂

  18. Sheila

    That’s great! I love the flies buzzing around the cheese, the detail of the sneakers, and that look on the dog’s face. Dogs are always looking at us like that – like we just might be crazy – which of course we are. Might as well blame it on the chocolate. 🙂

  19. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    Thanks to this post, I opened and am nibbling a chocolate and orange Aero Bar from Nestle. (The orange went out of production for a while but is back now. This is the British-made bar, and I found it in my local grocery store’s International Foods aisle.) The bar’s delicious.

    I love your drawing, Coleen, especially the sneakers, the eyes, and the girl’s twisty braids. You’re so talented!

  20. Julia

    Can’t beat high tops with the laces undone. My kind of princess. Thanks for the link to the drawing contest.

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