How do you organise your bookshelves? Mine are categorised, split into books on illustration, those on graphic design, reference books, picture books and – my most recent addition – colouring books!
Colouring-in transports you back to a much simpler time when your biggest worry was whether you would manage to stay inside the lines, creating an oasis of creative calmness as you unwind and reminisce. These nostalgic and calming properties, along with the fact that it allows you to have a hand in creating something beautiful whether you have an artistic background or not, has lead to adult colouring-in to become a huge craze with millions of avid adult-colourers declaring once and for all that colouring is no longer just for kids!
With any trend the marketplaces can become over-crowded and so for a new title to stick out it must endeavour to do fresh with the concept. Below is a list of 3 new and upcoming colouring books which do just that…
As I am sure anyone familiar with their work will agree, Flying Eye Books have pretty much mastered the art of producing beautiful and engaging picture books, and so their extension into the world of colouring books is most definitely something to be excited about! Beautiful Birds; Flying Eye Book’s first colouring book, is based on a picture book by the same name which they published earlier this year (which I can also highly recommend) and includes 88 different scenes featuring 26 different species of bird. Just like the Beautiful Birds picture book, the colouring book’s cover and end pages feature a vibrant orange spot colour giving the perfect excuse to stock up on and use some neon pens to match!
All good colouring books feel like a collaboration, the artist having left enough creative freedom for the colourer to make the piece their own. In Beautiful Birds, Emmanuelle Walker has laid a beautiful groundwork of intricate repeat patterns, leaving plenty of creative decisions still to be made and room for unique artistic flair.
For many, Johanna Basford is the queen of colouring-in, having spear-headed the trend from the very beginning with her first book Secret Garden flying straight to the top of Amazon bestseller lists and leaving colourers all round the world eagerly awaiting more.
Set for release later this month, Lost Ocean will be Johanna’s third colouring book and sees her make a rather drastic change in setting as her inky quest ventures underwater! Although not much has been released in terms of imagery, Johanna has revealed that her newest title with feature an array of exotic fish, curious octopi and magical mermaids as well as delicate coral reefs, tangles of seaweed and the the contents of a Pirate’s treasure chest. And as if that wasn’t enough to whet your colouring appetite, Johanna has released a free colouring sheet which is available to download ahead of the books release, giving you a chance to warm up before the next adventure into Johanna’s intricately illustrated wonderland kicks off!
Also set for release later this month (the 22nd of October to be precise), is Lorna Scobie’s first book Jungle Paradise. When I saw on Twitter that Lorna planned to released a colouring book I was excited and a little surprised. My surprise came from the fact that much of Lorna’s past work has featured colour and texture in abundance and I wondered how she might manage to translate this into a colourable style of illustration. Having received an advanced copy of the book a few days ago, I can say that she has done so beautifully, managing to change the medium she uses but still keep the enticing quirkiness her work has become known and loved for.
There are a few aspects which makes Lorna’s new book particularly exciting and adventurous. Firstly, whilst many artists who create adult colouring books choose to fill each page with intricate detail, Lorna has left some areas of the book with larger blank spaces, leaving plenty of room for the colourer to add jungle-inspired details of their own! And secondly, throughout the book you will find a selection of motivational quotes. Your journey through Jungle Paradise will not only be therapeutic and inspiring, it will be educational and thought-provoking too!