Perhaps you are like me: you loved coloring as a kid, and you loved doing “projects” like making lanyards and painting rocks. And now you scrapbook and collect pipe cleaners and felt pieces and beads and baubles of all colors and sizes, in your lifelong attempt to be creative and express yourself through art. This is the perfect book for you!
Author Souris Hong-Porretta has taken incredibly creative works from many artists and transformed them into black-and-white pictures all ready for you to wield that set of colored pencils and glitter pens that have been languishing in your craft boxes. (Look at the cover of the book: on the right you see the black-and-white template, and on the left you see what it could look like after your color it.) There are over a hundred illustrations, and they come from an impressive lists of artists, including Keith Haring, Amy Kaufman, Laurie Lipton, Marc Scheff, and others.
But here’s the best part: even if you aren’t the coloring type, this is just a great collection of contemporary art. The selections, which come from animators, cartoonists, street artists, graphic artists, and other illustrators are fun, totally out-of-the-box, and will even remind some of you of the
good old days when “mind-bending” music and art and pop culture was ubiquitous.
Evaluation: This book would make a great gift, but be sure and buy two so you can keep one for yourself!
Published by Perigee Books, a member of The Penguin Group, 2013