Note: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Murdoch Books!
Colouring books have taken the world by storm. Literally. The illustrator/authors sit around laughing manically while their creations rain chaos and destruction upon the world and all us book people run around screaming like herds of headless antelopes .
And you know the worst thing about all this? The books are all marketed as “easy” and for “non artists” because you “don’t need any artistic skill to colour” in, and you’ve been “doing it since you were a child”. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?? I CAN’T DO IT. This isn’t remotely as easy as the PR people try to fool you into thinking.
First you have to find a page that looks relatively easy but will also look impressive if you colour it in right. Then you have to go out and buy materials. And you have to spend money on actually good materials because two dollar dodgy colouring pencils never look good when you try to colour with them.
And I spent some time searching colouring pencils and it looks like the really, REALLY good quality ones cost like 10 dollars for one pen. And you need like 20 colours at least. $200 ON COLOURING MATERIAL??? No thanks.
And then, after you’ve wrestled some kind of control over your budget and found some not so dodgy but still pretty dodgy colouring pencils that look good (and more important, are CHEAP), you have to choose the colours.
And that’s a lot harder than it sounds. I mean, complementary colours are meant to look nice, but orange and blue never look good. Take my advice. Don’t do it. Then you have to choose the hues, choose the colours you’re going to put down, choose WHERE you’re going to put each colour, choose WHAT hue you’re going to put where, and it goes ON and ON and ON.
And then after all this stress choosing colours, etc, you have to do the actual colouring in. And I dunno about you but colouring is pretty damn hard. It’s not as easy as people would have you think it. So much for stress RELIEF. In fact, I have this secret theory that colouring book authors actually tell you that colouring is easy so that when you make a mistake, you feel like such a child and you don’t want to tell anyone and just smile and sit there clutching the colouring book desperately.
WELL THAT AIN’T GONNA WORK FOR ME. I draw as if I were drawing on a bus. During an earthquake. During a random meteor shower. And I don’t colour in any better. And you know what? It really doesn’t help when colouring books give you tiny little bit to colour in where the nib of the texta is thicker than the bit where you have to colour in and then the colour goes outside of the line and then ERMAGORD WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO??? THE BOOK IS SPOILT!! Your colour scheme goes down the drain, you rip out the page, sell your soul to the devil in exchange for that piece of colour to go back inside the line and then it all happens again. Too bad you’ve only got one soul.
All this gets pretty damn exhausting. And that’s where this book comes in.
The beauty of this book is that it’s simple. There are some pages where there is one single image in the middle of the page and all white space around it. The images are (mostly) large and clip arty rather than tiny and detailed and IMPOSSIBLE TO COLOUR. Look at what I – I – have managed to do:
Granted, though, that photo has gone through hell and back in Photoshop.
Other images in this book include:
ANYHOW. You get the point. Buy this book. Colour it in. Revel in the easiness of it. Bask in the envy of all your colouring book friends.
P.S. On a scale of one to ten how much did my Australian-ness of “colour” annoy you? Comment below!
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