Blog Post #49
Here I am again, one of the last people to join in on the latest craze. I finally hauled out one of the adult colouring books that I received for Christmas, sharpened my pencil crayons and started to shade in a beautiful drawing — from Animal Kingdom by Millie Marotta. Watch Millie draw the fox from her book.
This trend started in the UK in 2013 when Johanna Basford, a Scottish illustrator, published Secret Garden, a colouring book for adults. Since then the fad has been growing wildly with many variations of this genre flooding the market. There is an adult colouring book for every taste — from nature-themed to TV and movie-themed — think Sherlock, Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Star Trek & Star Wars, mandela, tattoo, steampunk, and even a swear word colouring book — whaaat??!!!
Check out Johanna’s Colouring Gallery Watch as she shares her top five colouring tips in the video below.
Chapters-Indigo has a section on their website devoted to adult colouring books — Indigo Colouring Book Shop and there sites online where you can download free colouring pages, such as these:
Coloring Pages for Adults,
Everything Etsy (15 free colouring designs), and
Faber-Castell, one of the world’s largest and oldest manufacturers of pens, pencils, and art supplies, has a page of free adult colouring pages here.
Find more free illustrations just by doing a search for “adult colouring pages”
After I got over my initial feelings of intimidation — you know, what colours do I use, where do I start, and “aaack — I can’t do this!” — I began to enjoy the simple pleasure of colouring a picture — as I filled in one colour on the fox’s body.
Do you have any favourite adult colouring books?
Brynne’s Daily Drawing #49