It’s hard to avoid the adult coloring book craze. They’re prominently displayed by the checkout counters of every grocery, drug and big box store I enter, though I haven’t personally seen anyone buy any as usually they’re too busy looking at their phones or unloading their carts.
Thanks to Scottish author, Johanna Basford, the industry has taken off. Her 2013 title, Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book became an instant bestseller and spurred others to join the publishing bonanza. And the news industry hasn’t ignored the fad, writing about its success and giving advice on how to produce your best effort. “An estimated 12 million adult coloring books sold in the U.S last year, up from 1 million in 2014.”
Adults are coloring to relieve stress, relive their childhoods, or to keep their hands busy when phones aren’t allowed, like doctors’ waiting rooms. (I knit).
We had one son and his family visiting us at our lake in PA these past 5 days. My brother and my niece joined us. Dasha, an accomplished artist, shared some of her drawing techniques with the kids.
They prefer to draw “outside the lines,” and don’t seem that eager to color in books. I know my kids had coloring books at times but don’t think they ever loved them much. Free style doodling and painting led to many artistic works that were hung on refrigerators, sent to grandparents, and framed for posterity to hang on our walls.
Yet far be it from me to chastise a harmless hobby. So here’s a new adult coloring book created by illustrator Ryan Durney. He’s a master at fantastical drawings and produced
Color Your Dreams: Adult Coloring & Dream Journal after spending months fulfilling orders for commercial adult coloring books. I met Ryan through the hireanllustrator.com and contracted with him to illustrate my soon-to-be announced picture book, Clara & Her Nutcracker.
Please check out Color Your Dreams if you’re an adult into coloring.
And if you’re into anything Nutcracker, please check out Clara & Her Nutcracker!
In the meantime, I found this cartoon amusing: