Have you ever started an arts and crafts project with a child, and suddenly realized that you are far more excited about coloring and creating than they are? It happens all the time, and it’s part of what inspired author Souris Hong-Porretta to create Outside the Lines, a coloring book for adults.
Unlike the bizarre and quirky coloring books geared towards grown-ups that came before it, Outside the Lines is a true art-lover’s dream. Its pages are filled with black and white templates of actual works from famous artists that are just begging you to fill in the white spaces with shades and shades of glorious color. This book is fantastic for anyone who enjoys contemporary art, or even just wants to try de-stressing in a creative way.
The book’s synopsis explains that Outside the Lines is a “striking collection of illustrations from more than 100 creative masterminds, including animators, cartoonists, fine artists, graphic artists, illustrators, musicians, outsider artists, photographers, street artists, and video game artists.” The book contains artistic contributions from the late Keith Haring, AIKO, street artist Shepard Fairey, Jen Corace, Ryan McGuinness, and many more. The pieces included are imaginative and dynamic; they range from thick-lined abstract creations to detailed illustrations that are more challenging to color.
Outside the Lines features “There’s a Party in My Head (And No One Is Invited)” by David J. Weissberg, “Dance of the Disciples,” by Gary Baseman, “Subway Skeletons,” by Logan Hicks, and more than one hundred other incredible works that make this coloring book a bona fide paperback art collection. You’re sure to have its pages filled with color in no time.
Another awesome grown-up coloring book to check out is Thrill Murray, a quirky assortment of colorable pages based on the career of actor Bill Murray – compiled of drawings by 24 different artists! One more to add to your growing collection is called Color of Dissent, a coloring book that provides contextual history as you color in the portraits of Lucy Parsons, Henry David Thoreau, Emma Goldman, and others.
What are you waiting for? Get coloring!