Today's review comes from a book that is very unusual in the sense that it isn't illustrated by just one person, but a variety of artists from different walks of life, young and old... sound interesting? Read on!
This book, edited by Suzanne Makol, is a collaboration of work by artists, educators, kids, designers, engineers... basically lots of people from different walks of life, all with different styles. There's children's drawings; abstract art; surrealism; minimalism and more. This is a colouring book for everyone, a great one to share with the kids or do a quick page when you don't want to get into anything intricate. There's no airs and graces here, it is what it is and it's totally unique. Each page has its artist's name at the footer, and although there are several works by the same person in the book there are 31 different designers and 52 illustrations altogether.
The paper quality lets it down slightly as it is on the thin side, and if you use more than medium pressure it will show through to the other side. As the designs are double sided, it's not great to be brutally honest. You can actually see the next page's design through the previous page in some cases. The thing is, with the type of book this is I don't think it matters too much. It's not supposed to be another Secret Garden with thick, card-like pages and ornate, complex designs. It's a whole different animal is this, a fusion of all different kinds of fun art that you don't need to strain your eyes to colour or be rigidly careful with your pens. It's designed to be fun, not hard work. I'd recommend this book to someone who's into the unusual and the unconventional- someone who doesn't take their colouring or art in general too seriously. I certainly enjoyed colouring something that's such a mixed bag; it makes a change from books that are full of variations of the same design.
Take a look at my pages below! I loved doing the first one especially; I saw it as the cold, hard industrial world vs. colourful nature :) For the one with 4 pictures on each, I decided to colour 3 of them in normal, boring colours and the last in wacky shades. I hope you like them!
This copy of Any Colour You Like was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Lulu, here: http://www.lulu.com/gb/en/shop/suzanne-makol/any-colour-you-like/paperback/product-21949390.html