Most colouring books are great, but when you find one that is not only super cool but gives its proceeds to charity, it makes buying it feel good and really worthwhile. Yellow Bird Project is a Canadian non-profit organisation which has been promoting a combination of music, art and charity- 3 wonderful things- since 2006. The creators, Matt Stotland and Casey Cohen, have collaborated with many musicians to design t-shirts and sell them to profit the charity.
This book was created with the help of UK artist Andy J. Miller, who has come up with 26 quirky Indie-band-based drawings for you to add colour to. I thought of myself as quite an informed Indie fan before this book, but I have to say I didn't recognise half the bands listed, which is a shame. Artists like Devendra Banhart, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Rilo Kiley are alien to me, so personally I think this would have been an even better book if the bands were more well known. Arctic Monkeys, Elbow and Keane would have been awesome! Then again, it all depends on which bands the individual colourist likes :)
Each picture is symbolic of something to do with the band, their members, or songs, and there are dot-to-dots and wordsearches sprinkled here and there. The images in the slideshow below are purposefully off-centre, as I wanted to get the artist name in there too.
The paper is not great quality, it's a yellowish recycled style and quite thin. The illustrations are double sided, so unless you stick solely to pencils you're bound to end up ruining the design behind. This book is a real one-off though. I love anything to do with music or movies, so even if you bought the book and scanned the illustrations to print and colour it would still be worth it to get these wicked drawings, and of course help the charity.
Here's my finished picture. To be honest, I chose it solely on the artist rather than the picture- I LOVE Bon Iver!
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here: