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Manga artist and Pop Surrealism superstar Camilla d’Errico presents her first ever adult coloring book, filled with portraits, patterns, and the stunning artwork her fans and collectors have come to love.
This one-of-a-kind book offers you the opportunity to collaborate with d’Errico, adding your colors to her gorgeous black and white linework. Featuring everything from haunting and surreal character portraits to pages filled with patterns and designs all rendered in d’Errico’s inimitable style, Pop Manga Coloring Book is guaranteed to provide hours of coloring fun and excitement.
|Product dimensions:||9.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
CAMILLA D'ERRICO has gained wide acclaim for her illustrative work, and has been nominated for the Joe Shuster Award and the Will Eisner Award. She is the co-author of Pop Manga and the author of Pop Painting. She has worked with Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Hasbro, Disney, Sanrio, and Neil Gaiman, and created her own cult-sensation properties Tanpopo and Helmetgirls. She is also well known for her melting rainbow, big-eyed girl oil paintings, which have made her a hit in the international Pop Surrealism movement.
Visit her at camilladerrico.com.
Read an Excerpt
SO FRESH, SO NEW
I can just imagine what people thought when the first color TV was introduced all those years ago, watching the formerly black and white world come to life with color. The Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard of Oz must have suddenly made a lot more sense to those who’d only seen it on black-and-white TVs prior! Maybe those viewers felt a little like I did when I got my first set of markers. I felt as though some wizard had just given me a whole rainbow with which to color magical worlds in whatever way I wanted. For a time, life was grand, right up until I learned about the so-called rules. Rules can sometimes be rigid and confining, and have a “delightful” habit of taking the wind out of your creative sails.
The first real rule I was taught as a child was Color inside the lines. Along with being the first rule I learned, it was also the first one that I simply had to break. I was much more interested in watching colors appear on the paper as I scribbled willy-nilly. It was hypnotizing. My young, little brain was thinking way too fast for my tiny hands to keep up. Get the color on the paper was the only goal I had in mind. I was a creative kid and my coloring was in abstract overdrive. I would go wildly outside the lines, straight over the lines, and, occasionally, right off the page and entirely onto the table! New rule from Mom: Don’t color the table. (Some rules are just no fun at all.)
Now that I’m mostly grown up I’ve finally created a coloring book, not only for kids but also for the inner child in everyone. Nothing in the world makes me feel more like a kid again than the smell of a pack of crayons and a big blank coloring book full of possibilities.
In this collection, I hope to provide you with a really interesting and unique experience. I want whomever picks up this book and flips through its pages to feel an irresistible urge to fill in all its images with all sorts of vivid colors. You’ll be surprised by how my pieces have changed for this coloring book. I have repurposed some of my artwork, adding cool patterned backgrounds to fill the negative space—and to give you more elements to color. Ha! Ha!
Feel free to be as creative as you want! Color as you will. Break the rules if it pleases you. (But you don’t have to be messy, if you don’t want to be either.) This is a rule-free book.
Alternatively, you can use these pages to practice and to level up your coloring skills. Maybe your pencil sketches are great but you just haven’t found your color style yet. Coloring isn’t easy. And, no, I have never colored any of these images here. You will be a coloring pioneer!
Honestly, I struggle the most with choosing colors, more than with any other part of my creative process. Even when I spend all day choosing the colors, I sometimes just end up painting over them the next day anyways. Phew! Even writing about it is exhausting. Just remember you can always try again. You could even photocopy some of the images and practice on the copies before you give it a real shot in the book itself! That’s what coloring is all about—trial and error.
There is still a rebellious little child running around in my wild imagination, bending and breaking the rules of art as she pleases. My artwork blends the cute, creepy, and the surreal in a whimsical way that defies any logic or physics. I can’t wait to see what inspiration you take out of the characters and patterns created for these pages. Go wild with your choices, be a rebel, think outside the box, and definitely, absolutely, color outside the lines and straight onto the table—if that’s what you want to do! Just don’t tell your parents that I told you so. (Wink. Wink.)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With beautifully drawn Manga style characters, this book will delight not only manga and anime fans, but also coloring book fans also. With whimsical drawings and beautifully captured manga character with animals mythical, mechanical, or realistic; each page is beautifully drawn. This book is for all ages, and each hand-drawn page is unique. Some pages have information on the picture or technique hints, but overall this book is filled with breathtaking art that captivates readers and coloring enthusiasts alike.
Im not very familiar with adult coloring books. Including this one I only have two. This is definitely my favorite of the two! Camilla D’Errico’s newest book is based on a beautiful mix of manga and surrealism. As a huge fan of surrealism I knew I had to request this. D'Errico's art in this book makes one think about the characters as you color them in. She has left us so much freedom in her drawings to create our own stories for them. Each picture gives off a certain feeling of distinction. The sketches are so genuine and detailed that you feel as though you are working hand-in-hand with D’Errico herself. Just in case you’re like me and aren’t used to so much freedom and creativity, the artist has also lent us another helping hand in the form of a little, guinea pig? Ayako can be found on the bottom corners of a few pages. Some times she takes away from the illusion but more than that she is very helpful. Reminding us that we can do whatever we want with the pages. Color in the lines…..or don’t color in the lines! Use bold colors or use subtle colors…….or do both! Plus she’s super cute. The pages are just thick enough that you can use almost any kind of medium to color. I have had more fun with this book than I ever did as a kid. I feel more creativity flowing through me and onto the pages than I ever knew I even had! So I definitely want to give a HUGE thanks to Camilla D’Errico for making it possible for me to have this much fun with a coloring book.
If you enjoy Mange at all this book will surely bring a smile to your face and warm your heart as your fingers itch to start coloring. Once you finish perusing the pages, and oohing and aahing, you will probably flip through again and again trying to decide which page to start first. The choices are wonderful and this is a one of kind type of coloring book, original drawings, and your friends are going to be so envious and feel you are so lucky to have this. You might want to get some for gifts, the ultimate to inspire everyone. Would I buy for my friends and family, definitely, the pictures are beautiful, and compelling, and a wonderful 80 pages. I received this book through Blogging For Books and was not required to give a positive review.
I find this book to be an interesting mix of Manga and Pop Surrealism (also known as Lowbrow Art). Surrealism has always been my favorite artistic movement to learn about in Art history, so much that some of my earlier art took inspiration from it. So its not far fetch to believe that I got into pop surrealism when I learned about it as well. The manga style fits surprising well into pop surrealism, especially in the way Camilla d’Errico does it. Her art is very pretty, detailed and obviously done in a surreal way. I enjoy coloring in the female characters, which are the main subject matter throughout the book. If you were expecting to only see patterns, animals and objects you’ll be disappointed. When it comes to coloring in the art I love the fact that this book is printed on a smooth, thick paper that works well to adsorb ink, markers, color pencils, crayons and whatever else you want to use to color. So you don’t have to worry about any colors bleeding through to the other side of the page. Also, I love the fact that Camilla even mentions that there’s no rules to coloring in this book, that people can even photocopy some of the pages to color before coloring directly onto the book. I’m glad she mentions that since I’m sure there are some people out there that didn’t even consider that as an option. [Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.]
This one is a good bit different than other coloring books I have. This one isn't so much focused on repeating patterns, though there are some, but more on characters (people). Also, the pictures to color tend to have a sketched quality to them, similar to what you see on the cover. I kind of like this though. It allows for you to feel like you are colaborating with Camilla d'Errico in a way to complete these works of art. One thing that I don't know if I am a huge fan of though is the little character guy who appears on a few pages. He/She pops up every so often to give you advice or tips, or to just tell you something about a specific picture. Thankfully the character doesn't show up too often though. I find it a little distracting when it shows up. In regards to the paper quality. It seems to be good. They are double sided though, so I really doubt Copic or Prismacolor markers can be used since they bleed hard and heavy...which is a shame. I have seen some fantastic works of art done in those mediums and I think some fantastic stuff could be done in this book with them. All in all, I like this coloring book a lot. It is a different than a lot of the other coloring books out there and I think that it will provide colorists with some fantastic opportunities to explore with new ways of coloring. This review is based on a copy provided by Blogging for Books. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.