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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.
From the Author:
"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!
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, "
This is not your kid's coloring book! This is PURE ART. As you turn the pages you will be stunned by the artistry and imagination. In fact, you might just want to color and frame all the prints- they are just THAT amazing! It was SO hard for me to decide which pf the sheets to show you, hence the double collage, I wanted you to see how adorably cute and lovely these drawings are!
As you can see, the expressions are amazing, the details are small but perfect and the animals? Just look at the alligator above! Your kids will be screaming to have that one on their wall In fact, Miss Grace did! She wanted to color it, but then after she saw the unicorn I did, she suggested I color it instead. LOL
As you can see, when you have some great gel pens (which I'll be sharing with you later today), you can get some really out of this world, amazing prints from this book! The prints really lend themselves to mixed usage as well, combining gel pens, pencils, crayons and watercolors!
The only problem I have with this book is that the drawings are back to back. So if you want to pull out a drawing to frame, you'll loose the one on the back. So my solution for the unicorn print, was to make a copy on quality paper. This is great idea, especially if you want to frame a lot of the pix, and your kids probably will! plus, it allows you to experiment with just the right coloring, as Camilla is right- you may struggle trying to choose the 'right' colors for these prints, as they are just so intricate, you may change your mind half way through!
This book will reach out to everyone, ages 3 and up! Kids and adults alike will drool over the adorable images, making it a great book for goft giving to anyone, no matter the age. We can't recommend it enough!
About the Author/Artist:
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