At the time of writing this article (August 2015), a quarter of Amazon's major twenty best-selling books are coloring in books. So what exactly is an adult coloring book, and how is it that they are presently outselling top rated fiction authors with new releases including E.L. James and Paula Hawkins?
Adult coloring books are, very simply, coloring in books for grown ups. Like children's coloring books, they are complete of outline illustrations designed to be filled in with colored pencils, markers, crayons, or whatever other media you want to make use of.
What is in an adult coloring in book?
The main difference among adults' and kids' colour books is that the grown up versions usually function less juvenile pictures and styles. Instead of superheroes, barnyard animals, and television characters, adult coloring in books are far more usually filled with:
elements in the natural world, like trees, flowers, leaves, gardens, animals and insects;
repetitive 'wallpaper' variety patterns;
cities and buildings;
goddesses, angels, and mermaids;
You will find also numerous 'theme' specific books obtainable, featuring diverse subjects like cars, steampunk designs, and Art Nouveau patterns.
Why are they so well-known?
A Scottish illustrator named Johanna Basford published a coloring book referred to as Secret Garden in 2013, featuring pages of beautifully hand-illustrated ink drawings. The New York Times reported in March that a Korean pop star named Kim Ki-bum posted a photograph on Instagram of a 'delicately colored-in floral pattern' from Secret Garden. In the time, Ki-bum had a huge 1.8 million Instagram followers. The post went viral and helped to ignite the craze.
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