Adult Coloring Books – a quick overview
by V. Buritsch-Tompkins
There’s been a little buzz in the air about adult coloring books. I even was enticed to pick one up as a Secret Santa gift for someone at work.
I made sure to add colored pencils as well.
The goal of an adult coloring book is twofold, according to people I’ve talked to. One, it’s to take them back to a simpler time, with less stress and problems weighing on them. Two, it’s a focused activity not unlike a meditative state. The goal is to come at the task, obey rules (at the leisure of the artist), and create an enjoyable, complete piece.
After looking up the one that I purchased from my colleague, I got to thinking – maybe I’d like one, too.
But that’s the point, right?
I remember one of my colleagues that used to color during down time at work. She found it soothing, and always picked topics that were fun for her – while there is some childishness in the comic books that she chose from, there’s a lot more variety now. I even found a Dr. Who one at Barnes and Noble the other day. (Despite my son being familiar with the good doctor, I chose not to get it – there were some rather unfortunate aliens scattered throughout the pages.)
One thing I may do, however, is collect a few of the “Illustrated Classics” books – books retold from common domain with an illustration on every other page. With any luck, I may even get my son to color in them. Maybe.