by Camilla D’Errico
Genre: Adult Coloring Book
Manga artist and Pop Surrealism superstar Camilla d Errico presents her first everadult 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 tocollaborate with d Errico, adding your colors to her gorgeous black and whitelinework. Featuring everything from haunting and surreal character portraitsto pages filled with patterns and designs all rendered in d Errico sinimitable style, “Pop Manga Coloring Book “is guaranteed toprovide hours of coloring fun and excitement.”
I’m 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 is very well known, especially among manga/anime artists and comic con fans. Her 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 creates our own stories for them. Each picture, while all from the same artist, 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! (I’ve yet to work up the courage for that.) Use bold colors or use subtle colors…….or do both! Plus she’s super cute ❤
The quality of the pages is very thick. Unlike anything familiar to us in the pages of a child’s more flimsy and grainy book. These are just thick enough that you can use almost any kind of medium to color. For example I’ve mostly stuck with pencils but you can easily use markers or water colors and brushes. I would just be a little careful not to saturate the brush too much as it will distort the texture of the page. Might want to keep a blow dryer or heat gun on hand.
I’m still working on completing some of these….
This book is so incredibly different from other adult books. Where others have repeating patterns, this book is on a whole different level. There are only 80 pages front and back. Yet they range from intricate patterns to subtle characters. One minute you’re looking into a world of gangling tentacles adjacent to an innocent girl in what looks to be a bedroom repairing her torn teddy bear. The next page you find yourself looking at a field of strawberries just begging for some delicious 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 ❤ she’s truly a remarkable artist.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.*
About Camilla D’Errico
Camilla d’Errico is a product of her split heritage, Italian and Canadian rolled into one: Italian fiestiness, Canadian politeness, and an early addiction to Saturday morning cartoons, comics and manga. Growing up she was more often doodling sexy damsels and dragons on her textbooks than reading them. In 1998 when Camilla first attended her first San Diego Comic Con she realised that a 9–5 day job would kill her and this was what she wanted to do. Thanks to her relentless energy, dedication, and just enough sleep deprivation, she has followed her dream of working creatively for a living.
Camilla’s unique style continues to be in demand and her client list includes Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Random House, Tokyopop, Hasbro, Disney, Sanrio, Neil Gaiman and she also works with video game and movie companies on character development. Her own characters and properties, Tanpopo and Helmetgirls, are loved by fans and followers and now inspire Cosplay costumes. She has successfully merchandised and licensed her beautiful artwork across a variety of categories: clothing, stationery and gift, accessories, art prints, etc. and continues to expand her licensing program. Her emotive and eloquent paintings have propelled her to the top of the ranks of the New Contemporary art movement, and she is represented by Opera Gallery of New York.
Camilla can’t live without Holbein’s “DUO” water-soluble oils, green tea lattes, Hello Kitty merchandise, and her daily fix of manga and anime.
“Its about expressing what they feel and feeling what they express”
An obvious 5 out of 5 for me. If you haven’t yet snagged a copy of this you may want to just make this your next purchase, I’m telling you guys you will have loads of fun. Just in case you want to add this to your wish lists, let me leave the links down below 😉
Also holidays are coming up, this would make someone a great gift!
Barnes and Noble.com