- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Test Pattern Press (September 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692525793
- ISBN-13: 978-0692525791
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,384,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Super Awesome Coloring Book: 50 Super Awesome Designs for the Modern Coloring Enthusiast Paperback – September 11, 2015
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About Mark Cesarik, Artist: Mark is an NYC-based graphic designer, illustrator and painter with a BFA in painting and drawing from the School of Art Institute in Chicago. He designs artwork for the home, craft and apparel industries. His designs have appeared on everything from wallpaper to pajamas. Connect with Mark on Facebook (Mark Cesarik Art & Design) and at markces.com.
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Looking at the cover, I thought this was not the book for me. Then I remembered the old saying about judging a book by its cover. I opened the cover to begin leafing though the content. What's the word beyond "intimidating"? Where to start? Taking the easy way out, I started with page 1. If you are pretty new coloring, don't start with page one. I probably worked and reworked that page to death...damn big butterfly! I'm still not happy with it but I did prove to myself, I could work this book! NOTE: it would be a good idea to make copies of a page like this so you can practice what you want the end page to look like...repeat as often as you need! I didn't have this option available to me.
As you can see by the photos I've attached, some pages I used as "doodle" pages. YES, it's repetitive but the brain kept saying "what if you used these colors, positives vs negatives, mixed shiny vs flat,..."
I learned to find the "center" and start there and work my way out. One reminded me of a quilt. A visiting friend said, "too many pieces and little!" But what if it was enlarged many times. There are many pages like that which you might want to share with a quilter or other fiber obsessed person.
I did find the spaceman from the front cover. I rather liked my female point of view. I even saw a set that I would like to do at a later date to color different ways that would ultimately tiles for my bathroom or kitchen.
I've done a lot of mixed media on the pages I worked (colored pencils, gel pens of different types, hi-lighters). The graphics are all one sided which is good for some of mine did bleed through. It is suggested the colorer insert a blank sheet behind the page being worked.
50 pages means each page costs about $.22 a page. Not bad when you consider the hours it will take to do most pages whether you make practice pages or not.
Cons: Don't like a page of nothing but repetitive work. Are intimidated by size and complexity. Bore easily.
Pros: Like a challenge. Just like to color anything with lines. Want one book that will entertain for many hours!
I've attached pictures that I hope will illustrate my comments. Be aware, some light colors do not photograph well, if at all.
Would I recommend this book to others? YES. Why? Because even though I've finished enough pictures to give a review, I want to color more pages! In fact I'm thinking about buying a copy just so I can rework some pages. That's how much fun I had.
I enjoy coloring and have a few favorite books. This one is among my favorites because of the variety of designs.
It contains designs similar to some of my favorite, themed coloring books. I'll be able to find a design to color no matter what my mood.
I was waiting to review it until I had a chance to color a few pages, but haven't had time to devote to coloring so I decided to review it now.
"The Super Awesome Coloring Book" does not have a theme, but contains a variety of designs. Flower patterns, tile patterns, geometric patterns, designs that lend themselves to 3D coloring, animal designs...even a creative design featuring fishing lures.
Even though the designs are printed on one side of the page only, it's suggested to place a blank sheet of paper behind them to help prevent bleed through...you know 'better safe than sorry'.
The pages are not perforated.
There's even a couple blank pages at the end for doodling or testing your colors side by side like I do.
If you use colored pencils, be sure to have sharp points. Some of the designs have tiny spaces to fill in.
Before making the decision to review his coloring book, I previewed Mark Cesarik's website & really liked what I saw. His coloring book does not disappoint. I can't wait to use it.
Review sample was provided by Mark Cesarik, a NYC-based graphic designer, illustrator and painter.
There are a lot of coloring books for "grown ups" out there, but this is a really wonderful example of how they can be both appealing to a wide audience and quirky and individual at the same time. Unlike some coloring books in the "modern" genre (Outside the Lines, which I'm not a big fan of) this book features a lot of lovely, geometric patterns (in addition to some quirky, graphic images (mid-century modern chairs, astronauts, line drawings of sea creatures and penguins, fishing lures, elephants, etc.). Every design in this book is a keeper, which I definitely cannot say about every coloring book in my collection. I really like the foliage-themed repeating patterns and the mandala-esque patterns.
I didn't count the pages, and they aren't numbered, but it seems like more than 50 designs. It's a generous book.
The designs are all fairly complex, so put away your fat markers and grab your colored pencils, watercolor pencils, fine-tipped markers, and #0 and #2 brushes. Each image is printed on a single side page, but the paper is a little thin so I would recommend scanning/printing on a higher quality paper (I use a large format scanner and print images out on my large format Epson on Strathmore watercolor paper).
This coloring book is a winner, in my opinion. It's quirky enough to be different from others on the market, but not so quirky that you get the feeling that it's trying to hard to be subversive or ironic.