Colouring in Books

Colouring in Books

Colouring in books


As a kid I loved to colour in, and would spend many hours doing so, always in competition with my big sis as to who could colour in neater, she usually won now that I think about it!

So who creates these magic books that train kids to perfect their control over the felts and coloured pencils? It seems there are many who do but  have you ever tried to create a colouring in book type image for young children to colour in? It’s not as easy as it sounds believe it or not. I can see some of you now getting out a sketch pad and having a go, aren’t you! Even if just to prove me wrong! And that’s ok, because some of you will get it straight away while others will see instantly what I mean, it all depends on your particular drawing skills to be honest.

I came across this situation years ago when out somewhere and my kids were bored. All I had at the time were some colouring in pencils and a sketchbook so I thought why not create something they could colour in and set to creating some simple artworks based on things they liked at the time. Over the years I’ve recreated this for other kids in similar situations and of course I got the hang of it with time and experience.

So why was it not simple and easy, well there are some things you need to consider-

  1. Age of the colouring in person, you need to think about subject matter dependent on their age, as it needs to be appropriate and also interesting. For example a picture of a toy truck is going to leave little Miss girly girl unimpressed when she would be rather thinking about a favourite cartoon character or doll for instance.
  2. Complexity, a simple drawing will work much better for a small child with a limited attention span and inability to colour within the lines, while the opposite is obviously going to entertain an older child for much longer and enables them to show off their colouring skills if it’s got a lot more detail to work with.
  3. Defined spaces, yes I know it seems simple enough but everything needs to be enclosed, you cant have lines going off into space like you would on a standard sketch, everything needs to have a start and a finish, the whole point being that the mini artist needs boundaries for colouring in.
  4. Keep the lines consistent, don’t be tempted to colour in yourself, if its bold and well defined its easier for them to understand where things start and where they finish.

So there you go, I challenge you all to try your hand at this and send me your sketches, I’m really interested in seeing what you come up with, we may even be able to create a colouring in book for little kiwis that we can put on-line and people can print off to their hearts content. So let’s look at kiwiana and things that will appeal to our little corner of the world. I look forward to seeing some interesting concepts from anyone keen enough to give it a try and Ill publish the best ones with your name credited as the artist.

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Posted: Monday 12 July 2010


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