Release your inner child – draw! It’s what Banksy has been doing for years and publishers of colouring in books for adults have recently started to do. A gorgeous colouring book for older people (best to not use the phrase “grown ups”) based on street art by Banksy has just been released by my dear friend and inspiration Martin Bull. You probably should not expect a withering critical slating of “Banksy Colouring & Drawing Book” by my buddy but who would want to – it’s a fun book, meant to be enjoyed.
The book has photos of Banksy street art alongside white page with a few lines from the art in the photo to guide you in re-establishing contact with your inner forgotten artist, this is possibly the cheapest therapy you can buy.
“copy the street scene, or, go off in a huff and not bother”
Martin accompanies all the drawings with pithy suggestions such as Write your own miserable slogan, then try to make the world a better place” alongside “NO FUTURE” painted by Banksy in Southampton in 2010. The book is also good for a lot of facts and interesting photos of old school Banksy street art.
One nation under CCTV
Apparently drawing books are the new “thing” for oldies, buying this book will help Martin Bull continue the good work he does raising phenomenal sums of money for charity through the sale of his self published books. So, draw a halo round your head for doing some good while having fun.
“Add the moniker of one of the numerous writers who are jailed each year”
The stats on the book say:
- Over 50 iconic Banksy street art pieces (ranging from 1997 to 2014) to colour & draw
- Suitable for mindful adults or creative children
- 116 large pages, including 53 colour photographs
- Thick uncoated 150 gsm paper – ideal for colouring pens, pencils & crayons
- Unlock your inner artist
- For all abilities; life is not a competition
- 10% of any profit donated to Bristol Mind (registered charity 1085171)
- The most purple book in Britain, or your money back
- ISBN = 978-0955471278 R.R.P. = £9.99
- 25cm x 17cm (10” x 7” approx)
The quality of the production, the glossy cover and the thick pages are big step up from the type of book most kids get to draw in.
“Your own cheesy English seaside scene”
So, for the person who gets street art and thinks life is meant to be fun a perfect stocking filler. Of course that supposes there is room in the stocking for the book alongside the voucher for a Shoreditch Street Art Tour 😉 In fact, the pair complement each other perfectly.
Banksy Colouring and Drawing Book is available on the High Street and through those huge online stores which assume that the path to a profit is to beat down talent to the lowest margin possible, or you can buy it direct from Martin’s own store HERE at a reduced price up until the New Year.
Shoreditch Street Art Tours vouchers: HERE
“Draw your own romantic barbed wire, add your own slogans”