"I got THREE adult colouring books for Christmas!!"
This was a statement that began a long discussion about the "other side" of adult colouring books.
EVERYBODY loves them. And the justification is sound - they are fun, great for adults of all skill level for therapeutic reasons, for easing stress, and are wonderful for adults who may not, for whatever reason, be able to create the initial line work (for instance, they are a very positive outlet for those with developmental disability and seniors, in addition to adults of all ages).
But there is a negative impact this very popular trend is creating.
There is growth in the general public's interest in purchasing artwork in reproductive form, and adult colouring books are being used as a replacement for original work. The line work is pre-formed, the colour is added (often arbitrarily - colour is a powerful element and should be thoughtfully considered), and the piece is displayed as a final image, with...