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Book Review: Art of Coloring: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Book Review: Art of Coloring: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

So, this was a new experience! I’ve never reviewed a coloring book before, and I don’t think I’ve actually colored since I was in grammar school. And that was many decades ago. When presented with the opportunity to review Art of Coloring: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (recommended ages 18-99), I was pretty excited. I went to the store, bought a box of Crayola crayons (64 colors, sharpener included!) and got to work.

I had forgotten how time-consuming coloring can be. I had also forgotten how soothing it can be. I understand now the recent trend toward adult coloring books. Sometimes you just need to let your mind go, focus on something a bit creative, and relax. Not to get too personal, but I received some very bad news this week. I was in a fair amount of distress, but in the time I was coloring, I felt better. Honestly!

Now to the book itself. It’s Star Wars! Of course it’s going to amazing. I’m not sure I would have had as much fun coloring something else. The pictures feature the main characters, ships, and planets from Rogue One. They range from fairly straightforward to more detailed. I chose a few pages that were easy to color with crayons, but others would be easier to color in with fine tipped coloring markers. Chunky crayons just won’t get into the smaller detailed images.

You can see the pages I colored (Remember, it’s been decades!), plus a selection of other pages, in the image gallery below:

The paper is perfectly fine for coloring, too. It’s not glossy or overly fancy in any way. The pages are sturdy and well-suited to their intended purpose. I thought the perforation was a nice idea, in case you wanted to display your artwork on the refrigerator, as is tradition in many households.

The images are clear, though I was wondering about some of the dark shading on a few of them (as seen in a few of the images above). I haven’t really looked at other adult coloring books, so I’m not sure if that’s a standard across the board. No matter, though — the coloring book is great either way.

I know this will be something I return to as a way to decompress on occasion. I wasn’t expecting to be as pleased by the experience as I was…. and I really need to get some fine tipped markers. I’ve got more pages to color!

You can purchase your copy of Art of Coloring: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story here.

Thank you to Disney Lucasfilm Press for providing a copy of this book for review purposes.

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1 Comment

  1. Melinda Wolf
    January 15, 2017 at 13:27 Reply

    I just started coloring with this book, and it’s as fun and as relaxing as you say! 🙂

    I know there are individuals out there who have an issue with the shading, and granted, it’s pretty dark and heavy in some spots. However, I think the shading helps give the pictures some depth. Too, depending on what medium one is using, coloring over the shaded parts gives the picture a whole different perspective.

    For those individuals who like to use markers when they color, it would be best to photocopy the flip side of the picture one wants to color (if one desires to eventually color the flip page) — since this coloring book is set up with pictures on both sides of each page. That was a tip I got from one of the members of the adult coloring club I recently joined. Me — I’m a colored pencil colorer, so that really isn’t an issue. At least not yet. 😉

    I like the fact that the pages are perforated, too, so you can remove them if so desired. 🙂

    Happy Coloring! 🙂

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