I’m officially smitten with activity books for adults. The coloring pages for adults are fun and all, but sometimes you want to go a step further and work from some drawing prompts.
I was sent a copy of Ana Montiel’s new book, The Pencil Playbook, cracked it open, and got to drawing. I was extra excited because the book is from Quarry publishing, the publisher I’m working with for my book, so obviously I’m in love with them already. Seriously, I love the stuff they put out.
Flipping through the book, you get a strong sense of Ana’s style- the lovely examples she gives for the exercises make the book really fun to look at, but of course you’ll be bringing your own style to the drawings you make.
I started out with the exercise on page 74, making test swatches of watercolor pencils. It’s a simple exercise, but a good one to start with. Sometimes it’s intimidating to draw in an activity book at first, so this is a good warm-up exercise. Plus, how can you not like scribbling?
Feeling ready to tackle a big girl project, I moved on to the Plaid and Weaving exercise on page 64. I always tend toward the more graphic, contained projects, so this gave me an hour of bliss. The glass of wine I sucked down with it didn’t hurt, either.
I’ve been meaning to try drawing simple patterns on graph paper for a while, so this was perfecto.
I found myself looking really closely at her example drawings at first and trying to mimic them. I think this is a natural tendency- where you feel a little nervous at not drawing something perfectly gorgeous, so you try to copy what you see. So I forced myself to just use the colors I was drawn to and draw the patterns I wanted to draw.
Here’s where I think art activity books for adults are brilliant- they give you a completely low-pressure way to experiment and play around with art techniques and ideas, all in a contained place, that you may or may not have done on your own.
They’re a safe place to try lots of different ideas, see what you like to do, and maybe explore some of those ideas on your own later.
Anyway, how would you like to get your fabulous paws on a copy of this book? I’ve got one to send to you, and I’ll throw in a set of my coloring pages for adults, too. POW!
All you need to do is leave a comment below, and let me know your favorite color. Then you can visit me on Facebook and follow me on Instagram for extra entries! Whoo!
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WINNER! Jenifer Miller is the lucky winner of the book and my coloring pages. Thanks so much to everyone who entered- giveaways are so fun.
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