Buzzing: Adult Coloring Books

adultcoloringbooksAmazon’s best selling books are coloring books not for kids, but for adults.  The new craze and stress reliever for adults is coloring books for older people.  So grab your colored pencils, markers and crayons.

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The LEGO Etch-A-Sketch!

etchasketchlegobuildThis past July 12, 2015, was the 55th birthday of the childhood toy Etch-A-Sketch.  I have lots of fond memories doodling away and asking my parents how is this possible?  LEGO builder Kristi gets into the celebration with this LEGO Etch-A-Sketch.  Looks like the really thing?  Not bad.

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The Ballad of Holland Island House

oilpaintingsThis award-winning animated short, The Ballad of Holland Island House is based on a true-story.  It’s about a house and the sinking island in Chesapeake Bay.  The clay painting animation comes alive by animator Lynn Tomlinson.

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Movie Poster Art by Ale Giorgini

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Fargo TV Tribute

Illustrator/graphic designer Ale Giorgini has created a fan following with his series of turning pop culture films and TV shows into cartoon-like posters.  Here’s a selection of his poster art.

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Dr Strangelove Tribute

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I’d Love to Draw! by Andrew Loomis

lovetodrawIn my generation, my comic book idols weren’t just the superheroes on the printed pages, but the artists who drew them.  And as an amateur wannabe artist, I tried drawing like Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and Todd McFarlane.  As you can see below, I’m not a very good artist.

medrawingIf you want to learn how to draw, like everybody, you have to learn the basics.  One of those legendary art teachers in American history is Andrew Loomis.  He published several drawing books in 1930s-1940s that influenced many artists of today.  Thanks to Titan Books who have been republishing many of Andrew Loomis’ drawing books like this one, “I’d Love to Draw!”

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Rocket Raccon LEGO Brick Sketch

chrismcveighrocketAfter watching Guardians of the Galaxy for a second time, my two favorite characters has to be Groot and Rocket.  Now here’s neat 12×16 LEGO brick sketch of Rocket by LEGO fan Chris McVeigh.

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Spider-Man Kid Artist Ethan Castillo @ Big Wow! ComicFest 2014

ethancastillocoverThe first time we spotted this amazing kid artist Ethan Castillo was at last year’s Big Wow! ComicFest, now he’s back for the second year in a row.  Our Ramen host Eddie Ballar picks up the interview and learns what’s Ethan been up to this past year.

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Crayon Carved Mini-Scupltures by Hoang Tran

caryola coverRemember all those Crayola crayons you had as a kid, where you would not just color drawing books with, but also mark-up the walls and rooms in your parent’s house?  Well there is another use for them now, discovered by local Bay Area artist Hoang Tran.  The San Jose native was going to dental school, but figured out he can carved mini-sculptures using wax crayons instead.

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Hip iPad Pencil Stylus by FiftyThree

Pencil Paper iPadIf you want that old school feeling of writing down notes and ideas on paper with a writing instrument, then here’s FiftyThree’s Pencil and Paper iPad app.  This stylish digital stylus is built for the Apple’s iPad and their Paper iPad app.

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2014 Moleskine x Star Wars Collection

star wars moleskine collectionEver find yourself in the middle of the dreaming something big and a light goes under head – “Wow, I have the next great idea!” and you have nowhere to jolt down the notes?  If you don’t have a iPad or snazzy smartphones handy and you’re old school, you can write down your notes on these new Moleskine Star Wars Collection notebooks.

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Coloring Book Not for Kids

gangsta rap coloring book 00This coloring book – Gangsta Rap Coloring Book is definitely not for the kids, but for fans of gangsta rap.  The art book features 45 rap artist from KRS One, Tupac and Biggie.  Now I get dust off my box of Crayola crayons from the attic and start coloring.

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Fun with a Pencil by Andrew Loomis

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Who doesn’t want to draw comics like Jack Kirby, Will Eisner and Jim Lee?  Nobody starts off the gates drawing comics, cartoons and creating iconic characters without the basics.  The A-B-C’s of drawing is what gets you from Point A to Point B.  In our day of digital technology we can find art instruction on-line.  I learned my cooking & cocktail recipes and Photoshop tutorials on YouTube.  Sometimes, you need a little old school instruction and we’re going back to the early 20th century with commercial artist Andrew Loomis (1892-1959).  Mr Loomis was well known for his various instructional art books and many of these books are not in print anymore.  Fun with a Pencil was published back in 1939 and thanks to Titan Books, this instructional art book is in bookstore shelves.

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Question: Is This a Drawing or a Photograph?

Redhead Girl via Viana Arts

The answer please.  Is this your final answer!  Well, it’s actually not a photograh, but a drawing of a girl using only Bic color ballpoint pens!  Amazing.  Artist Samuel Silva took inspiration from a photo by Russian photographer Kristina Tararina.  He took around 30 hours to draw this and used 8 different colored Bic ballpoint pens (what a great ad plug for Bic!).

To check Samuel’s quick Q&A and more images of his artwork, go to: Deviant Art – Viana Arts.

Walls Notebook – The Adult Doodle Book

I love this notebook, because I doodle and I can’t stop drawing during those long drawn out meetings at work. With a notebook like this, I think I can really explore different areas of drawing like, for example, maybe trying out graffiti art.

Quick Facts:  80 pages to draw and costs $16.95USD.

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Lego & Moleskine Collab

Everybody should backpack through Europe once in their lifetime.  Not only will you have an amazing adventure but you will also end up meeting different kinds of people from all walks of life.  Well, the hostels can be a hit or miss, but you can use Yelp to find the best hostels for your stay.  I have to say, besides the clubs, the food, the shops, the tourist spots, and the gazillion churches to visit, I also enjoyed just sitting at a café writing and drawing in my journal.  It was cool jotting ideas and other random thoughts arising from my head while watching the world around me.  Picture a cozy outdoor café in the South of France overlooking the sea while you are sipping on a cup of coffee.

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