Shortly after that search I started doing coloring pages for a downtown Chicago grocery store that I worked for, and found encouragement from many people to create a coloring book from those pages. I agreed that it was a good idea, but just wasn't satisfied with the quality of the pages I was creating at the time. Then, in early July 2010, I decided to put forth a concerted effort to make the best Chicago coloring book that I possibly could! I collected the most fitting photographs of the city that I had taken over the past 5 years, sorted through them, and tried to put together a collection that would represent Chicago almost as if you were taking a mini-trip downtown. After weeks of work I printed the first edition of this coloring book.
The book features 26 illustrated pages, ready for all of your creative forces! Each page is hand drawn, and the cover of the book was also hand drawn and hand colored. My aim was in producing the highest quality illustrations that I'm capable of, regardless of whether the artist coloring these pages is a Realist or an Abstract Expressionist. I wanted to represent the city as accurately as possible, with illustrations of towering buildings and unique public artworks. And, I think it's quite fitting that a Chicago coloring book was created by someone who lived in Chicago for 8 years.
Here's a run-down of the book, page by page:
Page 1: The Art Institute Lion
Page 2: Buildings East of the Loop (Smurfit Stone Building, 2 Prudential & Aon Center)
Page 3: The "L" Train
Page 4: Wacker & Wabash (Trump Tower and The Jewelers Building)
Page 5: 680 N Lake Shore Drive
Page 6: Chicago Picasso
Page 7: Wacker and Michigan Avenue Buildings
Page 8: Michigan Avenue Bridge
Page 9: 150 N Michigan Avenue (Smurfit Stone Building)
Page 10: Chicago Police Car
Page 11: Tall Buildings of the Loop
Page 12: Monument with Standing Beast by Jean DuBuffet (Thompson Center sculpture)
Page 13: The John Hancock Center
Page 14: Chicago's Flag
Page 15: N Millennium Park Buildings (Carbide & Carbon Bldg, 2 Prudential, Aon Center)
Page 16: River North Buildings (900 N Michigan, Northwestern Univ. buildings)
Page 17: Chicago Interstate Signs (I-94 and I-90)
Page 18: The Wrigley Building
Page 19: The John B. Murphy Memorial Building (Erie and Wabash)
Page 20: Marshall Field's Clock
Page 21: 233 S Wacker Drive (Sears/Willis Tower)
Page 22: N Clark Street Houses in the Lincoln Park neighborhood
Page 23: The Historic Water Tower (at Chicago Ave and Michigan Ave)
Page 24: 233 S Wacker Drive (Sears/Willis Tower)
Page 25: Cloud Gate (also known as "The Bean")
Page 26: The Chicago Theater Sign (at State and Lake)
I can absolutely remember the joy of coloring throughout my childhood, something that apparently determined my career choice. Coloring is a self-governing activity that promotes higher self esteem and creative ingenuity.
I personally think that this would be a great gift to send back home to a younger brother or sister, niece or nephew (that's actually the reason I drew it in the first place). It could also provide a break from other childhood activities like: yelling, running around, getting into trouble and breaking things...since coloring is a pretty quiet activity that takes concentration and staying put.
I'm very excited to introduce this homemade coloring book, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!
If this coloring book is a gift, I can send the book directly to the lucky recipient too...just make sure to message me at the time of order because I'm very prompt in fulfilling orders and getting books to their destination as quickly and safely as possible!