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Special Listing for Jan: Chicago Coloring Book, 51 Pages, 26 Illustrations

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I can distinctly remember searching for a Chicago-themed coloring book 5 years back, and being very disappointed with the results. I checked the local booksellers in Chicago, did online searches, and came up with only one book which seemed very difficult to color and lacked things to actually color on the inside (too much information and not enough pictures).
Shortly after that search, I started doing coloring pages for a downtown Chicago grocery store that I was working for, and found encouragement from many people to create a coloring book from those pages. I agreed that it was a good idea, but I just wasn't satisfied with the quality of the pages I was creating at the time. Then, in 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 previous 5 years, sorted through them, and 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, full-size (8.5" x 11") illustrated pages...they're easier to color that way; ready for all of your creative forces! Each page is hand drawn, and the cover of the book was also hand drawn and designed. My aim was in producing the highest quality illustrations of which I am capable, 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 the City of Chicago for over 8 years.

Here's a run-down of the book, page by page:
Illustration 1: The Art Institute Lion
Illustration 2: Millennium Park Skyscrapers
Illustration 3: The "L" Train
Illustration 4: Wacker & Wabash (Trump Tower and The Jewelers Building)
Illustration 5: 680 N Lake Shore Drive (Northwestern University Campus)
Illustration 6: Chicago Picasso
Illustration 7: Buildings near Wacker Drive and Michigan Ave
Illustration 8: Michigan Avenue Bridge
Illustration 9: 150 N Michigan Avenue (Smurfit Stone Building)
Illustration 10: Chicago Police Car
Illustration 11: The tallest buildings of The Loop
Illustration 12: Monument with Standing Beast by Jean DuBuffet
Illustration 13: The John Hancock Center
Illustration 14: Chicago's Flag
Illustration 15: North Millennium Park Buildings
Illustration 16: River North Buildings
Illustration 17: Chicago Interstate Signs (I-94 and I-90)
Illustration 18: The Wrigley Building
Illustration 19: The John B. Murphy Memorial Building (Erie and Wabash)
Illustration 20: Marshall Field's Clock
Illustration 21: The Willis (Sears) Tower at 233 S Wacker Drive
Illustration 22: North Clark Street Houses in the Lincoln Park neighborhood
Illustration 23: The Historic Water Tower
Illustration 24: The Willis (Sears) Tower at 233 S Wacker Drive
Illustration 25: Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean")
Illustration 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 which 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'll provide a break from other childhood activities like: yelling, running around, getting into trouble and making a mess...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!

Thank you

Special Listing for Jan: Chicago Coloring Book, 51 Pages, 26 Illustrations


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  • Materials: Sharpie Permanent Marker, Heavy Duty Stapler, Premium Cover, 11x17 Prints, X Acto Knife, Chicago Reference Photos by Travis Clement, Full Color Cover, Saddle Stitch Binding, 9x12 Sturdy Photo Mailer, USPS, Tracking Number, 80lb Cover, FedEx Office Printing Services
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