A new trend in books has taken the world by storm, and it’s not what you would expect. No, it’s not another series like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games — it’s something much more elementary. Welcome to the wonderful world of adult coloring books.
And one take on the trend has opened quite a few eyes in New York City. Artist Ian Sklarsky just developed a coloring book in collaboration with Yotel NYC by using a method called blind contouring. This process involves drawing with your eyes closed so that the only guide you have is the image in your mind.
Wanting to give visitors a unique experience, the team at Yotel NYC enlisted the help of artist Ian Sklarsky to create a coloring book that would entertain more mature guests.
Using a method called blind contouring, he filled the book with artful images that are anything but childish.
Instead of focusing on perfection, Sklarsky concentrated intently on the illustrations that he wanted to create and drew from what appeared in his mind.
That’s why blind contour artists draw with their eyes closed. Another interesting element of this technique is that creators don’t lift their pens or pencils from the paper until the piece is complete.
“My art simply shows that there aren’t any wrongs,” Sklarsky explained. “It’s about the enjoyment of figuring out how to get from point A to point B without looking.”
The resulting coloring book is as intriguing as it is entertaining.
Each illustration is totally abstract, but the subjects are still recognizable.
Most of the scenes are familiar to people who love to travel.
There is a method to the madness, and Sklarsky loves unleashing his creative energy on projects like this.
This just goes to show you that there are so many innovative ways to create art. All you have to do is think outside the box.
To learn more about Ian Sklarsky’s work, check out his website. For regular updates, follow him on Facebook and Instagram.