Coloring books are slowly but surely becoming a global phenomenon and it’s not hard to see why. It’s simple, it’s fun and it can do wonders for your stress level. There’s the ultra-popular books by Johanna Basford (which we tried and tested), the hilarious Coloring for Grown-Ups and even one full of ’90s pop divas. So what’s can we expect from next coloring book to rapidly be introduced to markers everywhere? Apparently, a whole bunch of Game of Thrones illustrations. We’ll give you a minute.
Penguin Random House recently revealed that George R.R. Martin is overseeing illustrations for an official book of 45 iconic images from his fantasy series. Inside you’ll find black and white illustrations inspired by characters, scenes and locations from the fantasy novelist’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. While Martin will ensuring that the images stay true to his story, he will not be doing the illustrating himself. That task will go to renowned fantasy illustrators: Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomic, Adam Stower and Levi Pinfold.
We’re already over here sharpening our colored pencils, but if you’re hoping to take up coloring for relaxation reasons, there’s one thing to keep in mind. When we chatted with Ikuko Acosta, the Director of the Graduate Art Therapy Program at NYU a while back, she advised us that the effect coloring can have on your mood can be majorly altered by the type of coloring book you choose. She explained, “If the coloring book’s images are very calm and soothing, full of sceneries or whatever it might conjure up different feelings to one that’s action-oriented, full of violence and movement,” she explains. “It kind of sets up a certain emotional state for the artist.” So if you’re looking to take up the hobby in an effort to add a little zen into your life, coloring in images of white walkers and the Battle of Blackwater might not be the best idea. However, if this is a creative way to further your GOT obsession, go for it.
The book is set to be released Oct 27 of this year and will retail for $15. However, it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon. If you’re hoping to get this before we find out who will actually rule the seven kingdoms, we suggest you get your order in ASAP. If you need us until then, we’ll just be here DIYing a frame for our Jon Snow masterpiece.
What image are you most exciting to color in this new GOT book? Share with us in the comments below.
(Photos via HBO)