Fantastic Structures Coloring Book Review
Steve McDonald has done it again and again!
We just received Steve’s new book Fantastic Structures and honestly I like it better than the original? Why you ask? Well it’s not QUITE as intimidating as Fantastic Cities and many of the iconic buildings in this one are near and dear to my heart.
“Steve McDonald applies his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful, detailed line drawings of amazing buildings and other structures from around the world in Fantastic Structures.The globetrotting selection includes buildings from six continents, including Pragues Astronomical Clock, Istanbuls Hagia Sophia, Antoni Gaudis Casa BatllO in Barcelona and dozens more, with fun-to-color detail sections from iconic structures like the Eiffel Tower, London Bridge, and the Chrysler Building.The pages are crisp and white, conducive to a range of artistic applications, and feature the illustrations at a uniquely large and immersive size, with a middle margin identifying the structures and keeping the artwork fully colourable on the page. A dozen imaginative architectural mandala illustrations also complement the amazing all real structures in this gorgeous adult colouring book. I think you are going to fall in love with this one!
Katie Couric explores the Adult Coloring Book “Craze” for Yahoo News featuring Steve McDonald creator of Fantastic Cities.
We are very excited that Mr. McDonald has decided to branch out from architecture in a new coloring book available to pre-order called Fantastic Collections!
Artist Steve McDonald uses his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful and intimately detailed line drawings of amazing collections of objects. Finding inspiration in the unusual (museum collections, antiques, and quirky toys) and the everyday (leaves, butterflies, vintage cameras, store product displays), McDonald creates playful and immersive illustrations that are as lovely as they are fun to color. The quality of the large, crisp white pages are conducive to a range of applications, while a middle margin keeps all the artwork fully colorable. A dozen meditative mandalas created from the drawings round out this gorgeous adult coloring book.”
In a news story released September 2, 2015 by Katie Couric about Adult Coloring Books, Steve McDonald shared how reluctant he was to enter the coloring book arena with his art, considering himself a “real artist” who had his cityscapes in art galleries and commercial design projects paying the bills. Why create a coloring book?
In the interview he credits his kids with getting him to put his unique detailed drawings into books for people to color in. We be his bank account is happy that he listened to them as Fantastic Cities is on the best seller list on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Steve loves the idea that he is now collaborating with people and pulling them into part of the process with his art.
“Instead of just creating one piece and putting it on a gallery wall, each piece gets a life that’s far more extensive and far more lasting,” McDonald said. “The idea that I’m presenting these drawings to people all over the planet and asking them to finish the drawing with their own color, to me that’s incredibly exciting.” Source: Yahoo
As you can see with the cityscape samples below, these images are quite detailed and suitable for advanced colorists who enjoy Johanna Basford and Millie Marrota types of books but want some inorganic shapes to bring to life. This book would be a great way to get the men in your life to enjoy your coloring hobby ladies.
Steve McDonald has been humbled by the response and success of this new chapter in his art career
“I thought creating and producing something like a coloring book, maybe that was beneath me as an artist,” he said. “I’ve come to realize that that was a silly opinion to have.”
About Fantastic Cities Coloring Book
Steve McDonald – Fantastic Cities Free Pages to Download
Staedtler Pigment Triplus Liners
Are wonderful for double sided coloring books because of their vibrant colors and narrow nibs. They won’t leak through the pages of your good quality coloring books and are recommended by Johanna Basford.
About the Author Steve McDonald
Steve McDonald doesn’t just draw the cities of the world. A lifelong traveler since his family moved to the Middle East in 1979, he’s lived in Saudi Arabia, Italy, India, and Indonesia, visited dozens of other countries, and spent the better part of two decades traveling his native Canada from coast to coast via car, bus, helicopter, canoe, ship, and on foot. Everywhere he goes he soaks up the local color, the architecture, and, most of all, the lines.
Steve’s process includes observing, sketching on-site, and taking photos for reference in the studio, as well as working from many noted photographers’ material. He lays down initial groundwork lines in pencil or on a tablet and then gets busy with the details. Although he works in many media, including acrylics, watercolors, and colored dyes, his favorite is simple pen and ink.
When he’s not knee-deep in the intricate details of his drawings, Steve is likely surfing (most recently in the waves off the coast of Bali, where he lived for two years with his family) or cross-country skiing in the snowdrifts of rural Ontario, which he currently calls home.
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Steve’s work has been showcased in many gallery exhibitions, television documentaries, and various publications, and can be found in many private homes and corporate collections worldwide. You can also find it online at artbysteve.squarespace.com.