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A Homeless Man’s Coloring Book Pages Show Us Another Side of Creativity

A lesson for children and adults alike.

Healing, like creativity, is a process; there is no on/off switch. It flows like a river, sporadically obstructed by nature and chance. Shit happens—emotionally, spiritually, physically, we get hurt and we turn to various outlets to heal. People exercise, meditate, cleanse, float in some sort of sensory reduction tank (because apparently, that’s a thing), and others create. Regarding books, I do not mean to exclude the reader from this act of creation. There’s a well-known quote by Samuel Johnson circling our illustrious world wide web that says: “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”

 

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The reader fills in all the blanks—I know this because of all the literary theory classes those college people made me take…Reading allows the human mind to escape the limitations our so-called realities place upon it. Creating is the same. In the moment, your creation feels like all that matters. But it’s still about more than just you.

A local news station in Cleveland recently did a piece on a homeless man who enjoys drawing as a means to cope with his own limitations. Eugene Sopher draws pages for a coloring book that, due to Sopher’s precarious financial situation, may never be published. To Sopher, that doesn’t matter.

 

 

“I do this drawing, and it’s medicine, baby,” said Sopher. “I’m in the zone. Not trying to mix it with drugs, but it’s the best high I’ve ever had.”

 

His lack of finances and exposure have led to some unconventional PR methods: he relies on strangers to make copies for him so that he may share is art with the world. The wide variety of pages he has created contain lessons for young and old alike. Some of his pictures warn about the dangers of gang violence or meeting strangers online, and others aim to simply put a smile on your face. Sopher, who suffers from depression and bipolar disorder, has not had an easy life. He has felt the weight of the world and the resulting discombobulation. At forty-four years young, he spends a good amount of time drawing uncolored pages so that he can escape any personal grimness and help his readers.

 

 

 

“I can do something because if they’re reading that, they can say, ‘You know what? That happened to me. Oh, you what know, I went through that,” said Sopher. “A lot of the reason I keep my cartoons in black and white is it gives you a chance to put color to them.”

 

Sopher’s story and art remind us that creativity is not some sort of commodity purchased in the restricted section of society. It’s not exclusively available to those deemed ‘intellectual.’ It’s part of all of us, a silver lining that bridges the gap between reality and perception, body and soul. Regardless of one’s age, race, or gender—whether it be the lawyer who journals in her free time or the homeless man who lives to doodle—we are all connected by imagination and our ability to create.

 

 

 

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10 Awesome Coloring Books for All Literature Fans

Coloring isn’t just for kids, and in recent years publishers have put out coloring books aimed at adults. Often, these are inspired by or based on literature, both classic and modern. This National Coloring Book Day, enjoy some lit-inspired coloring books that will be fun for artists of any age.

 

 

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Alice in Wonderland

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narnia

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game of thrones

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5 Spine-Chilling Coloring Books Every Horror Fan Will Die For

With Halloween around the corner waiting to bring us hoards of sweets and the highly anticipated ’13 Nights of Halloween’ movie marathon (Hocus Pocus is the winner), it’s never too early to celebrate.

 

Horror fans can mix their love of everything spooky with arts and crafts with these terrifying horror-themed coloring books!

 

Grab some markers, sip your favorite Pumpkin-spiced latte and check out these goodies.

 

1. The Beauty of Horror: A GOREgeous Coloring Book ($12)

 

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Described as “The Walking Dead meets The Secret Garden,” this coloring book contains intricate illustrations showcasing severed heads, monstrous beasts, haunting skeletal remains, and delicate landscapes. Sounds beautiful!  

 

2. Adult Coloring Book: Horror Land ($6)

 

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Discover the lovely grounds of Horror Land with this very inviting coloring book. Featuring forty incredibly scary illustrations of woodsy landscapes and an array of monsters waiting to greet visitors, this coloring book is simply lovely!

 

3. Edgar Allen Poe: An Adult Coloring Book ($10)

 

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Celebrate the literary legacy of author Edgar Allen Poe by re-discovering his wonderfully twisted stories! Illustrated by artist Odessa Begay, these incredible illustrations feature references to the settings, motifs, and details found in Poe’s works. Embrace your duel love of literature and horror with these dreamy illustrations!

 

4. Gothic Halloween: A Scary Adult Coloring Book ($8)

 

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Described as the antithesis of a Charlie Brown Halloween, this coloring book features thirty-one illustrations of classic Halloween motifs. Decomposing skulls, gliding bats, and much more await you!

 

5. Monsters of Literature Adult Coloring Book of Horror ($9)

 

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This special treat for literary buffs brings your favorite literary monsters back to life, allowing you to re-imagine them in an artistic way. From Frankenstein’s creature (no the creature’s name is not Frankenstein despite popular belief) to Oscar Wilde’s Canterville Ghost, readers can greet a wide range of characters (i.e. 25) whose inspirations helped to make Halloween what it is today. 

 

Are you ready to discover what horrors await?

 

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A History of Coloring Books in Honor of National Coloring Book Day

We all know someone who owns an adult coloring book (if you don’t own one yourself). Adult coloring books are marketed as a way to de-stress and have recently infiltrated bookstores everywhere.

 

In honor of National Coloring Book Day, here’s a brief history of how they got started. 

 

Coloring books originated in the 17th century, according to art historian Anne Louise Avery. Artists would use coloring outlines to learn artistic skills, such as watercoloring. Robert Sayer, an 18th century British print seller and publisher, produced multiple books which were meant for adults to paint, such as The Florist

 

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Coloring books took off in the 20th century with the invention of wax crayons, and adult coloring books were popular by the 1960s. They recently experienced a resurgence, with an estimated 12 million books sold in the U.S. in 2015. Coloring books are now available in a wide variety of styles and themes, from unicorns to Breaking Bad.

 

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In honor of National Coloring Book Day, there are coloring parties all around the U.S. to celebrate. Find the party closest to you here, and happy coloring!

 

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