Coloring Book Cover Art

  Secret Garden  by  Johanna Basford

Secret Garden by Johanna Basford

A quarter of the Amazon best seller list for 2015 comprised of Adult Coloring Books. Publishers Weekly observed that in 2015, “for the first time, adult coloring books were the most successful players on the trade paperback lists”. This trend is set to continue in 2016 with more coloring books being published by self-publishers and the big publishing houses.

So you’ve identified a theme and created the industry standard 40 page book of designs and your ready to let the public loose with their Kuretake pens.

  Harry Potter Coloring Book  from  Scholastic

Harry Potter Coloring Book from Scholastic

But what do you put on the cover?

Most adult coloring books conform to using one of their images, either partially or fully colored in. And it makes sense. You’re able to see clearly that it’s a coloring book and what the theme is. A picture is worth a thousand words and the future artist will be able to imagine what their work will look like.

Many use a full picture, but some use just a partial image from their work which gives more space for the titles without distracting from the picture.

Alternatively, a few have gone for a more traditional book look to their covers: using a fully designed cover with just an element of it displaying the coloring aspect.

  Colour Me Swiftly  by  Mel Elliott

Colour Me Swiftly by Mel Elliott

  Star Wars Art Therapy Colouring Book  from  Egmont Books

Star Wars Art Therapy Colouring Book from Egmont Books

What do you think of the rise in popularity of coloring books? Are you a fan?

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