The Eyes Have It: A Kaleidoscopia Coloring Book
Publisher: Kaleidoscopia Coloring Books
Number of designs: 52
The Cubist painters rejected the inherited concept that art should copy nature, or that they should adopt the traditional techniques of perspective, modeling, and foreshortening. They wanted instead to emphasize the two-dimensionality of the canvas. So they reduced and fractured objects into geometric forms, and then realigned these within a shallow, relieflike space. They also used multiple or contrasting vantage points.
From “Cubism,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Complexity: Beginner to Intermediate
- Book Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
- Design Borders: None, designs fill the page with no margins
- Design Lines: handrawn, thickness alternates – half of the designs are very thick, half very thin
- Paper: average
- Printing: single-sided
- Binding: glue-bound
In The Eyes Have It, eyes of every shape and size peer from the pages of the book, both with and without faces attached. Abstract swirls and geometric shapes join the eyes into an almost bewildering array of shapes, waiting for color to provide some kind of order to the designs.
One thing to note about the images. The 52 designs in the book are actually 26 designs, alternating between pages with very thick lines dividing the shapes, and very thin lines which “outline” the previous thick black lines. (See sample snippets of one of the designs below.) Lizzy calls these alternate pages “clones.” However, because of the complexity of Lizzy’s designs, I didn’t realize the thin-lined pages were duplicates until she told me! The way the “clones” are created makes them seem like a completely new design.
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