Star Wars has always had the best toys and spin-off media. From books, games and AT-AT toys that you could pretend were a cool robot dog, adventures in a galaxy far far away certainly seem to inspire all sorts of neat things. Due to the plethora of tie-in products out there, it would not be unreasonable to think that there would be no way that they could produce a colouring book that hadn’t been done to death.
Star Wars- An Anti-Stress Colouring Book, is something a bit different from the usual ‘crayon in’ affair we get with the Star Wars brand. Colouring books for adults are a relatively new genre and we’re already starting to see sub-genres form. Some books are simply designed for fun and ease of use, whilst others are a bit more considered.
Star Wars- An Anti-Stress Colouring Book is a genuine attempt to create a tool that will help people relax, whilst at the same time geeking out over how cool Darth Vader is. Each black and white illustration is a mix of Star Wars icons and an Art Nouveau style. For example, we may have a lovely picture of Princess Amidala resting upon some very intricately drawn (and quite abstract) roses. Or a drawing of Leia in a Jabba’s Palace outfit, surrounded by a wonderfully rendered mix of Tatooine style desert stylings and Rene McIntosh.
Unlike the vast majority of colouring books of this nature, the first consideration for every design is mindfulness. Pick up some pens and relax as you doodle away on a pleasing geometric pattern that uses Stormtrooper helmets as its main inspiration. The book is also fond of repeating patterns; there are two pages of simplified images of R2-D2 that are a delight to modify, and would make for nice and relaxing (if geeky) wallpaper. Some of these pages are just lovely in their own right and can be quite easily enjoyed without modification.
Obvious tie-in this may be, but it’s a very good anti-stress book and the addition of Luke, Leia, Yoda and chums just adds to the fun. So dig out those Star Wars branded colour pens, you know you want to.
STAR WARS – AN ANTI-STRESS COLOURING BOOK / AUTHOR: NICOLAS BEAUJOUAN / PUBLISHER: HACHETTE PRATIQUE / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW