David Bowie: Retrospective and Coloring Book
By Mel Elliot
An adult coloring book retrospective presenting music legend David Bowie’s most idiosyncratic and indelible looks throughout the years, with insight into his famed designer collaborations, fashion inspirations, and stylish illustrations.
Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke. . . . Bowie changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history. His transformations brought about seismic cultural shifts, altering the definition of what it meant to be a popular rock star. This annotated collection of illustrations provide a remarkable overview of Bowie’s nearly fifty years of evolution, featuring looks by the likes of Freddie Burretti and Kansai Yamamoto, further establishing him as the fashion king of self-invention.
Ok, yes this is a coloring book. No, I do not normally do this, and you may never see me do this again. But let’s be honest, this is a “David Bowie” coloring book. So it gets extra points and recognition. Bowie will always receive recognition. I saw this, I needed it. It was that simple.
I have never actually rated, let alone reviewed a coloring book. I do color when my tremors allow though. Poke fun if you want, but it not only reduces my stress, having a focal point at times, also soothes my vertigo. Other times the latter can back fire. Since I am not entirely sure how one reviews a coloring book, I decided to look at three things: quality, content, and enjoyment. So mini-review time!
Quality: This was a hit and miss with me. The cover is beautiful in a simplistic way, that accurately represents with shades of blue, gold and red. The gold emblazoned lightning bolt projects that true Bowie feel and immediately calls to mind Ziggy Stardust. It is sturdy with thick pages, smooth in texture. The miss here for me was the actual artwork. That is a harsh statement, so I will be fair in acknowledging that it must be nearly impossible to capture all that this man was and is in the form of a coloring book. Still, it lacked any true detail and fell pretty flat.
Content: This may as well be the saving grace for David Bowie: Retrospective and Coloring Book. While I certainly cannot hand out any brownie points for the artwork, I found appreciation for the timeline and facts provided throughout each page. David Bowie evolved quite a bit throughout his shining career. That is probably a huge understatement, but this book attempts to capture each beautiful transition ranging from Ziggy Stardust to Jareth, The Goblin King and beyond. There is even a discography and awards list.
Enjoyment: Over all, this was still an enjoyable book. I really cannot complain about the opportunity to put my pen to Bowie 😉 And the fun facts created a fan worthy experience. While, the art was not for me, this will still be a welcomed addition to the collection of many fans. But since it is a coloring book, I did expect more in terms of illustrations, so I am giving this one 3 stars.
* I received this book from Blogging for Books . This is my honest and unbiased review as always.
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About the Author
Mel Elliott graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007. She began designing fun, printed products such as paper dolls and has grown her “I Love Mel” signature into a successful brand. She has always been influenced by pop culture and fame, and is the author of the celebrity-inspired adult coloring series, Colour Me Good, among other coloring and art books.
Learn more about Mel Elliott and her work here.