Street art and urban art is everywhere. It dresses cities and neighborhoods across the globe from New York City to Paris. It brings color, art, and culture, and gives voice to the communities in the works of hundreds of thousands of street artists and their murals.
Writer turned illustrator Diego Orlandini, a Miami-resident and Wynwood local, embarked on a one-year-long mission to create the largest collaboration of street artists in the world in the form of an epic adult coloring book. It might be the only project in the world that combines art, mindfulness, education and giving back, all in one package.
One by one, he reached out to the creators of the murals he admired the most in Wynwood, the largest street art district in the world and famed Miami neighborhood. Artists the stature of Kenny Scharf and Ron English accepted to join him in this challenging project. With Orlandini’s previous track record in the development of socially responsible projects, one by one, artists from all over the world, accepted his invitation to form the roaster of over 100 street artists whose murals, Orlandini turned into coloring pages for his book.
After a year of intense illustration work, The Ultimate Street Art Coloring Book was born with a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign and it’s now hitting the shelves of museum gift shops and selected bookstores nationwide. It’s already available on Amazon, Etsy and directly from aimfulbooks.com
Kenny Scharf in The Ultimate Street Art Coloring Book
Have you ever wanted to create your own mural but didn’t know to hold a spray paint can or use a paintbrush?
This gorgeous hardcover coloring book features original murals from over 100 of the best street artists in the world including renowned names such as D*Face, Vhils, Cryptik, Crash, The London Police, Lady Pink, Crash, Icy and Sot, Beau Stanton, Daze, Interesnki Kaski, Case Maclaim, Vexta, Elle, Jason Botkin, Fintan Magee, Gonzalo Borondo, Elian Chali, Don Rimx, Dain, Skott Marsi, Avaf, Cryptik, Daleast, Hyuro, Kashink, Marka27, Meres One, Saner, Toofly, Yuhmi Collective and many more.
The book is made from high-quality woodfree paper. It has 140 pages including a full-color directory with the artists’ bios and pictures of their original murals. At ten square inches, this book won’t go unnoticed. It’s perfect for your coffee table and to impress your friends, and more importantly, it’s a great way to discover your inner artist. The pages are perforated so you can detach your masterpieces, frame them or gift them.
The Ultimate Street Art Coloring Book
The Ultimate Street Art Coloring Book will allow you to add your own take to the artworks of over 100 street artists and muralists from around the world, turning them into your own. You won’t have to climb over a wall or break into an abandoned building to create a beautiful piece of art. Instead, by following the steps of these great artists, you have a chance to reinvent their murals and add your own style to them from the comfort of your home.
“We have been developing this book for most of last year spending thousands of hours illustrating the selected murals and turning them into detailed gray-scale coloring pages,” says Orlandini. “It has been crafted with people who aren’t specifically artistic in mind. Some of the murals we’ve illustrated are loaded with details, giving hours of entertainment. Some others are simpler in nature, providing the quick satisfaction of having completed a coloring page.”
The large-format size is perfect for coloring
The book is, indeed, for everyone. The quality is great, and markers, colored pencils, and even watercolors can be used in it. Combining urban art and coloring is a no-brainer. “I am surprised no one thought of this before,” Orlandini adds. He accepts the fact that it was a very challenging task and thought about giving up more than once. “It was not an easy project to do,” he says. “That’s perhaps no one has done it before.”
But it was certainly worth the effort. Not only skilled and non-skilled people can interact with world-famous masterpieces from a multitude of street artists and styles, adding their own take and reimagining murals seen by millions, but this project might be the largest collaboration of street artists for a social cause too. Not only that, but the mission behind the book makes it all the more meaningful: For every book sold, a textbook is donated to children in need. The Ultimate Street Art Coloring Book is part of a series of socially responsible premium coloring books created to promote the appreciation of urban arts along with providing an avenue to provide education to children. AimfulMedia, the organization behind the coloring book, matches every book sold with a book given away to schools and children in need around the world.
The Artists in The Ultimate Street Art Coloring Book
British Street Artist D* Face (Photo: D* Face)
DFace is a British street artist known for his imagery of celebrities and punk iconography. His style is bright, aesthetic. It focuses on consumerism and its shape of daily life. Born Dean Stockton in 1978 in London, England, DFace worked in advertising before embarking on his solo artistic career. Reportedly, a friend of famed anonymous street artist Banksy, D*Face identity was also a mystery to the world until he revealed his name to the public in 2008.
Portuguese Street Artist Vhils (Photo: Vhils)
Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, known as Vhils, groundbreaking carving technique is recognized as one of the most compelling approaches to street art created in the last decade. Vhils’ work is critical acclaim around the world. Vhils art digs into the surface layers of our material culture. His original method of creative destruction exposes the lies beyond the surface, like a contemporary urban archaeologist. His work discovers the beauty buried beneath.
Californian Artist Kenny Scharf (Photo: Kenny Sharf)
Kenny Scharf is a renowned American artist, born in California. He was part of the 1980s East Village art movement, along with his good friend and fellow street artist Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Sharf is a muralist, painter, sculptor, and installation artist best known for his fantastical, usually playful and full of bright colors, large-scale paintings of anthropomorphic animals and imagined creatures.’
American Artist Ron English (Photo: Ron English)
Ron English is an American contemporary artist known for his exploration of brand imagery and advertising. His work is characterized by the use of color and comic book collage. English has produced images on the street, in museums, in movies, books, and television.
Fin DAC & Kevin Ledo (Photo: Whudat)
Irish-born Fin D.A.C. is a self-taught, non-conformist urban/stencil artist with influences ranging from graphic novels to Francis Bacon/Aubrey Beardsley. He is the Founder/Originator of Urban Aesthetics. He uses a combination of stencils and hand-painting to create portraits of women, with colorful signature masks. Fin D.A.C. has developed an atypical style, ignoring the standard visual language commonly found in street art. He refers to it as “Urban Aesthetics,” a modern take on the art movement of the 19th century.
Kevin Ledo is a Portuguese-Canadian who grew up in a mix of urban and ethnic cultures in Montreal. His bold compositions focus on the human form combined with stylized abstract forms. His artwork is minimalistic, intimate, and attempts to capture emotion and wonderment
Australian Artist Vexta (Photo: Vexta)
Vexta is an Australian self-taught artist. Her bold and extravagant style is present in urban landscapes from Melbourne to Mexico. Vexta describes the sacred elements of science, cosmology, mythology and the feminine world through her psychedelic kaleidoscope interpretation. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Vexta’s artworks have been exhibited across Europe, Australia, and North America.
American Street Artists Patch Whisky & Ghostbeard (Photo: Barbara Green)
Patch Whisky is a muralist and fine artist based in Charleston, South Carolina. His Primary medium is aerosol and acrylic paint. Patch Whisky has painted murals up and down the east coast and the Midwest.
Ghostbeard is a Detroit-based street artist. He studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and The College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He apprenticed under his big homie and best friend Patch Whisky for a couple of years before ever painting his own wall. He has since painted large-scale murals in multiple states along the east coast and down south, including some of the world’s largest mural festivals.
Street Artist Beu Stanton (Photo: Martha Cooper)
Beau Stanton, originally from California, studied illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design. He relocated to Red Hook, Brooklyn where he lives and works. Stanton draws inspiration from local nautical history. His works are all over the world, from the Berlin Wall to The Wynwood Walls, and in galleries worldwide. Stanton’s work is meticulous and heavily informed by historical ornamentation, religious iconography, and classical painting. These and over 100 of the best street artists in the world can be found in The Ultimate Street Art Coloring Book.