Charley Harper Coloring Book Vol. 2
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Painting complex creatures with simplicity, and without losing their true character, was a signature skill of Charley Harper (American, 1922–2007). He painted animals from all continents, both wild and domestic, and created now famous posters for organizations that care for and protect animals. He combined his talent with a respect for the world’s creatures to create artwork that has delighted animal lovers for decades.

Harper grew up on a farm in West Virginia and studied at the Art Students League of New York and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. In 1947 Harper and his wife, Edie, went on a six-month journey through the United States. While at the Grand Canyon, he understood that realism couldn’t capture its immensity. Harper decided he must reduce what he saw to its simplest forms—a decision that led directly to his self-described minimal realist style. His classic animal artwork that uses clear geometric forms is perfect for a set of coloring books.

Inside are twenty-two pages of Charley Harper’s playful animals, with his full-color illustrations featured on the inside of the front and back covers. Don’t forget about the blank pages at the end—we’ve left them there for you to draw the animals you find in your world.

Inside are twenty-two pages of Harper’s playful critters, with reproductions of his full-color illustrations on the inside of the front and back covers. We’ve also included a blank page at the end so you, like Harper, can sketch the world around you.

Sample of Selections:

  1. This box turtle doesn’t need to hide—the rabbit only likes to eat vegetables. The title of this painting is Box Seat.
  2. Mandrills (the largest of all monkeys!) are extremely social, and grooming each other is just another way they bond. The title of this painting is Backscratching in the Baboondocks.
  3. The male painted bunting is as brightly colored as you could imagine, with splashes of blue, red, green, and even more colors on his feathers.
  4. The active and intelligent emerald toucanet has a colorful personality to go with its bright plumage. This tropical bird can be trained to use its three-inch beak to play catch with you!
  5. Cardinals have strong beaks and can eat tougher seeds than birds with smaller beaks. In addition to insects, some of cardinals’ favorite foods are sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and melon seeds. The title of this painting is Coniferous Cardinal.

        Size 8.5 x 11" / 48 pages with 22 images to color on high-quality paper

        Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.


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