This artist has created a new colouring book based on Portsmouth landmarks

KEEN artists can now enjoy colouring in familiar landscapes and landmarks from across the city.

Saturday, 30th December 2017, 6:45 am
Updated Sunday, 31st December 2017, 12:05 am
Sarah Fisher

Budding graphic designer and illustrator Sarah Fisher says her ‘dream project’ has become a reality as she releases The Portsmouth and Southsea Colouring Book.

The young creative crowdfunded more than £1,000 to execute the idea – far exceeding her £700 target – and has used the cash to kick-start an initial print run of 300 copies.

Depicting 52 places across the city, the book is now available to buy online.

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The front cover of The Portsmouth and Southsea Colouring Book. Picture: Sarah Fisher

Sarah, who has previously illustrated two adult colouring books for Cath Kidston, said: ‘I’m so excited and overwhelmed to have met my financial goal to get this book printed and I can’t believe my dream project, which I’ve been working on for more than a year, is happening.

‘I’ve loved illustrating the book and it’s been particularly special given I also live here.

‘And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed wandering round the city finding places to illustrate, making new discoveries of spots that have become firm favourites as I go.’

Each one has taken between three to five hours to create, depending on their complexities.

One of the designs in The Portsmouth and Southsea Colouring Book. Picture: Sarah Fisher

Illustrations in the book include the Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Clarence Pier.

Describing her thoughts on the finished product, Sarah said: ‘I’m incredibly pleased with it and I cannot wait to send them out to all the people who backed my Kickstarter campaign and pre-ordered.

‘Every time a new pledge came in I did a little happy dance and the support of everyone who has backed me has been very much appreciated. Thank you.

‘I’ve now got a second edition planned for 2018.’

One of the designs in The Portsmouth and Southsea Colouring Book. Picture: Sarah Fisher

To purchase a copy of The Portsmouth and Southsea Colouring Book, visit Sarah’s online business, PaperCafeUK, at etsy.com/uk/shop/PaperCafeUK.

First-time buyers can also receive a 20 per cent discount off their purchase by signing up to PaperCafeUK’s mailing list, at papercafe.co.uk/signup.

The front cover of The Portsmouth and Southsea Colouring Book. Picture: Sarah Fisher
One of the designs in The Portsmouth and Southsea Colouring Book. Picture: Sarah Fisher
One of the designs in The Portsmouth and Southsea Colouring Book. Picture: Sarah Fisher