Upon first glance, Misfits appears to be both cute and creepy, a combination that is highly intriguing. The cover features a portrait of a sad-looking little girl in a sailor costume, posed in front of a dark sea full of sharks.
Flip the book over, and you’ll see more of this creepy-cute art, and likely find yourself staring at all of the curious pictures as I did. The back cover also features an interesting description of the book:
Twenty-Five lowbrow fantasy art images to color, taken from the original art of White Stag (Terra Bidlespacher). Use markers, crayons, colored pencils and a little flair of glitter, whatever your heart’s content to color your own world! Choose your own palette or use the original palettes above as inspiration. White Stag’s art is enjoyed by both old and young alike with whimsical fantasy
depictions of outcasts in seemingly nonsensical situations.
I found this description to be more of a teaser, because the images within contain so many oddities, it would be impossible to describe them all. The single-sided pages of Misfits feature adorable little girls with big, sad eyes, and apathetic facial expressions. The girls – presumably the Misfits – can be found in various strange situations along with some interesting fantasy creatures: obese cats with horns, animated toys, unicorns, and a narwal-esque land creature. The overall theme of the pictures seems to take place in a post-apocalyptic dystopia, where the children and toys have taken over.
The images are not intricate or difficult, so this book would be great for both adults and older children. The pages are a bit thin as compared to some other books, so using a blotter sheet between pages is highly recommended. There’s even a page in the front of the book with some helpful tips for coloring. Each page also features the image’s title and the artist’s copyright information in small print at the bottom.
You can see more of White Stag’s art on her website, WhiteStagArt.com. This book is the first in a series of Misfit books, of which there are currently two books. The books are available on Amazon and Etsy.