New architectural coloring book ‘Guardians of Detroit’ hits stores


Michael H. Hodges

Detroit architecture fans are taking note – a cool new coloring book just launched based on sculptural details that adorn the city’s classic buildings.

Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Coloring Book by author, photographer, and graphic designer Jeff Morrison might make the perfect gift for anyone on your list with an artistic bias and crazy about the look of America’s most talked about comeback city.

The coloring book, explains Morrison, is based on his upcoming architecture and photography book, Guardians of Detroit, which will be published by Wayne State University Press in March.

A coloring book from his photography just seemed like a good idea.

“The architectural pictures are so interesting,” said the Oxford resident, “and I thought they would be good for a coloring book. Also,” added the art major, who was a graphic designer for 30 years, “I wanted to do the drawings . “

The book is available at the Detroit Historical Museum, Pure Detroit Outlets, and on Morrison’s website at

The Eastern Michigan University graduate made the drawings using his photos as templates and sketching lines and shading in Adobe Illustrator.

“My wife says I should use a tablet and pen,” said Morrison, “but I’m only used to a mouse.”

He estimates the simpler drawings took about 6 to 10 hours, while more complex ones, like the central spread of the Triumph Statue on the Old Wayne County Building east of Campus Martius, took about a week.

When you have finished the coloring book, don’t despair. There could be more Guardians of Detroit spin-offs in the future, says Morrison.

“I’ll probably do another coloring book,” he said. “With 770 images in the hardcover, there is certainly a lot of material.”

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Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Coloring Book

Manfred books

$ 9.99

Available at the Detroit Historical Museum, Pure Detroit


Dusty Kennedy