Last week, Gerard Way announced The Quarantine Coloring Book, a 100% free and downloadable coloring book. Partnering with various artists, the project was created by Gerard Way and Youth Code’s Sara Taylor as a way to keep us all busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a new page set to be uploaded every day, today’s page was illustrated by My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro.
For the project, Toro tapped into one of his hobbies many don’t know about—photography. Toro converted one of his own photographs into line art for the book. Featured in the drawing is a tin of Nestle’s hot chocolate and a bread tin, two household items Toro believes can sometimes be overlooked.
“[The photograph] reminds us of the little things in life and we take a great amount of comfort in it,” Toro shares on the official website.
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Tuesday April 14, 2020 Volume I – Page VI Artist: Ray Toro (@raytoro) Ray Toro is a father, husband, musician, producer, and (unbeknownst to many people) an incredible photographer. Here is one of his photos converted to line art for the purposes of this project. It reminds us of the little things in life and we take a great amount of comfort in it. Thank you, Ray. #thequarantinecoloringbook #tqcb
Toro’s page is the sixth installment of The Quarantine Coloring Book. Last week, artwork from Alison Mosshart of The Kills, comic book artist Mike Allred and artists Matt Darling, Natalia Hernandez and Trent Thompson were shared. The book’s cover art was created by Paul Rentler.
Last week, Every Time I Die’s Jordan Buckley teased his own illustration that was quickly speculated to be for The Quarantine Coloring Book. Alongside the tweeted image of his drawing was the caption “very honored to be asked to participate in this free, downloadable coloring book gimmick that I’m not allowed to take about yet. My contribution is this thing.”
Very honored to be asked to participate in this free, downloadable coloring book gimmick that I’m not allowed to talk about yet. My contribution is this thing. pic.twitter.com/wOZeDCDfqw
— jordan buckley (@JordanETID) April 10, 2020
Shortly after tweeting his drawing and announcing his contribution for a “free downloadable coloring book,” Buckley not-so-secretly confirmed that his drawing will be included in The Quarantine Coloring Book. Fans can expect to download his page on April 23.
— altpress (@AltPress) April 11, 2020
In a lengthy statement, Way shared that Sara Taylor, who joined My Chemical Romance onstage at their reunion show, was the one who came up with the book’s concept. The two of them hope that this book will help out those they have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We wanted to do something special for everyone stuck in quarantine or stuck at home,” he shared on Instagram. “Also, for the people that want something to get their mind off things when they get home from work. Healthcare workers and essential personnel, we love you!”
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Hey everyone! Having a great birthday so far, thank you for all the birthday wishes. So, we wanted to do something special today for everyone in quarantine or stuck at home, also for people that can’t stay home but want something to get their mind off things when they get home from work. Healthcare workers and essential personnel we love you! My friend Sara Taylor @seriouscreep from Youth Code came up with this amazing idea and I really wanted to help her with it. It’s called The Quarantine Coloring Book, and it’s a completely free collection of coloring pages for you to print out and color, or color digitally if you prefer. What we did is ask a bunch of artists we are close with to generously donate a coloring page to the project. The idea is to keep it going as long as we can. So far we have a bunch of really cool art by really cool artists. And we are still actively reaching out to people. It’s hosted on a website, thequarantinecoloringbook.com, where you can download the single images, or a pdf collection when we have a bunch of them. I’m going to put a link in my linktree too, right in my bio. I will be creating a coloring image myself at some point, and I’m really excited about it. So that’s it, we also have an official instagram, @thequarantinecoloringbook, where we will be uploading the images, as well as finished colored pieces by you. Give it a follow if you like, and I think you can just submit your finished colored pieces to the Insta, or possibly right on the site. We can’t wait to see all of your finished coloring pieces, and hope this provides you with even a small sense of distraction of relief in these uncertain times. Use the hashtags #TQCB or #thequarantinecoloringbook so we can easily find the pieces to be potentially featured on the official feed. This is the cover of the coloring book, provided generously by one of my favorite artists Paul Rentler @prentler. He created an original image for the book and its spectacular. We worked together at Young Animal— he did the YA logo and did 4 variant covers for our main books. And I’ve just been a fan for a long time. Happy coloring! #art #freeart #coloring #TQCB #thequarantinecoloringbook
Various artists from around the world donated their time to create each page of The Quarantine Coloring Book. Way and Taylor plan to release a new page every day for the “foreseeable future” and are asking for any donations to be made to The First Responder’s Children Foundation. The foundation helps families of first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taylor also took to her Instagram page last week to talk about the new project.
“A few weeks ago, @gerardway and I were discussing how much it sucks to be stuck inside during the pandemic. We came up with the wonderful idea to start a project rooted in creativity for everyone,” she shared.
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A few weeks ago, @gerardway and I were discussing how much it sucks to be stuck inside during this pandemic and came up with the wonderful idea to start a project rooted in creativity for everyone. After calling on tons of our talented friends and ourselves we present – The Quarantine Coloring Book. A free resource website ( www.thequarantinecoloringbook.com ) with a new downloadable coloring book page everyday! There will be an IG feed ( @thequarantinecoloringbook ) with your submissions updated daily and We’d love you see what everyone comes up with so hashtag #tqcb #thequarantinecoloringbook to be featured. Thank you to all the amazing talented individuals who helped to contribute to this project, have fun!
Alongside The Quarantine Coloring Book, Way has been keeping busy over the past few months in a lot of ways. Last week, he shared four unreleased solo tracks called “Phoning It In,” “Crate Amp,” “Success!” and “Welcome To The Hotel.” He also revealed that “Success!” was intended to be a track for a new band after MCR called Baby Animal Hospital. However, the project never got started and was left behind as Way started his solo project.
What has been your favorite page of The Quarantine Coloring Book so far? Let us know in the comments below!