New Idea Animal Lovers 

Disclaimer – I have not been paid or compensated for this review. I purchased this magazine and provided an honest review 

Magazine Specifications 

Pages – 70

Publisher – New Idea

Volume – 1 

Price – 9.95 (AUD)

Cover
 
Magazine 

The 70 pages of this magazine are on wonderfully bright, smooth paper. The images are clear and have medium thickness lines, making it a good fit for any medium. 

The paper thickness is not fantastic – although I haven’t had any issues with bleeding, only shadowing. This isn’t an issue once you colour the next page however. 

 

Title page showing shadowing
 
Pictures 

What I love about this book is that it contains animals that you don’t often see in colouring books. As much as I love cats, elephants, butterflies and owls, it is nice to have some variety shown in the animal kingdom.

The images of the animals are large enough to contain a number of patterns and doodles – enough to keep the picture entertaining, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming. 

I love the variety, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves animals. The doodles do make it difficult to maintain a ‘pattern’ throughout a picture as some repeat and some don’t. If this is an issue for you, this isn’t the magazine for you. However, I overcame this by block colouring many of these sections rather than colouring each intricate pattern individually. 

Health 

This book is not an intricate book. It is not a book that will take days to finish one picture. This makes it a wonderful book for days when your concentration is low and you just want something basic to colour. 

I found the subject matter cheered me up – who doesn’t love colouring a picture of a puppy? If you prefer patterns and repetition, this may not be appropriate – in some of the pictures patterns do not repeat, or appear on an ear and then a completely different pattern on the legs and again on the tail. I’ve tried to provide a number of examples of this below!

Overall

As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to have it. I’ve always had a soft spot for animals, and this magazine does not disappoint. 130 images of animals, a wonderful variety including a crocodile, a snake, a buffalo and so much more.

If doodling bothers you, this isn’t the book for you. Otherwise, for the price, variety and quality, I think it is amazing.

   
    
    
    
 

2 thoughts on “New Idea Animal Lovers 

  1. Thanks for this review. I’ve bought this book, and the only thing that I didn’t like about it is that the drawings are on both sides of the page. After seeing your first image I think I’ll be scanning and/or copying these designs and printing them out on the good quality art paper we bought at Officeworks. Love the designs, and can’t wait to do some, but not quite in the right frame of mind at the moment. I’m really in a dark space, so I’m finding it difficult even to do any colouring because I have so much going on in my life right now. I’ve only just started, and so has my husband, and we hope to be able to get into it more in the next few days.

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