Artist – Patricia J. Wynne
Publisher – Dover Publications
Pages – 64
Naturescapes, as with all Creative Haven books, is 20.8cm x 27.4cm and 64 pages, containing 31 images.
The cover is a glossy card with a coloured image from the book. The spine is glue bound, but not too heavily, meaning the spine isn’t stiff and is easy enough to make lie flat with some use.
The paper is bright white and lightly textured. Pencils lay down very nicely, and it’s quite easy to achieve a number of layers. Waterbased markers and fineliners did not bleed, but did leave some light shadowing on the opposite side. Alcohol markers will bleed, so make sure to put a piece of card or a few sheets of paper behind the page.
Pages are single sided, so no need to worry about the other side of the image. Images also have a 1.5-2cm border around them thankfully, preventing some of the image being lost into the spine. Pages are also perforated, meaning easily removed for gifting, framing, displaying etc
Naturescapes contains 31 different images, all depicting an animal, animals or some form of nature in their natural scenery. Within this theme, there is a huge variety of images in the pages. Just flicking through feels like country hopping – fish swimming between coral, fall warblers hopping on branches, flamingoes hanging around some plants, toucans hopping around branches and so much more.
The images are realistic, with each one containing some areas of shading to give the colourist an idea of shading and light placement in the image.
Intricacy is pretty consistent throughout the book, remaining moderately detailed. Images contain both larger and small areas, with enough room to shade and layer in most cases.
Line thickness is mainly thin throughout, although combined with the shading and light placement, they seem thicket at first glance.
Naturescapes is a little different to other nature themed books, 31 scenes of the same construction but with widely varied contents. The shading that is present doesn’t interfere with the images at all, but does add to the colouring experience, no matter the experience of the colourist.
Nature is a very soothing theme for most people, the subject and colours that go along with it tend to be very soothing for anxiety, pain, depression, insomnia – anything really.
The intricacy level means that it’s suitable for people who have varied concentration levels. If you feel as if you can’t concentrate, you can pick a small part of an image, a leaf, a fish etc, and colour that or you can dive into a whole image if your concentration is a little better or you feel the need to be distracted.
The line thickness means that it may be a challenge for those with fine motor or vision impairments, but the intricacy might help this. As ever, please check the images before making up your mind.
If you’re a fan of nature scenes or images, have a look at my review of Soul Of The Woodland here.