Artist – Good Wives and Warriors
Publisher – GU
Pages – 80
This book is a little different to Good Wives and Warriors previous books, as it was commissioned by a German publisher. It is a good size at 23.2 cm x 23.8cm and 80 pages – perfect for keeping at home or travelling out and about with.
It is glue and string bound, providing extra reinforcement without the spine being so tight and difficult to get into. A little of each image does enter the spine, making it difficult to get to, but I’ve found the spine quite pliable with some use.
The paper is amazing. It feels like a light card, textured well for coloured pencils, and bright white. I had no bleeding with fineliners or waterbased markers and only the slightest shadowing. Alcohol markers will bleed, so please be sure to pop a few sheets of paper behind your page!
Exotischer Urwald translates to Exotic Jungle, and that is what this artist duo have represented – so many ‘jungle’ areas around our world, from the Australian Daintree, to Borneo to the delightfully stark Alaskan Black Rainforest.
Images are filled with plantlife, animals, scenery, weather and so much more. There are a variety of images, from a portrait of a big cat, to a double page scene of jungle plant life, to a page of owls, to a platypus curled up. Most images are single page spreads, but a few are double page. The variety in this book is truly outstanding, I have no idea what’s going to be on the next page!
This book also has a bonus at the back – 3 cardstock single sided removable images, 2 removable colourable bookmarks and 2 colourable postcards! So it’s safe to say, this book will give you enough variety to keep you busy for some time!
With this variety, intricacy varies quite a bit. Some images have larger spaces with only a few more detailed areas, while other are all quite detailed. Line thickness remains consistent, moderate throughout, which suits this style of artwork very well!
Nature themed images are always my first recommendation for those of us with health issues – the subject matter is innately soothing, and there is such a variety of images within this book that I think you’ll always find something to distract you, or maybe even cheer you up a little.
I would say that this book isn’t suitable for those who have a lot of trouble with concentration, as most of the images are quite intricate. If you can colour a small area without a problem, then this book would be great! It will also be great for fluctuating concentration levels, as the image intricacy does vary quite a bit, so you can pick and choose what you want to colour at the time.
Due to the line thickness and intricacy, I think those with vision and fine motor skills impairments may find this book difficult – however as always please look at the images before you decide!
I hope you enjoyed this review. For other work by this talented team, have a look at my review of Escape To Wonderland.
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