Artist – Valentina Harper & Thaneeya McCardle
Publisher – Design Originals
Pages – 208
This book is a Goliath – at 208 pages, and just under A4 size, it is weighty and full of potential. The cover is a glossy card, with a full colour image from inside the book.
All 208 pages are spiral bound – something that is sure to thrill most colourists! Spiral binding means that there is no part of the image buried by the spine, and it makes it a lot easier to colour, as it lies flat.
The paper is bright white and lightly textured, pencils lay on the paper quite nicely, although I struggled to build up more than a few layers with my Prismacolors. I experienced no bleeding, and only a tiny amount of shadowing with markers. This isn’t much of an issue though – images are single sided. The images are also perforated, allowing for easy removal.
This particular treasury contains a wide variety of images, intended to be a type of primer to their work and the colouring books available.
Images vary from patterned quotes, to fluffy animals, nature themed mandalas, holiday spots, full page patterns and so much more. I’ve included quite a lot of photos, as I simply couldn’t pick!!!
Each image has a quote or related fact on the facing page, this is unobtrusive, but a nice addition.
The first 16 pages are filled with full colour examples of the images, basic colour theory, medium suggestions and colour palette ideas. This is a great tool for those who may just be starting or are prone to get stuck for ideas (I.e – me!) and is a handy reference.
Linework is varied throughout, but is primarily moderate throughout. Images contain a good mix of larger and smaller spaces to allow for colourists of any ability to enjoy!
This is one of the few books I would recommend to anyone. No matter what it is you like to colour, this book will have it. The variety of content meant that you will most likely be able to find an image to suit your mood – indeed it was quite a mood lifter to focus on whimsical images such as these when I was down.
The variety of images within means that it would be suitable for those with fluctuating concentration levels. If you are having trouble concentrating, there images that won’t take long at all, or can be coloured in parts, or if you are able to concentrate, you can choose an image or five to complete.
The line thickness and intricacy means that those with vision and fine motor skills impairments will most likely have no issues with this book, but as ever, please check the images before making your decision!
I honestly think this book is a perfect ‘starter’ book – the range and style of images is a great way to get stuck in, the spaces allow for practicing shading and blending and the variety allows the colourist to figure out what it is they love to colour!
For more treasury goodness, read my review of another via this link.