Artist – Selina Fenech
Pages – 102
Publisher – Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd
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As with the the previous two books of Selina Fenechs I reviewed, Enchanted and Fairy Companions, this book is 21.5cm x 27.9cm (8.5 x 11 inches). This means all volumes sit flush with each other looking like the perfect set!
The cover is a blue glossy card with a light coloured image from the book.
The spine is lightly glue bound, so will become more flexible with use and allow you to get to all of the image.
The paper is of moderate thickness and lightly textured, allowing for quite a number of pencil layers to be achieved. I used fineliners and water based markers with minimal bleeding and some shadowing – but images are single sided so this isn’t an issue. If you are using alcohol markers or watercolour pencils, please make sure to have a few pieces of paper or card behind the image to protect the next page.
There is a video flipthrough at the end of this review.
Mermaids is illustrated in Selina Fenechs signature fantasy style – this time applied to the gorgeous underwater creatures.
Each image pictures a mermaids in different scenes, different actions or different areas – even within this narrow theme, Selina Fenech had managed to include a wide variety of images!
Images are a variety of intricacies, some containing a full image with scenery and others a single mermaid on a chest, with everything in between. Most images do not contain many detailed areas, allowing for room to shade and blend.
Linework ranges from thin to moderate throughout -although this fits very well with this style of artwork!
As is standard with Selina Fenechs books, there are two copies of each of the 25 images, making 50 in total.
An addition that is not included in previous books is two pages with half sized images on them – bookmark sized. I don’t know if they are intended to be bookmarks or not, but they would be very suitable for this purpose.
Mermaids combines fantasy and nature, two themes that are a great thing to colour when you are in need of distraction – the fantasy theme distracts you and the nature themes are soothing.
The varied intricacies are great for those with fluctuating concentration levels as you can pick and choose small areas of an image, a less detailed image or a detailed one if you are having a good day with your concentration levels.
The linework and intricacy means this artwork will most likely be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skill impairments, but as always, please have a look at the images before making a decision.
I hope you have enjoyed this review x
A 10 page PDF sampler of Selina Fenechs colouring art is available from her site here.