Artist – Toc De Groc
Pages – 90
Publisher – PromoPress/Peribo Books
This book is lovely and peaceful to look at. At a square 25cm x 25cm and 90 pages, it is a good size and weight, no matter where you prefer to colour.
The cover is a dustjacket in a bright white with a few spots of colour in deep green, pink and silver. The inner cover is a glossy card in a similar style.
The binding is a marvellous type called ‘lay flat’ binding – what this means is that no matter where you open the book to, the pages will lie flat! A great addition and wonderful convenience, particularly when it comes to those double page spreads!
The paper is bright white and lightly textured. I was able to build up 5 layers of coloured pencil easily with no indentation on the next page. I experienced no bleeding and only the slightest of shadowing with fineliners and waterbased markets. Alcohol markers and watercolours will bleed, so make sure you aren’t very attached to the image on the back and pop a few sheets of paper behind it to protect the next image.
As mentioned, the images are double sided, which is a shame because each and every image is absolutely adorable and I can’t imagine not wanting to colour one! Pages are also easy to remove from this style of binding.
As the title suggest, this book is all about nature. But it doesn’t just contain your standard flowers and leaves. You’ll also find a fruit bowl, a Vespa carrying flowers, a gramaphone playing butterflies instead of music and an assortment of hats decorated with flowers and birds. The variety in this book is quite amazing, as is the artists ability to incorporate the theme of hidden nature into every page!
One of the features of this book is the cat. There is a little drawing of a cat on every page. In some images he is hiding, in others he is in plain sight. In one image, he is hiding within an image of a cat. It’s quite fun to page through and pick the cat in each picture, as it’s not too difficult, but fun!
As the artwork has been completed by one artist, the book is very consistent in its style. Each image has a trademark ‘doodle’ feel to it, without being a doodle image, if that makes sense! No matter the subject matter, the art style remains the same, leading to a lovely sense of consistency.
The linework in this book remains moderately thin throughout, although there are no tiny spindly lines thankfully! Intricacy varies a bit, but on the whole, there is a fair division of larger and smaller, more detailed spaces in each image.
Nature is such a lovely theme to colour when you are having a bad day. Not only is the theme something that is soothing, I find the colour palette that goes with it quite calming also.
The added bonus with this book is that the nature theme is often accompanied by another object or theme, one that you may find more interesting or distracting. The variety in this book is one that makes it fantastic for those with fluctuating concentration levels, as you can choose just one area to colour, or a less detailed image if you are having trouble focussing.
The line work and detail mean that those who suffer from vision or fine motor skills impairments may struggle with this book, but as ever, please do check the images before deciding!
If you have enjoyed this review, have a read of my review of Wildscapes, another fantastic nature themed book!