Artist – Marty Noble
Pages – 64
Publisher – Dover Publications
This book is no exception to Creative Havens exceptional structure. At 21cm x 27.9cm and 64 pages, it’s a great size for home or taking to work/school.
The spine is glue bound, which means your pages are secure no matter how much manoeuvring you do. Unlike some glue bound books, removing pages is not an issue, because the pages are perforated.
The paper is of medium thickness and texture. I was able to layer pencils on top of waterbased marker with little issue. I experienced a little bleeding with waterbased markers and fineliners, but as the images are single sided this isn’t a big issue. Alcohol markers will bleed through to the next page, so please make sure to have a few pages of copy paper behind the image you’re working on!
The images in this book features women in full steampunk regalia with associated items and backdrops. The 31 images are greatly varied, from front on images and elaborate backgrounds, to a simple portrait of a woman.
I’ve always shied away from colouring fashion-based books, I’ve never felt I had the skills to colour them. The images in this book are designed to make this much less daunting – Marty Nobles style is gorgeous, but also includes indications of shadow and lines while still being a strictly black and white lineart image. This makes the entire image much less daunting and just plain fun!
The topic allows for a variety of themes even within one image. In one image, there is clothing, furniture, accessories, people and often a pattern in the background to colour as well. Images are mainly portrait oriented, but a handful are landscape.
The line thickness is consistent throughout, and remains quite thin, although this does suit the image very well.
Intricacy varies quite a bit throughout the book, but does range from moderate to quite detailed. Some images have quite large spaces in the entire image, others have smaller spaces throughout the clothing and larger spaces everywhere else and others contain small, detailed areas throughout the entire image.
For those who may have stayed away from colouring images of people or fashion, this book is a great way to start! The images are detailed and gorgeous, but aren’t intimidating. The subject is one that lends itself to distraction, being whisked away to a time long ago and imagining the people and places you are bringing life to.
I found the images very helpful when I was anxious or in pain – the detailed areas were great when I needed something to focus on, but I could also choose to colour a smaller or less detailed area when I couldn’t concentrate. This, along with the variety of images makes it a good book for those with fluctuating concentration levels.
The line thickness and intricacy may make it difficult for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but please do check the images before you decide!
If you enjoy colouring people and fun fashion, check out my review of Mermaids, Fairies & Other Girls Of Whimsy via this link.
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