Artist – Angelea Van Dam
Publisher – Design Originals
Pages – 80
This bright, colourful book caught my attention straight away. At 21.6cm x 27.6cm and 80 pages, it is a standard size, along with the majority of colouring books, and sits nicely on a shelf or desk or in a bag.
The cover is a bright yellow and orange, with a coloured design from inside the book. The glossy card cover is definitely eye catching!
The spine is lightly glue bound, and quite pliable, particularly with some use. The paper is perforated however, so it is easy to remove the images for whatever purpose.
The paper is of moderate thickness and with a decent amount of texture. Coloured pencils lay down well, and I was able to achieve quite a few layers of both wax and oil based pencils without issue. I experienced a small amount of bleeding and a moderate amount of shadowing with fineliner pens and waterbased markers. Just in case, I always suggest popping a few sheets of paper behind the image you’re working on. The bleeding is not an issue however, as the images are single sided.
The first 16 pages are full colour articles with hints and tips for various mediums, adding doodles and full colour examples of the pages within.
Angel Van Dam is inspired by a number of things, and in this particular colouring book, has drawn, doodled and brought an entire zoo of animals to life in black and white.
Each image depicts an animal, or animals, decorated with doodles and patterns for you to add colour to and bring to life. Some of these images contain backgrounds, others are repeating patterns, and others are the animal with a small touch of decoration in and around it.
The style throughout is quite distinctive. Very realistically drawn animals, with a distinct style of patterns/doodles/tangles added. Each animal has different additions, and this really adds to the charm of the book.
The linework throughout remains quite thin, and intricacy is also quite detailed. There are a few images with larger spaces, but the majority do contain intricate areas and small patterns.
This is a charming, and cheerful book. The animals and doodles combine to make an image that is a mood lifter – a light, simple image to add any colour you want to. You can stick to more realistic colours, or add in some purple mohawks and stripes if you are feeling like something different.
The intricacy and line thickness means that this book most likely will not be suitable for those with vision and fine motor skills impairments. However, I have an intermittent visual impairment and found these images very adjustable. The patterns are easy to incorporate into larger colour blocks if you wish, or to cover up a slip of the hand if necessary.
For this reason, the images are a good fit for those with fluctuating concentration levels, as they can be images that you spend hours on, or a short amount of time, depending on your chosen time investment and ability to focus.