Artist -Casey Gilmore
Publisher – Casey “Keyesay” Gilmore
Pages – 32
There are two versions of this book available – a spiral bound, premium paper, full edition featuring 20 characters from mythology, along with the tales that go with them, and a concise edition, printed on standard paper and containing 13 of these characters without the story. I am reviewing the concise edition.
The book is impressive for a concise edition, at 21.6cm x 27.9cm and 32 pages, it fits perfectly pretty much anywhere.
The cover is a design from the book in a limited colour palette. It is definitely eye catching in shades of purple and white. The spine is lightly glue bound, and pages are sturdily bound no matter how much you twist and turn the book!
The paper is standard, self published paper. It is bright white, of moderate thickness and has a small amount of texture. I had a moderate amount of shadowing and small amount of bleeding with both fineliners and water based markers, and lots of bleeding with alcohol markers. As always, please make sure to have a few sheets of paper behind your image to protect the next page!
Images do not enter the spine, being surrounded by a 1-2cm white margin on all sides. Pages are not perforated.
Each of these images is hand drawn and this shines through in each image. The mythology and fantasy themes are not the usual ones that you would expect, there are leopard women, tree-men, an eight legged horse and so much more waiting for you.
As I looked through each page and explored each image, you can see the artists style and love for this theme and artwork shine through. There is a consistency and passion to the style that is sometimes lacking in colouring books.
Images are a mix of portrait and landscape orientation, depending on the suitability of the image. The images do contain small amounts of shadowing throughout, not just straight black and white lineart. This is more an indication of shadowing and depth, not greyscale type images.
As the images are hand drawn, the line thickness does vary somewhat within each image, but this isn’t jarring, in fact it suits the images very well. Intricacy also varies quite a bit, there are some images with larger spaces, and others with a large amount of detailed areas. Again though, these variations seem organic to the image and don’t interfere with the enjoyment of the image at all!
I’m a big fan of fantasy images, they are often my first choice of colouring, particularly when I’m feeling down or am in pain. The idea of focusing on an image, a story that takes you to a different place is very helpful when your mental or physical health is making your current reality unpleasant!
This book is a great one for fluctuating concentration levels. The images are designed so that you can spend as much or as little time as you can manage on them. The images have natural sections (different characters, scales, wings etc) that would provide you with natural stopping points if your concentration is low, or you can just dive in and get lost for a while.
The line thickness and intricacy means that those with a vision impairment may struggle to differentiate areas from each other, but the large spaces may help with that. The intricacy levels and gentle linework mean that people with fine motor skills impairments may find this book suitable, but as always, please check the images beforehand!
Visit the artists Facebook page for sneak peeks and news!
If you would like to buy a copy of this book, it is available from Amazon (US) via this link, or from The Book Depository (UK) via this link. The full spiral bound edition is available from Amazon US via this link.