Artist – Jan Sovak
Publisher – Dover Publications
Pages – 64
Creative Haven books are often my first recommendation for all colourists, no matter what they like to colour. Creative Haven colouring books are a colourists dream, the structure is amazing.
Amazon Animals , as with all Creative Haven books, is 20.8cm x 27.4cm and 64 pages, containing 31 images.
The cover is a glossy card with a coloured image from the book. The spine is glue bound, but not too heavily, meaning the spine isn’t stiff and is easy enough to make lie flat with some use.
The paper is bright white and lightly textured. Pencils lay down very nicely, and it’s quite easy to achieve a number of layers. Waterbased markers and fineliners did not bleed, but did leave some light shadowing on the opposite side. Alcohol markers will bleed, so make sure to put a piece of card or a few sheets of paper behind the page.
Pages are single sided, so no need to worry about the other side of the image. Images also have a 1.5-2cm border around them thankfully, preventing some of the image being lost into the spine. Pages are also perforated, meaning easily removed for gifting, framing, displaying etc
Each turn of the page reveals a new scene and beast to colour and bring to life. From a river surrounded by animals, to hummingbirds in a tree, to otters taking a swim, there are all manner of critters to colour.
The hidden picture element is a nice feature – although easily ignored if it’s not your thing. There is a list at the start of the book and answers at the back, but they objects themselves are easily ignored in the image.
There is a variety of landscape and portrait images throughout.
Line thickness varies a little, but most images are created with moderate-thin lines. Any variation in within other images, and suits them quite well. Intricacy varies a little, but again, I would say it is about moderate. Images have a good balance of small, detailed areas and larger areas.
Nature is a very soothing theme for most people, the subject and colours that go along with it tend to be very soothing for anxiety, pain, depression, insomnia – anything really.
The intricacy level means that it’s suitable for people who have varied concentration levels. If you feel as if you can’t concentrate, you can pick a small part of an image, a leaf, a fish etc, and colour that or you can dive into a whole image if your concentration is a little better or you feel the need to be distracted.
The line thickness means that it may be a challenge for those with fine motor or vision impairments, but the intricacy might help this. As ever, please check the images before making up your mind.
If you’re a fan of nature scenes or images, have a look at my review of Soul Of The Woodland here