Artist – Dot Barlowe
Publisher – Dover
Pages – 64
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, a nice feature.
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!
As a fan of nature and landscapes, I saw this book and knew I had to get my hands on it. I wasn’t disappointed. All 31 images are distinctly natural/landscape oriented, with the country theme tying them together.
The artist, Dot Barlowe, has a recognizable style of illustration that suits this theme very well. The images have been drawn in a sketchy style, without being unfinished. This adds to the charm of the book without reducing its clarity or usability. The style adds to the consistency through the book.
Images vary and you’ll find scenes such as – rolling countryside complete with barns, a country fair, a farmstead, geese flying over a lake, a birds nest overlooking a small town, a snowy field with birds overlooking and so much more.
The intricacy varies within the images, with most having a large amount of space for landscapes while still containing detailed areas within the houses/people/animals. Line thickness remains thin throughout, although the artists style adds to the visibility quite a bit.
Nature, animals and landscapes all have their own benefits on various health conditions, depending on what you like to colour and your conditions. The images in this book are all very calm, and the colour palette of the subjects, particularly the nature and animal ones, are often some of the most soothing. Landscapes can be daunting, but are often excellent to get lost in if you feel you need to be distracted.
The intricacy varies, even within an image, so is most likely suitable for those with varying concentration levels. The images themselves contain natural stopping points (buildings, the sky, a bird etc) for those who struggle to concentrate for long.
The intricacy and line thickness may be an issue for those with fine motor and/or vision impairments, so please do look at the images before deciding!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review