Titles – Querkles – Icons, Querkles – Masterpieces and Animal Querkles. Querkles – Cats is due for release in December 2016.
Artist – Thomas Pavitte
Pages – 48
As all three Querkles books are a similar structure, and content (until coloured of course!) I am reviewing all three at once.
Querkles books are quite large books, at 40.2 x 28.9cm (15.8 x 11.3 in) and slim at 48 pages. All three have the same style of cover in a soft matte, with a half completed image from the interior in a limited colour palette.
The spine is glue bound, and images do not enter the spine, meaning you will be able to access the entirety of the page if you choose not to remove it. The paper is perforated for easy removal.
The images are single sided and border less, although they do not enter the spine. The paper is bright white and lightly textured. I was able to to build up a few layers of pencils, and water based markers did not bleed through. Alcohol markers will bleed, so ensure you have some card or paper behind an image to prevent it bleeding to the next image.
Each Querkle book contains 20 images, in whatever theme the book is. They range from moderately intricate to very intricate, and line thickness remains moderately thin throughout.
Now, for the burning question- what on earth are Querkles and how do I colour them?
Querkles are images made of hundreds of overlapping circles, combining to create an image made of different coloured circles.
Each area is labelled from 1-5, with 1 representing the darkest shade, and 5 representing the lightest. Blank areas are to be left blank. The resulting image is a piece of art coloured with only 5 shades/colours, but brought to life.
To get started, all you need to do is choose 5 markers or pencils, not necessarily in one colour, and organise them from darkest shade to light. Then colour! You can do this anyway you choose, although I colour all of the sections marked ‘1’, then ‘2’, then so on.
The images in the books are well created, and I am yet to come across one that doesn’t look as it is supposed to when completed. Each of the titles has small thumbnails on the interior back cover showing what the completed image is. I’ve included images of these from each of the three titles as thumbnails – if you want to see them, just click to enlarge.
The only small quibble I have about Querkles is that the numbers often show when they are completed, mainly in the lighter shades. This isn’t a deal breaker for me, but I know some colourists don’t like this.
Sometimes it is nice to be able to just colour without having to worry about complementary colours, colour distribution, technique, shading etc. I find when my anxiety is quite high, that too many decisions are beyond me.
Querkles suits this well, they are large images that are absorbing but sans the usual decisions. They are perfect for when you want to be completely distracted by something.
The intricacy is quite high throughout, so it would suit those with fluctuating concentration levels. When your concentration is high, you can complete one on one sitting, or just complete one area or number when your concentration is low. The intricacy and line thickness means that Querkles will probably not be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but as always, please have a look before you decide.
Thankyou for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed this review,