Howl

Howl

Artist – Katy Lipscomb

Pages – 96

Publisher – Blue Star Premier

wolf coloring pages book katy lipscomb cover completed review
Cover

Book

Finally, a publisher has been listening to what colourists want in a books structure. This book is part of Blue Star Publishings ‘Master Collection’- a series of high quality colouring books for adults.

‘Howl’ is immediately impressive, with a stark white cover, and a watercolour image of wolves on the soft card cover.

At 27.9 x 21.7cm ( 10.9 x 8.5 inches) and 96 pages, it is a reasonably standard size for home or travel. The spine is both glue and string bound – it is very firm and takes quite a lot to get it to lay flat. None of the images enter the spine however!

The paper is closer to card than paper. It is bright white, lightly textured and quite thick. Waterbased markers do not bleed, and I was able to achieve quite a lot of layers with pencils. Images are single sided, so no need to worry about the reverse.

wolf coloring pages book katy lipscomb cover completed review
Colored with prismacolor premier
wolf coloring pages book katy lipscomb cover completed review
One of the full colour artworks
wolf coloring pages book katy lipscomb cover completed review
One of the quotes

Images

There is a full silent flipthrough at the end of this review

The images in this book are wolves drawn and styled in a fantasy theme. There are wolves swirling in a circle, wolves standing proud, scenery of wolves surveying their surroundings, wolves that merge into another.  The range of images is quite remarkable, and each turn of the page reveals a new image you wouldn’t have thought of!

Beyond the fantastic artwork, this book also has some other wonderful features. Beginning at the start of the book with a ‘tips from the artist’ page, every few pages throughout contains a quote chosen by the artist and a double page full colour print of the artists work. This is great for colour inspiration, or simply to admire the wonderful completed artwork.

Linework throughout remains moderate, which suits the theme quite well.

The images are not very intricate, and remain so throughout, although the style is such that you can colour it section by section or as a whole.

wolf coloring pages book katy lipscomb cover completed review

wolf coloring pages book katy lipscomb cover completed review

wolf coloring pages book katy lipscomb cover completed review

wolf coloring pages book katy lipscomb cover completed review

wolf coloring pages book katy lipscomb cover completed review

Health

For those who are fans of animal and nature themed books, this would be a great choice for days when you are feeling down – the imagery is cheerful and quite open ended so you can stick to realistic colours or colour wolves purple and green if you want!

The images would suit those with varying concentration levels – the style is adaptable so for days when you can’t concentrate, it’s easy enough to colour a section while you can concentrate, or the whole image on a better day.

Intricacy is most likely suitable for those with fine motor skills impairments, but please do check the images before deciding. Line thickness would be suitable for those with vision impairments, but please do check the images.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review,

Batgirl xx

Available from the Book Depository via this link and Amazon (US) via this link.

Lovely Lifestyle Of Venus

Lovely Lifestyle Of Venus

Artist – Lee

Pages – 96

Venus Korean Coloring Book Pages Flipthrough Review
Cover

Book

As with many books published in Korea, this book is well made. At 25cm x 25cm (9.8 in x 9.8 in) it is the same size as other popular books like Enchanted Forest and Animal Kingdom. The slipcover is a soft card, embellished with metallic spots and lightly coloured images from the book. The cover underneath is a glossy card with light brown linework. 

The spine is bound with glue and string and is quite tight, although eases up with use. It took a few colouring sessions to be able to easily colour the parts of the images that enter the spine. 

Images are single sided, with writing (in Korean) on the reverse of the images. 

The paper is a moderately thick, bright white and lightly textured paper. I was able to achieve a good amount of layers and blending was smooth with coloured pencil.

 Waterbased markers did not bleed as long as I did not go over them. The paper seemed to react with the ink however, resulting a spotty/patchy finish. I’ve included and picture of an example below.

This sometimes occurs with papers that are coated, so please test your markers before using them on a full image! Alcohol markers will bleed, so please ensure you have a few pages underneath the image you are colouring. 

Venus Korean Coloring Book Pages Flipthrough Review
Coloured with Prismacolor Premier Pencils
Venus Korean Coloring Book Pages Flipthrough Review
The water based pen effect

Images 

The Lovely Lifestyle of Venus tells the story of the goddess of love and romance, Venus, and what her life includes. 

Beginning with an image of her home, seeing her waking up, and various images of places and items around her, it is a journey through her home, life and activities. After this, we see Venus go on to view a couple meet, fall in love, get married and have a child. This imagery is accompanied with many images of gorgeous scenes, objects and a handful of scenes with the couple and eventual child.

There are no filler images, as is often the case with books like this. Every image serves a purpose and shows some aspect of Venus’ or the couples life or surrounds.

Images do contain decorative elements, but they always fit with the image. The first five pages have very small elements with colour already added – a tassel, or a leaf etc. I didn’t find this intrusive, but please do have a look at the flipthrough and images so you can decide. 

The style of artwork is consistent throughout, adding to the storybook element. The artist has a unique style, as you will see in the images and video. Linework remains moderate throughout, and this suits the style of illustration and story. 

At first glance, the images all seem quite intricate because there are so many elements to each one. Once you start to colour them however, everything falls into place and the images are much simpler. There is no guessing of what goes where as can sometimes occur in adult colouring books.

There is a video flipthrough at the end of this review.

Venus Korean Coloring Book Pages Flipthrough Review

Venus Korean Coloring Book Pages Flipthrough Review

Venus Korean Coloring Book Pages Flipthrough Review

Venus Korean Coloring Book Pages Flipthrough Review

Venus Korean Coloring Book Pages Flipthrough Review

Health 

If you are looking for something different, with a charming style, this is for you. The illustration style, combined with the fantastical storybook elements mean that this is a perfect way to escape or distract yourself when you are feeling low or in pain.

It would suit those with varying concentration levels, as the images are designed so that it can easily be completed in sections, or as a whole. This is great for those who may be able to concentrate for long periods of time, but also for those who struggle to concentrate for more than a few minutes.

Line thickness is moderate throughout, making it suitable for those with vision impairments. Intricacy is moderate-high throughout, but most of the images have a good mixture of smaller and larger areas. Those with fine motor skills impairments may struggle, but please check the images/video before deciding. 

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Batgirl x

Lovely Lifestyle Of Venus is available on Gmarket via this link and from a third party seller on Amazon US via this link. It may occasionally be available from eBay, but make sure to check prices as some sellers mark international books up quite a lot!