Artist – Katy Lipscomb
Pages – 96
Publisher – Blue Star Premier
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.
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.
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,