Artist – Samantha Johnson
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.
‘Quest’ is immediately impressive, with a stark cover and a centred, coloured image from the interior beneath the title.
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. Pages are perforated for easy removal.
As the images are all single sided, the publisher has come up with a unique solution to double page images. These are repeated in four perforated, fold out pages in the back of the book – this gives you two chances to colour these images.
The artwork in this book tells a story, a story of two fauns in love, and their journey to find each other after they are separated. They encounter fairies, gryphons, minotaurs and more on this quest (see what I did there 😉 )
The story is broken into three ‘acts’, signifed by a black page with one, two or three markers.
Content of the illustrations is quite varied throughout. The recurring characters – the two fauns and a fairy- appear on most of the pages. Apart from these, images range from landscapes, to stone ruins, mythological beasts, and a handful of battles between two characters.
The style of artwork is consistent throughout, with line thickness remaining moderate-thin throughout the book. Intricacy varies a little, with some images having more open spaces than others.
As regular readers will know, I am a big proponent of fantasy and natural imagery to colour when you are in need of calming or distracting images. This book combines the two themes and ties it all together with the story of a quest.
This book is wonderful for times when you need some distraction, or to lose yourself in the story aspect of artwork to colour. You can choose to colour the images realisitically, fantastically, or a combination of the two – the artwork and subjects will suit any colour scheme!
The intricacy means that for those of you with fluctuating concentration levels, this is a suitable book – you can choose to colour an entire image, or just one part of an image, some rocks, leaves or the sky etc. This book would also be suitable for those with vision impairments, as the line thickness and intricacy are both moderate and easy to colour.
I hope you have enjoyed this review,