Artist – Nikki Burnette
Publisher – Aurella Art
Pages – 60
This book is stunning and eyecatching. It is a standard size, 29cm x 21cm (11 x 8.5 inches) and glue bound. The cover is a glossy card, with a half coloured image from the book in a limited colour palette.
The paper is not your standard self published paper- it is thicker and smoother, and much more suited to the image style in this book.
I had no trouble with pencils, and could achieve quite a few layers with wax and oil based pencils. I experienced no bleeding or shadowing with fineliners, but some heavy shadowing with markers. Images are single sided, so this isn’t an issue. Make sure to pop a few sheets of paper behind the image to protect the next one.
There are video flipthroughs of both editions at the end of this review.
As with the first greyscale Spellbinding Images, the artist has put a lot of thought and time into how this book is structured to best suit the colourist.
There are two versions of this book. The beginners version has darker shadows and details to guide you, making it a great option for those new to greyscale or wanting an easier book.
The advanced edition is lighter, and still gives the colourist a guide, allowing them to use the grey tones to shade, but still allowing freedom to use any colours.
For example, if the original painting had dark blue leggings, in the Beginner version, it would be difficult to make it a light colour – the Advanved edition allows you to have some more freedom with colours.
The images are from the artists previous books, but rendered in greyscale, not black and white lineart – making them basically all new images!
Images are surrounded by a black border, preventing them from entering the spine at all.
The introductory material is one of the great features of this book. There are 4 pages of greyscale tutorials, introducing you to the basics of colouring greyscale images. There are also some techniques for pencils and markers explained in this section. The artist has a huge amount of information, tutorials and product reviews on her website as well.
The Advanced edition contains some more advanced skills, including blending tools and techniques and some mixed media techniques.
After the introductory material, there is a section with tester images. This is three small versions of each image – one with the artists original colours, and two blank versions for you to test media and colours before starting the full size version.
Intricacy and line length is a bit tricky to evaluate in a greyscale book, but the images do have mainly larger areas with only a few intricate components.
If you like fantasy, this book will be a great one for times of anxiety or pain. The imagery is the type that lends itself to distraction. If greyscale colouring is new to you, it is a great way to start with some simpler images.
For times when your concentration is low, this book would be a great fit – the images don’t require a huge time investment, and you can even colour the smaller tester images if you feel the larger ones are too much.
Those with visual or fine motor impairments should not struggle with these images – there are few intricate areas, and the shadowing and depth means that these are forgiving of a slip of the hand. But as always, please check the images before you decide!
Thankyou for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review!
Spellbinding Images – A Grayscale Fantasy Coloring Book Vol 2 is available here –
Beginners Edition – Click to purchase
Advanced Edition – Click to purchase
Beginner Edition Flipthrough
Advanced Edition Flipthrough