Artist – Meg Cowley
Pages – 112
The Fantasy Creatures Colouring Book comes in a standard and pocket size. Structure and images are the same for both, with the only variation being the size.
The pocket size Fantasy Creatures Colouring Book measures 19.8cm x 12.9cm/7.8in x 5in and the full size edition measures 27.9cm x 21.6cm/11in x 8.5in. Both are 112 pages long.
The soft matte card cover is eyecatching, with a coloured figure from the book on a muted lineart background. The spine is gluebound, and will lie mostly flat with some use.
Images do not enter the spine, and full page images are surrounded by a border to prevent losing any image into the spine.
The paper is bright white, medium weight and lightly textured, making it suitable for most mediums. Wet media will bleed through, risking the next image, so please pop a few sheets of paper behind the image you’re working on to protect it.
There are 25 different colouring pages in his book, each repeated for a total of fifty pages. I love when artists include this, as it allows for trying new colour schemes, or just colouring again if you want.
As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of fantasy colouring books and the artists behind them. A book based entirely on fantasy creatures had me very excited and I wasn’t disappointed.
The first few pages are dedicated to a Fantasy Creatures Bestiary – providing information on each of the creatures/items found within this book. I found this very helpful, for example – I had no idea what a Knucker was until I read this! This also includes the key for a message included on the Rune Stone colouring page which is a fun change of pace!
Creatures include Wyverns, a Faerie King, an Imp, a Gryphon, along with other mythical images of a Faerie Circle and Rune Stone. Images are a mix of portrait and landscape, with the majority a portrait orientation
Intricacy varies a little, with images containing a combination of more detailed and larger areas. There is a good mix though, and you will find plenty of space to mix and blend colours. Line thickness varies from spindly thin to moderate throughout, though this does feel organic to the image rather than out of place.
Any imagery that combines fantasy and nature is one that has he ability to assist with anxiety, insomnia or a low mood. The combination of escapism and calming imagery in this book is a great way to distract yourself. The Pocket edition in particular is very well suited to this.
The intricacy throughout the book means that it is most likely suitable for those with fluctuating concentration levels or fine motor impairments as there is a variety of intricacies in the imagery. If you are having trouble concentrating, you can colour a tree or one figure and come back to it without disrupting the ‘flow’ of colouring. The Pocket Edition is a good size for this, as the images are small enough to complete in a short amount of time.
Line thickness may be problematic for those with vision difficulty, but as always please do check the images first.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review,