Book Of Little Art

Book Of Little Art

Artist – Teri Sherman 

Pages – 210

 Features

  • Lined note pages
  • Portable size
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Cover

Book

The Book Of Little Art is a combination of colouring book and notebook.

The cover is a simple lineart image with a light green border, in a matte card. The spine is glue bound, and because of the thickness, it is difficult to make the book lie flat.

The book is a perfect portable size at 15.2cm x 15.2cm (6 in x 6 in) and chunky at 210 pages!

Images are single sided and do not enter the spine.

The paper is standard self publishing paper, bright white, textured and of moderate thickness.  Pencils, both wax and oil, layer well and blend with some effort.

Markers apply smoothly, although water based markers will start to tear the paper after a few layers. Alcohol markers will bleed through, so ensure you have some sheets of paper or card behind the image you are working on.

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Coloured with Polychromos pencils

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Images

Teri Sherman has a variety of image themes in her repertoire, and this book showcases many different themes and images.

The lineart in The Book Of Little Art has a large variety of themes, including flowers, fairies, animals, landscapes, portraits and more. Have a look at the flipthrough at the end of this review to see all the images in the book.

Lined note pages are featured every second page, with some including a smaller image in the corner to colour.

The line weight varies from thin to thick throughout, with a handful of hand drawn greyscale images in the book as well. The intricacy remains moderate within the images, with a good mix of open spaces and more detailed areas.

Health

The small images and variety of themes makes this a good book for people who struggle with concentration. I enjoy being able to complete a smaller image when my concentration is low.

The variety of themes is another factor that benefits those with health concerns. If you are bored of colouring flowers, you can turn the page and almost certainly find a different theme to colour, in the same handy size.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Make sure to subscribe to the blog and follow on Facebook for all updates,

Batgirl x

The Book Of Little Art is currently only available on Amazon US here. These are affiliate links – if you purchase through these links I make 4-5% of your book purchase to go towards the running of the site without changing your cost at all! Thankyou for your support x

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Coloured with Prismacolor pencils
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One of the note pages in the book

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Coloring Book 

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Coloring Book 

Publisher – Dark Horse Comics

Pages – 96

Artists – Pablo Churin, Newsha Ghasemi, Rebekah Isaacs, Georges Jeanty, Yishan Li, Fernando Melek, Karl Moline, Steve Morris, Facundo Percio

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Cover

Book

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a series that has a dedicated following of all ages, and this colouring book is designed for this niche.

The book is a standard square size at 25.4cm x 25.4cm (10in x 10in) and 96 pages. The spine is glue bound, meaning it doesn’t lie flat immediately.  After a few uses, the book does lie flat however.

The cover is a soft matte, with an image from the interior that has sparse colouring in a deep red.

Images are single sided, and some images do enter the spine. The paper is heavyweight,  bright white and smooth. Pencils lay down nicely, but due to the lack of texture the paper will not handle more than a few layers.

Markers apply very smoothly on the paper. Waterbased markers will not bleed through unless you have a very heavy hand and many layers. Alcohol markers will bleed through, so please make sure you have something behind the artwork you are colouring.

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Images

I have been looking forward to this colouring book since I started colouring – even before it was announced. Unfortunately, I am left a little disappointed at the execution of the images.

The work of eight artists in the book means that the book lacks cohesion, with the styles of each artist varying wildly, from thick black lines to detailed and small images. This might appeal, as you do get a range of styles within one theme.

Images have a lot of range, with images of Buffy and Angel, the Scooby gang in the library, Buffys portrait surrounded by weapons and a busy night at the Bronze, all in the first few pages.

The book does follow a rough chronological order from the series, starting with Sunnydale High and ended with the iconic schoolbus finale image.

There are quotes from the show on the reverse of each image, sometimes related to the facing image.

Linework varies from heavy black lines to very thin lines and intricacy varies just as much within the artwork.  I’ve included several images and and flipthrough so you can see all the images included.

Health

For fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, this could be a fantastic way to focus on something else if you are in pain, or need to quiet a loud mind.

The variety of styles and intricacy could be a benefit for some people, as you can choose which image to colour based on your ability at the time. Those with concentration issues may benefit from the change in detail as well.

Ultimately, everybody has their own preferences, and this book may be perfect for your needs. I would prefer more consistency within the artwork, but the book is a great overall look at the series that so many love.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Make sure to subscribe to the blog and follow on Facebook for all updates,

Batgirl x

Available on the Book Depository here or on Amazon US hereThese are affiliate links – if you purchase through these links I make 4-5% of your book purchase to go towards the running of the site without changing your cost at all! Thankyou for your support x.

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Word Search And Color 

Word Search And Color 

Artist– Color Me Forum (you can see more work and find out about new and upcoming releases by this artist on their website, http://www.colormeforum.com/ )

Pages – 70

Features

  • Single sided pages
  • Solutions
  • Sample images of other books





Book

Color Me Forums’ debut book is an original idea, combining the classic word search with the fun of colouring.

The book is approximately A4/Letter size at 27.9cm x 21.7cm and 70 pages. The cover features a half coloured amalgamation of different word searches inside the book on a glossy card colour. The spine is glue bound and will lay fairly flat after some use.

The paper is standard self publishing paper, moderate- thin thickness, bright white and with moderate texture.

Pencils perform well on the paper, layering and blending well with some effort. The paper also performs well with markers as long as used with a light hand. Water based markers layer well as long as you don’t soak the page. Alcohol markers do bleed through so ensure there is some paper or card behind the image you are working on.

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Images

The idea behind this book is a great unique idea. Word Search And Color features 15 double paged word search puzzles, each with a unique theme.

The image below is that of the ‘Healthy Habits’ word search that I have started. Other themes include Spaced Out, Candy Coma, Pet Paradise and Gemstone Party.

The format of these puzzles are double page spreads with the letters encased in a black and white image related to the theme – for example, in the Cat Crazy word search, the images around the words are a paw print, a ball of yarn, a cat in a box, a fish and a cat head. I’ve included several images as examples of this.

The lineart is consistently moderate throughout, and the size of the images means that the intricacy is quite high.  I chose to colour each icon in a particular colour, but you can do them all in different colours, one colour per word, in highlighters or any way you want!

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Health

Puzzles are a fantastic distraction technique and so is colouring. Combining the two could be a perfect solution for those who have pain or mental health issues that benefit from distraction.

The repetitive images and puzzle make this book fantastic for times when you need to be distracted with something cheerful and colourful without having to worry too much about colours or technique! 

The intricacy does mean that those with conditions affecting eyesight may struggle, but please do refer to the images and flipthrough to decide if this book is for you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Make sure to subscribe to the blog and follow on Facebook for all updates,

Batgirl x

Available on the Book Depository here and on Amazon US hereThese are affiliate links – if you purchase through these links I make 4-5% of your book purchase to go towards the running of the site without changing your cost at all! Thankyou for your support x

Dominion Of Giants

Dominion Of Giants

Artist – Eric Messinger
Pages – 80
Publisher – Design Originals
Features – 

  • Full colour examples
  • Tutorials
  • Colour scheme suggestions
Cover

Book



Design Originals makes hundreds of colouring and crafting books a year, and they have perfected their colouring book format. This book is approximately A4 size, at 27.9cm x 22.2cm and 80 pages, is the perfect size for home or work! The glossy card cover features a full colour image from the interior of the book.

Dominion of Giants is glue bound, but lays flat after a few uses. The paper is bright white, lightly textured and of medium thickness. Images are single sided and perforated for easy removal.
Pencils, both wax and oil based, perform well on this paper, with several layers applied and no issue. Pencils blended easily without any wear on the paper. Both waterbased and alcohol markers applied smoothly, with no pilling or ripping of the paper. Alcohol markers do bleed through, so make sure you have a few sheets of paper or card behind the image you’re working on. Images do not enter the spine.



Images



Eric Messinger has created a fantasy world dominated by, you guessed it, giants. But thats not all you’ll find in this book. Along with giants, there are mages, weapons, a dragon and much more. Even the giants are very varied, hill giants to wolf totem giants.
The artwork is varied, but each image has a focal character (or weapon) surrounded by a variety of backdrops. These range from landscapes to hills and a castle wall.
As with many of the Design Originals coloring books, there are 8 pages with colour scheme suggestions. These are differentiated by the change in image size and perforation. The image is square and perforated along the long and short size. I’ve included an image below for reference.
The linework varies from thin to quite thick, but remains moderate-thin throughout, resulting in a higher level of intricacy.

One of the helpful pages in the front of the book.
One of the pages with a colour scheme suggestion.


Health
If you find relief in fantasy images, then the Dominion Of Giants is a perfect way to help. The artist has created an entire world, complete with backstory, for you to disappear into. The rich characters and well created artwork are perfect for this.
The intricacy and linework mean that colorists with a condition affecting eyesight may struggle with some parts of some images, but please refer to the images and flipthrough to see if this book would be suitable for you.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Make sure to subscribe to the blog and follow on Facebook for all updates,

Batgirl x
Available from the Book Depository here (http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781497202924/?a_aid=batgirlcolours) or on Amazon US here (http://amzn.to/2lDh4vq) These are affiliate links – if you purchase through these links I make 4-5% of your book purchase to go towards the running of the site without changing your cost at all! Thankyou for your support x




Batgirl Update 

I’ve responded individually to those who asked, but I wanted to give a general update about me, where I’ve been, and the Chronically Batgirl blog 🙂

As those who follow my Facebook page know, on the 26th of September I lost my furbaby, Gremlin. Gremlin was a lot more than a cat to me. She was my constant companion, my best friend and the greatest friend a disabled person could want. You may note that this was also the date of my last post.

After Gremlin passed, I was in shock, then grieving, and then just months and months of depression and loneliness. Throw in a terminally ill father and a few injuries and you don’t have a lot of motivation for writing.

Thats not an excuse, but an explanation. It wasn’t a conscious choice not to write, not to update, but just something that didn’t happen.

I’m feeling much better now, I have more motivation and I don’t want to sleep 20 hours a day most days.

Beyond that, I’ve started colouring regularly again – something that had fallen by the wayside – and I have so many exciting books and artists I want to show you! As I type I have several reviews in various stages of completion, and a stack more waiting for me.

Another factor that has helped is this little guy, Odin. He joined our family 2 weeks ago and is helping me heal. He also likes to walk over the laptop, but I like to think that’s Gremlins influence haha.

Odin

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As for my goals for this blog? Same as they have always been – to get the word out, to as many people as possible, about the awesome (and occasionally, disappointing) colouring books that are being released, and to one day, make this blog self sufficient. Both of those goals are back on track!

Thankyou for your support and keep an eye out for some reviews in the next few days! 

Batgirl xx

Adorable Animals Grayscale Coloring Book

Adorable Animals Grayscale Coloring Book

Artist – Jane Maday

Publisher – North Light Books

Pages – 128

Features – 

  • Perforated pages for easy removal
  • Full colour examples for reference
  • Tips and tutorials with practice images
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Cover

Book

The book is a little smaller than A4/Letter size at 27.9cm x 20.9cm (10.9 in x 8.2 in) and a decent thickness at 128 pages. It features a glossy card cover with an image from the interior of the book in half colour/half greyscale to illustrate the type of images you will find inside.

The paper is bright white, slightly textured and of moderate thickness. Images are single sided and perforated for easy removal. Pages remove smoothly and cleanly without issue. The spine is glue and string bound, and does not lay flat, although with some use will loosen.

The paper suits all mediums very well. The first image I completed (below) was completed with a mixture of coloured pencils, both oil and wax based and soft pastels, both a very cheap brand and a more expensive artists brand. The paper was able to take several layers and allowed for blending, and the pastels ‘stuck’ quite well – please don’t mistake the patches for the paper being unsuitable, that was all user error!

Spot tests of both water and alcohol based markers showed that the paper is able to handle both, although the alcohol markers will bleed through. As the images are single sided this is not an issue, just make sure to have some paper behind the image you are working on.

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Coloured with Polychromos
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Coloured with Prismacolor pencils
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One page of the full colours examples

Images

As the name suggests, there is no shortage of ‘aww’ inspiring images to bring to life in this book! Kittens playing, birds at a feeder, bunnies hopping around a garden and so much more. Cats, birds, butterflies, chickens, ducks, rabbits, squirrels – this is an animal lovers dream.

Jane Maday is an accomplished artist and has produced quite a few art instructiom books as well as two lineart colouring books. This is her first greyscale colouring book and her style of artwork suits it very well. The hand drawn greyscale images based on  original artwork combined with the charming art style work very well to produce images that are hard to resist. I’ve included several images of the artwork included in this book as well as a short, silent flipthrough.

The best feature of this book (besides the artwork) is the first dozen pages. After a brief introduction to greyscale colouring, the artist has provided several pages of examples and step by step instructions on how she achieves effects like fur and highlights. Each example also has a practice image so you can colour along too. This introduction is followed by a page with small images to practice on before starting the full size images in the book.

If you are like me, and sometimes get stuck for colour inspiration, the artist has thought of us too! As the images are all from original artworks, the back of the book has full colour reproductions (four to a page) to refer to. Even if you want to colour purple bunnies and black grass, these are handy to have!

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Coloured with Polychromos pencils

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Health

You cant really pick a more mood lifting subject than cute animals in natural environments. Both the themes and the colours that go with them are relaxing and should serve to calm or at least distract a restless mind.

The greyscale style is something that can be challenging for those new to it, but the practice pages and areas mean that even those newest to it can feel confident before they try an entire page. The full colour examples make a perfect colour guide – a compromise between the colour-by-numbers many find helpful, and feeling overhwelmed by choosing colours. When I coloured the first image in the book, I followed the original the entire time because I did not want to be overwhelmed by colour choice. When I did a second image, I didn’t. It’s a helpful option if this is an issue for you though.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! Make sure to subscribe to the blog and follow on Facebook for all updates,

Batgirl x

Available from the Book Depository here (http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781440350511/?a_aid=batgirlcolours) or on Amazon US here (http://amzn.to/2mwEqXw) These are affiliate links – if you purchase through these links I make 4-5% of your book purchase to go towards the running of the site without changing your cost at all! Thankyou for your support x


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