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

  • Full colour examples
  • Tutorials
  • Colour scheme suggestions


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.


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.

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.
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