The Adorable Circle Of Life Coloring Book

The Adorable Circle Of Life Coloring Book

Artist – Alex Solis

Pages – 64

Publisher – Skyhorse Publishing

Cover

Book

The Adorable Circle Of Life is an artwork series by Alex Solis that has been published as a hardcover book and now as a colouring book.

The cover is a thin glossy card with a partially coloured image from the interior. The spine is glue bound and the book lies reasonably flat from first use. It is 27.2cm x 21.1cm (10.7″ x 8.3″) and 64 pages, a little shorter than standard A4 size.

Images are single sided, which allows for the use of most mediums without risking the next image. Paper is medium weight, bright white and has a little tooth. Both oil and wax based pencils lay down well, as do fineliners and waterbased markers. Alcohol markers will bleed, ensure you remove the page or have some paper behind the pic you are working on to protect the next image.

Pages are perforated for ease of removal.

Coloured with Crayola coloured pencils.

Images

There is a silent flipthrough at the end of this post.

The Adorable Circle Of Life plays on natural predator-prey relationships with humour, and illustrates these animals in their natural environments – blood, fangs and all – in a cute, kawaii style.

Images include a monkey in a crocodiles mouth surrounded by the jungle, a lion hanging off a giraffes neck in the savan Inah and a snow covered fox carrying a bunny. For a simple premise, the artist has drawn these with humour and each image is different to the last, none of the images becoming repetitive.

Images are neither detailed, nor simple, with large and small areas in each. Linework varies from thin to moderate throughout, with some images having some solid black areas.

Health

Animals and nature are such soothing things to colour, although soothing might not be the word to describe this book! I found it quite amusing, and colouring the images was fun, although it will not be to every ones taste.

The intricacy and line thickness means that it will most likely be suitable for those with vision impairments, although please do check the images and flipthrough. This book would suit those with fluctuating concentration levels as there are natural stopping points in each image – a leaf, a flower, an animal etc.

The Adorable Circle Of Life Coloring Book is available from Amazon US here and the Book Depository here. Buying through these links means that the blog gets a small commission (4-5%) which helps pay for the books I review.

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Batgirl x


 

Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast

Artist- Fabiana Attanasio

Pages-80

Publisher – White Star

Cover

Book

Part of an ongoing series of fairy tale colouring books, The Beauty And The Beast is one of nine titles (two to be released in October 2017), this book is designed to be part of a set. With a soft matte card cover and a red spine, these books look lovely together on a shelf!

The book is a good size at 25.7cm x 21.1 (10.1 inches x 8.3 inches) and 80 pages. The spine is both glue and string bound, providing great reinforcement. Some images do enter the spine, but the spine is quite pliable from first use and will loosen up with more use.

Images are double sided, but the paper is of moderate thickness. Waterbased markers shadow slightly, but I experienced no bleeding. Watercolour pencils will probably be ok with a small amount of water, although I haven’t tested this. Alcohol markers will bleed through onto the next images. I was able to achieve a good amount of layers with both oil and wax based pencils.
Included is an A2 sized poster in the back of the book – this is printed on similar paper to the book.

Images

The artist, Fabiana Attanasio, had created a wonderful iteration of a classic story, using a whimsical style of illustration and mix of images, including one subject, many subjects, backgrounds, clusters of objects and scenes with varied elements.

There is an even distribution of double and single page images. There is around ten images that have a black background or large element of black which is a nice change of pace.

At the beginning of the book there is an abridged, five page version of the story of the Beauty And The Beast. Even this has been designed well with small elements to colour on the borders, such as a small gem.

Intricacy and line thickness are both consistent, and remain moderate throughout. There is a great variety of images that have large open spaces and others that are more detailed. None are what I would describe as very detailed.

Health

Books that have a story theme are fantastic for those who suffer from pain or mental health issues. Any book that uses your imagination can be used to effectively distract or wind down from an anxious day, pain, or anything else.

There is a nice variety of people, natural elements, and other items. This book would be very suitable for those with low or fluctuating concentration levels, as you can choose to colour an entire page, or just one element, such as one character or some leaves if you are struggling to concentrate.

Line thickness is moderate to thin throughout, and should be suitable for those with vision impairments, however please do check the images or video flipthrough before deciding. Intricacy does vary throughout, but I think it would be suitable for anyone, as the artwork is adaptable to varying concentration levels.

Beauty And The Beast is available on the Book Depository here or Amazon US here. Using these links gives me a small (4-5%) commission which covers part of the cost of this blog.

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Pop Culture Colouring Books Part 2

In September 2016 I wrote a post listing pop culture based colouring books that were due out between then and January 2017. With new releases always happening, I thought it was time to do another, as the first was so popular!

A Court Of Thorns and Roses

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Join Feyre through war, fire, love and more in 46 images.

Out now

Buy from Amazon US here or the Book Depository here

Family Guy Colouring Book

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75 images just waiting to be brought to life, filled with the classic imagery of Family Guy.

Out on June 7th. Purchase from the Book Depository here or Amazon US here.

Orphan Black Colouring Book

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Beginning when Sarah meets her syestras, to the action packed challenges in their world, enjoy 96 pages of Orphan Black to colour.

Releases June 7th. Purchase from Amazon US here or the Book Depository here.

Dreamworks – The Official Colouring Book

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How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Puss in Boots, and Shrek all together to fill with colour in 96 pages.

Released 25th July. Purchase from Amazon US here or the Book Depository here.

The Eragon Colouring Book

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From Eragon to Roran, and of course plenty of dragons, there are 40 images in this official colouring book to take you to Alagaesia.

Released 30th July. Buy from Amazon US here or the Book Depository here.

Percy Jackson Colouring Book

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Greek mythological imagery abounds in this official colouring book based on the very popular YA series.

Releases 15th August. Buy from Amazon US here and the Book Depository here.

Rick And Morty Colouring Book

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Burrrp, we’ve got all your favorites: Krombopulos Michael, meeseeks, plumbuses and more. Prepare for intricate adult coloring patterns and high-concept sci-fi rigmarole in the best coloring book in dimension C-137!

Releases August 22nd. Buy on the Book Depository here and Amazon US here.

Star Wars- The Last Jedi Keepsake Colouring Book

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A book featuring Katie Cooks adorable illustration style, spanning the entire series. Perfect for the lead up to the new movie!

Releases September 1st. Purchase from the Book Depository here or Amazon US here.

Downton Abbey Colouring Book

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Relive your favourite scenes, characters and backdrops with the official Downton Abbey Colouring Book.

Releases September 4th. Purchase from the Book Depository here or Amazon US here.

This is not every single colouring book due to be released, but the ones I think will be most looked forward to.  Let me know which you are most looking forward to in the comments.

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Fantasy Adventure

Fantasy Adventure

Artist – Eric Messinger

Pages – 80

Publisher – Design Originals

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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 away! The glossy card cover features a full colour image from the interior of the book.

The paper is bright white, lightly textured and of medium thickness. Images are single sided and perforated for easy removal. The title is printed on the spine. The spine is glue bound, but will lie reasonably flat with a little use.

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, and pages are perforated for convenience.

Images

Eric Messinger has created a fantasy world dominated by all manner of fantasy creatures. Along with giants, there are mages, weapons, a dragon and much more. Within this range there is a variety of sizes and types.

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 has become standard for Design Originals coloring books, there are 10 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 side. 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.

Health

If you find relief in fantasy images, Fantasy Adventure. 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 or motor skills 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.

Fantasy Adventure is available from Amazon US here and the Book Depository here. Purchasing from these links means that I receive a 4-5% commission that goes directly to cover some of the costs of this blog.

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The Jungle Book

Artist- Fabiana Attanasio

Pages-80

Publisher – White Star

Cover

Book

Part of an ongoing series of fairy tale colouring books, The Jungle Book is one of nine titles (two to be released in October 2017), this book is designed to be part of a set. With a soft matte card cover and a coloured spine, these books look lovely together on a shelf!

The book is a good size at 25.7cm x 21.1 (10.1 inches x 8.3 inches) and 80 pages. The spine is both glue and string bound, providing great reinforcement. Some images do enter the spine, but the spine is quite pliable from first use and will loosen up with more use. 

Images are double sided, but the paper is of moderate thickness. Waterbased markers shadow slightly, but I experienced no bleeding. Watercolour pencils will probably be ok with a small amount of water, although I haven’t tested this. Alcohol markers will bleed through onto the next images. I was able to achieve a good amount of layers with both oil and wax based pencils.
Included is an A2 sized poster in the back of the book – this is printed on similar paper to the book.

Images

The artist, Fabiana Attanasio, had created a wonderful iteration of a classic story, using a whimsical style of illustration and mix of images – there are a range of images, spanning close ups of characters, scenery, clusters of items, a group of wolves. 

There is about five images that are primarily black background images, which makes for a nice change as you colour through the story. There is a mix of double and single sided images, so you can choose depending on your mood at the time. 

Most of the images focus on a subject or subjects, for example Mowgli as a baby, the wolf pack, Shere Khan and Baloo. There are some pages that seem a little repetitive, but these are less than five. Floral elements are tightly woven between all pages, some with many flowery additions, and some with a handful. This can be a bit overwhelming in some spots, but for the most part they only add to the image.

Intricacy and line thickness are both consistent, and remain moderate throughout. There is a great variety of images that have large open spaces and others that are more detailed. None are what I would describe as very detailed.

Health

Books that have a story theme are fantastic for those who suffer from pain or mental health issues. Any book that uses your imagination can be used to effectively distract or wind down from an anxious day, pain, or anything else.

There is a nice variety of people, natural elements, and other items. This book would be very suitable for those with low or fluctuating concentration levels, as you can choose to colour an entire page, or just one element, such as one character or some leaves if you are struggling to concentrate.

Line thickness is moderate to thin throughout, and should be suitable for those with vision impairments, however please do check the images or video flipthrough before deciding. Intricacy does vary throughout, but I think it would be suitable for anyone, as the artwork is adaptable to varying concentration levels.

The Jungle Book is available on the Book Depository here  or Amazon US here. Using these links gives me a small (4-5%) commission which covers part of th  cost of this blog.

I hope you have enjoyed this review,
Ali x

Gods And Beasts

Gods And Beasts

Artist – Adam Fisher

Pages – 208

Pubisher – Pegasus Books

Cover

Book

This is Adam Fishers second colouring book, his first is A Brothers Grimm Coloring Book. Read that review here 

It’s smaller than most books, at 20cm x 20cm and at 208 pages, is pretty hefty. The cover is a thin, matte card with a half coloured image in a limited palette.

The spine is glue bound, but lightly, and lies reasonably flat after some use. The images do not enter the spine, because each image has a border around it preventing losing any image.

Images are also single sided, allowing for the use of most mediums. I experienced a little shadowing with fineliners and waterbased markers, but no bleeding. Alcohol markers will bleed, so make sure you’ve got a piece of card or a few pieces of paper behind the image to prevent bleeding through.

Pages are also perforated to allow for easy removal.

Coloured with Prismacolor pencils

Images

There is a flipthrough at the end of this review

These images are filled with mythological beings, gods of all religions and myths and much more. Each image is accompanied by a small caption naming the creature and a little bit about them.

There is a variety of subjects in this book, with humans, monsters,werewolves, giants and strange creatures found only in mythology books.

Linework is thin throughout and I feel like this is detrimental to some of the images – some do feel quite busy and almost like an unfinished sketch. This is only some of the images, most suit the thin linework.

Intricacy varies, with most of the images being quite detailed with small spaces but a few others do not.

Health

I am a big fan of escapism for health issues, and colouring fantasy is a great way to do that. The mythology theme of this book is perfect as it gives you some background to do some more research if it interests you.

The size of the images is great for those with fluctuating concentration levels, as it won’t take long to finish an image, or part of an image. The moderate intricacy is great for those with fluctuating concentration as well, as there will always be an image suitable for your mood/ability to concentrate.

The intricacy means it will probably not be suitable for those with vision or fine motor impairments, but please check the images and flipthrough at the end of the review before making up your mind!

Gods and Beasts is available from Amazon US here and the Book Depository here. Buying through these links means that the blog gets a small commission (4-5%) which helps pay for the books I review.

I hope you enjoyed this review,

Ali x

Color Quest

Color Quest

Artist – Joanna Webster and John Woodcock

Pages – 64

Publisher – Michael O’Mara Books

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Book

This review will cover both Color Quest, and the follow up Color Quest Animals. The books are structured the same, with the images being the only difference.

The Color Quest books are larger than most, at 26.5cm x 37cm and 64 pages.  The covers are a soft matte paperback, both with a design from inside the book. The US and UK versions have different covers so double check which you are buying. Pages are perforated for easy removal.

The spine is glue bound, and a little tight but will lay reasonably flat after some use. Images are single sided. The paper is bright white and has a small amount of tooth. Pencils lay down well, and water based markers do not bleed. Alcohol markers will bleed, so remove the page or have something behind the page to prevent ruining the image on the next page.

Color Quest

Color Quest

Color Quest Animals
A full page and a close-up of the colouring shapes and colours given

Images

These books are colour by numbers books, with a little difference to the usual colour by numbers books. The images are made up of small shapes – triangles, squares, hexagons etc and you cannot tell what the image is when you start. It leaves the image a mystery to colour and uncover!

The back of both books have all 30 completed images so you can check what you are colouring if you want to. The colours are in the spine each image and easy to access without impeding on the image. I have included an image of this for both books if you want to see the images after they have been completed.

These books are a little different to the usual colour by numbers in a different way as well – after colouring it is very difficult to see the numbers after the image has been completed. Due to the nature of these books, the intricacy is quite high.

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Color Quest Animals

Color Quest completed images

Color Quest Animals completed images

Health

If you are someone who benefits from high intricacy in times of anxiety, or pain, or anything, then you may benefit from these books. I find it very calming to find the markers that match the colours and just colour without it needing much brain power/energy.

I would not recommend this book to those who struggle with vision or motor skills issues as the spaces are quite small and the images quite detailed, although please check the images before deciding.

Color Quest is available from Amazon US here and the Book Depository here. Color Quest Animals is available from Amazon US here and the Book Depository here. If you purchase anything from these links, I receive a small (4-5%) commission which helps run this blog.

Thankyou for reading and I hope you have enjoyed this review,

Ali