- Type: Paperback
- No of Pages: 128
- Publisher: North Light Books
- Release Date: 26 August 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781440346620
- Size: 20.8 x 1.3 x 27.4 cm
- Price: $12.99 US/ $16.50 CAN
Color Super Cute Animals by Jane Maday has a glossy paperback cover with a coloured picture of one of the fox designs within the book. It is both glue and staple bound. The paper is smooth, white and of a good medium weight. The illustrations are on one side of the paper so you can easily use markers in this book (just place a protective piece of paper behind the picture you are working on). The pages of the book are perforated for easy removal. There are no double-page spreads in this book, however there are some pictures where the design extends into the spine and over the perforated lines, but it does not affect the pictures adversely. The line-work pictures are of a medium thickness of black line and in some parts is a bit heavier; however I found that I liked this in the book and I actually liked the slight stained-glass effect of the pictures. It went well with the type of designs and it also means that this will be easy to see even for those whose eyesight is not as good as others. As you colour the lines will balance out and it will not detract from the picture, so this will probably not bother anyone too much.
Not only does it have over 50 lovely illustrations to colour, none of which are overly complex or too simple meaning this book is suitable for beginners or advanced colourists alike. It is also ideal as a gift book or perfect to encourage a beginner as at the front of the book there is a full colour page illustrations of one of the illustrations coloured in to inspire you (rabbit), a contents page and 10 page illustrated introduction to colouring techniques which covers colour basics, colour palettes, adding doodles and details, shading and blending with coloured pencils, shading and blending with water-based markers, using watercolour markers like paint and colouring with alcohol based markers. This guide is very simple to follow and well illustrated. Although as an advanced colourist I didn’t need this it was still handy to have a reminder of techniques and there are plenty of lovely illustrations to satisfy my needs.
The illustrations themselves are beautiful crisp, clean and clear line-work drawings of animals, leaves and flowers. The designs are stylised with animals and flowers that are patternistic and pretty in form. The animals are indeed ‘super cute’ and there is everything from rabbits, mice, a hedgehog and bear, to fish, an elephant, a turtle, a peacock and birds. They are beautifully drawn as are the flowers, leaves and other background details. None are overly detailed and will comfortably suit all levels of colouring ability.
It is a lovely book and with so many illustrations to colour as well as the added bonus of the colouring guide it is good value for money and I highly recommend it.
Coloured using Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils.
I was kindly sent a copy from the publisher. All comments and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by this fact.