- Type: Paperback
- No of Pages: 64
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Release Date: 9 July 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781535185950
- Size: 21.6 x 0.4 x 27.9 cm
Fantasy Kingdom by Alena Lazareva has 30 grayscale illustrations of Alena’s beautiful digitally produced fantasy artwork. The book is A4 in size and glue bound with a glossy coloured cover of a princess with a dragon, and the same illustration is inside the book for you to colour. It is self-published on Amazon Createspace and this means that the paper is quite thin (copier type paper) although it has improved a lot recently as it is smoother and takes pencils much better than it did without lots of blending. The pages are one-sided so if you wish to use markers (just use a spare sheet of paper behind the one you are colouring in case of bleed-through).
The illustrations however are beautiful grayscale versions of Alena’s stunning digital paintings rendered in grayscale. Some find the idea of colouring grayscale daunting but it is actually easier than colouring line-work as most of the work has already been done for you. You can just simply colour and allow the highlights and shadows to show through, or you can choose to use three colours of light, medium and dark as you can easily see the placement of these. It makes it a good learning tool for beginner colourists to learn about light and shade. It can be as easy or complicated as you wish it to be. If you’ve never tried grayscale I highly recommend at least having one book in your collection to try it out for yourself, and this would be an ideal one for beginners as the tones and highlights are well done; it’s not too dark or light and you can still see lines to follow unlike photographs which I find harder as some of the picture can be out of focus.
The illustrations themselves are stunning and range from a princess, mermaid, dragons, fairy and a ship to animals and beautiful women. There are some simpler pictures which will take less time and skill to colour and others that are more detailed as your skills progress giving a good range of options and subjects to colour. Even beginners will be able to achieve stunning results.
I coloured this picture of the princess and the dragon with Prismacolor Premier Pencils. for the skin I used brown ochre, light peach and pink to warm the skintone and counteract the gray. For her hair I used yellow ochre, lemon yellow, artichoke and dark brown.
I was kindly sent a copy of Fantasy Kingdom by the artist. All thoughts and comments expressed are my own honest opinion and are not influenced by this fact.
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