- Type: Paperback
- No of Pages: 150
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Release date: 8 November 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781539951209
- Size: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
Fairy Houses and Fairy Doors Volume 3 by Dawn D. Boyer Ph.D
This is Volume Three of Big Kids Coloring Book: Fairy Houses and Fairy Doors by Dawn D. Boyer Phd. (see my previous postings for review of Vol 1&2, Vol 4 will follow this review ). It is A4 in size and has a glossy cover of the winning coloured version of the Cactus house illustration on the front, and the back cover is one of the runner-up coloured illustrations and thumbnails of some of the other entries.
Opening the book there is an illustrated title page, an introduction about the artist, the benefits of colouring and about the book; some sample thumbnails followed by details of the cover contest winners and a mention for all the entrants which is an especially nice touch. At the back of the book there are a selection of colouring pages from some of Dawn’s other books, a bit more about the author and about the book. The book is glue-bound and the pages are one-sided black pen and ink illustrations. Due to this being a self-published book the paper is thin, copier type paper, however it has a nice smooth finish that takes both pencils and markers well. Unlike the previous books there is just the one single-sided version (the previous books had a double sided version for pencils and crayons and a single sided for wet media).
There are over 50 illustration pages to colour. The illustrations like before are very whimsical and totally charming and there is a good variety of different scenes. In this volume there are more fairy doors I think than in the previous books. As in volume two, there is the addition of fairies and woodland creatures and more flowers and foliage. There are fairy doors inside and outside, in Chinese gardens, under the stairs, in trunks. There are fairy houses in trees and roots, in boots, in mushrooms, on islands and made of other natural materials.
Hand-drawn with black pen and ink as before, only this time there is less shading and the pictures are much better to colour . It is easier to see smaller elements that you may have struggled to see in the previous books. There is still lots of shading in parts, but it’s so much lighter in the majority of the illustrations which allows for more freedom for the colourist to add the amount of shading they wish to do to the picture or not, while still helping a beginner by creating the shadows for them. I no longer feel that I have to use strong bright colours to counter-act the black lines, now I can use pastel tones if I wish to.
I was kindly sent a copy by the artist. All thoughts and comments expressed however are my own honest opinion.
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