- Type: Paperback
- No of Pages: 150
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Release Date: November 8, 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781539951209
- Size: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
Fairy Houses and Fairy Doors Volume 4 by Dawn D. Boyer Ph. D. This is Volume Four 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 and Vol 3 ). It is A4 in size and has a glossy cover of the winning coloured version of the fairy house on an island in the pond with its own pier 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 version 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. As in volume two, there is the addition of fairies and woodland creatures and more flowers and foliage. There are more fairy houses in this than volume 3 which had more fairy doors and I feel there are more traditional fairy habitats in this such as fairy houses in trees and roots, in boots, in mushrooms, on islands and made of other natural materials than volume 3 which had more a mixture with ‘modern’ habitats such as in staircases, trunks, and in attics and next to regular doorways alongside these.
Hand-drawn with black pen and ink as before, only this time there is less dark shading than the original two 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 the colourist to see the details clearly 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.
If I had to choose a favourite of the four books I think that it might be this one (although it’s a tough call). I prefer to colour just the fairy houses and doors rather than their surroundings and this has more of these I think, and with less dark shading and I think , Dawn’s drawing skills have improved on the later versions. For these reason’s for me i think this pips the post – but I strongly advise you to check out all of them to decide on your favourite as they are all beautiful and have their own merits.
I was kindly sent a copy by the artist. All comments and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by this fact.
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