- Type: Paperback
- No. of Pages: 48
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Release Date: 24 January 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781542704946
- Size: 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm
Goddess by Alena Lazareva has 20 illustrations of Alena’s beautiful digitally produced fantasy artwork.Of these 30 there are 11 Grayscale and 9 line-art illustrations to colour and each one is different. The book is A4 in size and glue bound with a glossy coloured cover of a trio of Goddesses whom each appear individually 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). As an added bonus there are 6 colour pages at the beginning of Alena’s lovely originals to inspire you, as well as a colour page of Alena’s other books to tempt you at the back if you enjoy this, as well as website addresses of where you can see Alena’s lovely work.
Some find the idea of colouring grayscale daunting, but it can be 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. If you then find grayscale isn’t for you then at least you will still have half the book as these are line art drawings.
The illustrations themselves are stunning and range from Goddesses from ancient mythologies ( Iris, Athena, Aphrodite), of different countries and cultures (Chang’e – China, Annapoorna – India, Pele – Hawaii) and beautiful Iconic Queens from Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra, Nefertiti). On the back of each page there is the name of each Goddess, where she is from (eg. Greek myth, Hinduism, Japan) and a little bit about her. Each lovely illustration is single sided and beautifully framed with a sand coloured border. It is a beautiful book and the images are stunning and will be a joy to colour.
I decided to colour the lovely grayscale illustration of Chang’e, the Chinese Goddess of the Moon. She “Is a central character of Chinese myths and legends. Chang’e is a goddess whose beauty is unsurpassed. According to legend, she came down to earth to accompany her husband Houyi, the divine warrior who assisted the human world by shooting down nine out of ten suns” (from the description in the book). I used Prismacolor Premier pencils and to counteract the grey of the shading on her skin I lightly added shade around the neck, hairline, nose and lip area with Nectar then used Deco Pink to gently add some warmth and blended it all together using Light Peach and added Pink and a bit of Sepia to gently darken the shadows. For the rabbit I used 3 or 4 different browns. I’m really pleased with how she turned out and I thoroughly enjoyed colouring her.
I was kindly sent a copy from Alena Lazareva. However all comments and opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by this fact.