Colouring Book Reviews · Fantasy World (Grayscale) by Alena Lazareva

Fantasy World (Grayscale) by Alena Lazareva



  • Format: Paperback
  • No of Pages: 68
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date: 8 April 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781545187692
  • Size: 21.6 x 0.4 x 27.9 cm

Fantasy World (Grayscale) Coloring Book by Alena Lazareva is a collection of 23 Grayscale Fantasy Illustrations. The book is A4 in size and each illustration is single sided so if you wish to use alcohol markers you can. The book is glue bound with paper slightly thicker and with a bit more texture than regular copier paper (it is a quality copier-type paper). The book has a glossy coloured illustration of the dragon, maiden and castle design which is inside the book to colour. Each illustration is crisply printed in grey ink that is perfect for grayscale colouring (not too dark or too light to see the details) so even small details you can see what it is you are colouring. Each design is on one page and framed so there is no colouring into the gutter.

The illustrations are of beautiful women, angels, fairies, a mermaid and animals. There’s an adorable rabbit in a top hat, a beautiful fantasy bird, a Pegasus, dragons, a cat trying to catch fish in a net, and a woman riding a goldfish. If, like me, you love colouring hair and faces this is a book you will love and grayscale makes it easy for those who may still feel that they are learning the skills – just let the shading already there guide you or colour lightly so that it shows through to make your drawings look professional.

Some people find grayscale daunting, and often the grey can make colours sometimes a little “off”. The trick is to counter the coldness of the grey by adding warm tones – add a bit more pink or peach lightly to the skin, some brown in the shadows until the colour looks right to you. This will make the skin more ‘Alive’ and less of the deathly gray which some beginners attempts are, a feature I know puts many off grayscale. keep trying and don’t be afraid to build up the colour slowly – there’s plenty of illustrations to practice on. Above all, just have fun.


I coloured this lovely little girl with her cute bunnies in Prismacolor Premier Pencils. For her skin I used various browns for the shadows, light peach and various pinks to warm the tone and add blush.

Fantasy World (Grayscale) by Alena Lazareva is available to purchase from Amazon., Amazon. com, Book Depository and The Wordery (Both with free worldwide shipping).

I was kindly sent a copy of the book by the artist, however all thoughts and comments expressed are my own honest opinion and not influenced by this fact.