- Format: Paperback
- No of Pages: 40
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Release Date: 28 February 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781452160658
- Size: 25.4 x 1 x 25.4 cm
Crystal Menagerie by Michelle Waldie is something a little bit different to colour. It has a stiff card cover with a matt printed cover of an example of one of the illustrations inside and how it can look. The Spine is bound with textured green paper tape which is a lovely touch. The pages are glue-bound and easy to remove and each design is single sided and there are no double-page spreads. The book lies completely flat to colour on every page. The paper itself is bright white, medium to thick, and smooth. The linework is dark gray/black with a consistant lineweight and the printing is crisp and fixed well to the page.
I have to admit this wasn’t a book which appealed to me at first. The illustrations of animals are geometric and aren’t something I would consider colouring. However as you will read later, I was very surprised how much I enjoyed colouring the picture. There are 40 different geometric animals to colour and the backgrounds are also broken into geometric simple shapes. The idea is to use shading to create a 3D look using either realistic or imaginary colours. It is one of those books which at a first glance looks very simple but is actually more challenging than that and the results could be spectacular although in black line art they look nothing – it is completely the way in which they are coloured which will bring them to life.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and I can imagine that colouring in this book could become addictive as you try to create more 3D looks with each illustration you colour as your technique improves. It was also a very relaxing colouring book.
I chose to colour the Polar Bear on his Ice-berg. I decided to colour him in with shades of blue as it is cold looking. I am quite pleased with the result as a first attempt. I tried to get him to look a little bit 3D using the shading and he looks like he is made of cut crystal glass so I think I ‘got’ the idea. Probably on others I would play around a bit more with using the actual colour placement to create the 3D look, but even like this it looks interesting.
If you are looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary, thats simple and relaxing to colour but has a little bit of a challenge to it rather than simply ‘flat’ colouring, this may be the book for you. It is certainly an interesting idea.
I was kindly sent a copy from the publisher, however all thoughts ecpressed are my own honest opinion.