- Format: Paperback
- No of Pages: 80
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Release Date: 21 March 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781452160641
- Size: 21.9 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
Earth and Space Coloring Book is published by Chronicle books and features photographs from the NASA archives with a page for you to colour on the opposite page. The book is glue and sewn bound and the cover is matt black with an illustration that is half the photograph and half the colouring page of Jupiter. The paper is a medium weight so if you want to use wet media (I so want to get my Paints on this!) it should be fine if you don’t overuse water. I wouldn’t recommend alcohol markers though on this one as the pages are double-sided and you wouldn’t want to ruin the beautiful photography over the page.
The book features more than 35 full colour page sized photographs of Outer Space ranging from views of Earth (the famous ‘blue marble’ photo, the view of earth from Apollo 4 and the moon included), the planets Jupiter and Saturn (Jupiter’s swirls, its moon Europa, Saturn’s rings), the Sun (Solar flares, eclipse) but most of the photographs are of the colourful beautiful star clusters and nebula, supernovae, and other creation and destruction phenomena of outer space. Many of the beautiful images you will recognise (many taken from the Hubble telescope) featuring the deepest depths of space.
As a colouring book it is unique and I know of no other book on the market that is similar. Even if you never colour in it, it is a book worth having just for the stunning photographs. I have to admit I find it a bit daunting, even with the photographs for inspiration I’m not sure where to start as it’s really not the sort of thing i would choose to colour myself. I think the trick is probably to use the photos for colour guidance but to approach it loosely rather than trying to recreate the photo exactly, use it merely as inspiration, and to just experiment and have fun. I can see adding glitter to make the stars sparkle, using pearlescent paints, soft pastels and pastel pencils would be great to get a ‘smudgy’ look.
I used Faber Castell Soft pastels and Prismacolor Premier Pencils. I did however struggle with this picture and I am very unhappy with how it turned out. I found it a lot harder to colour than I expected, but it really isn’t the sort of thing I would colour myself. Maybe I would have had better luck using my paints but I wanted to see how it would or wouldn’t work in dry media. I can imagine in the hands of the right person this book could look stunning, but it isn’t one for me personally, although I do love the photography and appreciate that it is a wonderful idea and well-made book. some of you will love it and I do hope someone will colour and post some of the images as I would love to see it done better than mine.
I was kindly sent a copy from the publisher. all comments and opinions expressed however are my own and not influenced by this fact.