- Format: Paperback
- No of Pages: 84
- Publisher: Laurence King
- Publishing Date: 9 October 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781786270849
- Size: 23.9 x 1.2 x 31.2 cm
Into the Wild is the second full-sized colouring book by Daisy Fletcher, following on from the success of Birdtopia. It is a larger sized colouring book which is approximately 31cm tall x 24cm wide. The cover has a beautifully coloured illustration which is a combination of a few from inside the book, with the title in gold foiled writing.
The paper is gorgeous, medium to thick, and smooth surfaced but with enough tooth to take pencils well. The pages are cream coloured and it provides a lovely background contrast with the illustrations to colour in white. Some of the designs also have a distressed black background and the illustrations are stunning. The binding is both stitch and glue bound and beautifully made. The ink is crisp and black and the linework is clear , some of the designs have shading or background details in distressed shades of black and grey, although I wouldn’t really class this as greyscale. Although this effect is obviously intentional and is a lovely unique feature to the book, It really adds something special to the illustrations and combined with the cream tint of the paper background it removes the need to feel that you need to add your own, although there is still scope to add your own if you wish to do so.
The book is in storybook format so the illustrations are printed both front and back (if you use alcohol markers you will lose the reverse, so if you wish to colour it all this way I suggest buying two copies, it will be worth it). Pencils work wonderfully well and Water-based markers should be fine. Those I checked (Staedtler fineliners and cheap felt tip pens) didn’t bleed through or shadow, but do check as this may vary depending on how juicy they are so best to test them out first.
The illustrations themselves are outstanding and very much Daisy’s style with beautiful realistic looking flora, fauna and animals although the way the illustrations are stylistic in construction. Size and perspective is played with so sometimes flowers or funghi are bigger than animals, elements are juxtaposed and create dreamlike images of forest and tropical scenes. It really is a magical book and I can’t really show you just how beautiful it is through small snapshots and a flip-through, but believe me this is a stunner!
Although the lighting on this picture makes the background look pink it is in fact more a cream/lemon colour (see picture of it above taken in more natural light – the sun was very bright so I had my pink lounge curtains drawn). I used Prismacolor Premier Pencils which worked wonderfully on the paper.
I was kindly sent a copy from the Publisher, however all thoughts and comments expressed are my own honest opinion.
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