- Format: Paperback
- No of Pages: 102
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Published Date: 3 September 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781976006111
- Size: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
Colouring Adventures in the Secret Realms: Book Two, The Mystical Lands of Uchana: Journey to Hidden Places by Karen Myers has 24 illustrations of which there is a duplicate set of copies. The book is A4 in size and glue bound with a glossy coloured cover of one of “Castle Ormen”, the illustration of which is inside the book for you to colour. It is self-published on Amazon Createspace and this means it is thinish stock paper, however it has a good tooth providing plenty of opportunity to add layers of coloured pencil. 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.
Each illustration is printed in black ink and are in Karen’s intricate sketchy style. Each illustration is framed with the same intricate patterned border giving a uniform look throughout the book. Some of the illustrations are quite dark due to added shading lines and in places the line-work is quite thick although there is a mixture of line thicknesses. This makes it a good colouring book for beginners as the shading is done for you while and some colourists will love this while others will dislike this. I would have personally preferred cleaner finer lines and less shading allowing for both the lines to be less prominent and and allow me more opportunity to add my own shading and creative touches. However this is just my personal bias and the illustrations themselves are still whimsical and charming.
The first illustration in the book is the exact same map of Karen’s fantasy land of Uchana as in the first book. If you have the first book this is a bit repetitive as there were two copies of this picture in the first book and two in the second, and most people will probably not wish to colour the picture four times. However not everyone has the first book so at the same time I can see why it was included. The other illustrations are in a similar vein to the first book as it is set in the same imaginary world. There are more enchanting pictures of Fairy doors in trees, mushroom houses, a wizards house and other fantasy homes, underground fairy rooms and mazes, bridges and landscapes. Those who are fans of Karen’s first book will also love the illustrations in this one.
Northwoode Circle coloured with Prismacolor Premier Pencils.
I was kindly sent a copy from the author, however all thoughts and comments expressed are my own honest opinion.
also by Karen Myers