Book review – Lonely Planet World’s Cutest Animal Colouring Book by Lulu Mayo

Be prepared for too much cute! Today we’ll look at Lonely Planet World’s Cutest Animal Colouring Book by Lulu Mayo. This is technically aimed for children but it’s totally too cute to miss for adults as well, I think.

Details: Paperback, Lonely Planet, 2016
Pages: 229 x 264 x 5mm, 48 pages, good quite thick paper, single-sided (a colored example on reverse for the next image)
ISBN10: 178657408X
ISBN13: 9781786574084
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I filmed it before coloring the example and then happily proceeded to format my memory card before copying the file to my computer so the flip through is filmed after I discovered it and already colored a page. Cause I rock and all that.
As you can see, it’s a cutie! The book has 22 images to color, all of different animals. The opposite page has an example of how you could color the image (but don’t have to). In the end, there’s a world map, showing where each of these animals live and also giving you some facts about each of them. So not only cute but also educational.
The paper is good, it’s thick enough to also take some water and I’m sure it would look awesome with Inktense for instance. For pencils it’s also great, it does have a tiny bit of a texture so if you want a completely polished look, a blender pencil is your friend here. But it looks just great as is as well.

Example image:
Colored with Caran D’Ache Pablo.

Overall, it’s absolutely adorable! I love the cute animals and fun creative images in this book. It’s definitely a keeper for me!

Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. All of the above opinions are my own.

In other news, destash is still going (clicky HERE) and all tins will come with a coloring book of some sort, won’t tell you which ones though 🙂

Color with me – Castle on the Hill from The Magical City, part two

Rock’n’roll! Part two! Today we’ll tackle the tree and the castle itself. Ready? Set… GO!

Stuff used on day two:
Prismacolor Premier pencils (150 set), Prismacolor colorless blender
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Dark Umber
  • Light Umber
  • Terra Cotta
  • Jasmine
  • Colorless blender
  • Dark Green
  • Kelly Green
  • Pale Sage
  • 70% Cool Grey
  • 90% French Grey
  • 30% French Grey
  • 10% French Grey
  • Indigo Blue
  • Espresso
  • 90% Cool Grey
  • Scarlet Lake

The light source here is clearly the sun and the placement of it makes for a bit of a tricky mindgame but we’ll just worry less and color more.
You can totally use black on the windows if you want, I just prefer the mix of dark brown and dark blue since it creates a shade that is a lot more interesting.
Don’t have much for you today in terms of words, just color and I’ll see you soon for the third part!

End result of day two:

The book is a bit too wide for my scanner so sadly we’re missing parts. But I’ll take a proper picture for you once it’s all done, no worries.

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – sun, clouds, sky
Day two – tree, castle
Day three – grass, bridge
Day four – flowers, river

Book review – Summer Nights by Hanna Karlzon

Amazingly enough, I’ve never done a flip through and review of Summer Nights (Sommarnatt) by Hanna Karlzon. That is largely due to the fact that I’m trying to color every single image from this book and don’t want to film it halfway through. So I got the English version, Summer Nights, just to show you guys what it looks like blank. And for my own archival version of how the book looked before coloring. Anyway, without further ado, lets jump into the nitty gritty of this book!

Details: Hardcover, Gibbs M. Smith, 2016
Pages: 208 x 254 x 15mm, 96 pages, good smooth paper, double-sided
ISBN13: 9781423645580
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For those interested in my progress, you can see all the colored pages I’ve done so far HERE.

Anyway, Hanna Karlzon is my favorite artist, lets get that out of the way. And Sommarnatt/Summer Nights one of my favorite books of all time.
This book has great paper, the English version is as good as the Swedish one. The images are double-sided and my favorite feature is the fact that it’s hardcover, it allows you to color in your lap or wherever without a table.
The images vary, you get a lot of flowers but also girls and birds and mushrooms, everything you can possibly think of. Hanna’s style is very unique and rock’n’roll, I’d say. I specially love her women, they’re gorgeous beyond belief.
The paper lends itself well to a bit of water as well so Inktense is fine in this book, just don’t float the page. The paper is absolutely brilliant for colored pencil, it takes the pencils beautifully, no need to struggle with it.

Example image:
As stated before, I have a full gallery of examples but to pick one…

Overall, I adore this book and if you don’t own it, you should, it is amazing! I can not wait to see what Hanna has in store for us next, even though I’ll never ever have time to color every image I love from her 🙂

In other news, this week will see the start of a new color along and there will also be some more book reviews. The next color along will be something from Lizzie Mary Cullen’s The Magical City, as to the medium, I have no idea. Since miss Hewitt does a spectacular job with Inktense in this book, I’m swayed towards dry mediums. If you have any requests, feel free to drop me an e-mail or comment below.

Book review – Fantasia by Nicholas Chandrawienata

So to start climbing back on the horse of blogging and coloring, lets look at the most exciting book found in my mailbox of late, Fantasia by Nicholas Chandrawienata, one of the most hyped up books lately. Lets see what the fuss is about, shall we?

Details: Paperback, Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2015
Pages: 64 pages, slightly textured paper, double-sided, perforated pages
ISBN13: 9786020324425
Buy the book: contact Indo Buku Mania to check if they ship to your country

Nicholas Chandrawienata is an Indonesian artist, Fantasia is one of his coloring books. This book is pretty tricky to get if you’re not in Indonesia but as you can see from my example, it can be done. In my case, I lucked out with stumbling into a Romanian group order. Anyway, to the book! The style is very cool, I think the cover is a bit misleading, I wouldn’t have picked it up based on the cover alone. I of course love the ladies the most as usual. And oh my, the kind of ladies found here! Oohs and aahs all around.
The paper is a bit on the meh side, it’s slightly textured so it will take some work to cover all nooks and crannies, a blender pencil will also help. But the pages are perforated, I find that to be a huge plus. The perforation is very strong though, as you can see from the video, it was my very first flip through, I didn’t look at it myself before filming. And it already started falling apart from the perforations. So if that’s a problem for you, here’s a heads up that this will happen.
The images are fantastical creatures, characters and well, girls. I love the style for sure. I would have loved to get his other book, Serene, even more but I couldn’t find access to that one. If you can, pick that one up though, it looks absolutely mindblowing.
I haven’t touched it much yet, I have a work in progress but I decided to show you the book before finishing the WIP since my to do list has buried me alive so I’m giving up hope of finishing it any time soon. I will show you when I ever do though!

Overall, I’m in love with this book, it was worth the trouble of getting it! I only wish the paper was a bit easier to work with but it’s definitely not among the worst I’ve seen so I can live with it. Thumbs up!

In other news, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, just the to do list pile is a bit mindblowing. I will try to get a new color along going within a week and we’ll go from there 🙂


Book review – Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy

Ahh, the preorder of the century just arrived, the Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy, the English version! I preordered a copy of this book in early May and it was published on Dec 20. I think it’s probably the longest I’ve ever waited for a book. Anyway lets jump straight into it and see what it’s like!
By the way, the cover image in the video thumbnail is for the Japanese version, I couldn’t find one for the English version and my scanner is too small for the book to fit in 😀

Details: Paperback, St Martin’s Press, 2016 (for the English version)
Pages: 254 x 254 x 12.7mm, 96 pages, good thick paper, double-sided
ISBN10: 1250117283
ISBN13: 9781250117281
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Who hasn’t heard of the Romantic Country series? I don’t see a lot of hands 😛
Eriy is a Japanese artist (who I’ve also interviewed, read that HERE) who draws with ink and.. surprisingly enough, toothpicks. Her books are filled with charm and wonder, the images all positive and happy, like from a childhood dream. I love that quality about her books, they take me away to a better place, in this case, the fantasy land of Cocot.
The paper is fantastic, smooth and strong, can also take a bit of water for sure. Can you imagine these images with Inktense?
The images are on both sides of the paper.
The book is divided into chapters, all following a different area of Cocot, which I think is really fun. You truly do get a sense of the place with these books.
For those who want the third tale as well, that’s only available in Japanese at this point but it’s relatively easy to find online, CDJapan for instance.

As for the example picture, once we’ve finished the Rose project (hopefully tomorrow!), lets do a picture together from this amazing book! And then I’ll add it here as well.

Overall, it is a lovely book, totally worth the loooooong wait I went through for it. I will be happily leafing through it, trying to decide our next color along. Ooh, how about we try those Inktense out in this book?

Book review – Po Drugiej Stronie Snu by Karolina Kubikowska

This was actually my very first book review and as such, it sucked. So I figured that since it’s such a gorgeous book, it deserves an overhaul to fit in with the rest of the reviews. So today, lets take another look at Po Drugiej Stronie Snu by Karolina Kubikowska.

Details: Paperback, Edipresse Polska, 2015
Pages: 222 x 223 x 12mm, 96 pages, good smooth paper, double-sided
ISBN10: 8379452046
ISBN13: 9788379452040
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Karolina Kubikowska is a Polish tattoo artist and an illustrator, Po Drugiej Stronie Snu is her first book, released last year. This is a truly unique book in the sense of artistic style, it’s not a clean lineart book we’re used to, also it’s not really a grayscale, it’s in a category all of its own, it’s like you get to color Karolina’s sketchbook. And what a sketchbook it is!
Po Drugiej Stronie Snu is filled with dreamlike images, one more fantastical then the next. There are butterflies and girls, plants and owls, something to fit any teacup.
The paper quality is great, the pages are thick and can take some beating, water as well. In my opinion, it’s like it’s made for water, the images greatly gain from splashing around. You can’t flood the pages too much, they will buckle but a little won’t do any harm.
I really like that the backgrounds have some tone and texture so you don’t necessarily have to do anything with them and can leave them as they are, a definite plus for me since I don’t really enjoy coloring in big spaces of nothing.
The binding is glue and a bit stiff, you can force it flat but I suspect it will start falling apart if you do it too much.

Example image done with Derwent Coloursoft:

Overall, I love this book, one of my all time favorites for sure! I keep flipping through it and dream of more hours in my day to be able to get back to this one, it’s amazing, it really is. The artwork is gorgeous and interesting, definitely something to recommend checking out. You can buy this book from the above Bookdepository link, Amazon or Karolina Kubikowska website HERE.

And all fans of this book, stay tuned, there will be something super cool coming tomorrow!

Derwent Graphitint review

Yay for pencil review time! Derwent Graphitint is not meant for coloring, strictly speaking, but can be used for it successfully so while not aimed at us, lets look at them anyway.

Derwent is a company based in the United Kingdom and they produce a LOT of stuff, from the insanely popular and awesome Inktense to all kinds of accessories. Their colored pencils are pretty popular too, check the Product Reviews tab above the banner to find some reviews on their other products.

Graphitints are water soluble, graphite and color in one pencil and insanely cool, even though their color range is small:
They come in tins of 12 and 24, plus a blister of 6. I think this is the first time I’m showing you something that isn’t full set but while I adore these pencils, 12 is enough for my purposes so I’m not going to splurge on the 24, though there are some colors in the full set that make me go all grabbyhands.
As all Derwent pencils, these are chubby pencils, these particular ones have a silver casing and their usual color coded tips. They have a cedar casing with the name of the color and code printed on them.


  • Seriously, tinted graphite pencils that are water soluble as a cherry on top? What’s not to love!
  • They offer a lot of variation even with their small color range, the color is very subtle when dry, when adding water, they’re beautifully vibrant
  • The casing quality is nice, I didn’t have any problems with splintering
  • Really gorgeous selection of muted colors, great for nature sketching
  • Nice thick 4mm lead in 8mm cedar casing, you really do get all the bang for your buck here
  • Fit in most standard sharpeners
  • Easy to get a hold of in Europe at least, probably not that difficult in USA either
  • Also available open stock in some art stores and Amazon
  • Derwent customer support rocks, I never hesitate to buy their products, in case of problems, they will help you, I’m sure


  • Due to their graphite content, they don’t melt quite as easily with water as say Inktense does but while you can’t float them around too much, they do dissolve nicely so pencil marks won’t remain (unless you did some really harsh ones)
  • Limited color range
  • I’d like less greys. I know, I know, water soluble graphite but well I also have Graphitone so that will cover the soluble grey for me, I’d like to see more reds and maybe an ochre instead
  • The tin of 12 only has one green

So usually there’s a comparison bit here but these are really different and not comparable to anything else so lets make this section general blabber instead.
I do have to say this, the OCD in me loves Derwent for producing pencils that look alike and are color coded. I love that they are all uniform in size and shape and I have the barrel color to help me tell them apart. I know this is not something most people even notice or think about but I love the uniformity it creates.
Graphitint was something I bought ages ago to sketch, I read tinted graphite and went oh hello there, didn’t even notice it was water soluble until I got the tin. And well that just made it all even better. I’ve used these for sketching quite a bit and I can tell you, while they don’t behave like your standard HB pencil to a T, they do work like graphite rather than colored pencil.
In my set of 12, I’m happy with all of them. I do wish for less greys in the tin of 12 at least but the range is nice. I would buy the tin of 24 if I ever ran out of the 12 but seeing that I don’t sketch all that much these days, it’s not that likely that it would happen in the near future.

Color chart:
My shaky 12 color one:
Official color chart:

Example colored picture done with Derwent Graphitint:
Picture: from Sommarnatt by Hanna Karlzon

I do really like these. They are not at all just a gimmick I think, they work beautifully and blend together nicely, creating a really subtle muted palette. I think they’d be great for more coloring work in addition to sketching. So overall, if this is something that interests you, go ahead, try them, you’ll like them, I’m sure.

Disclaimer: all of the above opinions are mine, you might have a different experience with these pencils