Book review – Beautiful Women by Ikenaga Yasunari

Lets look at something Japanese! Because who doesn’t love Japanese books? Today, Beautiful Women by Ikenaga Yasunari. This book has like a bazillion translations, also with “outline of 100 Full Moons”, just “100 Full Moons” etc in the title, I just couldn’t figure out how to work that in. If anyone here speaks Japanese, please do enlighten me with the correct translation!

Details: Paperback, MdN Corporation, 2016
Pages: 28 cm, 96 pages, thick slightly textured paper, double-sided
ISBN13: 9784844366294
Get it: CDJapan, Amazon Japan

Ikenaga Yasunari is a Japanese artist, born in 1965. He has the most exquisite paintings of women that I’ve seen in a while. While they wear modern clothing, they look timeless thanks to his style. I mean look:
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This book is filled with lineart versions of his paintings, tons and tons of women, plus some cats. Because cats are cool, mkay. I would just love to be rich enough to own one of his works but a coloring book is more in my price range and well worth it, it’s gorgeous.
The only gripe I have with the book is the paper. I didn’t find it to be to my liking but I do think it’s a matter of preference. It’s slightly textured and will take seven thousand layers of pencil but also it takes a lot of work to burnish the layers down to not see the white of the paper. Also even Posca managed to bleed through to the other side, which is something I’ve never seen before. So be very careful with markers! And I’m pretty sure watersoluble pencils are not a very good idea here. But you can surely try them out yourself. That said, I will surely revisit this book, I love all the girls, it’s just so my cup of tea.

Example image:
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Done with Prismacolor Premier and a bit of Posca.
I really don’t like how this turned out, I overworked the paper and it turned into a giant mess in the end. Plus I got the nose wrong because I suck 😀 But anyway, tested and tried and don’t like the paper. Next time I’ll try a different pencil with it.

Overall, it’s a beautiful book and if girls are your thing, you should definitely check this out!

In other news, sorry that I didn’t manage to film the new color along last week, my youngest got sick and it was pretty insane here for a while. I’ll start filming again tomorrow and soon hope to have the color along up for you!

Book review – Ticket to Dreams by Karolina Kubikowska

Drumroll, yes! I too have finally got my hands on Ticket to Dreams by Karolina Kubikowska! Took a while to land one, it was sold out every time I looked. Anyway before we go any further, pro tip, open the envelope somewhere that is NOT your car. I ripped into it excitedly in my car and turns out they put tiny paper confetti in the envelope and it was all waiting for me to open the door for it to pop out. You can imagine the fun that followed 😀 But anyway, here it is!

Details: Paperback, Karminia, 2017
Pages: 23 x 25 x 1,7 cm, 100 pages, extremely good thick paper, double-sided, spiral-bound
ISBN13: 9788090668607
Get it: Karolina’s web site

Ticket to Dreams is the second book from the amazing Polish artist, Karolina Kubikowska. You can see her first book, Po Drugiej Stronie Snu HERE and read the interview with her HERE if you haven’t yet.
First impressions of this book are wow and more wow. First of all, I absolutely love the spiral binding, it makes it a lot easier to handle. The construction of the spiral is good as well, it won’t start falling apart in two seconds.
Then, there’s the paper. I think I’ve never seen such thick and amazing paper in any book. It truly is amazing, it will be great for wet mediums, which rock with Karolina’s imagery.
The images are very unique, you will recognize Karolina’s work from a mile away. I love the dark and gloomy sketchy style, it’s definitely a standout from the crowd. The images range from flora to fauna to people, there’s something for everyone who likes this style, I’m sure.

Overall, it’s an amazing book, I am absolutely blown away by the quality and images. The price is also very reasonable, considering the paper. I hope Karolina continues to draw these amazing images for us to color!

As for the example image… we’ll do a color along for it! And that will start this week 🙂 So stay tuned and see you soon!

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
Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

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:
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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:
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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
Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

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…
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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 🙂

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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
Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

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?