Now here’s this something special I mentioned a few days ago, drumroll anyone? I’m always excited to find new authors that aren’t super known like Johanna Basford and Sagolikt by Emilie Lidehäll Öberg is so magical, you just have to see this. Sweden is truly quickly becoming The Place for coloring books. To make things even better, Sagolikt will be published in English in March 2017.
Details: Paperback, Pagina Förlag Publishing, 2016
Pages: 250 x 260 x 10 mm, 96 pages, smooth and thick paper, double-sided
Where to get: Pen Store, Bokus
As far as I can tell, Sagolikt means something in the lines of “fairytale-like”, correct me if I’m wrong. And like a fairy tale this book truly is. There are hints to Alice but generally it’s a dreamy fairytale-like book filled with beautiful images. I like the highly stylized girls too, the cheeks remind me of an incredibly old Russian animation where the heroine rubbed her cheeks with beetroot to look pretty, I loved it as a child and to my grandmas dismay, I actually tried that beauty trick while she was making borscht.
I had a hard time picking an image to color first, I loved so many of them. I chose the one I did because of the expression on the girls face and her antlers, I’ve drawn girls with antlers for a while, dabbling with the idea so I was hit by the familiarity of the idea in a good way.
The paper is very nice, to me it doesn’t feel completely the same as Hanna Karlzon and Maria Trolle books, I might be wrong but it feels a bit thinner, however it is absolutely a dream to color on, just like the others are. The cover is paperback, also different from Karlzon and Trolle, it’s still gorgeous, I love the gold foil and the patterns inside the covers, it’s totally colorable too, nice cardstock, great for markers or pencils alike.
The images are on both sides of the pages but there are no double spreads which is actually a good thing in my eyes. I love and hate double spreads. Not for the amount of work but because I can NEVER creep into the binding well enough, no matter how hard I try and the remaining white paper showing bugs me to no end.
So, my example:
Colored with Prismacolor Premier, some Derwent Drawing for background and white Posca for highlight details.
Overall I’m completely in love with this book. I love all the coloring books in my shelf (okay maybe not ALL but most), sometimes with the amount of books coming out constantly, I do love them all but the enchantment is not always present, if you know what I mean. The sense of wonder and excitement and eagerness to pick a picture, the feeling of Christmas when you open your mailbox. That for me is here with Sagolikt. And that makes Sweden officially my favorite country in the whole wide world since now my so far favorites Karlzon and Trolle have company. Seems I’ll have to start learning Swedish to fit in 😀
On this note, I will be taking a few days off from book reviews, I want to concentrate on the color along project and it’s lighting issues and also I’ve been wanting to do some pencil testing for a while which I haven’t found the time for. So next book review will be in a few days, until then, next part of the color along of Hanna Karlzon’s Sommarnatt girl will be up soon so stay tuned!
Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. All of the above opinions are my own.
Disclaimer: all of the above opinions are mine, you might have a different experience and opinions