Book review – Tidevarv by Hanna Karlzon

When the UPS guy turns up at my door, it’s always with the best news ever. Since UPS only comes when Printworks sends me something 😀 Anyway I bought the new fantabulous book Tidevarv by Hanna Karlzon and also the new book from Emelie Lidehäll Öberg, which we’ll take a look at tomorrow. But for now, Tidevarv time!

Details: Hardcover, Pagina Förlags, 2017
Pages: 255 x 215 mm, 96 pages, good smooth paper, double-sided
ISBN13: 9789163612985
Get it: Printworks

Tidevarv is the fourth book of Hanna Karlzon and let me tell you, boy do they get better every time around! It’s just crazy. I really can’t fathom how anyone can churn out ideas at such a pace, let alone draw them. The work behind these books blows my mind. But anyway, I think this one might be my new favorite of her books.
There’s loads of variety here, everything from flowers to girls. Some of my all time favorite portrait images are in this book, I can’t wait to tackle them. This book is inspired by the seasons so it’s like you’re following through a year with it. Often it’s subtle but there are more specific images, such as the Halloween witch and the Christmas imagery in the end. I find that this book is a bit less Sommarnatt then Magysk Gryning was, I think those two were very similar, which is not a bad thing, mind you. However, my point was that Tidevarv is the same style but it takes things further, which I really like. There’s no feeling of repetition, everything feels new and exciting.
The paper is as amazing as always, thick and smooth. I hope they never change it, it’s just perfect. It can take a bit of water but not a lot of flooding. Still, Inktense is completely fine in this book if you don’t float the page with several washes. Pencils just love the paper and you don’t have to work super hard to get it to cooperate, which I appreciate more and more after having experienced paper that really wants to put up a fight.

Overall, it’s yet again one more amazing home run from Hanna. I can’t wait to see what more she has hidden there between her ears, I wish I had her brain. Brain-envy to the max!

We’ll do a video series for one of these images very soon, stay tuned for that and come back tomorrow for Emelie’s lovely new book, Sagor och Sägner.

Book review – Coloriage Wild by Emmanuelle Colin

What better way to resurrect from the killer flu then something French? Lets look at Coloriage Wild by Emmanuelle Colin today, shall we? This book is a rising star and spoiler alert, well worth it.

Details: Spiral-bound, Avenue Mandarin
Pages: 2.5 x 20 x 1.5 cm, 28 pages (14 images, twice), thick slightly textured 250gsm paper, single-sided
ISBN13: –
Get it: Amazon France

Now first, let me get this out there, this paper is thick! I mean 250gsm thick. However, due to the slight texture, it will take a bit of elbow grease to get a smooth end result with pencils but it’s definitely doable. As for water mediums, be very careful. I tested a few pages and the paper starts disintegrating pretty fast when it gets wet, it can’t deal with it well.
There are 14 images in this book, all printed twice so you get 28 pages. The pages are perforated, you can take them out, which is a great feature.
So back to the book. The images are all so cute, it’s unbelievable. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it. That doesn’t happen all too much lately.
The images are grayscale so you’ll need to be less artsy to get a shaded look which is definitely a good thing most of the time. The images are only printed on one side so you’re good to go with markers as well (though put a sheet of paper between the pages just in case to protect the drawing below).
Also worth mentioning that the back of this book is very thick cardboard, which makes it a breeze to color in your lap. The book is not tiny but smaller then your average coloring book, it would fit in most bags and thanks to the stiff backing and convenient spiral binding, it’d make a great carry-along coloring book.

As for example images, I’m buried under projects and from now on, I won’t attempt to do an example from every book simply because I want to focus on color along videos instead.

Overall, I’m loving this book to bits, I even like the double printing, which I normally don’t really care for but since they’re all so cute, I could in theory see myself doing the same image twice. In theory because in practice I simply don’t have the time for it 😀

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 🙂

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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