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Animal Querkles Paperback – June 2, 2016
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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When graphic designer Thomas Pavitte found himself between jobs, he started doodling to keep his creative juices flowing, experimenting with the dot-to-dot puzzles he remembered from his childhood. The result was a 6,239-dot reconstruction of the Mona Lisa, which then led to the 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book and its sequels. Constantly exploring new graphic ideas, Thomas lives in Melbourne, Australia, and shares his work at thomasmakesstuff.com.
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The circles on these pictures overlap in such a way that often there are multiple colors within a circle---you won't be coloring lots of little round dots. The back page of the book shows how each page will come out, but I liked the idea of just coloring and being "surprised" as the big picture started to appear. The pages are perforated so you can easily remove them. There will be some circles left intentionally uncolored, as you can see on the cover of the book; I found that made the completed work look a little too unfinished for my taste.
I think real artists would be able to make very pretty works of these animals, using better media and techniques than my daughter and me. An instruction page gives a few tips on coloring, but as absolute amateurs we went with plain colored pencils and just did our best. When we first opened the book, my daughter said "No way can we do these!" because it did look complex, but it wasn't as impossible as we feared.
This book contains 20 different images to colour, all printed on a single sheet of A3 paper that is thick enough to colour with sharpie pens without damaging the next picture in the book. The pages are also perforated to make it easy to tear out the designs you're finished with in case you want to frame and display them. Each image is made up of hundreds of interconnected circles of all different sizes and they're all designed to be coloured in using five different colours or five shades of a single colour. Because of the way the images are created it's actually very difficult to tell before starting what animal you're actually going to be creating but there is a page showing black & grey thumbnails of each finished design at the back if you want to take a sneaky peak. Personally I prefer to be surprised as I start colouring.
So before you get started you'll need to choose 5 colours for your image. They can be shades of the same colour or contrasting colours but you need to line them up from dark to light, 1 being the darkest and 5 being the lightest. I'd personally recommend using pens to colour the image since the area you'll be colouring is on the large side and pen also has the best chance of hiding the numbers once you're complete. I'm not going to lie you can still see the numbers even through my sharpies but from a slight distance they're not really noticeable and they don't detract from the finished image.
I think the hardest part of this colouring book is actually selecting the colours you want to use but it's also a lot of fun. I'd recommend having some scrap paper on hand to try out different combinations before you start colouring the actual book, especially if you're planning on using bold or unusual colour combinations, so that you can get a better idea of what works and what doesn't. Half the fun of this book is going to be experimenting though so don't be afraid to take risks or try something new.
I've attached a few pictures to this review:
1. Shows an uncoloured image to give you an idea of what the pages look like
2. A collage showing how the Giraffe picture slowly comes to life as you add each colour
3. A larger pic of the finished Giraffe
4. A collage showing the progress I made on the Camel (the second pic in the book)
That should be enough to help you decide whether you want to buy this book or not (trust me you DO!) without giving you spoilers for most of the images in the book (there are 18 other designs I've not even coloured in yet!).