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Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined Paperback – August 11, 2015
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Amazing Places Real and Imagined
In my city drawings I always try to accentuate the characteristics that make a city unique. For example, the organized chaos of a favela in Brazil, the towering majesty of a skyscraper in New York, or the historic façades of Parisian row houses. I try to capture something that illustrates something unique about that place.
Color Bird's-Eye Perspectives of Global Locales from Artist Steve McDonald
Rocinha Favela, Rio
"I would highly recommend this not just as a colouring book but also as a sketchbook."
"this detailed coloring book focusing on densely packed city life, and is great for people who love coloring architecture and geometric shapes"
"Render Manhattan or Montreal in whatever color scheme you please with Fantastic Cities, in which artist Steve McDonald's detailed line drawings offer bird's-eye views of the world's major cities."
"If you love the process of creating art...these books will soothe your soul"
" In a perpetual state of wanderlust? While coloring can transport you to a more peaceful place, feeling like you're in a new city is a special experience. This is the goal of Steve McDonald's Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined. As you're planning your next trip, take a break from the stress of booking flights and settle down with Fantastic Cities as you imagine your next adventure. One of my personal favorites."
-Alfred James, Pocket Mindfulness
"Here's an activity book perfect for those lazy, hazy days of summer or those crazy days when you just need to take a break, focus on simple, creative tasks and chill out."
- Stuck at the Airport
"Before you set off on your next flight, grab a copy of this coloring book to entertain yourself during the journey. Even if you're not currently heading to an exotic location, the images of beautiful international cities are bound to inspire your next itinerary, or at least keep you occupied when the overwhelming wanderlust kicks in."
"Fantastic Cities is an architecture-lover's dream."
- Apartment Therapy
"...this new book of DIY cityscapes is downright exquisite."
-CityLab from The Atlantic
Holiday Gift Guide Pick "A top pick for creative travelers, this adult coloring book features intricate illustrations of urban landscapes including Paris, Tokyo, London and New York by artist Steve McDonald. Much has been said about the psychological benefits of colouring within the lines (it's proven to help with anxiety and stress) and is there a more satisfying way to kill time on a long-haul flight?"
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Holiday Gift Guide "Canadian artist Steve McDonald presents the urban landscape as a canvas for creativity--dozens of painstakingly rendered streetscapes from cities including San Francisco and Istanbul offer several fun and theraputic hours with crayons."
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-Real Simple magazine
Holiday Gift Guide Pick "For your detail-oriented dad: show him just one cityscape and he'll be occupied for hours."
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If you love the cover page and example pages you will love this book.
1. This square (11 3/4th inch x 11 ¾”inch) 29 pages with 58 illustrations printed front and back of each page on heavy weight, bright white paper.
2. Along the binding in small text the name of each city is listed so you know which city the illustration is of.
3. I tested Fiskars Gel Pens, Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, and Staedtler Triplus Fibre Tip Pens, and Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners. These do not leak through the paper in this book. Yeah!
4. Bic Mark it ultra fine and Sharpies do leak through these pages so cannot be used in this book.
5. Pentel Arts color pens do not work in this book they act like sandpaper and heavy coloring digs a hole in the page.
6. Six small colored examples have been added to the inside front cover to inspire you.
The book is oversized at 11.5 by 11.8 inches. I mentioned this because framing these will be a little more unusual, but you can always mat them to a more standard size. The only unfortunate thing about the book is that the designs are printed on both sides of the paper and I have experienced bleed through with some of my gel pens and markers. If you want to color each of the designs with gel pens or markers, you can always purchase a second copy. As soon as the book arrived and both my husband and I decided we wanted to color it, I purchased a second copy. My original thought is to use my pencils with really sharp points, but I will have to decide on a case-by-case basis as to how each design speaks to me.
If you use inks, I would still suggest using a sheet of freezer paper behind the page you are working on to keep the inks from bleeding through to yet another page. I use freezer paper in between the sheets (if I am keeping it in the book) or under the page if I remove it from the book. I find that it works well for me. You can also put multiple sheets of heavy stock paper in between if you don't have freezer paper handy (it is sold at most grocery stores and is fairly inexpensive and can be reused.)
The pages are bright white and a nice heavy stock. The pages are not perforated but the book can be made to lie flat. It appears that the pages should be fairly easy to remove from the glue edge binding but I haven't attempted as yet.
At least half of the designs in the book have very intricate and small details and I am sure that I will have to use my magnifying lamp for those designs.
The book has a whopping 58 intricate designs (not including the title page which can easily be colored, too). There is a table of contents of sorts on the inside of the cover page but also nice is that each design is labeled with the title/location.
There are so many choices and so many designs I want to color, I have to think about which one to start with. I color in adult coloring books as a stress reliever at the end of busy days (especially those days when I watch my grandson!) I find that the process of colorizing puts the busy thoughts out of my head and I am able to focus single mindedly, such as you do in meditation. This should be a lovely book for taking stress away and each project will take some time to finish. Both my husband and I are looking forward to coloring these designs.
-Huge pages on nice, heavy white paper
-Drawings don't run into the seam of the book, they cut off at nice distance away from the middle so you're not struggling to jam your pencils into the crease.
-Drawings are varied and cover many different cities of the world. They are also varied in the amount of detail and how close up or zoomed out the views are.
-Appealing to men and women alike, so you might find it easier to recruit some new coloring friends
-Very detailed so you will get dozens and dozens of hours of entertainment out this book, even if you only color your favorites
-Pages have illustrations on both sides of the page, so people who like to use alcohol based markers will have half their pages ruined
-Some people may get sick of coloring so many repetitive buildings, but I find it kind of zen to color in a row of houses... not sure how I'll feel about it after finishing a page though ;)
-This may not be a con for some, but there were about 15 "mandalas" (not really mandalas) scattered throughout the book that are nothing more than pieces of existing pictures run under a kaleidoscope filter. They are a bit confusing for me to even make out what's what and they are WAY less visually appealing to me than the normal illustrations.
-Some may find the large size bulky.... it's also going to be a bit hard to fit on your bookshelf, but to me, these designs really need the large format.
Overall, I find the book a very nice addition to my collection and I look forward to more books coming out with this degree of artistry!