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The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book (A Song of Ice and Fire) Paperback – October 27, 2015
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George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and The World of Ice & Fire (with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson). He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Rather than discuss how this is like or different from the books and/or TV series, I will discuss only how I feel about it as an adult coloring book.
First of all, the illustrations are beautiful. I say illustrations rather than designs because a number of them appear to be finished ink and pen studies rather than designs that a colorist can finish and interpret in their own unique way. For those designs, I can't envision how I would color them (possibly with watercolors) but I certainly will try as I'm up for a challenge. Because of this, I detracted a star from my rating.
There are still many designs which I feel that I can, as a moderately experienced colorist and artist, be able to color and enjoy. For those, there are intricate details and I may need to use my magnifying lamp to work on those areas.
Physically, the book is very well made. The designs are printed on one side with excerpts from the books written on the back of the page. The pages are thick and white; however, they are not perforated. The binding is glued rather than sewn, so removing pages from the book will be a little more difficult. Most of the designs merge into the binding, but the portions that might be lost if I cut the pages out are not the central theme of the design.
None of my gel pens bled through to the back of the page. My colored pencils all worked well on the surface of the paper. My water-based markers did not leak through; however, my ultra-fine Sharpies and Copics did. In any case, I would recommend putting a waste sheet of some sort (chipboard, freezer paper, cardstock, etc.) under the page you are working on to keep ink from possibly getting on the following pages.
In summary, an interesting coloring book with some very colorist unfriendly but beautiful illustrations. The book is very well made but could be improved upon if the pages were perforated for easy removal.
- 4/5 stars because there are no pictures of most of the main characters. If you're looking to color Jon Snow, Tyrion, Arya, Dany, etc. they will not appear here. I knew this going in because I read other reviews, however, and I still made the choice to buy. Which leads me to,
- The art is lovely. The artwork looks to be based off of the book series rather than the HBO series, which I wanted. This is the problem that I have with the very movie-oriented Harry Potter coloring book. There are many different categories of pictures from all over The Seven Kingdoms and beyond The Wall. There are character drawings: Cersei, Sansa, Loras, The Red Woman, Daario, Varys, Coldhands, Children of the Forest, Khal Drogo (presumably because of his braid), Giants and armies. There are also crests, banquets, weapons, direwolves, castles and strongholds. The details in most of these pictures are fantastic but a few are a little more crude than I'd like (such as Winterfell). Still, these pictures give you plenty of opportunity to fill in more details on your own.
- The paper is thick and the drawings are only on one side of the page. If you read reviews of other adult coloring books there are lots of complaints about the double sided drawings, because a lot of people like to use markers which would bleed through to the other side, forcing them to have to pick one side to color and ruin the other side. Some people also like to hang the finished pictures up which would also mean they would have to choose only one side. Each picture in this book is set alongside a quote describing the scene/character it is taken from, which I think is a great touch.
Overall I love this coloring book and would recommend to anyone who is a fan of George R.R. Martin's vivid and amazing world!
So I finished a piece in this book and the paper wound up being easy to work with. I did wind up taking the page out of the book though because the spine isn't as pliable as I would like. I think that this publisher could have done a better job with the book though because the glued binding was really a let down after seeing some other well made coloring books out there. Hopefully there will be another GoT coloring book that is made better but until then this one is not a bad choice for fans of the book series. Fans of the show will probably be off put by the fact that the images weren't drawn with the tv show in mind.
The uploaded photo is Jon Snow's sword Longclaw. FC Polychromos, PC Premiers, soft pastels and Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens.
Each page has text written on the other side so if you color with marker, gel pens or use watercolors it will ruin the text. The pages are not perforated for removal. The paper is good quality but you will need to put something between them if using markers or gel pens.
I will more than likely not color this & just keep it for my collection. It is a beautiful book but not my taste for coloring.