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Richard Doyle's Fairyland (Dover Art Coloring Book) Paperback – August 27, 2002
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The designs are detailed, some more so than others. However, I would not categorize the illustrations are intricate and difficult to color. Some designs have a heavier use of black as both a color and a shading technique (especially with multiple lines drawn for shading.)
This is a series of illustrations with fairies who are impish and having fun rather than the elegant fairies I usually see in coloring books. It makes for a cute change and is quite fun to color. The designs are mostly horizontal in format and the book includes one design which spreads across two pages.
This is what I experienced while coloring in this book and testing it with my coloring medium.
29 Fairyland designs adapted by Marty Noble based on Richard Doyle original illustrations
Printed on both sides of the page
Paper is medium weight, slightly rough, white and non-perforated
Staple bound with three heavy duty staples and easily opens to a flat position for coloring.
Designs stop well before the binding area (except for the one that spreads across two pages) and can be removed in whole from the book by removing the three staples at the binding. The designs have a framing line at the outer edges and a short explanatory sentence at the bottom of the design.
Only one design spreads across two pages and it is the center design – meaning it is made up of a single page with staples in the middle
Alcohol-based markers bleed through this paper
Water-based markers spot through and/or leave colorful shadows on the back of the page
Gel pens and India ink pens leave colorful shadows on the back of the page. India ink pens can bleed through in spots if you apply heavily or use multiple coats.
Colored pencils worked well with this paper. Both oil and wax-based pencils provided good pigment, layered well with the same or multiple colors and blended well using a blending stick. Hard lead pencils did not dent through the page.
If you choose to use any medium other than colored pencils on the pages of this book, you will probably find bleed through or colorful shadows on the design at the back of your working page.
This is not a child's coloring book. It would truly display in activities children would not understand, being taught that fairies are benevolent creatures.
Pictures are back to back. No perforations allowing for display.
Fairyland is for the advanced colorist. Others would be perfectly able to complete, but may be disappointed in their results. A few examples are available, yet this book may daunt all but those willing to work on their shading & coloring skills.
This book will not be done quickly. I intend to further my skills coloring these pictures. Luckily, I don't display - I just love to do the work & can look at pages I've completed if I am looking for an idea on how to color another project!