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Spellbinding Images: A Grayscale Fantasy Coloring Book: Advanced Edition (Volume 1) Paperback – February 25, 2016
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About the Author
Nikki Burnette is a fantasy watercolor artist who lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two young children. She began her professional career in 2006 and her art is collected worldwide as well as being licensed with a variety of companies. Nikki's main medium is watercolor and she loves to depict the world of fantasy. To see more of Nikki's art visit www.nikkiburnette.com.
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Nikki's second innovative idea was to include copies of her colored test images for each page in the book plus she gave us two of each to test out our own color schemes. Never have seen this before but hope that this inclusion in Nikki's Spellbinding Images attracts other artists to do so as well. These two new ideas are very exciting, innovating and absolutely genius. Way to go Nikki. You took a risk and it is going to pay off for you. I hope other artists will follow your example.
What surprised me (in a good way) was the the how-to and hints at the beginning of the book were geared to the advanced prints. There were additional ways of working with markers that I was really pleased to see. I am utilizing those hints in all of my grayscale books whether the prints are lightly printed with light contrast or heavy in contrast with bold printing. Before getting buying this series of books, I only used colored pencils with grayscale. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning grayscale as the tutorial is so well-written.
This is a beautiful set of 20 grayscale designs. They are the same designs as are included in the beginner version of the same volume (2) but are printed in a completely different way. They are much lighter in tone and in contrast and it makes for a much more involved coloring process. I am doing much more shading, both with markers and pencils, than I did in my first projects in the beginner books. The end result is also much lighter but with much more detail that I have added. The projects also take more time. I think the artist has rightfully named these as advanced but I think that anyone could attempt these, especially with the tutorial included in the book.
In addition to the 20 designs being printed on one side of the page, Ms. Burnette has included thumbnail color samples of each design along with two additional thumbnails in which you can test your own colors and mediums. I've found these thumbnails even more useful in the advanced version as I am doing samples of shading for almost every portion of the design.
The artist also has a tutorial on her website which has proved invaluable as well. If all of this wasn't enough, she has graciously provided permission to copy her designs onto other forms of paper if your coloring medium doesn't work well on the paper in this book. The pages in this book are medium weight and do not have the glossy look that the beginner version of the book has.
The designs are printed on one side of the non-perforated page. The designs all stop well before the binding and the book easily opens to a flat position for coloring. There is plenty of room to work if you plan to keep the pages in the book as I am doing (though I absolutely have to use a blotter page below my working page when using markers.) If you wish to remove pages, there is also room to cut the pages out.
I am really pleased with these grayscale books and plan to buy new volumes as they appear. The artist has really given a lot of thought and attention to details that make it easier for me, at least, to have a fun and successful coloring experience with her books.
This is the book (and Nikki's very helpful Youtube tutorials) that taught me how to color grayscale and made the experience fun. I have had another grayscale coloring book prior to the purchase of this one, the results uploaded by other reviewers are nothing short of impressive, but it was rather daunting to even attempt to color them. After a couple of failed attempts, I looked up Youtube tutorials and came across Nikki's channel and the rest is history.
I do prefer the advanced version, not because I'm great at coloring grayscale, but I prefer to use the grayscale as guides, and not having to use as much color to cover up the darker grays. I think it also opens up more color choices as well. I've attached my rather incomplete and clumsy first attempt.
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Publisher - Aurella Art
Pages - 60
This book is stunning and eyecatching. It is a standard size, 29cm x 21cm (11 x 8.Read more