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Spellbinding Images: A Grayscale Fantasy Coloring Book: Beginner's 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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Top Customer Reviews
This book is stunning and eyecatching. It is a standard size, 29cm x 21cm (11 x 8.5 inches) and glue bound. The cover is a glossy card, with a half coloured image from the book in a limited colour palette.
The paper is not your standard self published paper- it is thicker and smoother, and much more suited to the image style in this book.
I had no trouble with pencils, and could achieve quite a few layers with wax and oil based pencils. I experienced no bleeding or shadowing with fineliners, but some heavy shadowing with markers. Images are single sided, so this isn't an issue. Make sure to pop a few sheets of paper behind the image to protect the next one.
This book is one of a few grayscale books coming out recently, and is a fantastic example of a greyscale book done right.
There are two versions of this book, the beginners edition, which I am reviewing here, and the advanced edition, which I will be reviewing next week. The beginners version has darker shadows and details to guide you, making it a great option for those new to greyscale or wanting an easier book.
The images are from the artists previous books, but rendered in greyscale, not black and white lineart. Images are surrounded by a black border, preventing them from entering the spine at all.
The introductory material is one of the great features of this book. There are 4 pages of greyscale tutorials, introducing you to the basics of colouring greyscale images. There are also some techniques for pencils and markers explained in this section. The artist has a huge amount of information, tutorials and product reviews on her website as well.
After the introductory material, there is a section with tester images. This is three small versions of each image - one with the artists original colours, and two blank versions for you to test media and colours before starting the full size version.
Intricacy and line length is a bit tricky to evaluate in a greyscale book, but the images do have mainly larger areas with only a few intricate components.
If you like fantasy, this book will be a great one for times of anxiety or pain. The imagery is the type that lends itself to distraction. If greyscale colouring is new to you, it is a great way to start with some simpler images.
For times when your concentration is low, this book would be a great fit - the images don't require a huge time investment, and you can even colour the smaller tester images if you feel the larger ones are too much.
Those with visual or fine motor impairments should not struggle with these images - there are few intricate areas, and the shadowing and depth means that these are forgiving of a slip of the hand. But as always, please check the images before you decide!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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Those things were : 1 authors seem to assume that either everyone knows about grayscale already so there is no need to explain anything or nobody new would buy their books. In Nikki Burnette's book however, she devotes a book.to beginner's where she explains everything from what grayscale is to what media works best. As well as basic pencil and marker techniques. Without talking down to the customer.
2 the paper quality either ranged from thin to very cheap . In two.other books I have. One author even blamed told me there is no choice with createspace. The paper quality is also discussed in the introduction of this book. (which is also published by createspace.) This books paper is much thicker and smoother than Halloween grayscale by Alena Lazareva. While Molly Harrison's Autumn Magic I felt was smooth paper it wasn't like this book's paper is..
After the introduction and instruction pages that take up 4 pages there are 7 pages to use as testers. Each image is shown there 3 times a color version done by the author a two for the customer to do in grayscale. Before moving onto the 20 full size pictures.
I consider this the best way to try grayscale to learn grayscale based on the experience I have had with book and would give it my highest recommendation.