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From Michael O’Mara Books we received the book Animorphia for writing a review on. We want to thank Michael O’Mara books for this.


Information on the internet: Welcome to the wild world of Extreme Coloring. An amazing coloring book challenge featuring the super-detailed animal images from artist Kerby Rosanes. Known for his popular Sketchy Stories blog, Kerby works in intricately detailed black and white line to create creatures, characters, patterns, and tiny elements to form compositions of mind-boggling complexity. Bring your creativity to complete the breath-taking drawings and find hidden treasures and creatures scattered throughout its pages.

I had seen some nice designs from the Animorphia book before, so it was quite a challenge for me to start colouring in it. Fitting the doodles in was a challenge on itself because they were hard to fit in. I thought it to be quite a challenge to get started with this and make the doodles fit in.

First I will show you some examples.

What came to notice very quickly was that the designs are devided into two pages. I think this is a pity because it’s difficult to colour the middle edge. It’s difficult to get in between the pages with a pencil or a felt-tip. And that is what finishes a design: everything should be coloured.

I started with pencils. I chose Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran d’Ache Pablo’s. Both of them are somewhat greasy pencils. In the beginning I thought the paper to be a bit too smooth for using pencils on what caused the pencils to colour a bit difficult. The colour is delivered well however and the blending with the Derwnet Blenderpen didn’t give problems either.


After this I coloured with felt-tips. I chose the Tombow ABT Dual Brush pens. These felt-tips went over the paper amazingly well. Gradient and such are easily made on this paper. What did come to notice is , when using the blenderpen or gradient, the colour begins pressing through the paper a little. I think you automatically put a little more pressure on the felt-tip or the colour is a little bit wetter than normal. The colours are displayed nicely and are nice and bright.


Conclusion: The designs are beautiful with all their details. I personaly find it a pity that the designs are separated into two pages. It makes it more difficult to colour the edges. The paper is a little too smooth which made colouring with pencils a little difficult. The reproduction of the colours and working with the blenderpen were fine though. Colouring with felt-tips went well. The paper was very suited for this, only when blending or thinning the colour, I noticed that is started to press through. This can also be caused by the type of felt-tips, because the paper is thick enough..

Data from the book:
Title: Animorphia
Illustrator: Kerby Rosanes
Publisher: Michael O’Mara Books
Product dimensions: 8 x 250 x 250 mm
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781910552070
Price: € 12,49

This book is amongst others available at Bol.

This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.

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