Skip to main content

Some Coloring Books ARE Better Than Others

Way back in April, I stumbled on a coloring book at a game store and thus began my journey into the world of adult coloring (why do we call it that?!). I started off with that one book, now my collection has grown to 10 (more or less). Recently I realized that despite writing so much on my hobby and the tools involved, I never actually talked about the books themselves. So I'll review the books in my collection one by one. But before we get to that, this post will talk about how to evaluate coloring books in general for quality and value.

What to Look for in a Coloring Book

First off, whether or not you will like a book depends to a large extent on the subject matter. Some people like to color landscapes, while others prefer animals or abstract designs and so on. You may like having one of each or simply collect them as you find them online or in a bookstore. But there are some things you should watch out for when buying a book:

Paper Quality

Some papers are absolutely amazing for coloring in with pencils but terrible with markers and vice versa. Some books seem to use nothing more than copy paper while others are almost like card stock. Not every book you like will have the best paper but it's one aspect to keep in mind when considering a purchase.

Intricacy of Design

Even within coloring books of the same category (say animals) you'll find variation in intricacy and level of detail. Do you want to color in tiny spaces with pens or prefer large areas for blending and  shading with pencils? For instance, Johanna Basford is known for her intricate designs while other authors focus on wide spaces.

Singe or Double Sided

If you like coloring with markers or wet media, you might want to get book with one sided pages so you don't end up sacrificing half the designs in the book. In this case, you don't need extremely good paper quality to begin with (since there isn't anything behind). I use my Inktense pencils in Magical City but the paper will buckle and won't lie flat. You might not want that, though I don't mind.

Format

Some books have hardcovers, others have removable flaps, some come in postcard books which you can send off to friends and family etc. See which ones you like or get a variety in all of them. Nowadays you can get lots of cool stuff to color like playing cards or even mobile phone cases! So if you don't like books or prefer something more crafty/useful, there's always something else available.

Some authors consistently put out good quality books. Other books may be cheaper and reflect the price. But it doesn't mean they're worthless. You may like the subject matter (cute cats!) or the book may feature your favorite TV show/movie/books etc (Game of Thrones or Harry Potter). By all means buy them, they will still provide you hours of fun. Just be aware that they won't offer the same paper quality as say Daydreams by Hanna Karlzon.

Of all the books I've bought, there has only been one that I felt unhappy with and it was due to the poor paper inside. I always read reviews and watch flip through videos on Youtube before purchasing and this has served me well so far. I've resisted buying books with poor paper even though I like the art inside because I know I'll regret it. But not everyone is affected by or cares much about paper quality. So by all means, buy whichever book catches your fancy. Just be sure to read reviews first and you won't be taken by surprise when you open the first page. Happy coloring everyone!

Comments

  1. http://ourworld173.blogspot.in/2017/04/alien-attack-on-earth.html

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Theory Of Color

My favorite thing about coloring is that it takes away much of the stress of drawing. I've seen disparaging remarks by people against colorists, mostly in the vein of 'just learn to draw already!' But I think that they are kind of missing the point. I know I can get better at drawing if I practice everyday. But being a full-time student with a couple of part-time jobs doesn't leave me much time for creative pursuits. Why shouldn't I enjoy playing with color just because I can't draw well?

Once I jumped into the world of coloring, I faced the biggest question for a newbie colorist - how do I pick colors for something? I loved looking at the finished pictures posted online by advanced colorists and even actual artists. I wanted to be able to create something like that! I started learning some basics about colors and how they work to get better at coloring my books.

So if you have ever wondered about color combinations or why some colors tend to look better toget…

Selecting Colors

Last week we talked about color harmonies and I promised to show you a couple of tools that I use regularly for coloring. Even knowing about the color harmonies doesn't mean it's easy to pick out colors for a page. Given the many colors in our pencils and pens, it's not hard to get stuck before you even begin. 

For all those times when you are starting a page and don't quite know which colors to pick, you need inspiration. You can get inspiration by just looking around your home or out the window.  Open your closet and  look at your clothes, see a pattern that you like? Use the same colors on your page.  You can also check out photos on the internet to get some ideas about color palettes and combinations. 

Still having trouble? Check out my 2 favorite tools below and see if you like those instead.

Palette Inspiration
There's one particular website that I absolutely love for color inspiration and that's Design Seeds.  This website has a veritable feast of palettes g…

Color Harmonies

Last week we talked about the basics of color theory and warm vs. cool colors. Today let's take a look at some color combinations from the color wheel. These are classic rules of thumb you can use to select colors for a page. There are two-color combos, three-color combos and four-color combos. When you select a group of colors from these palates, you're almost guaranteed a good-looking finished product. That's because these colors tend to work well together on the page.

Two Color Schemes
When you want to select just two colors for page, complementary and counterpoint colors are a good place to start. Complementary colors are those that are the opposite ends of the color wheel. Since we have 12 colors in the color wheel, we get 6 pairs of complementary colors.

The counterpoint color is the one to the right of the complementary color. So green is the complementary color for red but the counterpoint would be blue-green which is one step to the right.

You can get vibrant look…