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Book Review: Doodle Invasion

The second book in my review series is Doodle Invasion by Kerby Rosanes. He is an illustrator from the Philippines and his artwork consists of his famous 'critters', doodles and other fantastical imagery. Many of his pages start out as recognizable animals or things, before turning into compositions of various creatures and doodles.

Book - Doodle Invasion
Author - Kerby Rosanes

Description

You can read about the book and  buy a copy on Amazon. It has 50 images which are printed one sided. Most of the pictures are in portrait mode and the book itself is taller than your average coloring book. There are no double spreads which most other artists seem to love and you don't have to worry about losing images to the gutter (spine or center of the book).

Artwork

The artwork is what attracted me to this book. Seeing finished pictures on social media sites tempted me to get this book without reading many reviews, which I should have (more on that below). There are many different types of images including giant animals, fantasy elements like elves and machinery. It is quite wonderful just to look at.

The line work is fairly thick and the artist has included black spaces and lines to indicate shading, always helpful to beginners. Each doodle or piece within an image is not intricate by itself but since there are so many of them, you'll take some time to finish each page.

Paper Quality

In one of my earlier posts, I talked about paper quality. In that post, I said I was happy with all my purchases so far except one. This is the book I was talking about. The paper in this book is the worst I have encountered by far, it looks and feels like printer paper! The images are single sided which means you can use whatever media you chose - water, markers, gel pens, pencils etc. - as long as you slip a few blank sheets underneath.

But the paper itself isn't good for anything in particular. It doesn't have much of a tooth to it, meaning you can't put layers of colored pencil or do much blending. Both the Prismacolors and Polychromos did poorly and I didn't enjoy laying down the color at all. You will have an easier time with markers, find liners or gel pens but they will bleed through! If you – like me – are bothered by paper quality, I would strongly advise against purchasing this book.

Suitable Media

Technically speaking you can use any media you like because the images are printed on one side of the paper only. You don't have to worry about spoiling the pictures behind the page. Since the design is not very intricate and many of the pictures have wide spaces, I would suggest a combination of markers and pens. You can get really vibrant color and quickly finish the pictures. You can even use watercolor pencils, provided you use very little water. The paper buckles quite badly, though it flattens out a bit with time.

Value

This book is priced at about $11-$12, which is in line with most coloring books. But I would hesitate to recommend it as good value based on just paper quality alone. Especially when you compare it books against by Johanna Basford or Hannah Karlzon which sell for the same price but come with exceptional paper. If you really like the artwork, I would suggest the UK version of his next book Imagimorphia which reviewers have noted has better quality paper that the American version.

Unfortunately, none of the books by Rosanes are available in artist editions or postcard books which is quite a shame. I really love the designs and would've liked to color them in on better paper. This book is actually quite suitable for beginners since it's all single sided images with no double spreads. Great for keeping aside as a practice book. So get your markers out and go wild in Doodle Invasion!

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