Skip to main content

Book Review: Terry Pratchett's Discworld Coloring Book

One of the best things about coloring books is that each one has something different inside. Nature, animals, flowers, patterns, people, stories - pick what you want and color them in! You can also get coloring books of your favorite TV show, movie, book or even video game. So I was really happy to find that Terry Pratchett's Discworld Coloring Book was a real thing. It is my absolute favorite series and the designs are drawn by Paul Kidby himself!

Book - Terry Pratchett's Discworld Coloring Book
Author - Paul Kidby

Description

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Coloring Book is exactly what it says on the cover. It contains the original artwork by Paul Kidby for the Discworld series, adapted as line illustrations for us to color. All the iconic and favorite characters make an appearance somewhere between the covers - from Rincewind, DEATH, the Librarian, Granny to Vimes. There are some double page spreads and some patterns/wallpaper types images as well. The publishers have even included a few full color pictures at the end, in case you feel like replicating the original art.

Artwork

As any fan of the Discworld series knows, Pterry's world is brought to life by Kidby's art. Each page is filled with iconic images that we will never forget from the books. Each page is just waiting for me to fill with color! I could go on and on about the pictures but I'd run out of space. Most of the book is filled with beautiful scenes on the right with appropriate quotes or pattern type images on the left. I actually love this format for 2 reasons:

  • It gives a nice break from doing full page scenes with more relaxing designs
  • You don't have to worry about bleed through or shadows 

Paper Quality & Suitable Mediums

The paper is quite good and white in color. It takes my Polychromos very well and my Prismacolors are ok but not great. It's not quite as lovely as the paper in the Hanna Karlzon books but it's thick enough for gel pens, light watercolor and color pencils. You can even try out your markers, since the back of the page is just some patterns. Not much of a sacrifice! Overall it's much, much better than the cheap paper I found in the Harry Potter books and other franchise based coloring books.

Value

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Coloring Book sells for less than $10 on Amazon and is amazing value. It's a lot of fun for the Discworld fan. Even if you've never heard of the Discworld, the designs in here are absolutely gorgeous. It'll certainly make you want to explore the books! And if you already are a fan, then what are you waiting for? Get yourself a copy, color all the pages and bring the Disc and their characters to life!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: Tropical Wonderland

Wow, it's been a long time since we had a post around here! I do apologize for the long gap but the job search is taking up quite a bit of my time. The rest of it is filled with frustration at not finding one, so yeah. This means while I have all the time in the world for coloring, I'm too anxious or depressed to pick up my pencils sometimes. And I don't quite have the energy to blog about it. Anyway onto today's book review.

Book - Tropical Wonderland
Author - Millie Marotta
Description
Artists like Johanna Basford and Hanna Karlzon have special editions of their popular books. These books have better paper – often card stock, are printed on one side and can be removed from the book for putting up on your walls. My only issue with these books is that they have only a handful of pages from the original book.

Millie Marotta's deluxe editions are very different. So far there have been three deluxe editions of her early books and they are exquisite. They are printed on …

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…

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…