Hello, back again. I’ve had a major distraction these past few weeks that I won’t go into here. But I thought it was high time that I make time to show you what I’ve been getting up to in the moments i have time to color.
So here today I have a book that was sent to me (along with a few other goodies) by the wonderfully generous lady Tiffany Sergio for my birthday earlier this year. (I’ll show you the other fantastic book she sent me in a future review.) This one is the Jasmine Becket-Griffith Coloring Book showcasing the artwork of the amazing artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith and her iconic big eyed girls. Jasmine has taken her original artwork and converted into line art for us colourists to enjoy.
The books, funnily enough, was printed not so far from where I live at a printed house in Glenwaverly just east of Melbourne, Australia. I thought it was rather funny how this particular book has had a trip across the ocean to the US and ‘back home’ again. 🙂 The book is well made with medium thickness ivory coloured 150 gsm paper in six sewn signatures… no problems with pages falling out here. The cover is plain brown card with a full colour dust jacket featuring 5 photographs of Jasmines work merged with the plain line art… an excellent resource to get you started with picking colours. The paper feels of a nice, high quality which work well with both Prismacolors and Polychromos. There is a decent amount of resilient tooth and I have made up to seven layers of colour without a problem. Although I must add, though I haven’t personally experienced any issues a colouring friend of mine had a problem with one of her pages from the the book. In one spot while colouring she found the paper starting to bubble… think of how a blister forms through shearing friction. It sounded to me like the the thin skin of the paper was lifting up due to pressure from the pencils. As I said I have not experienced this at all with my book and it is possible that there was a fault in the paper on that particular page of hers.
The pictures all feature big eyed, fantasy girls, many with wings. She features pictures from her Edgar Alan Poe series… girls with raven wings, butterfly girls, bat winged girls and girls keeping company with bony skeletons, baby dragons and wolves. The contrast between the sweet, child-like figures and the dark atmosphere makes for a interesting colouring experience.
I haven’t explored wet media such as watercolour pencils in this book yet so I can’t comment on how well the paper would cope with that. The pictures are single sided which means you could use markers although the backs of each picture has information about the facing picture so you may need to test your markers and gel pens in an inconspicuous spot before committing a page to them.
I am quite happy with pencils in this book for the moment. The pictures I have done so far have been mainly with Prismacolor because I can get a darker richer colour with them then most other pencils and I think the darker look suits the subject matter. The picture above is the first piece I attempted. Jasmine calls this one the ‘Princess of Bones’. I made a point of not looking at her finished paintings prior to colouring it as I wanted to create a new, unique colour scheme for the picture. I had a strong feeling for purples, blacks and reds contrasting with the yellow/brown bones. This is one of the few very satisfying pictures i have done that has turned out pretty much how I originally envisioned it.
The line art is of excellent quality and the print is nice and sharp against the paper. Most of the pages feauture full sized images but there are a number where she has broken down the page into four individual panels with smaller versions of her pictures for quicker colouring.
I have started another picture in this book that I’ll give you a glimps at. This is one from her Loup-garou ( French for ‘werewolf’) series that also feature in this book. I’m using contrasting lighting: yellow and purple, for a dynamic effect. I’ll post the finished pic when I’m done.
In the meantime if this book interests you then you can purchase it here at the Book Depository website. this book as well as her second book ‘Halloween’ is also available at Amazon.