by Nao Sakamoto
Published by Subaru on 22 June 2016
Style: double page printing
Format: Dust Jacket
An amazing array of cute little critters and their life in the woods and their homes. Filled with whimsical images that is just pure escapism.
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Animal Friends and their Wonderful Home in the Woods Coloring Book Review
It seems fitting that I’m writing this review today for a coloring book that I absolutely adore because …according to my order history I bought this book a year ago! Wow! In some ways, it’s good to see that I’m clearing my backlog but it breaks my heart that this book that I love to bits has been sitting on my shelf for so long.
Nao Sakamoto, a Japanese artist and illustrator has produced a number of coloring related books including lessons on painting and her first coloring book, Grimms Marchen Fairy Tales.
Her art work is delightfully imaginative and filled with a wide variety of images that leads you into a beautiful world filled with whimsy and escapism. This is the type of book that I love to drool over when the chaos from the real world threatens to take over my land of unicorns and fairies. Hope you love it as much as I do.
Cover & Layout
A beautiful dust jacket that has been pre printed color on it adorns the coloring book. The cover has been printed so that it looks like a copy of a pencil colored image. A ram and a bunny collect flowers outside their wonderful home in the woods. The cover art continues on the back cover with a sparser image. There is some line art here to color if you wished.
The front and back fold out flaps continue the cover art imagery.
A white glossy card cover protects the coloring book proper. Line art in blue with small images from the coloring book adorn the page. In order to color this, you would need a gel pen or similar in order to penetrate the waxy surface. Colorists that have a minor visual impairment may find the blue outline difficult to see.
Animal Friends and Their Wonderful Home in the Woods Coloring Book measures 25cm x 25cm approximately (9.8in x 9.8in)
The front cover art has been reproduced as the title page for this coloring book. This is always comforting to me to to see as it helps you ease into the book by continuing the theme.
Two pages of text follow which are in Japanese. Surrounding the text are a variety of cute little animals including bunnies and some foliage to color in.
A 6 page visual thumbnail index has been printed at the end of the book with copyright information on the last page. These pages have cute little critters on them and other decorate elements to color. These pages would probably be the best for you to test your mediums and see how they react with the paper and your coloring style.
Illustrations have been printed on both sides of the off white, medium quality paper. The paper has a slight texture to it making it suitable for layering pencils.
There are 24 pages that comprise double page scenes. The line art does run to the spine of the book, however, the book lays down reasonably flat with some gentle pushing. Many of the single pages also have line art that abuts the spine area as well, but with some gentle pushing you should be able to color in these areas.
The book appears to be divided into chapters with each section denoted by a frame with text in Japanese in them. Although, I cannot read the text, I presume it introduces the animal friend that is the subject of that chapter of illustrations.
Animal Friends and their Wonderful Home in the Woods Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
Nao Sakamoto creates such whimsical art work that is jam packed with details. You could happily spend an hour poring over the page, taking it all in. As the title implies, Animal Friends and their home in the woods portrays a variety of animals including bunnies, foxes, pigs, cats and many others and their life at home and in the forest.
You will find the bulk of the animals have little outfits that give them an adorably “human” persona. They are drawn in scenes that also have a human bent; knitting, fishing, doing laundry or even sewing some new outfits.
We get a glimpse of these adorable animals and the life like world they inhabit falling asleep in the chair, enjoying afternoon tea or dressing up for the ball.
The scenes are predominantly home based but there are also many scenes that incorporate elements of the forest that they live in comprising trees, foliage and mountain caps.
You will also find a number of pages filled with smaller elements that show accessories related to a particular image. It may be snowmen, gift boxes and holly or framed portraits. Usually, it is a difficult for artists to get the balance of accessory pages, wallpaper and scenes right in a book. In my opinion, Nao has achieved this. There’s a lovely mix of accessory pages all beautifully drawn that may be a welcome relief to tackle when you are short on time.
Line art in the book is a dull black and a medium line on the whole with fine lines for texture. The lines have a hand drawn look to them. Although the line art is very easy to see, colorists that have a minor visual impairment may find that some pages have too much detail for them, within the page to be comfortable.
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