Adult Coloring Book Reviews

City Maps – A Coloring Book for Adults (Revised Edition)

Written by coloringqueen
City Maps: A coloring book for adults by Gretchen N Peterson
Published by PetersonGIS on March 25th 2016
Style: single page illustrations
Pages: 94
Format: Soft cover
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A selection of city maps from around the world for therapeutic coloring purposes.

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City Maps Coloring Book Review

Well here’s something that you may not know about me.   I’m “into” plans.   I am one of those people that likes unrolling blueprints and seeing where the pipes go, what services are available, how a property looks in relation to surrounding properties and what the topography is like.   Admittedly, this was a part of my job for a long period of time so it was necessary, but it was also fun as well. So when I seen City Maps coloring book it looked like it was right up my coloring alley.

Cover & Layout

City Maps is smaller in person that what I expected from the online photo.   I seriously do not know when I will ever learn not to go off the picture but actually measure up before I buy!    I’m often surprised when all sorts of coloring books land at my door and I think they are so much smaller than I expected.      I am not saying that City Maps being small is a bad thing …I just thought it would be bigger which is my bad 🙁   I’m also used to dealing with large scale maps, plans, blueprints and drawings so everything looks small in comparison.

City Maps Colouring Book

These simple squares can be very therapeutic to color in. No rules!

City Maps measures in at 21. 5 cm x 21.5 cm approximately (8.5 in x 8.5 in).   It has a lovely glossy cover with a partially colored map on the front cover.   On the back cover there are 4 smaller prints of maps that are inside.

City Maps Colouring Book

A plain title page with a copyright page on the reverse is at the start of the book.   A table of contents follows.    The table of contents sets out where the maps originated from and includes page numbers.      The book comprises over 40 maps for various locations. The range includes Beijing, Boston, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Dhaka, Istanbul, Karachi, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Mexico City, Moscow, Mumbai, New Delhi,  New York City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo,  Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Venice and Vancouver.    Most of the cities have 2 maps included in the book to represent their area.

City Maps Colouring Book

The page numbers are odd numbers ie the drawings commence at page 1, with the next drawing page 3.    It appears that the reverse of the image has not been numbered with the sequential number.

The maps have all been printed on white trade stock paper with one map per page.

Illustrations

The illustrations are really reprints of maps by the author who is a cartographer and has used data from the Open Street Map contributors, as listed in the book.    There are no fairies or mermaids lurking in these maps 🙂

Each map has a thin border around it to frame it.

The fun thing with maps, is depending on the area and the services, density of living and the like the more interesting the map is to look at.    For colorists though, this may be a challenge as some of the maps have very small details.  You may need to have the sharpener on hand constantly.    Other maps have larger areas of space to fill.

City Maps Colouring Book

For new colorists, maps are wonderful to color.     You can color in solid colors and all the colors you choose will look great.   The other wonderful thing about maps is that you do not need to know what the lines represent.    You do not need to scratch your head wondering if something is a leaf or a foot as it is all just shapes and lines.

The line art varies between maps and includes some fine lines, medium lines and some heavy lines.   Some maps have very clear, crisp black line art and others are a duller black.   This is to be expected in  a book of maps with different countries of origin.

All of the maps have been nicely centered on the page and framed in a border.   There is an ample allowance around the map to allow it to be put on a clipboard and to avoid coloring near the spine of the book.

City Maps Colouring Book

 

If you need a change or challenge in coloring this may be a good book to try.   Thinking about how to color a plan and make it look great can be a lot of fun.     Inspiration can also be found in other similar style of books like Fantastic Cities.

As maps are not as common in the coloring world as other things like mermaids for instance, it would have been good to have pre colored images for inspiration on the rear cover of the book.

City Maps Coloring Book Video Review

Gretchen Peterson initially released the City Maps Coloring Book below which I reviewed.   Enjoy the video flip through review of City Maps – A Coloring Book for Adults

Note:   Since publishing my review above,   Gretchen has updated the City Maps – Coloring Book for Adults and created a revised edition.     The illustrations in the Revised Edition have now been included in this review.     Gretchen was kind enough to contact me and provide me with a new Revised Edition of the City Maps coloring book.   Gretchen advised that 36 of the 44 maps had the line work updated and in some instances this was significant.   This update was to ensure that the line work was a bit more refined.    Unfortunately, Gretchen was extremely prompt with posting the update to me, but due to me being sick I’ve only managed to update the post today.

New:   City Maps Coloring Book (Revised Edition) Video Review

Enjoy the video review of  the new City Maps Coloring Book which has been revised by Gretchen N Peterson below:

 

 

Where to buy City Maps Coloring Book

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Happy coloring x

Lea

 

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four-half-stars

About Gretchen N Peterson

Gretchen Peterson is a professional cartographer and runs her own consulting business.    As well as publishing a coloring book based on cartography she is also a published author and regular contributor to the map making world.

About the author

coloringqueen

I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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