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FairyTale Princesses and Storybook Darlings Coloring Book Review

Fairy Tale Princesses & Storybook Darlings Coloring Book by Hannah Lynn
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on February 17th 2018
Style: Digital PDF, Paper: white tradestock, single page illustrations
Pages: 106
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Celebrate your favorite fairy tales in this timeless treasure from artist Hannah Lynn! Featuring adorable storybook characters from classics like Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, and more. 25 Designs with *2* copies of each (for a total of 50 pages to color). Designs range from moderate to challenging in this book.

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FairyTale Princesses and Storybook Darlings Coloring Book  Review

I have been waiting for this fairy tale coloring book FOREVER, at least it seems like forever to me!   I have been religiously stalking following Hannah’s Facebook page waiting for progress updates and the moment these fairy tales would be released into the world.  Of course, the moment that it happened, I was actually fast asleep lol 🙂

I adore Hannah Lynn’s artwork,  it’s so adorable and cute and just makes me smile like a kid when I see it.   I love coloring in my “Hannah books” as I find they are particularly useful for me to learn skin and hair.    The way that Hannah illustrates always makes me feel a little more daring.  I let go and do pink and purple hair or something wild that I couldn’t imagine doing with another artist’s work.

When Hannah mentioned that she was working on a fairy tale book I couldn’t contain my excitement.  As the pictures started to be posted to Facebook it was all I could do to restrain myself from begging her to just release the book and let us color it in.   How could you possibly resist those adorable girls that Hannah draws so well in a fairy tale scene?   Beautiful Alice in Wonderland (of course) but lesser represented characters like Miss Muffet and Goldilocks are included as well!  Pure heaven.   Not only has Hannah included all the favorites in this coloring book but also Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks which are often not represented in fairy tale based coloring books.    I particularly love the storybook darlings like Little Miss Muffett and hope, one day, that Little Bo Beep may make its way into a Volume 2 of this book.

Of course, Hannah has released this in two formats: physical copy self-published by her as well as pdf.  As you may have guessed, I was pretty keen to get my hands on this book so it was pdf and instant gratification for me!

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Cover & Layout

If you purchase the physical book it will be approximately A4 sized,  glossy cover and white trade stock paper.

When you purchase the pdf you will receive a link to download the book in pdf form.      It does not contain the cover image.   Many artists do not include the cover art in pdf downloads.  Usually, this is to ensure that the purchaser does not accidentally print it out and use up all their color ink!

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Ancillary Pages

You will find in the pdf information on copyright, the cover art in black and white form, some tips from Hannah and a page of thumbnails.   The thumbnails are adorable and all show the names of the pictures in case you need a coloring book refresher.

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Layout

The illustrations have been duplicated in the book.   One set contains pure line art.   The second set is the same as the first, except that Hannah has added shading to the eyes of her focal character.

If you purchase the digital edition,  you can choose which pages you would like to print and on what paper.

The physical book also contains both sets of illustrations.     The physical edition is printed on one page only of the white trade stock paper.

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Art Work

This is the first time that I have seen Hannah illustrate characters that are well-known and loved.    I was curious when she first posted about this book how her whimsical style would be portrayed in the illustrations.   One of the things I had wondered would be if they just concentrated on the character and not the background setting to set the stage.  I need not have worried,  Hannah has made these fairy tales her own by drawing them in her typical style and adding backgrounds and foregrounds that not only fit the character, but also her style.

Hannah’s coloring books are a favorite for me to try and conquer the art of coloring hair.   Hannah’s characters always have lovely flowing locks, that are clearly segmented and outlined. It makes it easy to use her artwork to practice skin and hair.

Hannah’s drawings are always fun in the sweet whimsical way without being over the top cartoony.    The characters portrayed in this book have been illustrated in the same fashion.     You can clearly recognize most fairy tale characters.  The visual thumbnail index which names each picture can be useful if you have a mental blank.

The clear black, thick outlines that Hannah uses makes it easy to see the pictures and individual elements particularly for colorists with a minor visual impairment.     There are however a few pictures where Hannah has strayed from her normal style of outlining all elements.  Instead she has created some free-form line art for bushes, moss and the like.    You can see this organic line art in the pictures – Hansel and Gretel,  Rapunzel’s Tower and The Frog Prince.   Many colorists will love this so they can create a “painterly” type effect.  However, as a beginner, I am always grateful for as many lines as I can get!

This is one of those coloring books that you hope that there will be another volume of.    There are so many fairy tale princesses and storybook darlings that Hannah could include in future books that could keep us coloring for years to come.

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Where to buy

AmazonDigital PDF edition

Happy coloring x
Lea

 

four-half-stars

About Hannah Lynn

Hannah Lynn is a self taught American artist living in Idaho. Her original artwork is hand created using watercolor pencils and ink. She also works with acrylics on wood. Her talent ensures that she can do her own graphics for online marketing as well as creating coloring books and trading cards.

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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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