by Kerby Rosanes
Published by O Mara Books Limited on 19 May 2016
Style: double page printing, Interactive
Format: Card cover
Animals and objects are formed from weird and wonderful things. The intricate compositions are filled with mind-boggling detail and there are objects hidden throughout the book to find.
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Imagimorphia- An Extreme Colouring and Search Challenge
Kerby Rosanes is one of those artists that I am in awe of. I am constantly asking myself: “How on earth does he come up with these ideas?” when looking at his work. Kerby’s work has certainly never lacked imagination. In Imagimorphia he takes us into his world again, surprising us with the range of his talents. At first glance, you might his dismiss his art as “just doodles”. When you look again, you realise the sheer complexity of his work. You see the depth, the dimension and how every one of those little doodles plays a role in the overall design. Not only are his doodles intricate, detailed and amusing, but the main picture that he morphs with, is usually amazingly detailed, realistic and full of interest.
The book measures approximately 25cm x 25cm ( approximately 9.8 in x 9.8 in). The cover of it is matt black with a slightly embossed texture to the illustration. The highlight colors in the UK version of this book are neon yellow.
The book is distributed by a number of publishers and it appears that with each publishing company the title and highlight colors change. The US version has bright green highlights.
The publishing company has, as always, created a well thought out and planned book for this talented artist. The cover perfectly co-ordinates with the neon yellow inner and back cover. The full page title page is a complete picture on its own. The only slight disappointment is that it is not the cover image. The author page is a work of art as is the nameplate page.
Inside the book proper, you will find double page intricate illustrations in the unique style of Kerby Rosanes. Most of the images are double page scenes with only a few illustrations that are contained within one page.
The paper is good quality white and medium weight. I would test any wet mediums on the introductory pages, or at the rear of the book to see how they react with the paper.
The lines of the illustrations are black, crisp and range between a fine and medium line weight. I have no difficulty seeing the lines without the benefit of my glasses.
I have to say that I like Imagimorphia more than Animorphia. For me, the range of illustrations with different themes appeals more than Animorphia. Animorphia being wholly focused on animals puts fear in my heart. It’s not the doodles that worry me, it is the texture of the fur, the feathers on the wings and the scales on the fish. Imagimorphia, whilst it does have a number of images of animals morphed with doodles, has many images that are within my comfort zone, of buildings, ships, castles and snail houses. It also seems to me that the animal pictures within this book are not as intimidating as the ones in Animorphia. In some, I think that I could color most of the doodle part of the design without even having to tackle the animal, if I chose to wave the white flag on that part of the picture.
Although the illustrations are very detailed they do not have to be complex. Skilled colorists will enjoy blending, shading and adding texture to the animals in the pictures. Less skilled colorists will enjoy that they can color in solid colors without having to feel pressured to learn techniques.
There are a number of illustrations that have small details. These types of illustrations may not be suitable for those with visual impairment, arthritis or motor skills impairment. Fortunately, there are many other images to color. You will need to have your pencil sharpener and fine tip liners handy for those tiny spaces in some of the illustrations.
A number of the illustrations call for you to add your own doodles to a design. I ignore these instructions completely 🙂 I seriously, have enough to do coloring the doodles without making further work for myself. Colorists that doodle will love to add their unique touch to these pages.
The Imagimorphia book like Animorphia is an extreme colouring and search challenge. The book is intereactive, whilst coloring you are also tasked with finding certain items. Thankfully, if you are unable to find them their is an answer key at the back. Personally, I find the illustrations and coloring them enough of a challenge without going on a treasure hunt as well 🙂
The book lays down flat with gentle prodding which is fortunate as the majority of illustrations will run into the spine area of the book.
Imagimorphia Coloring Book by Kerby Rosanes – Video Review
Enjoy the video flip through review of Imagimorphia by Kerby Rosanes below:
Where to buy Imagimorphia Coloring Book by Kerby Rosanes
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Inspirational Images from Imagimorphia Coloring Book
Check out completed images from Imagimorphia on my Pinterest board.
Other Coloring Books by Kerby Rosanes
Happy coloring x