by Jennifer Zimmermann
on November 2017
Format: Soft cover
Step by Step tutorials and tips and tricks to improve your coloring in your coloring books, planners or crafting projects
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The Secrets of Coloring – Coloring Book Video Review
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The Secrets of Coloring – Coloring Tutorials Review
Jennifer Zimmermann is a well known illustrator in the coloring community creating the gorgeous Glamourista coloring book and Glowdalas. As well as her coloring books and talents as an illustrator, Jennifer also is an excellent colorist. Often illustrator’s do not color at all and it’s more unusual than usual to find an illustrator of Jennifer’s calibre that colors so beautifully as well.
I first fell in love with her coloring when I seen a Facebook live she was doing. It was one of those days when you just scroll past and something catches your eye in a feed and you stop …and there goes your plans because you can’t look away. The thing that captivated me was the way that Jennifer used pan pastels as an artist does. Not the way I use them to slosh around on a background. She actually “painted” with them, if you understand what I mean. At the time, I said she should do a class on it because it was different from other tutorials available in the coloring community. When I seen she had created a book of tutorials …I held my breath and hoped for the pan pastels to be included. Spoiler alert ……they are in there!
You can see Jennifer Zimmermann coloring one of the pictures from The Secrets of Coloring here –
The Secrets of Coloring – Cover & Layout
The Secrets of Coloring is approximately A4 sized measuring 8.5 in x 11 in. On the cover it features a gorgeous girl framed in a partially colored mirror with an assortment of gemstones, pearls and gold around it. The cover is indicative of the content that you will find in the coloring book.
If I am not mistaken, the cover art features an image of a woman that is in Jennifer’s Glamourista coloring book (which I adore). Glamourista features …glamorous women and this book of tutorials is well suited to coloring that particular coloring book.
On the back cover you will find two thumbnail images from the book and more beautifully colored gems and pearls including a birds nest with a golden egg.
The cover art also doubles as a greyscale title page for the book. If you want to work in t he book you can test out your mediums here. However, Jennifer has included a permission slip to copy the sample pages included in the book if you wish. In the tutorials featured Jennifer primarily uses Prismacolor pencils but uses other products as well that you may want to experiment with.
A combined thank you/copyright page, introduction, contact and table of contents follows.
Table of Contents – see the image below
At the end of the coloring book you will find a DIY Color Wheel for you to apply your lessons on color theory and 10 pages of illustrations covering the tutorials shown in the book (some of these are also available as a digital download as well)
A handy color organiser chart has also been included (and a copy can be digitally downloaded) as well as a useful resource guide.
The Secrets of Coloring has been printed on color tradestock paper. The step by step guides and lessons are printed on both sides of the paper. The sample pages to practice your skills have been printed on single pages. There are a few images that have been printed with a colored “kraft paper” look background. Coloring on kraft paper is very popular among some colorists and this is a great idea to include it. However, some colorists may not like to color with this look so Jennifer has included a link to download these images so you can print on the paper of your choice.
Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
As this is a technique book, it would be unfair to the artist to show too much content. For that reason, only a few images have been included below.
All the step by step tutorials are well presented on the page with clear and concise instructions. Jennifer has selected a variety of images as the base for her tutorials which cover themes in coloring books like gemstones, hair, skin, reptiles, eyes and background effects.
Please click on an image to view more detail
Illustrations that have been printed on the “kraft” paper look are also available as a digital download for purchasers. Jennifer has also included some images for digital download that have additional line art added to help you learn where to place colors on the pictures. A polychromos to Prismacolor conversion chart is also included.
Suitable for new colorists and colorists that wish to learn new techniques for their coloring books or card making projects.
Where to buy The Secrets of Coloring
|Amazon||Book Depository – not available at the time of writing|
Happy coloring x