by Miryam Adatto
Published by Dover Publications on August 20th 2014
Style: Perforated pages, single page illustrations
Format: Soft cover
Faces are the focus of this adult coloring book. Dreamlike visions of fantasy ladies feature elaborate halos of flowers, birds, hearts, geometrics, and other closely intertwined figures and shapes.
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Fanciful Faces – Coloring Book Review
Fanciful Faces has a common and consistent theme throughout – it’s all about coloring the face and hair of lovely girls. This type of book makes a good introduction for new colorists to coloring skin and hair on humans.
Cover & Layout
Fanciful Faces is produced by Creative Haven which is part of the Dover Publications Inc. Creative Haven create a number of coloring books which all follow the same format. They are soft cover, feature at least 30 designs, contain some colored inspirational images and are printed on white, perforated paper. The paper is a medium quality. I always feel that Creative Haven offer very good value to the colorist for their books.
Fanciful Faces features one of the illustrations from the book as the cover photo. The cover is striking with the use of vibrant and unexpected colors on the portrait, particularly with hair. The cover immediately challenges any in built perceptions of how faces are meant to be colored, which I love.
On the inside front and back cover a colored image from the book has been included. I really appreciate it when publishers can include some colored inspiration images. I often find that these give me a surge of creativity before I’ve even sharpened a pencil. If colored printing is not used in the book I always check out Pinterest for some inspirational colored images from the book.
A title page has been included with the bulk of an illustration to color. I would have liked to see the cover image as the title page for consistency, but it is included in the book. In addition to the title page there are 31 illustrations to color in the book.
The illustrations all consist of fantasy type girls with elaborate hair and a very detailed background full of things to color in. There are a couple of images in the book that are less detailed.
To me, the majority of the girls faces have a similarity about them which make them consistent, but some more variety in faces can also be a good thing. The variations in this book have primarily been from the way the face is orientated, full face, side on, partial face.
The publishers have centered the images on the white paper very well ensuring that the images do not abut the spine. In addition, there is a nice area of white space around the margins of the images.
One of the things that I like about the layout and illustrations of this book is that the parties have managed to create images that do not have elements cut off when printed. I have a little bug bear for half images so I am always happy when I see that all of the elements of an image are contained on the page.
The images have all been outlined in crisp, black making the images easy to see. The line weight ranges from fine to heavy with the bulk of the images having a medium line weight.
All of the illustrations in the Fanciful Faces coloring book for adults are orientated portrait style and there are no landscape orientated images in the book.
Fanciful Faces Coloring Book Video Review
Enjoy the video flip through review of Fanciful Faces:
Fanciful Faces Coloring Book Inspiration
See completed pages from this gorgeous book on my Fanciful Faces Completed Pages Board at Pinterest.
Where to buy Fanciful Faces Coloring Book
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