by Marty Noble
Published by Dover Publications on 17 May 2017
Style: color inspiration images, Perforated pages, single page illustrations
Format: Soft cover
Color your way through the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland! These original illustrations offer variations on the classic drawings by John Tenniel, spotlighting Alice, the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and more beloved characters set against beautifully detailed backgrounds of hearts, flowers, playing cards, and more.
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Alice in Wonderland Coloring Book Review
It would be no surprise to regular readers to know that as soon as I saw Creative Haven were producing an Alice in Wonderland Coloring Book that I had to have it. Of course, the realities of living in Australia, with such a long delay for pretties to arrive in my mailing box, frustrated me no end. Not for the first time, I’ve wanted to move to the UK to ensure faster delivery of my coloring books 🙂
When it finally arrived, I was delighted. I really like Creative Haven books as I think they are very good value for a colorist and they have such talented artists on their team. Of course, there was a worry that Alice would not be portrayed to my liking, but Marty Noble has ensured that that is not the case.
Marty Noble has illustrated a massive amount of coloring books for Creative Haven but this is the first that I have seen with a fairy tale theme. I hope it’s not the last. I can just imagine her drawing a lovely Goldilocks or Cinderella. Now I’m pining for books that haven’t even been put out on the drawing board.
Cover & Layout
Creative Haven has a successful format that they use for all of their coloring books. A glossy softcover has a colored image from within the book as the cover art. On the back cover, a half-sized partially colored image is also presented. These pictures are always beautifully colored and really inspire me to dive in.
On the inner covers, you will also find beautifully colored images from the coloring book.
Alice in Wonderland Coloring Book is approximately A4 sized measuring in at 27.5cm x 21cm (approximately 10.8 in x 8.5 in)
A small, sweet White Rabbit adorns the title page of this book giving you something to color in and test your mediums on.
On the reverse, there is a publisher’s blurb and copyright information. This is the only page in the book that has been printed on both sides of the paper.
There are 31 illustrations in this coloring book printed on one side of the white, light paper. The paper is perforated for easy removal from the book. You can color on your clipboard or desk and use the medium of your choice without damaging a reverse image.
If you are coloring in the book, you will need to place some scrap paper behind the image in order to avoid damaging the next picture.
Each illustration has a black border around it.
All of the artwork has been well-positioned and centered on the page and is set back from the perforation strip.
Alice in Wonderland Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
One of my main worries with this book that Alice would not be portrayed as I imagine her. I need not have worried because Marty Noble has used John Tenniel’s original illustrations as her inspiration. Her art has that immediate sense of familiarity about it but it has been updated and modernized for a new and original look.
Each page has been elaborately decorated, sometimes with an outer frame for the focal point and sometimes within the actual image. This translates to hours of fun for the colorist and artwork that is interesting that takes up an entire page.
As there are a lot of elements on each page, and some lavish decorative elements like filigrees and the like, some pictures may be more challenging for colorists with a minor visual impairment. Fortunately, a lot of the pictures do have a large open-spaced element within them making it easier to color these areas for visually challenged colorists.
You will find Alice with her trademark headband and apron throughout the drawings as well as the characters that really make it a Wonderland. The White Rabbit looking incredibly dapper, the Cheshire Cat with that smug grin, and even Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum make an appearance.
Marty has used a fine to medium line to create her drawings. The line art is black and very easy to see. You will also see that in some images the line color has been varied between a brighter black for outlines and a duller black for patterns. This will give the finished piece a lovely sense of proportion and dimension when it has been completed.
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