Adult Coloring Book Reviews

Color Odyssey – A Creative Coloring Journey

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by Chris Garver
Published by Get Creative 6 on February 17th 2016
Style: double page printing
Pages: 96
Format: Card cover, Glue & Stitched

From Chris Garver—in-demand tattoo artist, illustrator, and former star of TLC’s Miami Ink—comes a richly illustrated coloring book that explores the beauty of nature. With double-sided pages of mostly hand-drawn images, Color Odyssey features elaborate butterflies flitting among gardens of flowers, an octopus in the ocean waves, a fantastic elephant, and many other creatures. Garver’s stunning, intricate drawings will thrill grown-up fans of coloring books.

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Color Odyssey  Coloring Book Review

I have long been a fan of  Chris Garver, a professional tattoo artist.   I first came across his talent on the reality tv show, Miami Ink.    He is well known for his beautiful illustrations and Japanese style tattoos.   He has mentored a number of  well known tattoo artists and is one of the artists that tattooists choose to ink them.

Whenever I watch tattoo shows, I always try and pay close attention to their technique.  It is very similar, albeit without the blood, but perhaps the tears, as coloring.    The artists are always trying to show dimension by shading and blending,  paying attention to color saturation and hue, and almost always working within the confines of  a black ink outline.

Watching a professional tattoo artist at work, like Chris Garver, is inspiring because you know their work is totally permanent and no amount of erasing will fix an oops that you have made.


The field of flowers with butterflies overhead is just stunning. The piece is so dynamic I can almost feel a breeze

Cover & Layout

The cover of Color Odyssey is a beautiful bird rising above flowers that have been colored in shades of red and green and dashes of teal and tan.  There is some uncolored line art that you could decorate as well, if you wished.  Elements of the front cover wrap to the spine, making this area look very decorative.    The title  and some of the feathers on the two birds have copper foil highlighting which adds elegance.

The back cover features the line art for the poppies shown on the front cover with the addition of some butterflies.    The whole of the back cover can be colored if you wish.

Color Odyssey Coloring Book Review

Beautiful art work featuring a well centered bird on one side and lovely floral full page scene on the other. I do wish that the bird art work had been moved slightly to make it easier to color near the spine.

The book measures  9.6 x 9.7 in (approximately 24.8 cm x 25cm).

To make it easy to find on your bookshelf, the name of the coloring book is clearly printed on the spine.

A title page featuring a flying, intricately decorated elephant follows.  I would have liked to see the cover art as the title page as this always give a sense of continuity for me.   This is followed by a double page spread featuring 15 thumbnails from the book and a short introduction by Chris Garver.   This would be an ideal spot to test out your wet mediums and see how they react with the paper and your coloring style.

Color Odyssey Coloring Book Review

The flowers and the owl both reflect a detailed and similar pattern on them.

The coloring book proper then commences with illustrations printed on both sides of the white, medium quality paper.       The drawings have all been orientated portrait style throughout.

At the end of the book, a further 5 thumbnails have been added with a small section about the author.    Details of how to connect with the artist online have not been provided.

Color Odyssey Coloring Book Review

Beautiful imagery featuring lotus flowers


The illustrations tend to reflect  a real Japanese tattoo style and American Traditional style about them, as you would expect from this very versatile and talented tattooist.    There is an abundance of flowers including the ever popular lotus flower.    Animals also feature including snakes, birds, butterflies and koi fish.    There are also geometric styled images as well as a mandala in the selection.

Color Odyssey Coloring Book Review

lovely ocean scene with detailed octopus and beautiful waves

All of the drawings contain a lot of detail, with varying levels of complexity.

The first pleasant surprise that I had was the outline of the art.   The illustrations have all been drawn in a crisp, black but not in a fine line weight as you may expect from a tattoo artist and the subject matter.  In fact, the art is a medium to heavy line weight on the whole.    This is an absolute blessing for me, because it is super easy for me to see without popping on the glasses. The other bonus for me, is that about half of the book contains detailed imagery with large spaces making it easy to color for a novice like me and for those with visual or motor impairment.

Color Odyssey Coloring Book Review

Gorgeous florals interspersed with a snake on one side and a lovely pattern of the florals on the other

There are 22 double page spreads within the book with the balance being single page images.    Unfortunately, most of the images do run into the spine and you may find it tricky to color these bits.    As the book is glued and stitched, in this case I would recommend carefully snipping the thread to loosen the pages to make coloring near the spine easier.   It is usually expected that a double page scene will run to the spine but it would have been nice if the positioning of the single page images had been rejigged in order to avoid that issue.     I do realise that often the art looks great the way the artist has intended, but the practical reality for the colorist means that it can be tricky to color the area, and obtain the result that the artist  intended.

On the whole the art work has been created with a lot of balance for the way that it sits on the page with a good proportion of line art to white space.

Color Odyssey Coloring Book Review

I would have loved to see the snake image as a whole without parts of it not printed

Color Odyssey  Coloring Book Video Review

Where to buy Color Odyssey  Coloring Book

Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon Canada Book Depository

Color Odyssey  Postcard Set

Color Odyssey is also available in a set of 20 postcards  US here, UK here, Canada here and worldwide here.

Happy coloring x







About Chris Garver

Chris Garver is a well known tattoo artist through his featured appearances on the reality tv show, Miami Ink. He has always had an interest in art which was encouraged by his mother. This is first coloring book for adults.

About the author


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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