by Christine Karron
on July 2018
Format: Digital download, Soft cover
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Fairies Grayscale Coloring Book Video Review
I hope you enjoyed the video review of Fairies Grayscale Coloring Book illustrated by Christine Karron.
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Fairies Grayscale Coloring Book Review
Christine Karron is such a talented artist and illustrator, that it is difficult not to fall in love with every image she creates. As well as delighting us with her fantasy world she is also a talent for inspiring others how to draw, paint and color. You can see her speed coloring and extended videos on her YouTube channel here.
The video below features Christine coloring a page that is included in the Fairies Coloring Book
Fairies Coloring Book is Christine’s third coloring book and is available as either grayscale or line art. As I want to learn more about shading, I purchased the grayscale edition. At the time of purchase, Fairies Coloring Book was only available as a digital download. This suited me perfectly as I want to practice my skin and hair. Being able to print the pages multiple times and on different papers really suits me.
Update: Fairies Coloring Book is now also available as a physical edition printed on trade stock paper.
Christine’s previous coloring books – Swirl Spirits and Mermaids are available as physical books from Amazon here.
I have always admired Christine’s beautiful artwork but Fairies is the first book that I’ve purchased from her.
When I was exploring her site I discovered something about her that sent me into a spin. It almost made me simultaneously tear up and wet myself with excitement. If you know me, you’ll know my weakness for bunnies. What I didn’t know about Christine is that she has a whole page devoted to a fictional character she has created called Benny Blue which is a bunny! After I discovered this, I found it hard to concentrate on the book of fairies and have looked at Benny Blue with longing for half an hour or more. Just to torture me more, Benny Blue doesn’t appear to be for sale as either print form or (fingers crossed) a coloring book! He does have his own Facebook page so you can admire him there as well. If you need a smile and you love bunnies ..head over there and say “hi” to him!
Cover & Layout
Christine has created two formats for the Fairy coloring books, to appeal to a wide range of colorists. The grayscale version, which is what I purchased and a line art version. They both feature different cover art to make you aware of which version you are purchasing.
The line art cover features this gorgeous colored image.
No matter which version you decide on, the cover art is included in the book for you to color as well.
At the front of the book, you will find an index of the fairies that are included in the book as well as a list containing the 4 bonus images that are included in the digital edition of the book.
You will also find a page with a note from the artist and copyright information.
Illustrations are on one page only with no double page spreads in the book.
At the foot of each page, you will find the book title and artist name on the left and the name of the picture on the right. There was a slight typo on one of the fairy names when the book was first released, however, Christine has since fixed this.
As this is a digital download, you can print on whatever paper you fancy. I had mine printed and coil bound at Officeworks in Australia on matte white 100 gsm paper. The beauty of the digital book is that I can then print out additional copies on watercolor paper or my fancier, Canson Mi Teintes paper, depending on what mediums I want to use.
The artwork in this coloring book focuses primarily on the fairy face. There are only a few pictures that feature fairy wings on them. This is great when time is a factor and you just want to practice your skin and hair techniques.
Some artists, struggle with drawing hands and end up with a delicate fairy with man hands ….have a look in your books 🙂 . Christine appears to have mastered the art of drawing hands that are proportionate with the illustration.
The fairy faces in this coloring book are all beautiful and feature lovely elements to correspond with the delicate yet expressive features. Thoughtfully, Christine has included some male fairies as well which are under-represented in coloring books in general.
Colorists that have a minor visual impairment will appreciate the dark, medium weight lines and large open spaces on the page. If the grey is too dark for your tastes, you can reduce the amount of color and use of ink by printing in fast, draft mode (if your printer has that option).
For colorists that prefer to add their own cast shadows, form shadows, and light source the line art version of the coloring book may be a better option for you. As I am quite the beginner at coloring, I find it useful to have the greyscale version to follow along with.
Where to buy Fairies Coloring Book Digital Edition
If you purchase the digital edition, you will need to download it and print out the pages. The advantage is that you can print the pages as many times as you fancy and on the type of paper that you prefer to work with.
|Artist – Grayscale PDF (Digital Edition)||Artist – Lineart PDF (Digital Edition)|
Where to buy Fairies Grayscale Coloring Book Hard Copy
|Amazon US||Amazon UK||Amazon CA||Book Depository -not available|
Where to buy Fairies Line Art Coloring Book Hard Copy
Since, I filmed my coloring book review, Christine Karron has released Fairies as a physical book as well (in either grayscale or line art). The physical edition is printed on single-sided white trade stock paper.
|Amazon US||Amazon UK||Amazon CA||Book Depository – not available|
Happy coloring x