by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Published by Llewellyn Publications on February 8th 2016
Style: single page illustrations
Format: Dust Jacket
At last, Jasmine Becket-Griffith's most loved paintings are now available as a coloring book!
Jasmine has selected 55 of her favorite characters to create this fantasy art adventure for you to enjoy. Designed for coloring book fanatics both young and old, there are detailed intricacies for those who love to lose themselves in meditative detail, and there are broad patches and fun characters for those who like to take a simpler approach.
Each coloring pattern features an enlightening description about the original painting it is based on, and the individual character depicted, to satisfy the curiosity of the artist's many fans.
96 pages, printed on premium quality 150gsm paper
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Jasmine Becket- Griffith Coloring Book Review
Jasmine Becket-Griffith is a well known and respected fantasy artist. Her original paintings are hung in galleries around the worldwide. Her paintings have a unique ethereal quality about them. Until the coloring book craze hit the world the only way to have a piece of Jasmine Becket-Griffith’s artwork in your home was to purchase an original piece of art or some of the merchandising of that art work.
Luckily Jasmine compiled 55 of her well known paintings and created line art from them to create her first coloring book. I am sure that this talented artist will produce another coloring book, given how succesful the first has been for her. This is one of the reasons that I love adult coloring. The opportunity to create your own interpretation of Jasmine’s art has not been possible before. Adult coloring has put the ability to be creative with color within reach of everyone.
This is a beautiful book that has been created with good quality 150 gsm paper. Whilst this paper is thicker than most average coloring book papers you should still test your wet media first on the title page to ensure there is no bleed through.
The book presents beautifully with a lovely black cover that has a slight texture to it. The cover image that has been partly colored to inspire you is Paisley who is also featured in the book. The cover has a fold out flap which gives you information about the artist. Jasmine, herself, looks like a whimsical fairy to me 🙂 You can remove the dust jacket and below it is a craft card cover on the book. Sadly there is nothing to color on the dust jacket or cover 🙁
Inside you will find the title page and introduction from Jasmine. This is a great spot to test your mediums and ensure there is no bleed through.
Other than the dust jacket not being colorable I have one small disappointment with the book, there is no nameplate page. I am afraid that I have been spoilt by the arty coloring books available that all have beautiful, ornate nameplate pages. I would have loved to see a nameplate page in this one. I hope that if Jasmine creates another coloring book that one will be included 🙂 These are only 2 small negatives in a beautiful coloring art book.
The illustrations are all printed on slightly off white paper. The line work is delicate but crisp and clear. Inside you will find 55 gorgeous girls with details about each of them on the facing page. All of the illustrations are based on original artwork. You can see some examples of partially colored drawings on the back cover. The work consists of fantasy art, so you will go on a journey of fairy tales, mermaids and fairies as you colour your way through the book.
If you have visual issues you may find that some images have fine line work and you may need for a small amount of the book to turn on the magnifying lamp. Overall the images are well lined with just a few slightly more delicate than others as to line weight. Although the illustrations are very detailed, you will be pleased to see that there are large spaces ideal for those that do not like fiddly bits to color in. The beauty of this type of line work is that it makes it easy for all skill levels to color a picture. Those that are just starting out will be happy to color within the lines and will achieve a great result. Those that are able to blend and shade and layer those colors will find the simple lines gives them an abundance of opportunity to create mini masterpieces. You can see an example of that blending, layering on the front cover particularly on the wings of Paisley.
The illustrations are all framed with a thin black border which I always like. I feel that it “finishes” a drawing nicely. The pictures are nicely centered on the page and do not run to the spine making them easy to color in. The artist tends to use the whole of the page to complete the illustration leaving only a small amount of room for any background that you may wish to include.
Jasmine Becket- Griffith Coloring Book Video Review
Enjoy the video flip through review of Jasmine Becket-Griffith Coloring Book: A Fantasy Art Adventure:
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See my Pinterest board for completed pictures and examples of art work from Jasmine Becket-Griffith.
Happy coloring x