by Tomislav Tomić
Published by FOKUS na hit on 2016
Style: double page printing
Format: Card cover with fold out, Glue Binding
Stunningly beautiful coloring book filled with intricate images of a beautiful dream land filled with fairies, castles and beautiful imagery.
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Zemlja Snova Coloring Book Video Review
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Zemlja Snova Coloring Book Review
I fell in love with this beautiful coloring book when I seen it online! The art work is so exquisitely drawn and detailed that you could imagine being lost in it for days. You could be totally absorbed in the art work without even coloring, just looking at it. Living in Australia, there’s always such a delay for books to reach me that I paced the house for days waiting for this book to arrive. I half expected that it would be delivered by magic carpet instead of the postman 🙂
As soon as I opened it up the realization hit. Johanna Basford is the Queen of Coloring, but I think if there was a King of coloring it would have to be Tomislav Tomic 🙂
Fans of Pictura coloring products will be familiar with the name of Tomislav Tomic as he has illustrated a number of their titles. This book is totally different from any art work that I have seen of his in the Pictura product range (but I have not seen them all).
Cover & Layout
The cover of Zemlja Znova features an illustration from the book that has been partially colored. The title is purple, that and the artist’s name appears to be a glossy laminate. The book cover is a matte laminate that has fold out flaps. The back cover has not been colored and you could, if you were keen, color that in.
The inner flaps of the book contain gorgeous art work featuring a garden scene at the front, and a fairy in the garden at the back.
Inner covers have been printed in a rich royal purple with white line art featuring birds, flowers and of course a castle.
The book measures approximately 25.5 cm x 25.2 cm.
The title has been beautifully framed in the book by ornate art work for you to color. On the reverse you will find copyright information. Another page follows ,which I assume is a note from the artist, but as it is in Croatian I cannot read it 🙂 All of these pages would be wonderful spots to test out your mediums and see how they react with the paper and your coloring style.
I am ever so slightly disappointed that there is not a nameplate page. Not only do these pages add class and elegance to a book but generally as the illustration is small, they are a great way to ease your way into the book. Luckily, the ancillary pages have plenty of things to color in that can serve that purpose.
The artwork is printed on both sides of the white, medium quality paper. All of the illustrations have been orientated portrait style throughout the book. Within the book there are 34 double page scenes with the balance being single sided scenes. There are approximately 34 pages of double page scenes. Although they form the one picture, there are four pages of double page scenes where the art work has been positioned well away from the spine of the book. The balance of the double page scene images do merge into the spine of the book. However, as the illustrations are so amazingly beautiful I am sure you will have no trouble forgiving the book 🙂 You will be able to reach these tricky areas near to the spine with your pencil. Hopefully, with use, the spine will relax more on the book, making it easier to reach the tricky spots.
If you ever wished you were a Princess living in a magical kingdom when you were a child, opening this book may have you wandering down that path again. As expected from a Croatian based artist there is an abundance of castles. Princess castles or Fairy Castles, it’s up to you. This is a book of beautiful fantasy and imagination that is intricately and delicately drawn. You will find fairies, castles, mythical creatures like dragons and underwater scenes. You will fall in love with mermaids swimming in an ocean that contains treasure and more castles for you to explore.
Tomislav has managed to incorporate an abundance of beautiful florals, a variety of animals and a number of people within this book. You will find that the single page scenes are contained within beautiful and elaborate frames on the page. Part of me wishes, that the illustrations were on a single page so I could frame the picture, but I hope that there will be an Artist’s edition in the future.
Like Johanna Basford, this artist has a fine, delicate line weight and his pictures are packed full of intricate detail and design.
The illustrations have all been so well designed and positioned on the page that it make me wonder how long it took to put this book together. It is not often that you see a coloring book with such attention to detail.
Each page has a beautiful scene. Often we see in coloring books pages of patterns that do not match the theme of the book, or there are just far too many. Sometimes I like the variety that patterns offer within the book but more often than not I see them as “filler”. There are no pages of patterns in this book. Even if your pencil is screaming for an easier picture to color, you won’t find it here 🙂
The line printing is black and very crisp. The artist uses a lot of tiny fine dots, pointillism, in his art work that gives it a beautiful texture and dimension as well as a refined elegance.
This book may not be suitable for those colorists that dislike fiddly bits or have health challenges that affect coloring a lot of detail in small spaces. If you have minor visual impairment, then I would suggest plugging the magnifying lamp in for this book as it is very detailed.
The title roughly translates to Dreamland and that is what Tomislav Tomic has delivered.
Zemlja Snova Image Gallery
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Where to buy Zemlja Snova Coloring Book
May 2017 – now available from the publisher, Fokus website here.
October 2017 – Dutch imprint will be available from Book Depository (with free shipping) here.
As I am in Australia, my only option, that was recommended to me by the publisher, was to order it online from a Croatian bookstore which I did. It took approximately 2 weeks to arrive in Australia and was well packaged. I was very happy with the service from the store and would use them again, if needed (bookshop has now closed down)
Happy coloring x