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Millie Marotta's Curious Creatures: A Colouring Book Adventure (Colouring Books) Paperback – 8 Sep 2016
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About the Author
Millie Marotta is a freelance illustrator working in her studio by the sea in a little corner of West Wales. She has developed a mild obsession with all things flora and fauna, which along with intricate pattern and detail remains an ongoing theme in her work, whether it be for a commission or simply to indulge her own flight of fancy. She works in both traditional and digital media and enjoys working on a diverse range of projects which include editorial, advertising, merchandising, design for web, textiles and bespoke original works. Her clients range from Virgin Atlantic to Penguin Books. She is the author of Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom.
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I was highly anticipating the arrival of Millie's 4th book. I purchased her 1st colouring book, Animal Kingdom a while back and was blown away by her stunning intricate nature themed images. Each page was a joy to colour and so my expectations were high for this new instalment. I am pleased to say it certainly did not disappoint. In my opinion, this book, is by far, Millie's best.
The book itself is a paperback with a fold-out card cover, glue bound, and is the same size and shape of her previous books, once again, we have lovely gold-foiling accents on the front which gives this book a lovely appearance. Inside, the fold-out flap reveals a selection of scenery on a turquoise background which can be coloured if you wish.
The paper again, is pure white and a great thickness. Images are double- sided and not perforated. I use Staedtler triplus fineliners on these pictures, as they are just great at getting into those fine details. No bleed through at all, and only a very small amount of shadowing if very dark colours or heavy pressure is used. Pencils work well and go on the page really smoothly. Blending and shading also works well. All alcohol based markers, such as Sharpie are not suitable, unless you don't mind sacrificing the images on the previous side. I highly recommend testing your chosen mediums somewhere at the back of the book, the images are so stunning, it would be such a shame to ruin them! There are a number of single and double page spreads in this book, the double spreads do go into the spine, however, you can get the book to lay quite flat, so this shouldn't be too much of a problem if you've got fine-tipped pens.
The Pictures are just stunning and very intricate, you will certainly need good eyes and a good lamp! All images are based around nature but the images in this book have been specially selected by Millie due to their "curious" appearance or behaviours, hence the name. From the Duck-billed Platypus to the Malaryian Tapir, this book showcases so many animals you probably didn't even know existed! The book even includes a list of all the animals faetured, along with their latin names too- this is a big plus for those, who, like me, usually like to aim to use realistic colours- and now you can look them up with ease! And learn lots of interesting facts about them at the same time!
The book, unlike the other titles, has no specific theme such as African or Tropical, in Curious Creatures, animals from all around the world are included, which gives this book plenty of variety, so your not likely to get bored quickly! Another plus, for some, is the fact that there are no words on the page inviting you to add your own embellishments, which is great for those who aren't great at drawing. Although, do not be dismayed! There is still plenty of space for you to add your own backgrounds etc. if you should wish.
The images do tend to take quite a while to complete, a steady hand and good concentration levels are, I think, a requirement, so do bear this in mind before purchasing. There aren't many large, open spaces, Millie's style is always animals made out of highly intricate shapes and flowers, which I think is really clever. Great for those who love colouring patterns as well as nature.
All in all, a fantastic book, Millie has surpassed my expectations in creating such a great adult colouring book, which is a joy to colour. Very relaxing and a real must-have for all adult colourists! Highly Recommended!!!
I have had fun looking at pictures of these creatures on-line, to get an idea of what they actually look like and then colouring them in.
I haven't personally found the paper quality to be a problem, as I only use pencils. A very pleasing result when finished.
It is hard to get into the middle of the designs when they're across two pages though.
Very good though overall.
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