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Fantastic Collections: A Coloring Book of Amazing Things Real and Imagined (Fantastic Cities) Paperback – 26 Jul 2016
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About the Author
Steve McDonald doesn't just draw the cities of the world. A lifelong traveler since his family moved to the Middle East in 1979, he's lived in Saudi Arabia, Italy, India and Indonesia, visited dozens of other countries, and spent the better part of two decades travelling his native Canada from coast to coast via car, bus, helicopter, canoe, ship and on foot. Everywhere he goes he soaks up the local colour, the architecture, and, most of all, the lines. Steve's process includes observing, sketching on-site and taking photos for reference in the studio, as well as working from many noted photographers' material. He lays down initial groundwork lines in pencil or on a tablet and then gets busy with the details. Although he works in many media, including acrylics, watercolours, and coloured dyes, his favourite is simple pen and ink. When he's not knee-deep in the intricate details of his drawings, Steve is likely surfing (most recently in the waves off the coast of Bali, where he lived for two years with his family) or cross-country skiing in the snowdrifts of rural Ontario, which he currently calls home. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, Steve's work has been showcased in many gallery exhibitions, television documentaries and various publications, and can be found in many private homes and corporate collections worldwide. You can also find it online at artbysteve.squarespace.com.
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It is both glue and sewn bound, although there are no two-page spreads where colouring into the gutter may be a problem. The paper is bright white and thick. This will take water-based markers and fineliners as well as pencils. It would also be a great book to use paints in, just go easy on the water. The line work is crisp black lines and ranges from heavy to fine which I think work well with this particular book. This isn't one for subtle shading and gentle colours. Bold is best here.
This is definitely a book to create art with as opposed to "just colouring in." Some of the subject matters are strange choices; fancy colouring a page of chainsaws or cleaning products? Not subjects you usually see in colouring books. It is an unusual book and some of the illustrations may not appeal as much as others. You could just colour them in realistically but I think where this book will excel is in breaking down the images into shapes and just going wild with colour and having a lot of fun doing it, but that is just my opinion of how I see this book, you may see it simply as a book of objects to colour and be happy colouring it that way.Read more ›
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Most of the designs are presented straight-forward but a few are also interpreted into mandala style format and those become beautiful abstract designs that will be a lot of fun to color.
This is what I found while coloring in this book and testing the paper with my coloring medium. I will provide a list of the coloring medium I used for tests and which I use for coloring as well. You will find the list in the comments section below.
58 Pages of Designs based on a wide variety of Collectibles
Printed on both sides of white heavyweight, smooth, non-perforated paper
Designs do not merge into binding area
Book can be opened to a flat position
Alcohol-based markers bleed through page. Using these will ruin the design on the back of the page.
Water-based markers, gel pens, and India ink artist pens do not bleed through or leave color shadows on back on page. Gel pens required additional drying time.
Coloring pencils work well with this paper. I used both oil and wax based pencils for good pigment, layering multiple colors and blending using a pencil style blending stick.
Balinese Koi (photo attached)
Candy Jars Mandala
The Lock Collection of James A. Rees (1913-2009)
Japanese Cleaning Supplies
Chainsaws (photo attached)
Art Frames Mandala
Toy Robots Mandala
Roxana's Stuffed Animals
Natalia's Toy Horses
Alexander's Toy Cars
Ray Gun Mandala
Remote Controller Mandala
Antique Glass Bottles
Bottle Collection Mandala
Mobile Phones (photo attached)
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While his other books were gorgeous, I'm glad to see his talents aren't just for structures or places. Apparently this man is talented no matter what he draws! Please keep them coming, Mr. McDonald!