Current Price: £9.46
Number of Pages: 10
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Glossy
Paper thickness: Thin
One sided: No
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: Yes
Claire Siepser is a book and printmaker from Oregon (US) who has exhibits in fine art museums across the country, her pen and ink art mostly centred around animals. This book is very tongue-in-cheek and sees a menagerie of critters in satirical 'human' situations. Claire asked several people 'What's the most unfortunate situation you've been in?' and the best answers were developed into colouring scenes (the rest are sprinkled on the cover). The characters in each illustration have speech or thought bubbles which you can fill in with your own thoughts and comments.
As you often find with these art piece-type colouring books, the paper isn't great and waterbased pens will bleed substantially. The surface is quite glossy and not great for coloured pencils, but they still lay down okay so that's your best option. There are 20 illustrations in total, and I do love the witty captions and dry humour of the scenes. I think if you (or someone you know) has that sense of humour and/or a love of animal art, they'll enjoy this book. I do think it's a little pricey for what it is, but it's stocking filler time of year now and I think this would be great as a little present like that.
Here's my finished picture, done with Staedtler Triplus and Tombows.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can buy it on Claire's Etsy page
If you love this book then you'll be glad to know that Claire has set up a Kickstarter for her next book, 'Coloring Book of Terrible Decisions' and it could really do with your support! Back the project here.