The Wandering City
Current Price: £12.05
Number of Pages: 96
Size: 25 x 21cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Very Good
One sided: No
Drawings go into the spine: Yes
Waterbased pen bleed: None
What actually is The Wandering City?
"Many ancient tales tell of a legendary city appearing and disappearing in various regions of the world and at different times in history. It is known as the Wandering City and has been sighted in the North Pole, in the Caribbean, in the middle of the Amazon forest, in the Gobi Desert, in Europe, far and wide. The spirit of the city is influenced by the architectonic styles of the different cultures it visits and by the light of the many different skies."
Although the structures are imposing and very detailed, the lines are not perfectly clinical or digital looking, which gives it a softer, more personal feel. There are many small spaces to get your fineliners into, so if you prefer wider colouring areas you should think twice before purchasing this book.
Here is a small section I completed using the pens reviewed below...
Maped Graph'Peps Fineliners
The pens have a long, slim barrel, black coloured with indents for grip towards the tip. The respective colour is shown both on the cap and the end, which is handy when chosing your colours at a quick glance. The tips are rounded and not at all scratchy, very similar to Staedtler Triplus. The ink is vibrant and flows freely from the nib with little pressure, making application smooth on the page.
Now onto the not so good points: the caps are very loose and come off easily, meaning they need to be kept in the pack they arrive in rather than rattle around in a pencil case. This is a real disadvantage as not everyone wants to store them in the packaging, particularly on trips out when room is an issue. Sometimes it can be difficult to even remove them from the pack without inadvertently pulling the cap off, which is surely a design flaw. The other thing is, many reviews mention the short life span of these pens. I haven't used them enough to comment on this, but they do feel very light. Whether this means anything or not, I don't know, just an observation.