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
Carlo Stanga is an Italian illustrator and Architecture graduate living in Berlin. His work has won many worldwide awards in his field, and The Wandering City is his first colouring book.
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."
Interesting! The book certainly encapsulates everything you would expect, with plenty of sprawling cityscapes, expansive buildings and beautifully designed linework. None of the illustrations are of real places, it is all set in fantasy, but takes heavy inspiration from architectural styles of the world.
The book is published by Moleskine, a highly renowned Italian manufacturer of paper products, so you'd expect the calibre to be on point. The Wandering City does not disappoint, with a lusciously thick fold-out card cover (entirely colourable), high quality paper and crisp printing. Waterbased pens do not bleed through, which is advantageous as the pages are double-sided.
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
Maped, a world-leader in offic supplies, have recently produced a pack of 20 coloured fineliners to rival brands like Staedtler and Stabilo. These pens have a 0.4mm nib and are triangular shaped, making them comfortable in the hand for long periods of use. The colours include some unusual tones which is nice to see in a small set, with 5 different green tones and a lovely lavendar purple. They're priced at just under £10 which I think is a very good price for a pack of 20.
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