Current Price: £10.99
Number of Pages: 60
Size: 29 x 29cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Good
One sided: No
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: None
Following the international success of Steve's first colouring book, Fantastic Cities, he has created a brilliant sequel that depicts some amazing buildings and architecture all over the world.
Fantastic Structures contains incredibly intricate renderings of some of the most famous (and not so well known) constructions on the planet. These include Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan, Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Fuji Television Building in Tokyo, the Colosseum in Rome, Tower Bridge in London and many more. Some of the illustrations are fictionalised structures Steve has designed himself, some are real buildings that he has turned into kaleidoscopic mandalas. All of them are exquisitely detailed to an almost painstaking level; so make sure you have your fineliners and a few days spare to colour!
Each page is labelled in the spine so you always know exactly what (and where) it is you're colouring.
This book is large format at 29cm square, with stark white pages against crisp black lines. The illustrations are not as clinical and perfect as they look at first glance; most of the lines are wobbly and retain a hand-drawn charm that could have been lost with such subject matter.
The pages are double sided so no using alcohol markers here, but the lines are probably too small for the typical spreading that those types of pens tend to do anyway. The paper quality is good enough to take waterbased markers without the slightest shadow or bleed however, so pen users are still good to go!
Here is my finished picture of a rather psychedelic Stuttgart City Library in Germany, coloured with Tombow Dual Brush pens.
This book as given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here: