Current Price: £8.43
Number of Pages: 25
Size: 28 x 21cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Good
One sided: Yes & No
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: None
Fantasy art books are becoming more and more prevalent on the colouring groups lately, and with good reason- these books are absolutely stunning, and all hand-drawn. I love the wide eyed beauty and ethereal nature of these girls, making illustrators like Hannah Lynn and Molly Harrison part of my top favourite artists. Tanya Bond's work is the latest to catch my eye, and I'm very happy to have a copy of her book, Inklings, to review for you today.
Inklings contains 25 mythical women including fairies, mermaids and pixies, each one joined by their faithful animal friends. The girls all have names such as Winter Rose and The Werewolf Queen, and are all close up head & shoulders portraits centred on the page.
The cover is a thick, glossy card and is staple bound so the book opens flat, but the images do not go into the spine so it doesn't matter anyway.
There are two versions of this book, both containing the same artwork: the 'artist' edition for £15.90 on Etsy and the Amazon edition for £8.43 (links at the end of this post).
The artist edition has thicker paper, but is double sided. The Amazon version is one sided, but is published by CreateSpace so has standard, thin paper. It's up to the colourist to decide what they prefer, but I would probably choose the Amazon version as these illustrations are crying out for alcohol pen blends, which would ruin the illustration on the reverse if you had the double sided version.
The paper in the double sided edition takes waterbased pens without bleed, so if you only use these types of markers it would be fine.
Here's my finished page, Princess Phoebe and Theodore the Great, coloured with Ezyshaid Fliptez Powders.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Etsy, and Amazon here: