Current Price: £8.38
Number of Pages: 92
Size: 28 x 21cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Average
One sided: Yes
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: Yes
Following her debut colouring book A Year of Color, Tracy S. Cerza is back with a new book full of greyscale images. These range in content and theme, from animals and humans to still life and landscape scenes. But how does it work, you may be wondering. Well, it may look very daunting at first but there's actually a pretty easy trick to it. Firstly, find out what colours you want to use, then arrange them from dark to light. Colour all the darkest grey areas with your darkest colours, the lightest areas with your lightest shades, and the rest in medium tones. By using the greys as your guide, the pictures come to life like photographs- or at least, look like a picture you've sketched from scratch.
As this is a CreateSpace published book, the paper is very average and anything other than pencils will bleed through. Luckily the book is one sided so it doesn't matter too much. It would be much better if Tracy managed to publish on better stock, but for now you could use this book as an introduction to greyscale to practice your skills.
The majority of the images are absolutely stunning but some are more random and seem out of place in the book. I guess it caters for a whole range of tastes and certainly gives you different subject matters to work with.
Below is my work in progress, coloured using Marco Raffine pencils. You can find the book on Amazon here:
And now for a flash giveaway! This particular giveaway is UK ONLY. I have a copy of this book to send out to the first person who comments on this blog post with the answer to the following question:
In this post there is a picture of a girl blowing bubbles. How many bubbles appear on the picture?
The first person to comment with the correct answer will win the book! I will reply to the winner to request their postal address privately.