Selena Fenech is a 34 year old Australian artist who has lived a pretty interesting life so far. In her own words, she has "found ancient treasure... survived cancer.... had knights joust at my wedding... written numerous novels and painted hundreds of artworks", so she has certainly been busy! Her passion for fantasy and mythical creatures spurred on her love for drawing, and found Selina creating art that is collected in over 40 countries worldwide. The fairytale theme is prevalent throughout all of her work, and is nothing short of stunningly beautiful.
Mermaids is Selina's second adult colouring book (her first is called Fairy Art) with illustrations taken from paintings she has created in the past. The book is loved and appreciated by many, swiftly becoming an Amazon #1 Bestseller after its release in May 2015. The drawings of course include mermaids, among many other sea creatures such as dolphins, seals and turtles. There are pregnant mermaids, mer-babies, sirens relaxing in the bath and pining for love on the beach, all embodying a beauty and emotion that can be tough to capture on paper. There is a distinct Art Nouveau feeling about some of the pictures, featuring intertwined flowers and intricate borders.
Take a look inside the watery world below!
The artwork is all finished with a fine to medium line, and whilst each picture is elaborate there isn't a huge amount of intricacy. The paper has a lovely tooth and is bright white, each design printed on one side to enable use of heavy mediums. One feature of the book which is unusual is that whilst the A4 book is fairly thick, only 25 of the 50 pages are individual artwork. Selina decided to print two copies of each image, meaning you can use two different colour palettes on the same illustration. I've seen a couple of moans about this online but I think that it basically gives you two copies of the book, which is a great opportunity for practicing effects or changing things up if you don't like the one you coloured originally (I'm not really happy with the colour choice I made on the background of my picture, but the beauty of having another means I can re-do it!).
Here's my finished page, completed with Spectrum Noir markers.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. You can find your copy on Amazon, here: