Current Price: £7.49
Number of Pages: 64
Size: 29 x 29cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Good
One sided: Yes
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: No
**At the time of writing this review The Aviary is currently on pre-order from Amazon, but can be found now in several high street bookshops including Waterstones and The Works**
Claire Scully & Richard Merritt previously worked together on one of 2015's top colouring titles, The Menagerie, and are back with this awesome follow up for bird lovers! They also have a fishy book coming out later this year called The Aquarium- more news on that soon but for now you can find printable colouring pages from all the books in my Free Downloads section.
The Aviary as you've probably guessed is a book of bird portraits, in a very much similar style to the animal portraits in The Menagerie. This feathery sequel contains 31 different species of birds both common and more unusual, including Indian peafowl, macaw, swan, emperor penguin, southern cassorwary, red-bellied woodpecker, white-capped albatross, bald eagle and more.
The book is exactly the same size & format as its predecessor, which is almost 30cm square with some pre-coloured background elements on each page. These details are quite muted and not obtrusive into the picture itself.
The paper is thick and white with nothing on the reverse, so in theory you can use whatever medium you like to colour these illustrations, but fineliners are my recommendation as some of the details are SO tiny. It's certainly ideal for someone who loves intricacy and spending a lot of time on one picture.
The cover is clean looking with blue and silver foiling to the title and some of the bird's feathers. I love the large scale of the book and how fitting it looks next to The Menagerie.
Here is my finished picture of a Kingfisher, coloured with various brands of water based pens. I decided to block colour it and define the feathers with little flicks to make it look textured :)
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here: