Size: 25 x 25cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Good
One sided: No
Drawings go into the spine: Partly
Waterbased pen bleed: None
There are a mixture of double page spreads and single page drawings, all contained within a narrow black border. At the bottom of each page there is a caption to label the illustration along with which book it is from, just in case you don't know it. This also helps with choosing your colour palette as you can always reference one of the films if you're struggling to decide what colour Samwise's waistcoat is, or the stones of Aragorn's sword. Some of the illustrations are of scenes and characters from the books which were not mentioned in the films, so if you haven't read the books you may not recognise a number of the sketches. That said, classic favourites like Gandalf, Bilbo, Saruman and Shelob all make an appearance amongst the lesser known pages.
My only qualm is that I'd like to have seen more of the popular scenes from LOTR, like the gathering of the Fellowship or Frodo on Sam on Mount Doom. I was at least expecting an illustration of Gollum falling into the fire as he grasped for the ring, but it wasn't there. The characters are more cartoonish than lifelike, which surprised me. Still, die hard fans will enjoy seeing the lands of Middle Earth brought to life on the page to accompany the novels.
Here's my finished page, coloured with Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils.