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Fantomorphia
BY Kerby Rosanes

LOM Art (Michael O’Mara Books)
17 May 2018/ ISBN 9781910552865
Non Fiction/How To

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde

 

Kerby Rosanes taps into the gothic world in his latest coloring book. For those unfamiliar with his style it is intricate, beautiful, quirky, busy and makes you look, and look again! On the front cover there is the caption “An extreme colouring and search challenge” which puts it in a nutshell, for as you color in the nineteen pictures (plus This Book Belongs To page) there are things to find. Turn to the back of the book for a double page spread showing all of them and see how many you can spot. If you get stuck there are also pages of answers, a useful feature. The book has bright white paper with the images printed on only one side of the page so you can use felt tips with a light hand if you put some paper underneath while you work. The paper is thin to medium weight, fairly smooth quality so I would not advise using markers like Sharpies or paint. Some of the 9¾” square pictures vanish into the spine but this book does open fairly flat being quite thin; there are no dotted lines for easy removal. All of these images are on one page, there are no two page spread this time so the pictures could be mounted on a wall in groups. I would personally love to see a larger format edition as has happened with some of Mr Rosanes’ other titles; these pictures are great small but would look even better large! Choose from a skull erupting into butterflies, a clockwork spider in a decorated web, steampunk cat, beetles made from jewels and a forest made from fancy swords. Everything is drawn as usual in pen with not a pixel in sight and nice, visible black lines for many hours of coloring pleasure. One of the best series of coloring books around.

Reviews of other titles by this author

Imagimorphia
Mythomorphia
Fantomorphia

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and www.craftsuprint.com/rachel-a-hyde/
Reviewed 2017
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