If you are a keen colorist,
the name of Kerby Rosanes will be well known to you as one
of the most popular and acclaimed designers in the field His
books are bestsellers in many countries and his unique style
is unlike anybody else’s. Twenty of his pictures from
the Imagimorphia coloring book have been enlarged for this
special edition of poster sized prints.
I confess to a preference for large format coloring books
so was thrilled to see this 15¾ “x 11¼
“ book. It also features a useful, very thick board
back for pressing on if you like to work on your lap while
watching TV, are travelling or indeed anywhere other than
at a table. The paper is a smooth bright white and images
are printed on only one side, with a black line all around
them which terminates nowhere near the spine. Pages are also
perforated for easy removal and lines are very black and visible
for ease of use. Pencil users would wish for more tooth, while
marker users (and anybody using paints or Aquarelle pencils)
would no doubt prefer thicker paper. Artists’editions
usually have excellent quality paper, but this is a trifle
thin; if you use anything other than pencils, you will need
to place a sheet of paper between pages or you will ruin the
picture below. Anybody new to this artist’s style can
expect detailed pictures where one thing morphs into another.
A castle is made of dragons, a butterfly from steampunk style
gears, a camel carries an Arabian Nights scene on its back,
a wolf morphs into a forest, a tree is made up of sea creatures.
They all make wonderfully absorbing projects for colorists
and demand to be looked at once hanging on a wall. In short,
this is a colorist’s delight and hours of pleasure lie
ahead for anybody who possesses a copy.