Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Lost Ocean: A Coloring Book to Test Your Mettle
Johanna Basford's coloring books are some of the most popular on the market these days for their intricacy, creativity, beautiful illustrations, and whimsy. Her newest, Lost Ocean, is just as gorgeous and fanciful as her previous books, The Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, but in some ways it's even more intense.
The grown-up coloring groups on Facebook have been all a'buzz about this volume...some good, some bad. If you're familiar with Basford's previous books, there have been some changes. The American version of Lost Ocean doesn't have a dust jacket (doesn't bother me one bit), and some say the paper is of a lesser quality, but I haven't had a problem with it. Her previous works were also published on a cream paper while this book is a much brighter white, which I personally prefer.
While some of the images in this book are far more intricate than some of the images in her earlier works, I still think there's a great mix of super tiny, maze-like coloring and images that are more open and allow for a little more freedom in the shading and are, in general, a rest on the ole hands.
The image above is one of my favorites. I haven't started it yet, but it's high on my list of images to get 'round to. This skull is the one I started with. I've made a lot of headway since this was taken, and I'll post the finished image on my Instagram.
If you're interested in seeing more of this book, I've linked a flip-through video down below.
Penguin, October 2015