fantastrix-ellen-millionFantastrix
Publisher: Ellen Million Graphics
Copyright: 2014 (Second Edition)
Number of designs: 20

On the cover of Fantastrix, Ellen Million lists the difficulty level of this book as “Color at your own risk.” The statement gave me a chuckle when I first read it, but as I started browsing through the book, I saw that it really is an accurate description of the complexity of the designs.

The illustrations of fantasy scenes and creatures are amazingly detailed, and will require both patience and a more painterly approach to coloring to really do the designs justice. This is definitely a book designed for a more advanced colorist!

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Advanced
  • Book Size: 8.25 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: None, some designs go all the way to the edge
  • Design Lines: hand-drawn, so it varies, but most are fairly thin
  • Paper: average thickness
  • Printing: single-sided
  • Binding: staple-bound

The cover is done in black & white, and at first I thought you could color the covers as well as the designs in the book. However, while it isn’t glossy, the cover stock has a slickness to it that I think would cause markers or gel pens to smear too easily. Colored pencils might work, but would require a light touch, due to the smoothness of the cover paper.

As a dragon lover, I was pleased to see several designs with dragons, but there are also unicorns, mermaids, steampunk scenes, and even recognizable figures such as Rapunzel and King Arthur. If you are up for a coloring challenge, Fantastrix will provide it!

Do you have this book? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments!

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