vegebookVegebook: A Curious Coloring Book for Peculiar People
Publisher: Self-published
Copyright: 2015
Number of designs: 34
ISBN-10: 1511732512
ISBN-13: 978-1511732512

From the curiously and wondrously weird mind of Nick Dolan comes his first coloring book, Vegebook. I really don’t know how to describe Nick’s designs. Nick has a style all his own, with twisting shapes that defy description. Some of his designs are clearly faces or masks, but with lines and patterns that remind me a little bit of Incan art. I could see the masks carved into wood, staring out with creepy expressions from where they hang on a wall.

Other designs, while still drawn with squiggly lines and shapes, have a symmetry and balance to them. You may have to work to find the balance, but it’s there. Others, however, don’t seem to have any rhyme or reason to them, as if Nick’s mind was elsewhere while his hand was free to move over the paper without interference from logic. Pure creativity, given form.

Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Book Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: Some designs go all the way to the paper’s edge; there are no clear borders on any designs
  • Design Lines: hand-drawn, so it varies
  • Paper: average thickness
  • Printing: single-sided
  • Binding: glue-bound

When I first got this book, I couldn’t imaging myself coloring anything in it. I tend to like balanced, symmetrical designs with straight lines and graceful curves. But over the last couple months, I’ve seen several people posting their colorings from the book, and I have to admit they looked wonderful when colored. It makes me want to try my hand at one or two of the designs!

If you like to color designs that are a bit strange and not the usual fare of mandalas, flowers, or dragons, this book may be just what you’re looking for.

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

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