trocaruSongs of Black and White – Strange INK patterns in a nostalgic field
Publisher: self-published through CreateSpace
Copyright: 2015
Number of designs: 51
ISBN-10: 1517579783
ISBN-13: 978-1517579784

Are you the kind of colorist who seeks out all the designs that require using your finest-tipped markers? Do you love a challenge? Does nothing make you happier than contemplating a coloring page with a ton of teeny tiny spaces? If so, Julian Trocaru’s strange and intricate art will delight you! When I first saw the designs in this book, and received others from Julian to include in the January issue of Color On! Magazine, I wasn’t sure anyone would want to take on the challenge of coloring these extremely detailed designs! But some of my Facebook colorists were up to the challenge, and created some really lovely results.


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Review Breakdown

  • Complexity: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Book Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Design Borders: all designs have an intricate framed border and about 1/2 inch margin
  • Design Lines: hand drawn, thickness varies
  • Paper: average
  • Printing: single-sided
  • Binding: glue-bound

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These two images are from the designs submitted to Color On! Magazine – they are not from the book. But there are a good representation of the designs in Julian’s book. Both were colored by Barbara Barnes. Click the images to view full-sized versions to see all the amazing detail!

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