As I mentioned in my last blog post (HERE) I’ve been very excited about this book Official Pokémon Creative Colouring and when it arrived I was not disappointed. It’s great for both the adult and child pokemon fan.
First of all, I just want to point out it is not the greatest book ever. It’s nowhere near the standard of mainstream adult colouring books. But- and this is a big but – it’s fun. If you love pokemon you’ll get a fair bit out of it. If you don’t love Pokemon it chance to leave you cold.
So the good:
It has a great range of pokemon in the pictures all the way from 1st gen so those of us old enough to remember when there were only 150 Pokémon have some nostalgic favourites in there too.
The paper quality is about what I was hoping for It definitely isn’t as good as the well known adults colouring books, but it certainly isn’t a horrible thinness (and I say that as a terrible paper snob who writes all her uni notes in red and black note books).
I think pencils are definitely the best medium for this colouring book as you’d get shadowing on the next page from pens. I used inktense watercolour pencils on the first image and they worked nicely with no damage to the pages either side (some curling of the pages but that was expected). I’m still getting used to the inktense pencils and I think some things really worked and others didn’t, but I had fun trying to shade with them. The second picture is Marco Raffine pencils.
There’s a good mix of landscapes and pokemon so theres a lot of variation to colour.
Many of the Pokemon are in the poses of their pokedex entries and superimposed into the picture, it is done really well and looks natural in general but there are definitely exceptions where the posing just doesn’t ‘fit’ in the picture.
The pictures are all double spreads with no single page images except the front and back images. It would have been nice to have some more single page designs. There are also a lot of patterns with repeated images across the double spread, I find that that is the case in almost every colouring book so can’t complain but they are VERY pikachu-centric and with so many other great pokemon to choose from this seems a bit unnecessary.
Unfortunately, the binding has started to come away on my book after only one image (see top of binding) This is a shame as the quality seemed otherwise good.
The picture above has the following pokemon if you’re trying to figure out any you’re missing!
- Munchlax (I think, looking away in the top left corner)