Book Review: Pop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful World by Camilla d’Errico

Pop Manga Coloring Book: A Surreal Journey Through a Cute, Curious, Bizarre, and Beautiful World

Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Watson-Guptill
You may remember my review from earlier this year for Camilla’s Pop Manga drawing book, where I discusses my newfound love for her style and art.  Well, she came out with a coloring book!!!!  The lineart chosen for this book is fantastic.  Leagues above the general/pattern adult coloring books.  And the detail lines are fine enough that you can ignore some of them to make a simpler piece.

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Throwback Thursday: Little Book of Book Making by Charlotte Rivers

Little Book of Book Making: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books

Little Book of Book Making: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books

by Charlotte Rivers

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.

R: Recommended (This is at the top of the pile.)

Give it Time (It’ll grow on you.)


  • Easy to read layout with informational text and photographic examples
  • Multiple examples from all over the world
  • Great hands-on, step-by-step projects
  • Ability to lay the book flat while working on your projects
  • Written without too much unexplained jargon


  • The title led me to believe the book would focus more on making your own projects

Overall, I really enjoyed both the layout and subject matter.  Having recently completed a college course in bookbinding, I would highly recommend this book to anyone taking a similar class or who is interested in learning about bookbinding across the globe.  Public and school libraries would find this title to be a useful addition to their craft section.

Review: Doodletopia: Manga: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Cute Manga Characters and More by Christopher Hart

Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Watson-Guptill
When I saw Doodletopia: Manga as one of the options for review on Blogging for Books, I was reminded of my early foray into drawing manga.  Christopher Hart has contributed quite a few series to this area and has chosen to feature  several different artists in each work.  And while I don’t care for his personal, simplistic manga drawing style, I appreciate his support of the art and the young artists reading his books.
Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comics

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Throwback Thursday: The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane by Alex Irvine

I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.
I was intrigued by the concept of a new TV series companion written in diary form, and this book did not disappoint in that aspect. The writing matched Ichabod’s voice perfectly, and...

I was intrigued by the concept of a new TV series companion written in diary form, and this book did not disappoint in that aspect.  The writing matched Ichabod’s voice perfectly, and his insights into modern changes were fun to read.  What I was missing was any photographs for reference or any behind-the-scenes information usually found in a TV show companion.  Overall, good execution of the format but next time I want pictures!  Here’s what you need to know!

Ichabod’s voice/character in diary form
Ichabod’s fun remarks on modern trends and fashion
Great recap of the whole first season of Sleepy Hollow
Diary format works well

Missing some of the fun stuff companion tie-ins usually have

I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.  I chose this title because I really liked season one of Sleepy Hollow; however, after the finale, my husband and I couldn’t piece together why we should watch season 2.  But it was fun while it lasted 🙂

Book Review: Cats in Paris by Won-Sun Jang

Cats in Paris: A Coloring Book of the Felines of Paris

Published by Watson-Guptill
Jan 26, 2016 | 80 Pages | 9-13/16 x 9-13/16 | ISBN 9780399578274
 I was underwhelmed by this coloring book, probably because the first third led me to believe there was some kind of story.  Unfortunately, once the story bits left, the book contained more abstract images and patterns, which only kinda had a cat theme, than what I would consider as whole pictures.  My preferences shy away from abstract as I find it frustrating to find the meaning of the piece.  I like my art more literal or surreal.
My other issue was with the art style itself.  It looked like sloppy sketches that I could have made myself.  It would have taken the use of a straight-edge to make them look more finished, but my guess is that the author was trying to be less formal.  To be perfectly honest, I would not purchase this for myself; however, I have many friends who really liked the art and the book, and their only complaint was that is was printed double-sided.
While this coloring book wasn’t as relaxing for me, I can definitely see the appeal for other people, which is why I’m logging it away for possible Christmas presents 🙂

Book Review: Pop Painting by


Camilla d’Errico has gained wide acclaim for her illustrative work, and has been nominated for the Joe Shuster Award and the Will Eisner Award. She has worked with Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Hasbro, Disney, Sanrio, and Neil Gaiman, and created her own cult-sensation properties Tanpopo and Helmetgirls. She is also well known for her melting rainbow, big-eyed girl oil paintings, which have made her a hit in the international Pop Surrealism movement. Visit her at



Book Review: Classic Human Anatomy in Motion: The Artist’s Guide to the Dynamics of Figure Drawing by Valerie L. Winslow

Classic Human Anatomy in Motion: The Artist's Guide to the Dynamics of Figure Drawing

I’m always looking for new books to help improve my creative and artistic skills, so when this anatomy drawing book became available, I was really excited.  My figure drawing is always slightly disproportionate, so I was hoping this book would help SHOW me how to correct that.

When I received the book, I quickly opened it and found lots of WORDS and not a lot of examples.  As a visual learner trying to improve my art, I was baffled and confused by the lack of art in this book.  Because of this, I set the book aside, hoping my next impression might be more favorable to actually reading through this 300+ page book.

Alas, my first impression stuck with me.  Perhaps the overly technical, bone-level illustrations were too advanced for my needs, but it definitely wasn’t what I was expecting.  The words may be very useful and helpful to some, but I can’t imagine that too many artists would add this book to their collection.  I’ve included some sample images below so that you can see what I’m talking about.  I don’t think this book will be of much use to me, so I’ll try to find someone that will get use out of it.

From the Publisher:

This essential companion book to the bestselling Classic Human Anatomy provides artists and art students with a deeper understanding of human anatomy and different types of motion, inspiring more realistic and energetic figurative art.

Fine-art instruction books do not usually focus on anatomy as it relates to movement, despite its great artistic significance. Written by a long-time expert on drawing and painting human anatomy, Classic Human Anatomy in Motion offers artists everything they need to realistically draw the human figure as it is affected by movement. Written in a friendly style, the book is illustrated with hundreds of life drawing studies (both quick poses and long studies), along with charts and diagrams showing the various anatomical and structural components.

This comprehensive manual features 5 distinct sections, each focusing on a different aspect of the human figure: bones and joint movement, muscle groups, surface form and soft tissue characteristics, structure, and movement. Each chapter builds an artistic understanding of how motion transforms the human figure and can create a sense of expressive vibrancy in one’s art.

I received a copy of this book through Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.