Book review – The Magical City by Lizzie Mary Cullen

While I’m picking out the next color along project, lets take a look at The Magical City by Lizzie Mary Cullen.

Details: Paperback, Penguin Books Ltd, 2015
Pages: 254 x 254 x 12mm, 96 pages, good smooth paper, double-sided
ISBN10: 1405924098
ISBN13: 9781405924092
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I’ll say it right away, this is one of my favorite books of all time. I love the puzzle-like images. At first glance they seem insane and confusing but once you start to color them, they start to make sense. I love the aha moments and watching the dramatic change when the picture pops to life. And I also love the curved crazy drawings, they really do free you from realism, you can do whatever you like. My favorite thing to do tends to be pink smoke as you can see. The sky is the limit.
Also a great bonus is that she has written the names of places on the pages but in a very subtle manner, it doesn’t scream at you when looking but you can see it in case you want to look the place up and see how it looks in real life.
The paper is very nice, people love to use Inktense in this book, the paper does buckle with water a bit but if you’re very careful, it won’t be bad. I like to use Prismacolors in this book, they’re so happy and vibrant and work with this fun book. This is also the only book I freely use blender pencil in. I’m not really against blenders, I just tend to forget about them and reach the blended result with tons of layers. But in here I like the pure single color look.

Example pictures I’ve done:

Overall, if you like this sort of free fun puzzle-type thing, you’ll adore this book. Lizzie Mary Cullen also has Magical Journey and Bon Voyage which I will show you in the future. There’s also a Magical Christmas book but that one I don’t own.

Disclaimer: all of the above opinions are mine, you might have a different experience and opinions

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