Book review – Romantic Country by Eriy

Who hasn’t heard of the Romantic Country series by Eriy? I bet everyone and their grandma and favorite cat have. But lets look at it once more regardless because it’s just worth an eighteenth look. The Romantic Country series has three books so far, the first of which will be covered here and has been published in English. The other two are available in Japanese, the second has been announced to be released in English. But lets look at the first one today.

Details: Paperback, St Martin’s Press, 2016 (for the English version)
Pages: 249 x 251 x 18mm, 96 pages, good thick paper, double-sided
ISBN10: 1250094461
ISBN13: 9781250094469
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Romantic Country was a book that kept popping up everywhere and I didn’t really look at it all that much. But at some point it kind of grew on me and now I’m one of the many fans of these books. What blows my mind is that Eriy draws the illustrations with a toothpick. Seriously. How awesome is that? The inking is not black, more like a soft brownish grey which makes the coloring really pop and the linework fades into it.
This book is about a made-up kingdom and there’s a storybook feel to it, the images are very happy and warm and childlike in the best of ways. There’s a duck fellow who keeps showing up on images as well which I really like.
The paper is very good, takes pencils like a champion and it can probably take a bit of water. The images are on both sides of the pages.
If you want to watch awesome videos on coloring in this book, check out Chris Cheng on Youtube. And while you’re there, why not subscribe to the Coloring Addict channel as well 🙂
Anyway, this is a keeper. I do hope she does more, even though I will never be able to color all the books. Her images take a long time for me, they’re quite detailed and I take my time with them.

Example picture I’ve done:

Overall: it’s a gorgeous book, that’s all there really is to it. There’s nothing to fault it. The images never fail to make me a tad bit happier, even when just looking at them and not coloring. And that is a real keeper 🙂

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

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