Friday, 25 March 2016

Have You Tried Querkling Yet?

Querkles Icon
Artist: Thomas Pavitte

Colouring by numbers has never really appealed to me, so I was a little ambivalent as I started colouring my first Querkles. I got so involved in it that dinner was an hour late. I just couldn't put it down!
Thomas has two new Querkles titles out this year; Querkles Animals and Querkles Cats to join Querkles Masterpieces and Querkles Icons. You can find links at the bottom of this page.

Janis Joplin coloured by me
Amy Winehouse coloured by Jane

Jim Morrison coloured by my visitor, Paola

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Comment: New Zealand graphic designer, Thomas Pavitte, has come up with a new twist on colouring by numbers. We're all familiar with that poster art style of Andy Warhol where you have to stand back from the image to make sense of it. Querkles are like that. As you are colouring them you don't really see where it's all heading, but hold the image well away from you, and you'll be amazed! The non colourers in this house are looking quite interested in this book!

Drawing: It's difficult to comment on the drawing when there appears to be just a vast array of intersecting circles with numbers inside them. You take five colours, or shades of one colour and grade them from darkest to lightest, giving them numbers 1 to 5. Start with one number and colour in all the shapes with that number. Then move on to the next colour and number. Instead you can choose to do cross hatching technique or choose contrasting colours, The image slowly takes shape. Watch this video of the process.

Layout: Querkles books are quite large;  25cm x 35cm. The images are on single-sided pages that are perforated for careful removal. Alcohol pens will bleed through the paper but this shouldn't impact on the other drawings if you put a loose sheet of paper behind the image you're colouring. 
In the images Jane and I coloured, Jane used pencils and I used Reno alcohol markers. Jane felt that she used up a lot of dark pencil length, so perhaps don't use your expensive pencils on this. I liked the slightly patchy look from the markers and for my next one, I'll try my cheap Artline Stix markers.
There are 20 portraits of icons in this particular book, with a portrait index at the back. 
You can opt to choose the icon you want to colour or be surprised by the end result.
 I hope you enjoy these as much as we will continue to.
Bring on the next two books.
Now back to Beethoven!

You can find out more here...

Querkles Icons

Querkles Masterpieces

At Book Depository;   Amazon US;  Amazon UK      

Querkles Animals  - due the end of June 

Querkles Cats - due out at the end of the year

* This book was sent to me by the publisher for an honest appraisal. Thanks.

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