Friday, 8 April 2016

Pictura: Cats

Title: Pictura Cats
Artist: Laurie Hastings

My colouring of one panel

What drew me to Pictura Cats was my seemingly fruitless search for well drawn cats to colour. 
Not cats dressed up and not cats with silly smirks but cats doing what they do and looking like, well, cats! Here they are - 

Panels 1,2 and 3

Panels 4 and 5
Panels 5 and 6
Panels 7 and 8

At a glance…..

Size - 210 x 280,  8 panels
Single-sided images - yes, but information on the reverse.
Images into the spine - not applicable
Paper - white, smooth and good card stock
Perforated - no
Water based pens - yes.
Who will love it - those who enjoy cats and all their foibles, those who like colouring gardenscapes, those who are already fans of Pictura.

You can find out more…..

Tell me more…..

Comment: The Pictura range is something special. Initially just friezes, you can now get poster books too. They have used top illustrators like John Howe (Draconis), Niroot Puttapipat (Fairies), Aleksei Bitskoff (Monster Party)and David McKee (The Fair Comes to Town). 
Pictura Cats is a folding frieze of eight panels that takes you through a cat filled garden. 
Here they doing what they do - fishing in the pond, watching each other cautiously, getting ready to pounce, stretching, sitting in things, sleeping of course, and lounging on a garden seat. 
What's more, there are lots of different breeds here too. 
A cat and garden paradise that I find is compelling to colour. And there are kittens too!

Drawing: At last, here is someone who can draw cats and understands them. Thanks Laurie! 
The garden is really interesting too. There are lots of different textures through leaves, rocks, water, garden implements, some flowers and differing ground. All is done in medium to fine line work with some shading on the cats to help you out with their markings and shape.

The reverse showing the key to cat breeds

Paper and Layout:   As this isn't a book, the same issues don't apply. You can choose to colour the whole eight panels or detach each one and frame it when coloured. For my colouring above, I copied that page to colour for this review. I intend to colour the entire background of the frieze first, when I have time. On the inside cover is a brief Q&A with artist, Laurie Hastings.
The images are on sturdy, white card stock, firm enough for the frieze to stand up. 
On the reverse of the frieze is a key showing you the different cat breeds and some information about them. There are also colouring tips, suggestions for adding details, and a grid to encourage you to do your own drawing.  As the frieze is single-sided, you should be able to use whatever pens and pencils you wish to use but watercolours with caution.

Colouring tips

Grid for your own drawing

You can see the entire Pictura range at Amazon and Book Depository

* This book was purchased by me.

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