Friday, 6 May 2016

Escape to Shakespeare's World, a Colouring-book Adventure

Title: Escape to Shakespeare's World
Artist: Good Wives and Warriors

Read my review of Exotischer Urwald (Exotic Jungle) by these artists here.  
Check out the May New Releases post here.

My colouring - Macbeth

It's 400 years since the Bard died and apart from attending a few plays and struggling mightily at school, I haven't been immersed in Shakespeare's plays for some time. What a joy it is to rediscover him again, but this time, through colouring.

Here is my flip through video -

At a glance…..

Size - 186 x 209, 96 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - yes
Paper - creamish with a slight texture.
Perforated - no
Water based pens - okay with care, but test dark colours first
Who will love it - those who enjoy colouring images based on fiction, those who love Shakespeare and dramatic images and those who like colouring books with a story focus.

Merchant of Venice

The Tempest

You can find out more…..

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Comment: What a beautiful set of books these are becoming.
This is the third book in this series - the previous two are Escape to Wonderland and Escape to Christmas Past. Another book, Escape to Oz is currently taking shape. The review is now here.
This Shakespeare book is one that would be perfect to colour right through. The plays are grouped individually so it would be achievable to colour through one play at a time. It sounds like a plan! This book is super.

Anthony and Cleopatra
Romeo and Juliet

Drawing: Many of us are familiar with the whimsical drawing styles of these two talented artists. Fortunately in this book the strength of the drama tones down the whimsical nature a bit which suits me to a tee. Several images have partial black backgrounds which I love, and there is a beautiful purple background to the foldout inside covers. There is a mix of single and double page images and a Shakespearean quote is included in each image so you can interpret it or do some research. Even though this book is the same size as the others in the series, almost pocket book sized, there's plenty of colouring in each image. Line length is fine to medium throughout.

Twelfth Night

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Layout and Paper:  The book is based on several of Shakespeare's plays and a sonnet.
Here are the plays covered, some of them only briefly - As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Anthony and Cleopatra, Richard III, King Lear (I would have loved more), Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and Cymbeline.
Each play is given a section so all the images relating to that play are grouped together.
The spine is glue bound (I think I can see some stitching too) and is quite tight at first, so it's tricky colouring images that go into the spine. With time it should loosen up more.
The paper is quite toothy and while I used pencils that went on well, it wasn't easy to erase as the pigment layered down well. Test out your various pens on an unobtrusive spot first and always put a sheet in behind the page you're colouring to protect it.

King Lear
Richard III

* This book was purchased by me.



  1. Wonderful book, thank you for this review. It looks like a must have to me :)

    1. Elle, you probably know that I like books that I can do some research on. This is one of these. I scurried off to find out what the Macbeth tartan looked like, which is darker than the one I coloured. And then it was lovely to discover that the plants surrounding the frame, apart from the thistles and oak leaves, are herbs like rosemary and thyme. This is part of the joy of colouring, that you find these little things in the hope you enjoy the book as much as I'm going to.

    2. That is very interesting, I'm sure the community would like to read about your researches. Understanding what we're coloring can only increase our pleasure in the activity.