Monday, 25 July 2016

Charming Cocot

Can you envisage what 700 toothpicks look like? 
Well, this is the number of ink-dipped  toothpicks that Japanese artist, Eriy, used to draw these images. Incredible!

My colouring

Title:  Romantic Country: the First Tale
Artist:  Eriy

Here is my video flip through -

At a glance…..

Size - 248 x 248, 96 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - some do
Paper - creamy
Perforated - no  
Water based pens - yes but you will need test them.
Who will love it - those who love colouring whimsical, romantic images, and those who like colouring a wide range of charming landscapes.

 You can find out more …

Romantic Country: the First Tale

You can buy it at - Book Depository;

Romantic Country: the Second Tale

You can preorder it at - Book Depository;

Tell me more…..


Romantic Country is the first of three charming books in this series. We have been waiting for some time for this English version. The book is based around Eriy's imagined world of Cocot. It's a bit like the French countryside with picturesque villages, castles, islands, animals and windmills. We follow Elena and her duck, Joset, through different landscapes. My instinctive feeling is that these drawings would look good coloured with gentle watercolour style washes but I have seen some stunning, strongly coloured images from this book.

Coloured by Heidi Huisman


Obviously hand drawn, these images aren't highly detailed but have plenty going on in them to keep you happily colouring and discovering things. Line width is a little variable but isn't ever too fine. The ink isn't black but more of a dark sepia colour. Just a few images run into the spine and the images don't have borders.  Beautifully drawn and totally charming.

Coloured by Alicia Fowler

Layout and Paper:

This book is set out in five chapters - Hill and Town overlooking a Clock Tower - Stories of Castles - a Villagescape with Beautiful Forests and Lakes - a Town where Genial People live - Windmills are a Symbol of this Village.
The book has a loose jacket which you can remove when colouring to keep it pristine. 
At the back of the book is a fold out and removable poster of Cocot with characters that you can cut out and stand up. There are suggestions on how you can use this poster.
The spine is glue and string bound so is sturdy and flattens down well to get into the images that enter the spine.
The paper is an attractive creamy colour and water-based pens should be alright with careful use. Test them out somewhere inconspicuous first.

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Reviews and Posts from last week

Creatures + Patterns + Richard Merritt = Tierzauber - review is here.

19+ Must See New Books for August  - post is here.

Meet Lou - Colourer of the Month - post is here

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

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