Vogue Colors A to Z: A Fashion Coloring Book (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/4/5
Kindle 端末は必要ありません。無料 Kindle アプリのいずれかをダウンロードすると、スマートフォン、タブレットPCで Kindle 本をお読みいただけます。
In this first-ever coloring book from American Vogue, you are invited into a world of fashion fantasy.
Twenty-six archival magazine covers from 1912 to 1932, by ten celebrated illustrators living here and abroad, take you back to a more playful and whimsical moment of boas, bows, hats and headpieces, fans, pearls and gloves, and even exotic animals. Coloring book fans of all ages can try their hand at the Art Deco patterns and letters from A to Z and the lively drawings of women dressed for the task at hand, whether it is driving their own car, pruning morning glories in the garden, feeding a dragon, steering a gondola, sitting on a crescent moon, perched on a peacock or riding a zebra—side-saddle, of course. This is the Vogue woman as liberated, stylish, and always dressed for adventure.
At the back, don't miss the twenty-six Vogue covers in their original colors with lively captions as well as a stunning six-page gatefold of twenty-one glamorous dresses from 1912–1932 to color, tear out, and display.
VALERIE STEIKER, the editor of this book, is the culture editor at Vogue and the author of The Leopard Hat: A Daughter's Story and the editor, with Chris Knutsen, of a collection of essays, Brooklyn Was Mine. The ten illustrators are: from America, Helen Dryden, Harriet Meserole, Rita Senger, E.M.A Steinmetz, Arthur Gavin Finley, and George Wolfe Plank; from France, Georges Lepape, Pierre Mourgue, André Marty; and from Spain, Eduardo García Benito. Most of them were born in the 1880s or '90s; some, even the Americans, studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris; one—George Wolfe Plank—was self taught; and Arthur Gavin Finley also moonlighted as a magician, called Henry Gavin, credited with the invention of the Tent Vanish Trick.
Amazon.com で最も参考になったカスタマーレビュー (beta)
There are 26 designs based on magazine covers from 1912 to 1932. Each one is associated with a letter of the alphabet. For example, the first one I chose to color (using Prismacolor Premier Soft Core pencils) is of a young woman pushing a wheelbarrow of flowers on a windy day. The magazine is from June 15, 1915, and the editors of this book associated the design with W for wheelbarrow. The design is on the front of the back and the letter and stylized illustration (plus W is for wheelbarrow) is on the back of the page.
In addition to the 26 designs, there are coloring opportunities on the fold out flaps of the front and back cover. Better still is a lovely four page fold-out at the back of the book which is printed front and back with a design from each of the years between 1912 and 1932.
All of the designs include some small details that may be a bit difficult to color. The artwork is appears to have been sketched but the lines are a tad squiggly and there are disconnects that make it more difficult to color. I also noted that the title and other print on the designs have been done with a weird wiggly typeface. I think that the point is to make the design appear vintage but, in many cases, it merely makes it look a little odd. This issue would not keep me from buying the book as I really love the designs otherwise but it certainly impacts my enjoyment of it. If I could place a rating of 4.5 on this book, I would do so; however, as I cannot, I always round up to the next highest star.
I will provide more detail about the physical coloring book below but here is a quick overview of what I found:
26 Full page American Vogue Fashion Designs (A to Z)
Great extra coloring including 4 page fold-out
Printed on both sides of heavyweight non-perforated paper
Designs do not merge into the binding area
Hybrid Glue and Sewn Binding
Alcohol-based markers seep through this page slightly
Water-based markers, India ink pens, and gel pens do not seep through the page
Coloring pencils work well with this paper but have blending issues
The designs in this book are printed on both sides of the page. The paper used is really nice heavyweight, white, and non-perforated. The actual fashion designs are on one side of the page while the letter associated is on the back. For me, that equals a waste page if I want to use alcohol-based markers. If I use any other medium, I can also color that back page as well.
The binding is both glued and sewn (with lots of little stitches that are impossible to snip.) The designs do not merge into the binding area. You will have to cut pages out if you want to remove them from the book but you won't lose any portion of the design in doing so. I would have loved to seen perforations on this coloring book for easy removal for framing, This is a fairly thick book but getting it to open flat was really easy.
There are many extras such as the fashion elements on both the front and back page fold-outs as well as the four-page fold-out printed with 21 fashionable designs – one for each of the years represented by the covers. There is also a full color thumbnail of each of the cover designs with a short blurb about it should you wish to follow the original colors. I went my own way for my first project but I certainly had fun looking at the original, seeing the designer, and getting the history of the outfit.
I test my coloring books with various medium (which I will list in the comments area for anyone interested in the list.) My tests are not exhaustive as I spend about half an hour per book with my tests. The tests do give me an idea of how the different medium react to the paper but not the experience of coloring a full design. Here are the results of my tests on this book:
Alcohol-based markers do bleed through but only the tiniest bit. No other wet medium bleed through at all. That includes water-based markers, India ink pens, and gel pens. Gel pens definitely require more drying time than usual.
Coloring pencils worked well for regular coverage and for layering. My issue arose with blending. My blends were very uneven – with a much darker stain in the middle and only slight color to the sides I was blending. This was true of both wax and oil based pencils. I would have liked to have attempted some blending, especially in the backgrounds but, at least at my skill level, I will have to abstain. My hard lead pencils worked well – but I don't attempt to blend those as that is not how I use them. I find that they are good for some detail areas where my soft lead pencil tips cannot fit.
The book itself is beautifully produced in terms of paper stock, printing, binding & some interesting historical detail on the original covers, but I feel it fails as a coloring book. The paper lacks any tooth, making it less suitable for the soft core colored pencils which I (& lots of amateur colorist) favor. That normally wouldn't be a problem for me, since I always remove coloring book pages & reprint them on sketch pad paper of my favored 'tooth'. However, these pages are not perforated. Altho there is sufficient space between the art & the binding to cut out the pages, this still left me feeling torn, because the book is so well produced that it seemed a shame to butcher it - and difficult as well because the stock is so stiff & heavy. In the end I did cut out the pages, but it left me feeling a bit of a barbarian.
The drawings to be colored are more fashion sketches than drawings designed for amateur colorists. You'll need to be creative in 'solving' how to handle the very small prints in some of the fabrics. (The delicacy & suggestion of details in many of the pages seemed to me like the basis for water colors.) I hope I rise to the challenge. Good news, I can reprint & try as often as I want . . .