Friday, 9 December 2016

Review: Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book - Paul Kidby

Paul Kidby, Sir Terry Pratchett's artist of choice, provided the illustrations for The Last Hero, designed the covers for the Discworld novels since 2002 and is the author of the definitive portfolio volume The Art Of Discworld. If Terry Pratchett's pen gave his characters life, Paul Kidby's brush allowed them to live it. Containing black-and-white line drawings based on his hugely popular artwork as well as original pieces produced exclusively for this book - featuring such iconic Discworld personalities as Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vimes, Archchancellor Ridcully, Rincewind, Tiffany Aching and, of course, DEATH - Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book is required . . . reading? . . . for all Discworld fans.

Discworld Series:
The Colour of Magic (Rincewind book 1)
The Light Fantastic (Rincewind book 2)
Equal Rites (Witches book 1)
Mort (Death book 1)
Sourcery (Rincewind book 3)
Wyrd Sisters (Witches book 2)
Pyramids
Guards! Guards! (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 1)
Eric (Rincewind book 4)
Moving Pictures (Industrial Revolution book 1)
Reaper Man (Death book 2)
Witches Abroad (Witches book 3)
Small Gods
Lords and Ladies (Witches book 4)
Men at Arms (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 2)
Soul Music (Death book 3)
Interesting Times (Rincewind book 5)
Maskerade (Witches book 5)
Feet of Clay (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 3)
Hogfather (Death book 4)
Jingo (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 4)
The Last Continent (Rincewind book 6)
Carpe Jugulum (Witches book 6)
The Fifth Elephant (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 5)
The Truth (Industrial Revolution book 2)
Thief of Time (Death book 5)
The Last Hero (Rincewind book 7)
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
Night Watch (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 6)
The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching book 1)
Monstrous Regiment (Industrial Revolution book 3)
A Hat Full of Sky (Tiffany Aching book 2)
Going Postal (Moist von Lipwig book 1) (Industrial Revolution book 4)
Thud! (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 7)
Wintersmith (Tiffany Aching book 3)
Making Money (Moist von Lipwig book 2) (Industrial Revolution book 5)
Unseen Academicals (Rincewind book 8)
I Shall Wear Midnight (Tiffany Aching book 4)
Snuff (Ankh-Morpork City Watch book 8)
The World of Poo
Raising Steam (Moist von Lipwig book 3) (Industrial Revolution book 6)
The Shepherd's Crown (Tiffany Aching book 5)

Discworld Related books:
The Discworld Mapp - Terry Pratchett & Stephen Briggs
Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book - Paul Kidby

Visit Paul Kidby's website for more information

Review:
If you're fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series then you're guaranteed to be familiar with Paul Kidby's gorgeous artwork. He has been illustrating the Discworld covers since 2002 and has brought all of our favourite characters to life with his drawings so of course he was the obvious artist of choice for the Discworld Colouring Book.

This colouring book is absolutely stunning and a must have for any Discworld fan. It contains so many iconic images and even in black and white the characters practically leap off the pages. You'll find full page images of Rincewind, Death, Tiffany, Granny Weatherwax and the witches, Vimes and the Night Watch, the Librarian, the Wee Free Men and so many more of your favourite characters within this book.

The paper is a nice thickness and good quality although I can't confirm if pens give you any bleed through because I've only used coloured pencils. My one slight niggle is that a couple of the double page spreads ruin the image a little by splitting the page right through the middle of a character, it's nearly impossible to colour right up to the middle edge so you're left with characters who have a gap down the centre of their face. This isn't an issue on most of the pages though so I'm not going to mark it down because of that.

Towards the end of the book you'll even find full colour images of some of Paul Kidby's most well known images, I almost want to cut some of them out and frame them so I expect I'll be buying a second copy of the book before too long. Those images are also included in the book for you to colour so you can either copy the colour scheme from the original artwork or try out something completely different.

I've included a couple of the pictures that I've finished so far to give you an idea of some of the images included and I'll probably come back to this review to add more as I finish colouring them.

Nearly all of my favourite characters on one page!

The Librarian

Rob Anybody

Source: Received from Gollancz in exchange for an honest review

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