I first found out about Nick Mayer's art when I saw his leafy seadragon design in the summer issue of Do Magazine. The creature looked so fantastic that I had to do some research to see if it really existed, and that is how I found some fascinating images online of this very real life form. That made me interested in Nick Mayer’s Wild Oceans Coloring Book: Saltwater Fish and Deep Sea Creatures in which the leafy seadragon appears.
If you think that marine life is boring or monochrome, think again. There are some wonderfully vibrant species in this book. So, no worries, you’ll get to use your reds, blues, oranges, yellows, greens etc. Or, you can use soft, neutral, earthy or even metallic colors and create some lifelike scallops, seahorses, starfish, oysters etc. Of course you also get to choose from plenty of oceanic fish species. There's even a sea turtle.
Here are the factors that appeal to me particularly, and that I find others of any coloring skill and background will enjoy:
People are always on the lookout for something different and unique, so I find that these words are often overused. In this case, both adjectives are warranted. The main factors that make this book different from most, besides the subject matter, are:
Here is a suggestion: Make this book a nice addition for family activity time because you can have everyone pick something, remove their favorite pages from the book, and color away. Nick also has a shop on his website where you can purchase calendars, prints, cards etc. (not all are ocean life, you can get birds and butterfly designs too).
This is an example of one of the pages that have color suggestions. The bottom part is perforated.
Here is my colored version. I did use the suggested palette as a guide.
I used assorted colored pencils (nothing expensive or extravagant).
As you can see, I removed the bottom part with the color suggestions. It comes off easily.
This is my colored version of the leafy seadragon image that appeared in the Do Magazine.
The purple color choice might seem strange, but I did this for a color palette challenge, and I saw some pictures of leafy seadragons online that actually had purple.
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