Review BUENA VISTA by Lizzie Mary Cullen
Thanks to John Murray Learning, i get the chance to review another beautiful book!
Artist: Lizzie Mary Cullen
Publisher: John Murray Learning
Print: pages to color are printed on both sides
Information on the backside of the book:
Get ready to embark on a vivid journey through the land of tapas, sun and flamenco.
Discover the beauty of all things Spanish as Lizzie Mary Cullen takes you on a cultural exploration like no other. Trace your pencil through iconic urban spaces, symbolic ornaments, heritage villages and romantic patterns as part of an immersive journey through Spain and Spanish life. Gild, decorate and bring to life exquisite details, both historic and modern, including delicate maps, traditional crafts, Gaudi’s buildings, royal imagery and unforgettable Andalusian dancers. Lizzie’s unique style rooted in psychogeography and urban cartography has resulted in lavish interpretations and new perspectives on iconic images.
Over 80 of the most relevant Spanish proverbs provide a window into the culture and the inspiration for the hidden objects you will discover as you lose yourself in de charms of Spain.
Lizzie Mary Cullen is an award-winning illustrator, artist and speaker based in London.
Working in pen and ink, her psychogeographic maps of urban environments have been exhibited around the world.
I was so happy when i received this book because i allready have 2 of Lizzie’s books (The magical city and The magical journey) and i really really love her books and beautiful artwork.
So my first impression of this new book is : a few drawings look a bit smaller and some are mandala-minded but her unique way of illustrating is still there!
The format of the book is the same as the 2 others and that is a very nice format to color in. (25 x 25 cm)
I also notice that on some pages there are quotes … In Spanish i guess because i don’t understand any of them and all pages are numbered.
As i said before, Lizzie has a very unique style of illustrating and yes this book is another proof of how talented she is. All drawings are about Spain but there are also some pages with flower mandalas and other abstract mandalas.
The drawings are a bit smaller and don’t cover the whole page but i think that’s ok because then you can play with coloring the background.
Some pages are not very well printed (picture), some lines are a bit blurry and i know some people really don’t like that but for me … It’s really not too bad so i don’t mind.
I also told you that there are words written on some drawings… And now i know what they are … They are spanish proverbs, all proverbs are translated in the back of the book and there you can also find the English equivalent.
What i also like a lot is that each image contains a hidden object. The reveal of all hidden objects, you can also find in the back of the book.
White and smooth paper. I hope the paper has the same quality as the other 2 books because i really love to play with watercolor in her images. But that i’ll find out very soon!
Paper in combination with different mediums
Perfect! You can use any brand of colored pencil in this book without a problem. I tried prismacolor, lyra and caran d’ache and it was very easy to color and blend the colors together.
Watercolor pencils + brush/waterbrush:
Tested with derwent inktense + waterbrush: works perfect! And i am so happy because i really love to use this technique in those books! Paper doesn’t start to buckle and it is easy to move the color over the paper. There is no bleed through at all!
Watercolor pencils + blenderpen:
Also tested with derwent inktense pencils and a Zig blenderpen.
This technique also works very good in this book! No bleed through and no buckled paper!
For all fans of using pens: don’t worry! You can use your pens in this book without bleeding through, only when you go over and over the same spot a whole lot, you have a little bleed through.
Alcohol based markers:
Bleed through… But these markers always bleed through in coloring books, you can color with it but then you will ruin the page on the other side
Acrylic based markers:
Ok but i won’t recomment it for bigger areas because then you destroy the paper a little bit but for details it works perfect!
Another amazing book by Lizzie Mary Cullen! Really beautiful artwork!
There are detailed images but also images that are a bit bigger for those who just start to color.
I really recomment this book to anyone who likes to color!