December 10, 2016 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth
Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Japanese artist Eriy is probably one of the most anticipated coloring book titles of 2016. It’s so exciting that US publisher St. Martin’s Press got reprinting rights from Japanese publisher Graphic-sha Publishing to publish an English-language edition of the second book in this coloring trilogy. The Romantic Country coloring books are really special and offer a one-of-a-kind coloring experience.
For starters, Romantic Country: The Second Tale (hereafter referred to as RC2) is more than just a coloring book — it’s a coloring journey through the imaginary land of Cocot complete with a one-page introduction by Eriy, three maps, and a 5-page “tourist guide” describing each location.
In RC2, Eriy introduces us to new parts of Cocot such as Sareine Alley, The Fairies’ Den, and the Witch’s Forest. There’s castles and cottages and gardens, horse-drawn carriages, unicorns, deer in the wood, caves dripping with crystals, fairy houses, charming storefronts and shop interiors, and so much more.
Book specs: Romantic Country: The Second tale is sized nearly 10 x 10 inches with 96 pages. The book has a full-color, removable dust jacket and the book covers are brown card with brown line drawings. The book is glue and string bound which permits the book to lay considerably flat when open. However, on some of the borderless images and double-page spreads it may be a bit of challenge to get your pencil into the book’s gutter (center spine) to color. Images are printed on both sides of non-perforated, very smooth, cream-colored paper. The paper is not quite medium-weight — I can sometimes see inky drawing lines through the coloring page. There are no wallpaper or repeating image designs.
Inky line specs: Japanese artist Eriy has a unique artistic style — she draws by using a toothpick dipped in ink and this does make the inky drawing lines look quite different from the inky drawing lines in other coloring books. The lines vary in tone (color) — some lines on the page may appear darker than others and the tone may vary within a single line. This is not a printing error — this is just the effect from drawing with a toothpick and ink. The lines are of a medium thickness and, sometimes, have a charming wobbliness about them. Eriy used a total of 1200 toothpicks to compose all the drawings for RC2.
As you can see below, the coloring page of the ship at sea (far left) has dark inky drawing lines while the coloring page of the winged fairy (middle) has noticeably lighter inky drawing lines and the inky drawing lines vary in tone as you can see in the close-up photo (far right).
Below is a silent video flick-through of Romantic Country: The Second Tale — you can click the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the video screen and make it full size.
Exciting news!! The English-language edition of Romantic Country: The Third Tale goes on sale May 2, 2017 and is available for pre-order online. ISBN 978-1250133830
ROMANTIC COUNTRY: THE FIRST TALE: RC1 released earlier this year in March. Did you miss out on discovering this charming coloring book? Click here to read my review for RC1, see photos, and view a silent video flick-through of the book.
SHARE YOUR COLORING CREATIONS ONLINE in the Romantic Country Coloring Book Group on facebook
Links to reviews and book news posts for English-language editions of other Japanese and Korean Coloring Books published by St. Martin’s Press:
Mysterious Planets by Japanese artist Ai Kohno
Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Japanese artist Eriy
Romantic Country: The First Tale by Japanese artist Eriy
The Story of Pandora: A Fantasy Coloring Book by Korean artists Kim Sun Hyun and Song Geum Jin
The Land of Dreams: An Animal Fantasy Coloring Book by Korean artists Kim Sun Hyun and Song Geum Jin
Time of Memory: A Coloring Book by Korean artists Kim Sun Hyun and Song Geum Jin
Disclosure: I received a complimentary book from the publisher. I was not required nor obligated to write a review. The opinions are my own.
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