Review - Horses Coloring Book by Celeste Mayer
Celeste Mayer is an independent artist raised and educated in Boston, Massachusetts. She possesses a profound fondness for animals, specifically horses, which arises from their tranquil nature and exquisite beauty. Describing her new book, Horses, she explains that it is divided into two styles of drawings: “realistic and spectacular representations of horses living in harmony with humans and nature, and a second section with illustrations featuring different patterns and creative mandalas.”
Although there are many wonderful drawings in this book to color, I found it difficult to choose a challenge image. My preference was inclined towards the “realistic” illustrations, yet I encountered certain difficulties due to anatomical discrepancies in several of the horse depictions. Below, you can explore the pages selected by our colorists and read about their experiences with coloring them.
Linda Woltil Allison did these three pages above with a blend of Prismacolor Premier, CastleArt, Koh-I-Noor & Phoenix colored pencils; LePlumme dual point brush/fineliners; Staedtler fineliners. Linda really enjoyed this book, especially the mandala type horses and said, “I had a blast! Before adult coloring, I spent allot of time zentangling. This picture (on the right) combined the two.”
These pages were colored by Cher Reneé, with Prismacolor Premier pencils. Cher described this book as “relaxing and enjoyable to color. I feel all ages would enjoy coloring it as well because there are many techniques that can developed in these pages.”
Randi Jameson, who colored the pages above stuck with the mandala type designs as she found the anatomical discrepancies to be too glaring. She said, “On one page, the legs are too thin to support the weight of the torso.” She also had a difficult time trying to shade as there was no apparent bone structure shown in some….. “I live in horse country and even the youngest kids spotted the errors.” She also used Prismacolor pencils on these.
This progression by Ilona Szajnicka is a perfect example to show the level of intricate detailing and vivid coloring that can be incorporated into these pages. She used Prismacolor Premier, Caran d’Ache Neocolor. Ilona said “The subject of horse riding is very distant for me. I don’t like horses, but I think they are beautiful animals. I’m from Poland, so moving to the Wild West was a very cool experience and adventure.” You can see more of her process on her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cribr8YtZFY/
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Celeste has been generous enough to share this page to download to our members and visitors free of charge!