Product Review: #NSFW Totally Curvy Coloring Book

I’m not personally a huge fan of coloring books.

I’ve tried. Oh god, have I tried. As someone who took Fine Art as a subject in school, and read books that beautifully documented how one could draw a completely white egg using every coloring pencil but the white, I was always smitten with the idea of become an avid avant garde coloring pencil maniac.

But, even after years of trying to up my pencil (and marker) game I’ve ultimately found that coloring line-art just isn’t my strong suit, at least not in the practical sense, and I’m just not enamoured with the process like I am with digital art.

That being said, I know from my digital illustration process just how calming and enjoyable fostering your creative side can be. And, for many, coloring books are a great way to achieve a sense of calming accomplishment which really can’t be beaten. Plus, from a scientific point of view, coloring books have many amazing benefits, and adult ones perhaps even more so.

It’s because of this that I was keen to get my hands on one of SheVibe’s absolutely inspired line of adult coloring books, which take all the perks of coloring and add an erotic element. While still growing in quantity, SheVibe’s line of coloring books offers a nice amount of diversity – from a standard sexy book to a freaky fantasy one and even a cheeky profanities one – I could have easily and happily nabbed the whole lot! But there was one offering that stood out to me above the rest…

The #NSFW Totally Curvy Coloring Book

I mean, of course.

The #NSFW Totally Curvy Coloring Book is the plus-sized offering from SheVibe’s coloring book offering and the premise alone won me over.

Oh yes <3

I’m a huge fan of body diversity and I think the general consensus out there is that larger individuals still struggle for balanced and positive representations in most aspects of life, and especially when it comes to topics of a sexual nature. For the longest time larger individuals have either been fetishized or discredited from a sexual or adult perspective and that’s just the biggest bullshit out there.

Thankfully SheVibe are basically rockstars and they decided to rebel against these polarising sexual representations of larger individuals in the form of this coloring book.

The book itself is £11.43 (as per this review) and is curated/edited by Lady Cheeky (a certified sex educator, speaker, author, and body image and intimacy coach). Lady Cheeky, otherwise known as Elle Chase, provides a forward for the coloring book, which gives some insights into the motivation behind the book and the ethos that drove the illustrations forward. This is a nice touch and allows people to take a thoughtful and directed approach towards their art/coloring projects should they wish.

The illustrations are done by Alex Kotkin, an esteemed artist who has done work for DC, IDW, BDI, Zenescope and more. He is a regular when it comes to SheVibe and I absolutely admire his style.

I’m a big fan of the representation of minority groups in these books.

The way that coloring books work is by essentially providing what is known as ‘line art’, which is the lines of any given work placed on a plain white background. In the illustration industry, the line art comes after preliminary and sketchwork stages and is used as a basis for any coloring. Because of this it doesn’t personally contain any gradiations in shade or hue which augment the dimensions and vibrancy of the work.

That being said, a good line art artist knows that, in order to set the coloring stage up for greatness, line art needs to be clean in presentation and create areas of interest that offer themselves inherently to a smooth and effective coloring process.

Alex Kotkin clearly understands this and his line art is smooth, seamless, and perfectly guides anyone towards creating and producing excellent results when going through the coloring process. This is vital and the fact that it’s so well executed makes me incredibly happy.

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Plus the images are sexy as fuck.

I won’t give away all of the tantalizing treats that this book has to offer, but I will tell you that SheVibe, Lady Cheeky, and Alex have done a pretty good job in presenting very sexy and empowering images of strong, lustful, and body confident plus sized individuals enjoying sex in a variety of scenarios. Some are intimate and personal, others are all hands (so many hands) stroking a wanting woman who is perfectly at home with the attention being fawned upon her.

When looking through this book I must confess that my mind wandered, inspired by the images to create entire scenarios in my mind, and I think that’s exactly what you want from adult content. Whether that was conducive for my coloring I’m not too sure, but it definitely got my seal of approval.

There is also a brilliant amount of representation in this book when it comes to racial and sexual minorities, and I was especially smitten with all the queer representations.

Because I don’t color too much (and because most of the time I’m writing content for you amazing peeps) I haven’t got too far through my book yet, but I have enjoyed the process when coloring.

That being said, some clear downsides have emerged for me which I would be remiss if I didn’t mention.

Although not uncommon in modern coloring books, the pages of the #NSFW Totally Curvy Coloring Book are in no way high quality and don’t handle things like copic markers or heavy inking well. Even coloring pencils will meet their limit on the paper in terms of how much you can apply and the depth of use that they offer.

It’s actually to the point where you can see the line art of one side on the other on most pages and any color you apply will show through, meaning you may have to prioritise images you absolutely love, sacrificing the option of coloring the other side.

Both downsides show clearly on the same page.

Because this is pretty common from a coloring book – and, thus, kind of expected – I don’t consider this to be a very big downside, but the most disappointing thing for me was the lack of representation for one group in particular. Plus-sized men/plus-sized masculine presenting individuals.

Out of the entire coloring book there is literally only a single page where plus-sized men are presented. One.

This, alone, isn’t damning, but every other penis-owner in the book is incredibly polarised from the plus-sized glory that is being presented in the books feminine representations. To put it simply almost every guy in this book is represented as a muscular, tall, chiselled hunk, and I just don’t know how to feel about this.

Granted, some of this could easily be chalked down to the artist’s background in the comic book industry, but I would have thought that would bring with it a sense of awareness rather than a desire to pander to the comic book (and pornographic) ‘ideal’ for men.

I don’t know, it just made my heart sink a bit.

Final Thoughts

Despite this personal lamentation I do still feel like the #NSFW Totally Curvy Coloring Book offers a brilliant step forward in adult coloring books – celebrating the plus sized form in a mostly feminine-focused context.

In future I would love to see masculine representations get just as much love in these books, but the paper quality and the lack of masculine range doesn’t take too much away from the many wonderful offerings that the #NSFW Totally Curvy Coloring Book  has to offer.

I do recommend the #NSFW Totally Curvy Coloring Book, especially if you’re a fan of coloring books. There are so many beautiful line art offerings to discover in this book and it’s very enjoyable trying to bring your own sexy self to them.

Recommend to:

People who like traditional coloring methods.*

People who like feminine plus-sized individuals.

People who like a range of sex acts.

Do Not Recommend to:

People who want masculine plus-sized representations.

People who dislike coloring books.

People who like high paper quality.

This product was provided by SheVibe in exchange for an honest review. If you’d like to support my site then feel free to make SheVibe purchases using the links included.

*If, like me, you’re more a digital artist then there’s nothing stopping you from scanning the pages if you want to go the digital coloring route.