I’ve been into the whole adult coloring thing for some time now. I am not talented in the visual arts but that’s part of the reason that these are so great. Coloring allows you to add your own bit of flair to an existing piece of art without worrying overly much that you’re doing it wrong. Which is not to say that real artists can’t enjoy coloring books as well – I’ve seen some truly gorgeous colored pictures in my day. But for me, coloring is just a relaxing hobby that helps me deal with any extra stress. Naturally, I was thrilled when geeky franchises started getting into the adult coloring game.
But there are so many of these things! So much coloring, so little time. With that in mind, I made this list of 12 geeky coloring books that are definitely worth your time.
To kick off the list, I’ve got to give props to the Harry Potter Magical Places and Characters Coloring Book. There are now several Harry Potter coloring books on the market, but I’m partial to this one because of the detailed location drawings from the Harry Potter movies. There are gorgeous two-page illustrations of the Hogwarts castle and several of the rooms therein. There are also color stills from the movies in case you want to compare your work to the real thing. This coloring book is 96 pages including the color stills, so there’s plenty of fuel for your imagination.
This coloring book by the creators of Kitchen Overlord’s Illustrated Geek Cookbook is an exciting journey through 120 years of geek history. Individual years get their own pages and the illustrations are fun, detailed, and amusing. This is a great choice for followers of lots of fandoms.
I’m mainly recommending this one because it uses the beautiful illustrations by Pauline Baynes that most Narnia readers will remember from the novels. Pauline Baynes illustrated all seven of The Chronicles of Narnia books and her work has become an iconic part of this series. If you’ve only seen these images in black and white, it is worth it to see what they look like when you add a little color – truly beautiful!
The designs in this one are positively out of this world, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll have bought this coloring book in order to color the Tardis lime green. This book has 96 pages of coloring, so you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied.
True to its name, this coloring book is great for stirring the imagination. The lush, whimsical designs have lots of unusual little details that are sure to surprise and delight. Featured are animals, castles, cities, and ships, but it is the small touches that set this coloring book apart from others in the same vein.
The artwork here is second to none. There are character sketches, locations, and coats of arms for the various noble houses. I have a lot of “official” coloring books for various shows and movies and the quality of the sketches here really stands out. It contains less incest than the show, in case you were wondering.
The Joanna Basford coloring books kicked off the current adult coloring craze and her books are still some of the best on the market. This one is a journey through a beautiful enchanted forest that exudes an air of mystery and wonder.
The designs in this coloring book aren’t as intricate as some others, but there are lots of character drawings that are better than the norm. The artists did a really good job of capturing the actors’ faces. Also, you can put the characters into whatever color shirts that you desire which is always fun.
This one is a fold-out, so it isn’t terribly long, but the artwork is absolutely beautiful. The artist is John Howe who was a concept artist for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, so you know that you’re getting something exceptional. Coloring Dragons excels at the traditional fantasy aesthetic and it’s great for making you feel that you’ve wandered into your favorite fantasy novel.
10. Myth and Magic
The illustrations here are finely detailed and unique. Most coloring books in the fantasy genre focus on mythical creatures and landscapes and though those are present here, there are also lots of gorgeous drawings of human or humanoid characters. The artist, Kinuko Y. Craft, has been doing amazing fantasy artwork for years, so coloring enthusiasts are really lucky that she’s decided to turn her talents to producing a coloring book. Definitely one to check out.
At over 90 pages, this coloring book is a comprehensive tour through Middle-earth. There’s a lot of variety here in terms of different scenes, characters, and creatures to color (yes, there are oliphaunts). I also appreciated that this book wasn’t based on the movies. There are a couple of coloring books that are based on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit movies and they are lovely, but I appreciated seeing an interpretation of Middle-earth that deviated a bit from the films.
I wasn’t expecting this one to be as good as it is. The artist managed to capture the faces of the actors exceptionally well. The scenes are certainly fantasy oriented, but they also have that touch of humor that matches the movie well and also serves to distinguish this coloring book from others. If you want to color something on the lighter side, then this one is definitely for you.
Have you found any great geeky coloring books lately? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
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