14 Nerdy Adult Coloring Books You’ll Want to Get Your Hands OnFebruary 3, 2016
We’re all just kids on the inside, and chances are if you’re reading this you’re a fan of something that others say ‘that’s for children!’ To counter the naysayers, you may want to add a touch of sophistication to your collection.
Adult coloring books have been popping up all over, and many of them feature intricate mandalas and beautiful landscapes. That’s all nice, too, but why not enjoy the benefits of coloring while enjoying your favorite characters and stories. Research conducted in 2005 found people who colored experienced a drop in their anxiety. The effects were similar to meditation.
So in our stressful lives, it may be worthy to pick up one and dust off your old coloring pencils (or borrow) them from your nieces and nephews.
Color, or color not, either way let the Force guide your hand as your color in the lines (or out of the lines like me). Sold online and in brick and mortar places like Michael’s, the Star Wars Coloring Book is 128 pages of unique and elaborate illustrations to let your imagination loose on.
Also from the House of the Mouse, Disney has a few adult coloring books, so whether you feel like curling up with a youngin’ to color side by side, or spreading the book on the kitchen table with a glass of wine, you can if you want. We included the Art of Coloring Disney Animals: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation (Art Therapy) book, which comes out April of this year. Disney has tons of adult coloring books, including Frozen and Beauty and the Beast, so if animals aren’t your thing maybe the princesses are.
Similar to Disney’s stories, a Grimm’s Fairytale coloring book exists. From the looks of it, this book gets a bit risqué, so if you like a bit of a scandal this may be more your speed. Target seems to carry it if you’re interested.
It seems only natural there would be a Sherlock coloring book. Based on the BBC’s hit drama, you now get your chance to decorate Sherlock’s infamous wallpaper. We’d like to think Sherlock himself would be a fan, and maybe should look into it to kick that nasty habit of his. Color in Sherlock, Watson and the rest of those involved with Baker Street with Sherlock: The Mind Palace: A Colouring Book Adventure.
Using the wonderful Sir John Tenniel illustrations that graced the original Alice in Wonderland, you can take your own trip down the rabbit hole without leaving your room. The Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, Alice and all the other characters you fell in love are included.
The Doctor Who Coloring Book from Price Stern Sloan features 96 pages of Gallifrey and beyond. The original art features quotes from the television show and depicts special moments throughout the series. Any Whovian would enlist in the Time War to get their hands on this.
As the proud owner of the Harry Potter Coloring Book, I can tell you it is worth it. I tote the book with me to work and de-stress during my lunch break with it. Bonus if you play the soundtrack while doing so. There are a few more including a Creatures edition, Artifacts, and Magical Places and Characters, which is perfect to get you in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them mood.
Nick Snels’ Zombie Coloring Book will satiate your appetite. There’s violence, blood and horror in this book that contains 40 cartoons to color.
Have a love for nostalgia and video games? This 8-bit coloring book is the ticket to your happiness. It’s a trip down memory lane with the Knock Knock 8 Bit Art Pixel Coloring Book. We’ve linked to a shop on eBay for the book, but it also available on Amazon.
Marvel has a bunch of coloring books tailored for adults. You’ll feel like a true artist as you shade in Ultron. They also have a Civil War book coming out as well as a Skottie Young edition. You can check out more info at Marvel’s official page.
Not to be outdone, but may be a little harder to find, DC is in the market as well. In January they released 25 variant covers that doubled as coloring book pages. If you were lucky enough to grab them when in stores please share the love, we’d love to see your creations. There’s no word yet if DC will put out a coloring book or do more variant covers.
While waiting for the next season of Game of Thrones, or George R.R. Martin’s next book, busy yourself coloring in this official book based on A Song of Fire and Ice. Step into the fantastical world created by Martin with 96 pages of art.
You’ll want to go there and back again with this coloring book, Tolkien’s World. As an homage to Middle Earth, you get to choose if you want Gandalf the Grey, Gandalf the White – or Gandalf the Rainbow. It’s all up to you. Pick out your favorite moments from Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.
The Scottish Highlands are dreamy enough, and now you get to add your artistic expression to the rolling greens. The coloring book for Diana Gabladon’s popular series on Starz will have you up close and personal with Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser.