13 colouring books to get lost in

Marianna Giusti gets drawn in by lockdown’s latest hobby

The Flower Year: A Coloring Book by Leila Duly (Laurence King, $14.99)
The Flower Year: A Coloring Book by Leila Duly (Laurence King, $14.99)

Floribunda

London-based Leila Duly has built a career sketching floral motifs inspired by the English countryside, Columbia Road flower market and Victorian botanical etchings. Her bestselling poster-books Floribunda and The Flower Year – following flowers through the seasons – offer romantic line drawings for colouring and framing. laurenceking.com

Floribunda: A Flower Colouring Book by Leila Duly (Laurence King, $22.50)
Floribunda: A Flower Colouring Book by Leila Duly (Laurence King, $22.50)
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Fonda del Sol

Interior designer Alexander Girard drew more than 80 colourful sun motifs for the interior of La Fonda del Sol restaurant, a ’60s Manhattan hotspot, and the results were used across menus, match-books, cards and staff uniforms. Published by the Vitra Design Museum, this colouring book gathers a selection of the sun’s variations. design-museum.de

La Fonda Del Sol Coloring Book by Alexander Girard (Vitra Design Museum, £10)
La Fonda Del Sol Coloring Book by Alexander Girard (Vitra Design Museum, £10)
Earth & Space Coloring Book by Chronicle Books (£13.99)
Earth & Space Coloring Book by Chronicle Books (£13.99)

Earth and Space

If astronauts had time to colour in, they’d colour in this book. Thirty-five spectacular stills from the Nasa archive are accompanied by an identical line-drawn match. They reveal all sorts of marvels, from an earthrise captured from the moon to a supergiant Kappa Cassiopeia and a solar eclipse with visible flares. chroniclebooks.com

Swedish Modern

This tells the story of Svenskt Tenn, the historic Swedish design company founded by Estrid Ericson in 1924 and joined by architect Josef Frank. The line illustrations – alongside reproductions of Frank’s fantastical prints, archival photos and furniture – perfectly capture Svenskt Tenn’s fantasy take on the counterculture of that era. finnishdesignshop.com

Swedish Modern: A Colouring Book of Magical Interiors: Estrid Ericson, Josef Frank & Svenskt Tenn (Thames & Hudson, £15.20)
Swedish Modern: A Colouring Book of Magical Interiors: Estrid Ericson, Josef Frank & Svenskt Tenn (Thames & Hudson, £15.20)
The Black Patriots Coloring Book by D Marque Hall (Independent, $10)
The Black Patriots Coloring Book by D Marque Hall (Independent, $10)

Black Lives Matter

Delaware-based artist, boxer and former prison inmate D Marque Hall created the Black Lives Matter and Black Patriots books as a record of African-American history. His subjects commemorate more than 100 victims of police brutality, like Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice, and pay homage to Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks. fineblackart.com

Blank State

Drawn by the German design duo behind Fundamental Berlin, who previously worked at David Chipperfield studio in London, Blank State charts the growth of a city from initial settlements to a utopian future through a series of architectural illustrations. In their words, this book is “perfect for anyone who has ever daydreamed about urban planning”. fundamental.berlin

Blank Slate: An Architectural Colouring Book (Gingko Press, $15.95)
Blank Slate: An Architectural Colouring Book (Gingko Press, $15.95)
Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined by Steve McDonald (Chronicle Books, £10.99)
Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined by Steve McDonald (Chronicle Books, £10.99)

Fantastic Cities

Deemed “the most intricate colouring book yet”, the large square-format Fantastic Cities: A Colouring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined features bird’s-eye shots of urban landscapes, line-drawn in painstaking detail. Steve McDonald’s absorbingly complex illustrations include aerial views of 1st Avenue and East 60th Street in Manhattan, the meandering streets of Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco’s suburbia. chroniclebooks.com

The Art of Nature

In the 18th and 19th centuries, scientists used intricate hand-drawn etchings to document their studies of plants and creatures in meticulous detail. The Art of Nature Coloring Book is a bible for those who love animal and botanical prints, with 60 historical illustrations to colour in, depicting the beauty of nature from the most unexpected places. simonandschuster.co.uk

The Art of Nature Coloring Book (Adams Media, £9.99)
The Art of Nature Coloring Book (Adams Media, £9.99)
Vogue Colors A to Z: A Fashion Coloring Book by Valerie Steiker (Knopf, $16.95)
Vogue Colors A to Z: A Fashion Coloring Book by Valerie Steiker (Knopf, $16.95)

Vogue Colors A to Z

Curated by Vogue’s culture editor Valerie Steiker, this colouring book combines a Jazz Age-inspired alphabet with 26 archive Vogue covers, printed between 1912 and 1932, by the most celebrated illustrators of the time. The prints feature distinctive art deco patterns and typography, while women are drawn absorbed in the most disparate tasks, from steering a Venetian gondola and pruning morning glories to riding a zebra, veiled and rigorously side-saddled. amazon.co.uk

Millie Marotta’s Wild Savannah

Millie Marotta’s debut colouring book sold half a million copies in one month alone. Her Wild Savannah collection features baobab trees, hopping kangaroos and leaping gazelles. The author is currently offering free downloadable illustrations for colouring through her Instagram account (@milliemarotta), which also features a Love NHS illustration to support key workers that has been shared hundreds of times. waterstones.com

Millie Marotta’s Wild Savannah: A Coloring Book Adventure (Batsford, £9.99)
Millie Marotta’s Wild Savannah: A Coloring Book Adventure (Batsford, £9.99)
London Buildings Colouring Book by Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar (Batsford, £7.99)
London Buildings Colouring Book by Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar (Batsford, £7.99)

London Buildings

Design duo Robin Farquhar and Hannah Dipper of People Will Always Need Plates have translated their linear illustrations from pottery onto a printed tour of London’s architectural highlights. With a foreword by Max Fraser, the book transports readers across 45 of London’s architectural monuments, from landmark brutalist icons like the Barbican and National Theatre to under-the-radar gems like the 1920s modernist Isokon Flats in Hampstead. pavilionbooks.com

Bait

Chuck Palahniuk’s hardbound colouring book contains eight freakish short stories with more than 40 illustrations, line-drawn by established comic-book artists, such as Joëlle Jones and Lee Bermejo. Bizarre tales as one would customarily expect from the writer of Fight Club, the writer describes them as “the best I’ve ever written”. penguinrandomhouse.com

Bait: Off-Color Stories For You To Color by Chuck Palahniuk (Dark Horse, £16.99)
Bait: Off-Color Stories For You To Color by Chuck Palahniuk (Dark Horse, £16.99)
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