One of my most popular posts was that of the 30 Coolest Coloring Books for Grown-Ups back in 2009, so it's time for an update. Since then there have been some fabulous additions to the category by everyone from luxury brands to well-known low-brow artists to individuals self-publishing their own unique coloring books.
Here are my picks for the coolest coloring books of 2011-2012 (some not even out yet but available for pre-order).
Color Ink Books by Brothers Washburn.
To start with, if you are not familiar with the fabulous DIY Periodicals, Color Ink Books by the Brothers Washburn, you've been missing out. Their motivation was to create a venue that would infuse the artists with the art enthusiasts. The publications are printed in black and white and give the readers the option to add their own color.
Each 8.5' x 11' 100 page volume features a who’s who of pop surrealists, lowbrow, avant garde, underground, graffiti, street and subversive artists as well as many up and comers.
Tara McPherson, Luke Cheh, Rob Reger, Steve Daily and Chris Ryniak are just a few of the participating artists. Shop for them here
Modern Art Coloring Books
Natural Wonders Coloring Book by Patrick Hruby:
A Coloring Book: Drawings by Andy Warhol
Created especially for clients' children for Christmas in 1961, this coloring book has just been reissued.
Andy Warhol Coloring Book by Prestel:
MoMA Color Play Coloring Book:
Alexander Girard Coloring Book:
Graff color workbook by Scape Martinez and Graffiti Coloring Book 3: International Styles by Björn Almqvist (Author):
In Between The Lines Coloring Books, Volume 2 and Volume 3 by Rx Art. Featuring line art by well known contemporary artists:
Buy them here
The ridiculously expensive Hermes Les 4 Mondes coloring book
12 pages with 24 designs for you to fill with color, measures 15" x 11", $135:
Buy it here
Funny, Edgy and Erotic Coloring Books
Fat Ladies in Space by Nicole Lorenz:
What Would Jesus Color? by Rose Kent
buy it here
An Erotic Adult Coloring Book (15 R-rated pen and ink drawings to color) by Erin K. Lenchner:
buy it here
The Mature Coloring Book by Dalit Salad:
buy it here
Fashionable Coloring Books
YSL Coloring Book:
My Wonderful World of Fashion and My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion by Nina Chakrabati:
The Fashion Coloring Book by Carol Chu and Lulu Chang (due out Mar 6, 2012):
See all of Amazon's Art Related Coloring Books
See the previous Top 30 coolest Coloring Books for Grown-Ups:
above: a few of the adult coloring books now available on the market
Sure you can buy coloring books of all the Presidents, of geography and just about every licensed character out there. Fill in the lines of famous fashion illustrations and insects of all types. But why do that when you can be shading in a handgun or adding crosshatching to a cock?