Popular Adult Coloring Book Illustrators


As more people are engaged on this hobby and since Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden became too popular, options on adult coloring books have expanded. Colorists have now a variety of designs to choose from…ranging from flowers, animals, insects, landscape, cities, architecture, mandalas, portrait and a lot more. As a colorist myself, I like to collect books from the illustrators that I like and so I’ve organised a list of popular adult coloring book illustrators. Hope this would serve as a helpful guide for you on deciding which coloring books to pick.

What to Look for In an Adult Coloring Book

Before I provide you the list, let me give you some tips on what to look for in an adult coloring book. First, choose a design and theme that you are comfortable or interested to color with. Most adult coloring books have intricate designs and patterns. Determine how intricate and challenging you want to go so that you’ll be able to maintain the momentum on finishing the page. Second, consider something that has a good quality of paper. In coloring for adults, there’s a variety of media to choose from like color pencils, pens, watercolor, pastel and acrylic. So a good quality of paper is important so that pens won’t bleed and you can use different type of media if you want to. Third, look for popular coloring books so that you can have access on tutorials or tips online if you need some guidance on coloring a page. So, here’s a list of popular adult coloring book illustrators and their coloring books.

Johanna Basford

She is known to be the pioneer of adult coloring books. Her designs are mainly on gardens, butterflies and insects, birds and sea creatures. Her pages are combination of intricate, repetitive patterns and symmetry. Here’s a list of her coloring books:

Secret-Garden-by-Johanna Basford

      • Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book
      • Enchanted Forest : Inky Quest and Coloring Book
      • Lost Ocean : An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book
      • Magical Jungle : An Inky Expedition and Coloring Book
      • Johanna’s Christmas : A Festive Coloring Book
      • Ivy and the Inky Butterfly
      • World of Flowers : A Coloring Book and Floral Adventure

Lizzie Mary Cullen

If you are interested on landscapes and urban spaces and travel, this might be the coloring book for you. Her design is very challenging and not the traditional images with straight lines and corners. You will also uncover hidden objects as you go along. These are her books:


      • The Magical City
      • The Magical Christmas
      • The Magical Journey
      • Bon Voyage : An Adult Coloring Book for Lovers of All Things French
      • Buena Vista : An Adult Coloring Book for Lovers of All Things Spanish
      • Tally Ho! : An Adult Coloring Book for Lovers of All Things British

Daria Song

She’s an artist from Seoul Korea. Her coloring books are intricate with scenes and story along the way.

      • Night Voyage: A Magical Voyage and Coloring Book
      • The Time Garden : A Magical Journey and Coloring Journal
      • The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book

Kerby Rosanes

As most of the titles of his books are, his coloring books are really extreme and really challenging. He’s got a very wild imagination that will pick the brains of colorists and express their creativity.

      • Imagimorphia: An Extreme Coloring
      • Mythomorphia : An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge
      • Doodle Invasion: Zifflin’s Coloring Book
      • Colomorphia: Celebrating Kerby Rosanes Coloring Challenges
      • Animorphia : An Extreme Coloring
      • Fantomorphia : An Extreme Coloring
      • Geomorphia : An Extreme Coloring

Hanna Karlzon

She’s a Sweden based illustrator and she finds some inspiration from nature. If you’re interested to color on gems, jewels crystals, potions and bottles and women with headdresses, this might be the coloring book for you. Most of her coloring books are hardbound so very nice to collect as well.


      • Daydreams Coloring Book
      • The Jewelry Box
      • Summer Nights Coloring Book
      • Magical Dawn Coloring Book
      • Seasons Coloring Book
      • Soul Mates Coloring Book
      • Spirit Animals Coloring Book

Alan Robert

There’s something for horror fans too. Alan Robert has a horror theme in all his coloring books.

      • The Beauty of Horror : A Goregeous Coloring Book
      • The Beauty of Horror II : Ghouliana’s Creepatorium
      • The Beauty of Horror III : Haunted Playgrounds
      • The Beauty of Horror Ghosts of Christmas
      • The Beauty of Horror Tricks and Treats : Halloween Coloring Book
      • The Beauty of Horror Ultimate Nigthmare

Emma Farrarons

It’s all about mindfulness so if you like to work on repetitive patterns, you may be interested on her books below:

      • Art of Mindfulness
      • Mindfulness Moments: Anti-Stress Coloring and Activities for Busy People
      • Moments of Mindfulness : Anti-Stress Coloring and Activities for Busy People
      • The Mindfulness Coloring Book

There’s One for You

If you are about to explore this hobby, I’m sure you can find a book that would suit your preference. The list above is something that you can start with. For me, I started with Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden and then as I progressed, I tried to work on other designs. I shift from one coloring book to another to work on different designs.

If you’re already a colorist, hope you’ll find this helpful, too. Based on my experience, one coloring book will never be enough. Having several collections would add joy as well. Looking at uncolored pages and browsing a new coloring book brings a lot of excitement. And you can’t just stop buying. I, myself, have a total of 8 coloring books and just recently, I was thinking of buying another one again.

If I missed some illustrators, please feel free to mention your favorites in the comments section below and I will endeavor to add them to the list.

Thank you for reading and may your life be filled with colors. 🙂



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