For several years now, coloring (yes, coloring, as in the books filled with outlined illustrations of your favorite characters, dinosaurs, animals, among many other themes you likely filled in with crayons as a child) has been all the rage for adults. Why? Well, it’s proven to be therapeutic in many ways. Does it replace a visit with one’s therapist? No, but it definitely aids in helping people cope and calm down. Researchers tend to agree, there are seven top benefits to coloring for adults:
- Your brain experiences relief by entering a meditative state
- Stress and anxiety levels have the potential to be lowered
- Negative thoughts are expelled as you take in positivity
- Focusing on the present helps you achieve mindfulness
- Unplugging from technology promotes creation over consumption
- Coloring can be done by anyone, not just artists or creative types
- It’s a hobby that can be taken with you wherever you go
Given the current state of the world being stressful, scary, and anxiety producing, a number of artists, illustrators, museums, and an assortment of other companies have been creating free-to-download coloring books and pages to help people keep calm and carry on. These pages are not only fun for artists’ to create, but a great way to promote themselves as well. All it takes is including their name, website, or Instagram username in order to get some new followers. Additionally, artists feel like they are contributing to the effort to help their communities stay home, stay busy, and stay healthy.
Below is a list of some places and people you can download coloring pages from. So grab some markers, crayons, colored pencils, or even watercolor paints, download some pages that appeal to you, and give yourself a little self-care and an escape from the world outside.
From illustrator Gregory Darroll
From illustrator Molly Egan
From illustrator: Yali Ziv
From the illustrators at Closer&Closer
From Taylor Design’s own Steve Habersang
From the Yale Art Gallery
From game makers Playeress
Ok, this one isn’t free, but it’s for a good cause.
From UK design boutique The House that Lars Built, Picture Hope: The Social Distancing Coloring Book. 134 pages of coloring!! Proceeds go to the World Health Organization Coronavirus Response Fund.
By Hannah F
Senior Art Director