I was trying to figure out a great gift for my dad who is starting to have signs of Alzheimers for Father’s Day and remembered that since he was a kid, he loved to design and paint large model airplanes… so why not coloring books for men? But of course, he probably wasn’t going to enjoy the flowery, tangled type that I like so I started my search for Coloring Books for Guys.
Men’s Coloring Books
If you live in a house where Die Hard IS a Christmas movie tradition, then this coloring book is for you. All your favorite scenes and quotes are in this official Die Hard coloring and activity book. This coloring book from Harper Design is excellent quality. I received a sample of it from the publisher and it is Coloring Book Addict approved!
- Hans Gruber and his posse crash the Christmas party at Nakatomi and take the tower hostage;
- John McClane’s limo ride with Argyle;
- The tension-filled crawl through the building vents;
- John’s morbid message delivery to Hans (written on the corpse of one of Hans’ men);
- The famous bloody footprints;
- And of course, John leaping off the Nakatomi tower.
A friend of mine in Scotland (Kemberlee) ordered this book in the UK and she couldn’t stop gushing about how fabulous it was. It’s got a hardcover with fabulous paper and amazing illustrations of Dragons of all sorts. Filled with mythical monsters from around the world, The Book of Beasts will take young readers on an epic coloring quest through ancient lands and lore. As they fill in the pages, children will encounter creatures from Aboriginal, African, Mesoamerican, Greek, Roman, Indian, Norse, Chinese, and Japanese tales. On the back of each page, kids will find background on the beasts in the book.
Along with the pages to color, you’ll find some historical background of the firearms and guns on each of the pages which were written by a competitive shooter and veteran who is also the artist. I have a copy of this book from the artist and have gifted it to the gun enthusiast in my life. Its original art on decent paper. As always use a sheet between your pages to avoid bleed through and pressure marks.
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Colour my Sketchbook – DRAGONS by Bennett Klein
The colored in dragons on this cover were done by members of his Facebook page linked here.
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Kitchen Overlord’s Colorable Compendium of Geek History: An Adult Coloring Book and Companion to the Illustrated Geek Cookbook
I haven’t seen this one in person, but its on my list and from the reviews, it looks fun. “The creators of Kitchen Overlord’s Illustrated Geek Cookbook invite you to color along with 120 years of geek history!
Start with H.G. Wells Time Machine in 1885 and bring the black and white pages to life as the world grows geekier with every decade.
See Cthulhu rise in 1928, color Captain America in 1941, leave the Shire for Mordor in 1954, boldly go on a five year mission starting in 1966, finally learn what “inconceivable” means in 1973, fight Zuul and Gozer in 1984, help the Scooby gang protect Sunnydale in 1997, become a Big Damn Hero in 2002, and help Ichabod Crane become a modern man in 2012.
You get over 50 fun illustrations representing your favorite books, comics, movies, TV, and games – arranged chronologically so you can see how geekdom has evolved over more than a century.”
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Military Coloring Books for Men
If you like freebies check out the free coloring page and book excepts from Dover too.
Other Military Coloring Books for Men include:
American Muscle Cars Coloring Books for Men
Expertly rendered illustrations of fast, flashy, and powerful sports cars, among them the 1962 Ford Thunderbird, 1964 Corvette Stingray, 1968 Chevy Impala SS427, 1969 Camaro Z-28, 1970 Ford Torino Fastback, 1971 Mustang Boss 351, 1974 Firebird Trans-Am, and 37 others. For coloring book enthusiasts and “muscle car” fans.
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There’s also Classic Cars of the 50’s Coloring Book
Luxury Cars Coloring Book
Sports Cars Coloring Book &
History of Trucks
Motorcycles Coloring Book – This collection chronicles over 100 years of motorcycle history with illustrations of 45 accurately detailed models, including Gottlieb Daimler Motor Bicycle (1885), 1913 Royal Enfield, 1947 Indian “Chief,” 1966 BSA A65 Lightning, and the Honda ES21 Future Motorcycle Concept Prototype.
Dover Books has a great selection of History Coloring Books
Looking for a great historical coloring book? Dover can help you add color to some of the most remarkable events in history! From dinosaurs, the Old West, the Civil War, Native Americans, the space race, American presidents and first ladies to vintage automobiles and trains, castles and cathedrals, famous explorers and inventors, historic architecture like Famous Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright and landmarks. Black history coloring books feature authentic illustrations about the Underground Railroad, the Amistad, Barack Obama, and more. Each edition offers beautifully detailed illustrations and fact-filled captions.
This book blew me away when I started seeing colored in pictures from it. It is filled with cityscapes and countryside illustrations that feature a bike and a cat. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The paper is fabulous art quality and the illustrations are one sided with a center fold out section for a large poster sized creation. On the facing side of the page is an illustration of the same cat you see in each picture (sometimes you have to hunt to find him) but what’s really cool about the cat is that when you flip the pages he animates. This will for sure bring you back to your school days when you used to make flip books. If you are a bicycle enthusiast or the man in your life is, you can’t go wrong with this coloring book. It’s 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches and has 144 pages.
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IllGottenBrain Coloring Books by Chris Guest
I wanted to add a couple of books from a new illustrator that I know guys will love. Thanks to one of my coloring group, Shawn B. for the heads up about his fun books! Meet Chris Guest aka IllGottenBrain. He has 2 books out, Beyond the Fairytale Forest and Monsters Eat Everything that you are sure to enjoy.
His books remind me of Steve Squidoodle’s illustrations too.. fun and funky, check his work out here.
This book is done in a graphic novel style so LOTS of black and background details so it’s along the lines of a gray scale coloring book. The illustrations are from the Walking Dead graphic novels and it’s very detailed. We are hoping they come out with another that follows the TV show a bit more but if you know a Walking Dead addict, this might be a perfect gift.
Dudes love to tinker with gadgets so this Steampunk Devices would be a great choice for the artsy guy on your shopping list.
After seeing colorings from this book on Instagram I purchased it on Amazon. It’s a greyscale book that makes your colorings really come to life. It’s hardbound book that opens at the top so great for left handed colorists too.
Although Johanna Basford is known for her pretty flowers and delicate leaves, guys can fall a little in love with her illustrations in her third Inky book, “Lost Ocean”
Visit coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, discover intricate shells and pirate treasure. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will welcome this creative journey into an inky new world.
Bugs & Creepy Crawling Coloring Books for Men
Check out this Complicated Spiders Coloring Book… This unique coloring book is 8 inches wide x 9 inches high, it has 25 different illustrations of intricately adorned spiders; each illustration is printed in the book twice, one on a black background and the same illustration on a white background with light gray lines. Lots of spider and insect book here too.
Fantasy and Dragon Coloring Books For Men
Funny Coloring Books
Electile Disfunction – The Story of the 2016 Presidential Election Coloring Book
Unicorns Are Jerks: a coloring book exposing the cold, hard, sparkly truth
Coloring for Grown-ups – Holiday Fun Book
Steve MacDonald’s Cityscapes book “Fantastic Cities“ will also appeal to the guys our there with a book where no flowers or fairies are anywhere to be seen. Steve McDonald applies his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful, detailed line drawings of amazing buildings and other structures from around the world in Fantastic Structures and his third book includes simpler designs in Fantastic Collections,
Comic Book and Graphic Novel Coloring Books
Featuring iconic artwork by renowned comic artists, DC Comics Coloring Book includes stunning line art of beloved characters such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Click to Order on Amazon
This graphic novel features classic illustrations from some of the most well known Wonder Woman artists of all time, including George Pérez, Jim Lee, Brian Bolland, Amanda Conner, Ross Andru, H.G. Peter, Cliff Chiang, and Phil Jimenez printed on both sides of the page. WClick to Order the Wonder Woman Coloring Book
This adult coloring book features chapters from one of the greatest graphic novels of all-time, BATMAN: HUSH. Illustrated by Jim Lee, known for his intricate lines and exceptional detail, this tale is perfect for coloring. Click to Order this fully illustrated Batman graphic novel here
120 pages of all-out costumed warfare, featuring Steve McNiven’s exquisitely rendered artwork just waiting for you to add the color! Captain America and Iron Man are the feuding Avengers leading the two sides of heroes that battle it out over the rights and wrongs of Superhuman Registration. Click to order Civil War
This book includes covers from New Mutants 98, old school Pool, New Pool, the Daniel Way years, and Deadpool vs; Thanos, carnage, zombies, Cable, and Spider-Man. Click to order Deadpool
Steve Squidoodle has a fantastic following on Facebook which is where I discovered him. Like Bennett Klein, he is always giving away freebies on his fan page. Learn more about Steve Turner the illustrator here.
A Day at the Beach by Squidoodle – Steve Turner
The Natural Atlas by Squidoodle – Steve Turner
Creative Insults for Foul-Mouthed Beasts – A UK Sweary Coloring Book by Squidoodle – Steve Turner
I STRONGLY recommend downloading the Hobby Lobby & Michaels App to your smart phone. That way you always have the coupons with you. Being the clumsy person I am.. I ALWAY forget the coupons at home or in the other car or the other purse.. you get me.. right? You can often find art supplies there for a good price with the coupon but most often I buy books and supplies on Amazon.