Steve McDonald’s Fantastic Cities: A Colouring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined features stunningly detailed cityscapes that will take you on a globe-trotting colouring adventure.
Fantastic Cities has almost 60 “immersive aerial views” of cities from New York and London to Istanbul, Tokyo, Rio, and more, alongside intricate “Inception-like architectural mandalas”.
These “mind-bending labyrinthine architectural illustrations” are meant to produce a meditative colouring effect. Adult colouring books have exploded in popularity, with marketing claims that they can reduce anxiety and stress. Whether or not they’re a therapeutic quick fix, colouring can be a fun and immersive activity. McDonald’s book doubles down by providing awesomely detailed city scenes both familiar and foreign:
Lunenberg Nova Scotia and “Lunenberg Mandala”
Picadilly Circus, London
Over at the Guardian’s Cities site, you can grab several of McDonald’s illustrations in high res to print out or indulge in some desktop digital colouring. My current favourite is the distinctive rooftops of Paris view—and the attention to detail on San Francisco (below) alone will keep you happily colouring for days.
San Francisco. Can you spot the startups?