Lake: Coloring Books review: A coloring book experience dedicated to artists

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One of my favorite coloring book apps for iPhone and iPad recently received a major update that brings a brand new UI, great new artwork, and a more intuitive way to color. It’s free to download and there are daily illustrations that you can color for free. With a $60 annual subscription or an $8 monthly subscription, you get access to dozens of artist collections with new artwork added all the time.

De-stressing

Lake Coloring Books App

Lake: coloring books

Pretend to be an artist even if you can’t draw a straight line.

With Lake’s coloring books, you can calm your nerves and feel like an artist by adding your own creativity to the beautiful illustrations by over five dozen artists.

New Features Now in Lake: Coloring Books

Lake Coloring Books on iPadSource: iMore

Lake was split into four sections with version 3.0.

  • Hey! is the discovery section where the selected coloring pages change daily. It’s also the first place to look for your free daily illustrations. This discovery tab includes a list of daily favorites, a spotlight on collections and new artists, and a list of editors’ picks so you can see what’s new.
  • All Arts is where you’ll find each of the more than five dozen artist books, each containing at least a dozen illustrations. This section also divides art by types, including collections, free art, and art style (like animals or landscapes).
  • My workshop is where your colored pages and work in progress are kept. It’s your personal studio. Every artwork you started coloring can be found here, even if the original artwork is no longer free to download, you can still color it and keep it.
  • my gallery contains your favorite colorful images. Did you find that perfect illustration that represents you perfectly? Make it a favorite so you can come back and color it again!

In My Studio you can also work on a blank canvas. If you’re feeling particularly artistic, you can create your own coloring illustrations. Chase your happiness.

There are some additional UI improvements that are just delightful. When you hold your finger on one of the coloring books, its cover fills up and shows you an example of an artist coloring idea. Once you’ve colored a page in a book, that book’s cover will remain colored so you know at a glance which books you’ve colored a page in.

The color wheel is now a dedicated rainbow wheel. If you subscribe to Lake, you’ll get access to dozens of additional shades.

Lake also added a new artist to the book collections, Cléonique Hilsaca. If you didn’t already know, Lake shares all of its monthly profits with its artists. So if you’re sitting there ranting about how you don’t like having to pay a monthly subscription for your coloring book app, just remember that there are about five dozen artists who benefit from your generosity.

Stress relief at your fingertips

Lake Coloring Books on iPadSource: iMore

There are many coloring book apps on the app store. What sets Lake apart is its dedication to the artists who create the illustrations you can color. Each artist includes a short biography of their work and inspiration. The “Hey!” The discovery tab is also a great place to discover artists and their whimsical work.

When you spend a lot of time coloring, you start to learn what makes a good illustration to color and what doesn’t. All the illustrations I have colored in Lake are perfect for coloring. All the lines actually connect, making it clear which shapes need to be filled. The lines have an appropriate thickness, so if you prefer to color without restriction (if you turn off “color inside lines”), it’s very easy to see where one line ends and another begins.

There are four color tools and an eraser. Color tools include watercolor brush, spray paint tool, brush and fill color tool. The tools are basic, but you’re not bogged down with too many options, which can be daunting if you’re not an artist.

You can download Lake on iPhone and iPad and sync your coloring progress via iCloud. So it’s easy to pick up where you left off when you switch from your iPad to your iPhone on the way to work.

Not for color purists

Lake Coloring Books on iPadSource: iMore

My only complaint about Lake is that it’s not as realistic with the coloring tools as I would like. You can’t mix colors, even watercolors (although watercolors will darken when you double down on a paint stroke). Brushes simulate brushstrokes, but in a limited capacity. After you paint an area with a second stroke, the paint flattens out.

The options for each tool are also limited to thickness. You don’t have the option to load the brush or dry it.

Even with these limitations, I like to go to Lake when I have free time and spend a few minutes (or hours) coloring in beautiful illustrations, especially on my iPad Pro with Apple Pencil 2.

Put your stress in a corner with Lake

Lake Coloring Books on iPadSource: iMore

If you’ve been thinking about adult coloring books, but haven’t tried one yet, Lake is a great place to start. There are free pages and free tools you can experiment with to see if that’s your style, and you have the option of a monthly subscription for $8 or an annual subscription for $60.

If you’re already a Lake subscriber, install the update and review your new environment. You will really appreciate the UI changes. It’s much easier to discover new artists and see what’s in your personal studio.

De-stressing

Lake Coloring Books App

Lake: coloring books

Pretend to be an artist even if you can’t draw a straight line.

With Lake’s coloring books, you can calm your nerves and feel like an artist by adding your own creativity to the beautiful illustrations by over five dozen artists.

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