Stepping away from the bustle and getting lost in a colouring book is a great way to find the state of calm that can be missing from our day.
Lake: Coloring Books is a beautifully designed and intuitive app that offers hundreds of digital illustrations from accomplished independent artists, across a multitude of collections, styles and themes.
Best of all, Lake requires zero artistic ability to master.
The colouring itself can be as elementary, challenging or time-consuming as you wish. Keep colours between set lines, use the bucket tool to fill entire sections or colour completely freehand to test your precision.
Colours are selected from a neat rainbow wheel, while many artists create custom palettes for each piece of work. Brush options are plentiful, and you can alter thickness for greater definition.
Overall, the app is geared towards finger colouring, but it’s also compatible with the iPad’s Apple Pencil for a more realistic experience.
The free version serves up a few images, with a new one to unlock each day. Premium offers more than 900 illustrations and the ability to start with a blank canvas.
Lake shares its revenue with artists, so by signing up you’re supporting them too.