17 Anime Coloring Pages (Free + Printable)

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Hey there, fellow art and anime lovers. Are you ready to test your abilities and creativity? If you are, then you’re in for a real treat. Anime is a unique and beautiful style of art that has captured the hearts of millions of people all around the world. And what better way to appreciate this art form than by coloring your own anime illustrations?

In this article, we’ll present you with a wide variety of anime coloring pages that you can use to have fun and relax or to practice your coloring skills on. Whether you’re an experienced artist or just starting out, these coloring pages are a great way to improve and let your creativity run wild.

So, grab your coloring pencils and get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant and exciting world of anime. Let’s explore the beauty and wonder of this art style together and create some amazing artwork that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted. Are you ready to dive in? Let’s get started!


Now, let’s talk about some tips for successful coloring. 

  • Before you get started, make sure to choose a well-lit and comfortable space to work in. It’s also important to select appropriate coloring pages and supplies, including the right coloring tools and paper. 
  • Since our coloring pages are very high quality, you’ll be able to print them on any surface your printer supports. You can use thicker paper as well as cardstock or even watercolor paper. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also print on paper that supports gouache or acrylic paint.
  • We don’t advise you to paint with wet mediums (watercolors, gouache, inks) if you’re printing with an inkjet printer since the inks are dye-based and not resistant to water; on the other side, if you have a laser printer, then you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Take your time and remember to relax and have fun while you color – this is supposed to be a fun and therapeutic activity, so don’t stress and enjoy!

Now, let’s talk colors!

Colors in anime are tricky, and although you don’t need a wide color theory basis, some basic knowledge is always useful to make your colors pop.

  • For a fun and whimsical look, use bright, candy-colored hues like pink, orange, blue, and yellow.
  • For a romantic, nostalgic feel, use soft pastel colors like blush pink, lavender, and baby blue.
  • For a dramatic and intense effect, use deep shades of red, purple, and black.
  • For a playful and lighthearted scene, use cheerful and sunny colors like orange, yellow, and light green.
  • For a modern and sleek look, use muted shades of gray, white, and black with pops of bright neon colors.
  • For a dreamy, magical feel, try using soft pinks and purples accented with gold or silver metallic colors.
  • For a futuristic, sci-fi look, use bright neon colors like hot pink, electric blue, and lime green.
  • For a calming, tranquil atmosphere, try using muted greens and blues with hints of warm yellow or orange to create a sunset effect.
  • For a vibrant and energetic mood, use bold primary colors like red, yellow, and blue.
  • For a dark, moody scene, use deep shades of purple, blue, and black, with touches of white or yellow to create a contrast.

When it comes to choosing the right materials, there are a variety of options to consider, that’s why we’ve prepared a selection of recommended materials so you can enjoy your coloring journey even more. Although many say that having better supplies won’t make you a better artist, it for sure can improve your experience a lot!

Good art supplies will take away most of the frustration and lack of control bad art supplies have and will make your work look much better, with brighter, more intense colors, will last more, and are a delight to use.

Here is a list of recommended materials and brands:

Coloring Pencils:

Everybody knows that there is nothing better than Prismacolor, they have the softest coloring pencils, the most intense pigments, and the highest quality, however, they are quite expensive as well. Because of that, we’ve prepared two alternatives that will give you the best results without hurting your pockets as professional colored pencils would.

Paper for Coloring

You don’t need special paper for coloring, however the experience of coloring on paper that is more resistant, that has texture or that grand the pigments better is something I suggest you try. There are many types of paper for art, each one made with a specific medium in mind, however, there is also an “all-in-one” paper where you can try different mediums and experiment all you want without worrying. These two brands have great quality and are not as expensive as other professional brands. Remember, if you are going to use any kind of “wet” medium, make sure you’re printing with a laser printer.

Coloring on top of white paper can affect how our brain perceives values and colors, so it’s always recommended to try toned paper. The gray tones on the paper will give your brain a base that is neutral and will force it to work with colors differently. You will learn about value and your coloring pages will look amazing with a darker background. 


We couldn’t forget about all the accessories you need to bring your coloring to the next level! You don’t have to buy them all, of course, however, we do recommend you get the color blender and the electric eraser or the electric sharpener if you don’t have a good sharpener at home. 

Colored pencils and markers are great for traditional coloring and fine detail work, while watercolor pencils allow for a more fluid and blended look. If you’re feeling adventurous, try using markers and gel pens to add bold and vibrant colors to your pages.

And remember, with the right color palettes and supplies, you can bring your coloring pages to life. So grab your coloring tools and get started today!

Happy Coloring!