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Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 45 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists [Paperback]

Julia Rothman
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Book Description

25 Jun 2011

This book shares large full-color images and profiles each of the high profile, amazingly talented artists that discuss their sketchbooks and how they use them.

People are fascinated by artist’s sketchbooks. They offer a glimpse into private pages where artists brainstorm, doodle, develop and work on ideas, and keep track of their musings. Artists use these journals to document their daily lives, produce their initial ideas for bigger projects, and practice their skills. Using a variety of media from paint to pencil to collage, these pages can become works of art themselves. They often feel fresh and alive because they are first thoughts and often not reworked. These pages capture the artist’s personalities along with glimpses of their process of working and inspirations.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry (25 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536948
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A quick flip through this book will leave you wanting to drop everything and pick up a new sketchbook to begin.' --Somerset Studio, October 2011

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Julia Rothman is a pattern designer and illustrator in Brooklyn. Her pattern designs can be seen on products for companies such as Urban Outfitters and Garnet Hill. She has her own line of letterpress stationery and wallpaper. Her illustrations can be found in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan magazine and on a poster displayed throughout New York’s subway system. Her blog, Book By Its Cover, gets on average about 4,500 daily unique readers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 20 July 2011
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I got to know of this book from Book By Its Cover, which is the blog of the author Julia Rothman. I visit her blog regularly to check out lesser known art books. She does a great job featuring artists and their books.

Drawn In seems like an extension of the blog in a book format.

There are 44 artists featured in this book. Each comes with a profile, an interview and pages from their sketchbooks. There's a nice variety of wildly differing styles, all very unique and raw.

Most are doodles of imagination, some simple, some intricate, there are pages drawn with pencils and others created from mixed media.

It's interesting to see what these artists fill in their sketchbooks because you can never guess what's inside. Katy Horan draws dark spooky women, Rob Dunlavey seems to like to draw castles, Chad Kouri creates lettering, Ted McGrath's book is well worn with the many things pasted onto the pages.

I like the interviews that talk about how they use their sketchbooks, their various inspiration, and you can learn more about their personalities. With the exception of the author, the rest of the artists are all new to me.

Delightful book. More for those who like doodle-like imaginative drawings.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Drawn In 5 Sep 2011
By Carmen
This book is literally pages and pages of sketchbook glimpses. The book appears to be a spin-off of the authors blog Book By It's Cover, a place where she shares her love of art books and started a little feature showcasing the inside of artists sketchbooks... I will put my hands up to now and admit I had never heard of Book By It's Cover... but then I have never heard of a lot of the people that write craft and art books. I know what I like just not usually who made/painted it.

This book is quite simply gorgeous. A real feast for the eyes. I am a real people watcher, I love to people watch, making up stories about the passers by. I love to read blog posts sneaky peeking inside people's studios. My guilty afternoon pleasure used to be Through The Keyhole. So to be able to see inside so many sketchbooks at one time is just, well, like handing over the key to the secret chocolate stash. It's such an intimate thing for the people involved to show, accompanied with short interview questions, it gives a real insight into each particular persons thought process.

What I particularly like is that it's not just one type of creative person showing their books. There are artists, cartoonists, typographers... so much diversity. I also liked the inclusion of people across the globe - usually I've found craft books are mainly people from the USA which, granted, this book did still have a lot of but I was pleasantly surprised to see people from England, Scotland, Singapore etc. represented.

I took this book away with me on holiday and read it from cover to cover in the evenings while we were away. Since we've been back I've read it again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars look inside sketchbooks 20 July 2011
Any artist knows that everyone likes to take a peek at your sketchbooks. There is something magnetic about them. In some sketchbooks artists reveal their thought processes, in others you can see their drawing style, the media they use, the way they approached a subject and their attitude towards colour. In short, an artist is revealed through their sketchbooks. Julia Rothman opens up the sketchbooks of 44 fine artist, illustrators, graphic designers and cartoonists. it's an interesting insight that most artists will enjoy. There is information on the artist, what they use their sketchbook for and more. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's bok review website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFULL 13 Mar 2013
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I am a university illustration and graphic commination BA HONS student and I am constantly buying art and design books to inspire me and help me improve my professional practice, this book has both lovely images and good information content as a good balance, this has truly helped me and all my university friends love it. I would recommended this to anyone who has a interest
to anything visually appealing.
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