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An Excuse to Draw: Tommy Kane Sketches the World Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Salma Editions (15 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956873839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956873835
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Tommy Kane is a Creative Director in advertising who knows how to draw. In his free time, he travels the world equipped with pens, coloured pencils, a little watercolor set, some waterbrushes and a few different drawing books. He draws the world as he sees it in great detail. This is his first book.


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Beautiful book
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Go buy this book. Buy more than one. If you are interested in drawing this is what you need to be studying and learning from. I study and copy his work. A lot. If you want to draw like a master you must study the masters, and he is a modern master. I've learned so much about angles, details (oh those bricks!), the way the light hits the side of a building and, most importantly, taking the time in order to really see. For me his work is right up there with Van Gogh, Hopper and Kirby. He has drawn a lot of the places I am familiar with in and around Brooklyn and Manhattan. His drawings bring back wonderful memories of places I haunted in the 1970's when I lived there and the world was a much different place.

From the very first he describes how fear drove him to do what he has done so far in life, and how his art has saved him.

That is real stuff. Motivated by fear and going for it anyway.

When you make art because you have no other choice but to do it you are in a wonderful place. I like the way he works through adversity. He goes for it with a Uniball pen, watercolors and prismacolors. Mistakes happen. But he works it. Here is a guy willing to produce art without a safety net. He works so hard at it that even if 90% of his art turned out to be mediocre the other 10% would be stone cold masterpieces. In my opinion his masterpiece percentage is much higher than 10% already.

And anybody who liked Joe Pepitone knows what being a real Yankee fan in the 60's was all about!

One last thing...I noticed on the back of the book it said "to be continued". I hope there will be a volume 2.
Nice job Tommy. Thanks!
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2014
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As someone who likes to sketch, I always find it inspiring to look at other people's sketchbooks. That's because you understand how much work goes into making those sketches, especially if they are done outdoors, in all sorts of conditions.

Tommy Kane has worked as a creative director in advertising for over 30 years. And he's an avid sketcher. I've been following his blog, sketches and adventures for quite a while now. It's great to see that he has finally released his sketches in book form.

An Excuse to Draw collects 8 years worth of sketches. The book's a 216-page hardcover. Many sketches are printed full page which enables you to read his notes. On selected pages, he also talk about his experiences while sketching abroad.

The sketches included are those he drew while traveling to different countries and cities. Morocco, Lebanon, Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Prague, Beijing, Tokyo, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sydney, the different states in USA and more.

He has a nice style characterised by bold uniform ink lines and coloured by either watercolours or coloured pencils. He works with sketchbooks and also on larger paper.

The drawings are in detail and captures a scene from the places he has been to. I find it charming to go through the drawings, reading about his hand written notes about things that happen while he was sketching.

The introduction of the book is quite personal and moving. The foreword written by Michelangelo (yes that one, I thought he was dead too) is quite funny.

It's a wonderful book. One of my 2014 favourite artbooks. For the price of the book, you get this amount of work, I think it's terrific value.

Highly recommended.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Tommy has such a unique style that just the drawings alone are engaging, drawing you in. But he also has a deliciously skewed perspective on the world...An Excuse to Draw is an amazing travelogue around the globe through Tommy's eyes....a trip well worth taking!
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Brilliant book, well presented and clear illustrations which you can loose yourself in. I've really enjoyed reading and browsing through Tommy Kane's work, and will continue to do so, as it's a book you can come back to time and time again.
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Love the stories and honest commentary as much as the drawings. Is a book I think I will look at time and time again. Would make an amazing present for anyone who enjoys urban sketching and drawing on location.
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By KJ on 20 Jan. 2015
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I am a huge fan of Tommy Kane's work, and this book is literally packed with his sketches, with only brief, yet very interesting, blocks of text. I need to get a magnifying glass to read the text on some of the reduced sketches, but I'd rather have more sketches than readable text, as funny as his remarks often are.

While there is no direct instruction, there is a lot to learn from just studying the work of this modern master.

This is a book that I will return to time and again and so I consider it to be well worth the money.
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