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Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists [Paperback]

Julia Rothman , Vanessa Davis
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June 1 2011

Sketchbooks offer a fascinating 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.

In Drawn In, you can take a peek inside the sketchbooks of 44 high-profile, amazingly talented artists as they discuss their collections and how they use them. Featuring a spectrum of creators from illustrators and fine artists to graphic designers and cartoonists, this books offers an inside, full-color glimpse into pages filled with pencil and pen sketches, thumbnail drawings, unpublished comics, elaborate collages, loose clippings, and much more. Become inspired by these incredible artists and the pages they share in Drawn In!


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Julia Rothman is a pattern designer and illustrator located in Brooklyn, New York. Her pattern designs can be seen on products for companies such as Urban Outfitters, The Land of Nod, and Garnet Hill. She has her own line of letterpress stationery with Hello Lucky, office products through Galison, and a wallpaper line through Hygge & West. Recently Julia finished up a new pattern for Victoria Secret which they used on their new Tease for Two beauty products. Her illustrations can be found in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan magazine and on a poster displayed throughout the New York City's subway system as part of the MTA Arts for Transit program. Articles about her work have been published in Paper, City, Blanket and Tokion magazines. Her blog, Book By Its Cover (www.book-by-its-cover.com), has a very devoted readership.

Julia Rothman is a pattern designer and illustrator located in Brooklyn, New York. Her pattern designs can be seen on products for companies such as Urban Outfitters, The Land of Nod, and Garnet Hill. She has her own line of letterpress stationery with Hello Lucky, office products through Galison, and a wallpaper line through Hygge & West. Recently Julia finished up a new pattern for Victoria Secret which they used on their new Tease for Two beauty products. Her illustrations can be found in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan magazine and on a poster displayed throughout the New York City's subway system as part of the MTA Arts for Transit program. Articles about her work have been published in Paper, City, Blanket and Tokion magazines. Her blog, Book By Its Cover (www.book-by-its-cover.com), has a very devoted readership.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful July 20 2011
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Length: 1:06 Mins
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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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful July 20 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediate honesty in unworked sketchbooks of published artists July 2 2011
By Sakuteiki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Interest in Julia Rothman's blog of artist sketchbooks evolved into a visual anthology of artists' sketchbook excerpts and descriptions of their personal creative process. The unvarnished immediacy of line on page inspires encourages entrances with the unique potential inherent in every human being.

The usual domain of unspoken self-reflection is generously shared in response to questions about courage, beginning work, showing, selling, personal reverie.

Multiple two-page spreads for each of the 44 artist's work are depicted with answers to: what childhood influence most impacts your artistic life now? what do you use your sketchbook for (casual sketch, finished work before presentation, working out composition and color palette, brain hard drive to remember new ideas, experimenting, etc)? how many sketchbooks do you have? why that size of book? what media do you use in sketchbooks? when and where do you sketch? what is your work process? is your completed work similar or different than your sketchbooks?

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Informative insight into the diversity of artists' work process, reaffirming we are all different and distinct in what we create, where, when and how it is produced, our preferences prejudices and personality are worthy of sharing.

Each artist's uniqueness informs their expression in the world, whether visual A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance, gustatory (Julie & Julia), auditory (ocean surf, waterfalls, music) Zen Garden, tactile Faith and Transformation: Votive Offerings and Amulets from the Alexander Girard Collection, inventive Gainsbourg or aromatic and represents a needed contribution to the 7 billion piece puzzle of humankind.

Drawn In offers sketchbook glimpses of creativity at work. An afternoon at the home of artist (painted glass, wood carving, acrylic painting) Aida Perez in Ecuador gifted me with immersion in the aesthetic environment formed by an artist for her own inspiration. Despite the recent death of husband Alberto she continues her tradition of gustatory hospitality (frozen meringue covered with hot blackberry sauce she calls My Grandmother). Freely roaming her home is invited, and surprises constantly amaze, ferns draping a footed tub, shaped stones, carved wood, the visual pleasure of an artist's abode. Drawn in offers a tantalizing peek into the possibilities of an aesthetic life.

Five stars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Drawn In Sept. 5 2011
By Carmen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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 sit on benches in shopping centres and 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 before they started staging it a bit to much. 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 (is that the right word?) 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. It's sparked something, I'm trying now to work in a sketchbook every day - whether it be just sticking something in that's inspired or actually drawing.

The only downside to Drawn In was that it left me wanting more - you can see images showing through the sketchbook pages and it's so tantalisingly out of reach. I envy Julia Rothman getting her mitts on all those books and seeing them in ALL their glory.

This is not a "how-to" book, it's a snoop-fest. And I loved it!

(Adapted from a review posted to my blog.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Book! Aug. 15 2011
By gpat65 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed looking at the journals of the 44 artists. Some are artistic, some abstract and some just cartoons. It is rather liberating for me to see these and not try so much to be a perfectionist in my journals. Love this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Broadening my horizons Jan. 11 2012
By Judy Cuddihee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sometimes when I only look at my own journal and sketch books I can get in a rut. This book is marvelous for teaching (and reminding) me of the myriad of other perspectives. This is NOT one of the million identical "Mixed Media Journal workshop" type books. I'm pretty sure "believe", "hope", and "love" don't appear next to angel wings anywhere.
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