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About the Author

Julia Rothman has illustrated books, bed linens, wallpaper, fabric, ceramics, subway advertisements and much more. She is part of the award winning design company ALSO and has a popular blog about beautiful art books called Book By Its Cover. She also co-authored The Exquisite Book which NPR called "fantastically quirky". Julia lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 
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  • Flexibound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536948
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 20, 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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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?

Also view DVD 1000 Journals, read Fearless Creating: A Step-by-Step Guide To Starting and Completing Your Work of Art, Inner Journeying Through Art-journaling: Learning to See And Record Your Life As a Work of Art and Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being.
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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.
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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.
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