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Giveaway: Drawn In by Julia Rothman

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Giveaway: Drawn In by Julia Rothman | Doodlers Anonymous

If I were to envision Doodlers Anonymous as a published book, it would look damn close to the one I am about to give away.

Julia Rothman is an illustrator and pattern designer who runs the popular blog Book By Its Cover, which features a different art-related book every weekday. We've been fans of the site since day one and especially love the weekly sketchbook series.

Her latest book, Drawn In, is a peek into the inspiring sketchbooks of 44 fine artists, illustrators, graphic designers, and cartoonists. It's an incredible read, filled with insightful q&a and beautiful full-color photographs of sketchbook pages that were quite possibly never meant to be seen.

We are fans not only of the content, but because it features some of our favorite artists. Of the 44, at least 10 have been featured on Doodlers Anonymous, including the amazing Ted McGrath.

Friends of DA, we are giving this great book away. To be in the running, just leave a comment with the title of a book you bought because of its cover. We'll pick a winner from the hat. Comments close June 15th (Wednesday) at 2pm Eastern. Good luck everyone;...and for those of you that can't wait, get your hands on the book today. It deserves to be on your coffee table.

And the winner is: Robyn Wells. Congrats!


  1. Luis Gordillo

  2. Pride and Prejudice and zombies :)

  3. Looks like a very cool book! Two books that I may have bought due to their covers would be: Dark Harvest (the paperback) by Norman Partridge, and Disquiet by Julia Leigh.

  4. Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know Instructions for Life From the Everyday to the Exotic

  5. "The Heart and the Bottle" by Oliver Jeffers

  6. "Layout Workbook" by Kristin Cullen

  7. Creative, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho

  8. Stylepedia by Steven Heller and Louise Fili!

  9. Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

  10. Jag smetade av mig på tapeten, den ljusa soffan och dig. By Sara Eriksson (

  11. Knife Boy by Tod Harrison Williams :D

  12. Over and Over by Mike Perry

  13. 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell with Shepard Fairey's cover.

  14. wilbur smith - a sparrow falls. im just a sucker for those old book cover illustrations.

  15. "Hand job", about typography ;)

  16. Mark Twain, The Awful German language

  17. The Mitten by Jan Brett. Just love those little side illustrations and details

  18. "teorias da cidade -barbara freitag"

  19. Praia-Mar (Beach-Sea), by planeta tangerina This is really lovely book, especially good for the approaching summer! And yay! That book is finally out!

  20. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

  21. Paper Style by Cristina Re - with a pink and lace cover ... it was just so pretty! (bought after I had already made my wedding invitations I might add!)

  22. The Perks of Being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Something about the texture of the cover and the simple design.

  23. Hand job by Mike Perry

  24. The Fever by Wallace Shawn (who is Mr. Hall from Clueless!). Gorgeous, minimalist cover!

  25. Tana French's In the Woods:

  26. discovered this because of "Perfume," but just love the illustrations and cover:

  27. Sabine by A.P. Beautiful cropping and vintage look.

  28. I bought an 80's version of Roget's Thesaurus because it has an incredibly dorky rainbow on the front.

  29. "This is not a book" by Keri Smith. :)

  30. Print Workshop by Christine Schmidt

  31. A book called "Mysterious Cults" which I found at a second-hand charity book fair. The cover had a picture of people wearing elaborate robes holding swords and candles above a pentagram altar.

  32. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

  33. That's a trick question! I always buy my books because of their covers. ;-)

  34. Picked up a book called Bohemian Modern for only a couple bucks (which I later realized was illustrated by Geoff McFetridge). It was completely sealed up though, so I could only really go by the cover!

  35. Yeah, me too, the cover is one of the main factors when choosing a book.

  36. I slightly guiltily bought a book recently solely for its excellent old-skool patterned cover, I loved it so much! I can't recall the name of the book coz all I can remember is the excellent pattern on it!

  37. Why I Am So Wise by Friedrich Nietzsche (The Penguin "Great Ideas" edition, of course!)

  38. Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

  39. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee which I found second hand at the Sunday market in town. Only after reading the book and researching about it online did I realise what an old classic it was! It is the Black and white cover version. (link to image)

  40. Aw geez, what book have a bought for its cover... Maybe Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth? And maybe Samantha Hunt's The Invention of Everything Else (the really nice blue & white hardcover version). And Ann Marie Fleming's The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam.

  41. Staggerford flood by John Hassler, Stella in heaven by art Buchwald and The Watermelon King by Daniel Wallace

  42. 1000 Jewelry Inspirations, Beads, Baubles, Dangles & Chains. by Sandra Salamony.

  43. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  44. Fup by Jim Dodge (the Finnish translation).

  45. "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith

  46. "the other hand" by Chris Cleave (I didn´t read the book - just bought it because of the beautiful cover ^^)

  47. Sentury by Syd Mead.

  48. "You Are Here" by Katharine Harmon

  49. I bought three fictions because of the cover but didn't read them. They were stuck on my shelves for like 10 years or so. Good thing I found them. Anyway, these are: 1. Dot for Short by Frieda Friedman ( 2. Myrtle Albertina's Secret by Lillian Pohlmann ( 3. Terror on the Mountain by Phillip Viereck ( I think I'll read them now XD

  50. Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey, a children's book - by Tony Millionaire

  51. "The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil" by George Saunders

  52. Walton Ford : Tigers of Wrath, Horses of Instruction

  53. The Creative License by Danny Gregory

  54. "what it is" - Lynda Barry

  55. 1000 Glass Beads: Innovation & Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking I don't make glass beads but the book is full of drawing inspiration.

  56. The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers. A good book and a great cover!

  57. Water for Elephants

  58. The Animal Farm edition with the Ralph Steadman illustrations.

  59. "Pandora", by Anne Rice (and every other book she wrote after reading this one)

  60. "Winnetou" by Karl May .. I love old books

  61. 'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac, because he's bloody sexy and right there on the front.

  62. PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY by maria kalman. and i was even more blown away by the illustrations and typography inside!!

  63. Illustration Play: Craving for the Extraordinary - the front cover looks all collagey and beautiful. :]

  64. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Cover by Tomislav Torjanac :)

  65. The Mysterious Flame Of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco.

  66. This cover

  67. Wave by Suzy Lee... it didnt matter whats inside, and then when i opened it, ofcourse the insides are magnificent, too!

  68. Ahab's Wife, By Sena Jeter Naslund, the cover captivated me, and the book took me a while to read as I had to savor the authors' beautiful prose... excellent book...TM

  69. Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book & What It Is? BOTH by Lynda Barry.

  70. Also, I LOVE the cover of this book DRAWN IN. You had me at the name and the cover!

  71. Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock :)

  72. The last book I bought because of its cover is called "Aljaška" and written by Jan Novák. Unfortunately, the book isn't that good inside :D Great giveaway, sketchbooks are one of the most inspiring medias for me!

  73. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Still kind of mad about that.

  74. Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman Also, I just happened to pick this book (Drawn In) up at Barnes and Noble and I loved it so much I wrote down almost every single artists name to look up later. Sketchbooks are unbelievably inspiring.

  75. milton glaser 'graphic design' genius...:-)

  76. Pulled by Mike Perry saw it at Chapters and didn't care what was inside it. Had to get it. No regrets!

  77. Oh, I want this book sooo bad, but I'm also sooo broke. The book I bought based entirely on the cover and title was Fingerprint: The Art of Using Hand-Made Elements in Graphic Design

  78. The little prince, when i was 5 years old, in 1990.

  79. Cutting Edges, by R. Klanten - Gestalten

  80. The Time Machine by HG Wells.

  81. Wreck this Journal -Keri Smith

  82. People of Paper.

  83. What I Wore Today - Gemma Correll

  84. "I Wonder" by Marian Bantjes Gorgeous cover and luckily a fantastic book!

  85. Julia's book looks great! I bought this one for the cover, but the inside's cool, too. ( At close range the marbles look like planets to me )

  86. I bought the book "Covering the New Yorker" (edited by Francois Mouly) for the cover. On a few occasions I have bought The New Yorker magazine for the covers.

  87. "Water Paper Paint" by Heather Smith Jones

  88. i cut out a picture of the cover of Sloane Crosley's "How did you get this number" because i liked the type and the confused looking bear. I thought it was cool enough looking to hunt down on Amazon. Now i own two of her books and can't wait to go looking for more!

  89. The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

  90. 1Q84- Haruki Murakami

  91. The Water Babies -- Charles Kingsley I have yet to even read it! I am a huge proponent of buying books with covers that were clearly artistically thought out. and i despise it when they use movie covers!!!

  92. Two spring to mind immediately. :) Empires of the Word (by Nicholas Ostler) and Gödel, Escher, Bach (by Douglas Hofstadter).

  93. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie; Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh.

  94. I Wonder by Marian Bantjes and Stefan Sagmeiste :D

  95. Printmaking bible

  96. Paul Auster: Im Land der Letzten Dinge (In the Country of Last Things), illustrated by Felix Scheinberger

  97. "Catcher in the Rye" - J. D. Salinger (or why I bought more than one copy of it because the book wasn't all that) "And the heart says whatever" - Emily Gould (equal parts awesome title and cover) & many, many more

  98. Wow! Sounds like 97 books I need to get my hands on. Thanks for playing along everyone. Comments are now closed. We'll pick a winner shortly.

  99. once i bought gray's anatomy on the flea market. need to add: i'm not a doctor and i never actually read it. still i browse it for pics every now and then.

  100. Reminds me of when I was in ART school [freshman year], and an exhibition of artist's sketchbooks: Private Notations: Artists' Sketchbooks II: Philadelphia College of Art, October 23-November 24, 1976. It showed as well gave a glimpse of the creative / thought process. I actually enjoy looking at sketches as opposed to the finished work themselves. Fodder for creativity and stimulating higher order thinking.

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