Sunday, June 19, 2022

Use This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing Review & GIVEAWAY

Practice your pencil work! This is Use This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing: An Inspirational Sketchbook by Henry Carroll and Selwyn Leamy. It's a sketchbook with 73 contemporary drawing prompts. Complete each drawing exercise in the space provided. In most cases it's an entire page. Pages measure 18.1 x 24.13 cm (7.13  x 9.5 inches). All prompts are in the form of a drawing title, for example - A drawing with no lines, Connected dots and A cow drawn in the style of... At the back of this sketchbook is a section called Tips and Index. It lists the 73 drawing exercises and offers a sentence or two of direction for each. For inspirational purposes, examples of artwork by 13 of today's modern day masters are arranged throughout. This artwork is from the late 20th through early 21st centuries. It's an eclectic mix that shows how diverse the practice of drawing can be. Each artwork has a brief commentary. Push the boundaries of your own drawing with this very modern sketchbook. It comes in a cardboard sleeve that simply slides off. Just add your favorite drawing pencils. It's the perfect companion to "Read This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing". Both books have been translated into over 20 languages. See excerpts below. Laurence King Publishing released this 128 page paperback on March 26, 2019. Get your copy below!

For inspiration, a doodle by Jon Burgerman. Beside it a page for you to create a piece inspired by him.

For inspiration, character studies of people in public by Gregory Muenzen. Beside it a page for you to create something inspired by him. From the French language edition.

Contributing Artists
David Hockney
Grayson Perry
Jon Burgerman
Maryclare FoĆ”
Nigel Howlett
Jason Silva
Mr Bingo
Kate Atkin
Los Carpinteros
Gregory Muenzen
Jody Barton
Marcel van Eeden

Other pages of sketchbook. The left and right page prompts are - Drawn shopping list of ingredients for tonight's dinner and Supermarket scene made while shopping for ingredients. Note the sketchbook's lay flat design. The paper feels nice too.

Raincoast Books Canada has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Use This if You Want to Be Great at Drawing! One winner will be selected at random. Open until July 7, 2022. Good luck!  CANADA  ONLY. 


  1. Love to win for my granddaughter.

  2. My granddaughter loves to draw and this would be perfect for her.

  3. Perfect for my granddaughter Taya who is a blooming artist

  4. What a beautiful art journal. I love how you can use the inspirational examples of artwork as a guideline.

  5. My sister would absolutely love this. She enjoys learning how to draw.

  6. I love when things aren't made too complicated!

  7. Would love to win this book, it looks fun!