Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It's my birthday and you know what that means! (Giveaway Time!)

Yes, today is my birthday. I am turning 48 and slowly but way too fast moving towards 50! Just two more years to go before the big five o. There's no way around it: I am a middle aged woman. ;-)

On my blog I have been keeping a bit of a personal tradition ever since I started and that is to do a giveaway on my birthday. This year is no different, so pay attention blogsy people, and you might win something!

My gift this year is a book by one of my favorite art book authors Sarah Simblet. She is an artist and professor and has made some absolutely gorgeous books on subjects like botany and anatomy. I thought however for this giveaway I would pick a book that is a bit more general in nature, namely this one:

This book has two versions, the American version is called Sketchbook for the Artist, which is the version I personally have and the British version is called The Drawing Book. Now this latter title is way more appropriate as this is a book about drawing in all its forms and possibilities. It is like a treasure trove of the things you can do by means of drawing.

It handles all kinds of subjects you can draw from animals to plants to people and builldings, but also abstracts and drawing from the imagination. It also deals with drawing materials and drawing techniques and  handles subjects like perspective and shading. It gives many beautiful examples of the work of famous artists and also of Simblet's own prolific work.

Still, I would not call this book a drawing course or a drawing book for beginners to learn how to draw. I would simply call it a treasure chest of possibilities and inspiration. I myself am absolutely in love with it and have been for years.

Here are some spreads from the inside:

Now this isn't a brand new publication. I believe it originally stems from 2005. But since it's such a timeless book I don't think that really matters and you will of course get a brand new book, not my old and used one.

Depending on where you come from, I will order the book from Amazon or Bookdepository or Bol and have it sent to you.  That is cheaper than me buying it here and sending it to you through the mail myself.

Unfortunately for the Dutchies among you the Dutch translation is no longer in print, but I would be willling to check if I can get it second hand if you are so inclined, depending a little on the price of course.

So here's the rules and they are very simple:
  • If you are interested in winning this giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment.
  • I will pick a winner on April 18th, that's a week from today. 
  • The winner will have another week to get in touch with me with their snail mail address and other info through my e-mail or the contact window in the sidebar. 
  • If the winner does not contact me before the 25th of  April I will pick another winner.
  • I won't jump through hoops to contact you. 
I hope somebody will be very happy with this giveaway and I wish you all good luck in participating. Hope you win!

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!