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June 9, 2011

Giveaway: Drawn In by Julia Rothman

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!


Felicity Lingle
Felicity Lingle Posted Jun 9, 2011
Luis Gordillo

ella chandler
ella chandler Posted Jun 9, 2011
Pride and Prejudice and zombies

Woodge Posted Jun 9, 2011
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.

Hugo Posted Jun 9, 2011
Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know Instructions for Life From the Everyday to the Exotic

Nata Metlukh
Nata Metlukh Posted Jun 9, 2011
"The Heart and the Bottle" by Oliver Jeffers

Rachel O.
Rachel O. Posted Jun 9, 2011
"Layout Workbook" by Kristin Cullen

Rob Jelinski
Rob Jelinski Posted Jun 9, 2011
Creative, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho

Brandon Labbe
Brandon Labbe Posted Jun 9, 2011
Stylepedia by Steven Heller and Louise Fili!

Timothy J. Reynolds
Timothy J. Reynolds Posted Jun 9, 2011
Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

Frida Stenmark
Frida Stenmark Posted Jun 9, 2011
Jag smetade av mig på tapeten, den ljusa soffan och dig. By Sara Eriksson (

Logan Hays
Logan Hays Posted Jun 9, 2011
Knife Boy by Tod Harrison Williams :D

Erica Naylor
Erica Naylor Posted Jun 9, 2011
Over and Over by Mike Perry

Ritwik Das
Ritwik Das Posted Jun 9, 2011
'Animal Farm' by George Orwell with Shepard Fairey's cover.

Steve Evans
Steve Evans Posted Jun 9, 2011
wilbur smith - a sparrow falls.
im just a sucker for those old book cover illustrations.

Claudia Posted Jun 9, 2011
"Hand job", about typography ;)

Olga Prudnikova
Olga Prudnikova Posted Jun 9, 2011
Mark Twain, The Awful German language

Painterchic Posted Jun 9, 2011
The Mitten by Jan Brett. Just love those little side illustrations and details

david reno
david reno Posted Jun 9, 2011
"teorias da cidade -barbara freitag"

mesilane Posted Jun 9, 2011
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!

Suzanne Baxter
Suzanne Baxter Posted Jun 9, 2011
White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Sarah Deverell
Sarah Deverell Posted Jun 9, 2011
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!)

Lena T.
Lena T. Posted Jun 9, 2011
The Perks of Being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Something about the texture of the cover and the simple design.

Stasa Smarcan
Stasa Smarcan Posted Jun 9, 2011
Hand job by Mike Perry

Kim Le
Kim Le Posted Jun 9, 2011
The Fever by Wallace Shawn (who is Mr. Hall from Clueless!). Gorgeous, minimalist cover!

kerry reynolds
kerry reynolds Posted Jun 9, 2011

kerry reynolds
kerry reynolds Posted Jun 9, 2011
discovered this because of "Perfume," but just love the illustrations and cover:

Bevvvrly Posted Jun 9, 2011
Sabine by A.P.
Beautiful cropping and vintage look.

Effie Dee
Effie Dee Posted Jun 9, 2011
I bought an 80's version of Roget's Thesaurus because it has an incredibly dorky rainbow on the front.

La cuenta cuentos
La cuenta cuentos Posted Jun 9, 2011
"This is not a book" by Keri Smith. :)

Jeannine Saylor
Jeannine Saylor Posted Jun 9, 2011
Print Workshop by Christine Schmidt

elkedearest Posted Jun 9, 2011
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.

Tanya Riley
Tanya Riley Posted Jun 9, 2011
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Jamie Tao
Jamie Tao Posted Jun 9, 2011
That's a trick question! I always buy my books because of their covers. ;-)

Stephen Kissel
Stephen Kissel Posted Jun 10, 2011
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!

andre gribble
andre gribble Posted Jun 10, 2011
Yeah, me too, the cover is one of the main factors when choosing a book.

Rachel Stone
Rachel Stone Posted Jun 10, 2011
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!

Josh LaFayette
Josh LaFayette Posted Jun 10, 2011
Why I Am So Wise by Friedrich Nietzsche (The Penguin "Great Ideas" edition, of course!)

Brittany Gale
Brittany Gale Posted Jun 10, 2011
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

Ramya Ramakrishnan
Ramya Ramakrishnan Posted Jun 10, 2011
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)

Caitlin Harris
Caitlin Harris Posted Jun 10, 2011
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.

Kamolsky Posted Jun 10, 2011
Staggerford flood by John Hassler, Stella in heaven by art Buchwald and The Watermelon King by Daniel Wallace

Margi Adams
Margi Adams Posted Jun 10, 2011
1000 Jewelry Inspirations, Beads, Baubles, Dangles & Chains. by Sandra Salamony.

Helen Leigh-Phippard
Helen Leigh-Phippard Posted Jun 10, 2011
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Tuomas Kärkkäinen
Tuomas Kärkkäinen Posted Jun 10, 2011
Fup by Jim Dodge (the Finnish translation).

gingerlily Posted Jun 10, 2011
"On Beauty" by Zadie Smith

Ines P.
Ines P. Posted Jun 10, 2011
"the other hand" by Chris Cleave
(I didn´t read the book - just bought it because of the beautiful cover ^^)

Fred Pollnitz
Fred Pollnitz Posted Jun 10, 2011
Sentury by Syd Mead.

Richard Chalmers
Richard Chalmers Posted Jun 10, 2011
"You Are Here" by Katharine Harmon

Boris Melgarejo
Boris Melgarejo Posted Jun 10, 2011
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

Lucinda Gifford
Lucinda Gifford Posted Jun 10, 2011
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey, a children's book - by Tony Millionaire

Terry Horn
Terry Horn Posted Jun 10, 2011
"The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil" by George Saunders

Kathy Sukeena
Kathy Sukeena Posted Jun 10, 2011
Walton Ford : Tigers of Wrath, Horses of Instruction

Verna Grant
Verna Grant Posted Jun 10, 2011
The Creative License by Danny Gregory

Pirichi Posted Jun 10, 2011
"what it is" - Lynda Barry

bonnie jean woolger
bonnie jean woolger Posted Jun 10, 2011
1000 Glass Beads: Innovation & Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking
I don't make glass beads but the book is full of drawing inspiration.

Hannah Lamp
Hannah Lamp Posted Jun 10, 2011
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers. A good book and a great cover!

kathleen Tanguy
kathleen Tanguy Posted Jun 10, 2011
Water for Elephants

Kayla Coleman
Kayla Coleman Posted Jun 10, 2011
The Animal Farm edition with the Ralph Steadman illustrations.

Gabrielle Lacroix Rioux
Gabrielle Lacroix Rioux Posted Jun 10, 2011
"Pandora", by Anne Rice (and every other book she wrote after reading this one)

Esther J
Esther J Posted Jun 10, 2011
"Winnetou" by Karl May .. I love old books

Hermione Benest
Hermione Benest Posted Jun 10, 2011
'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac, because he's bloody sexy and right there on the front.

Sonya Kozlova
Sonya Kozlova Posted Jun 10, 2011
PRINCIPLES OF UNCERTAINTY by maria kalman. and i was even more blown away by the illustrations and typography inside!!

Madi Posted Jun 10, 2011
Illustration Play: Craving for the Extraordinary - the front cover looks all collagey and beautiful. :]

Annie Carbonneau-Leclerc
Annie Carbonneau-Leclerc Posted Jun 10, 2011
Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Cover by Tomislav Torjanac :)

Jessica Dudfield
Jessica Dudfield Posted Jun 10, 2011
The Mysterious Flame Of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco.

Jessica Dudfield

Anja Polh
Anja Polh Posted Jun 11, 2011
Wave by Suzy Lee...
it didnt matter whats inside, and then when i opened it, ofcourse the insides are magnificent, too!

wiseye Posted Jun 11, 2011
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

Ellen gradman
Ellen gradman Posted Jun 11, 2011
Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book &

What It Is? BOTH by Lynda Barry.

Ellen gradman
Ellen gradman Posted Jun 11, 2011
Also, I LOVE the cover of this book DRAWN IN. You had me at the name and the cover!

michelle monistere
michelle monistere Posted Jun 11, 2011
Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock :)

Gabrielle Posted Jun 11, 2011
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!

Hypothetical McGee
Hypothetical McGee Posted Jun 11, 2011
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Still kind of mad about that.

Maria Lavender
Maria Lavender Posted Jun 11, 2011
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.

sertralina Posted Jun 11, 2011
milton glaser 'graphic design' genius...:-)

unfortunatelyme Posted Jun 11, 2011
Pulled by Mike Perry saw it at Chapters and didn't care what was inside it. Had to get it. No regrets!

robyn wells
robyn wells Posted Jun 11, 2011
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

Eloise Posted Jun 11, 2011
The little prince, when i was 5 years old, in 1990.

Laurianne Posted Jun 12, 2011
Cutting Edges, by R. Klanten - Gestalten

zachary zezima
zachary zezima Posted Jun 12, 2011
The Time Machine by HG Wells.

Jennette Wilfong
Jennette Wilfong Posted Jun 12, 2011
Wreck this Journal -Keri Smith

Kenia Posted Jun 12, 2011
People of Paper.

Jozica Golicnik
Jozica Golicnik Posted Jun 12, 2011
What I Wore Today - Gemma Correll

Frances Victor
Frances Victor Posted Jun 12, 2011
"I Wonder" by Marian Bantjes
Gorgeous cover and luckily a fantastic book!

Marc Crisafulli
Marc Crisafulli Posted Jun 13, 2011
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 )

Karen Calloway
Karen Calloway Posted Jun 13, 2011
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.

Rodoula Matsa
Rodoula Matsa Posted Jun 13, 2011
"Water Paper Paint" by Heather Smith Jones

Rebecca French
Rebecca French Posted Jun 13, 2011
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!

QuinnnSam Posted Jun 13, 2011
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

juliane Posted Jun 13, 2011
1Q84- Haruki Murakami

ellie kneeland
ellie kneeland Posted Jun 14, 2011
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!!!

N Posted Jun 14, 2011
Two spring to mind immediately. :) Empires of the Word (by Nicholas Ostler) and Gödel, Escher, Bach (by Douglas Hofstadter).

Addie D.
Addie D. Posted Jun 14, 2011
Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie; Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh.

Eilish  Owens
Eilish Owens Posted Jun 14, 2011
I Wonder by Marian Bantjes and Stefan Sagmeiste :D

Rachel Robbins
Rachel Robbins Posted Jun 15, 2011
Printmaking bible

Polar Fuchs
Polar Fuchs Posted Jun 15, 2011
Paul Auster: Im Land der Letzten Dinge (In the Country of Last Things), illustrated by Felix Scheinberger

nancy lili g
nancy lili g Posted Jun 15, 2011
"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

okat Posted Jun 15, 2011
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.

Daniela Rodrigues
Daniela Rodrigues Posted Jun 15, 2011
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.


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