Doodle Sketchbook: Art Journaling for Boys is the newest book released by artist and author Dawn Devries Sokol. I received a signed copy from Dawn and have had so much fun looking through the pages.
Not being a 'doodler' and not having seen Dawn's previous book Doodle Diary: Art Journaling for Girls, I did not know what to expect from this book. My first reaction was that I loved the size (approximately 7" x 5") and the cool cover (splattered and grungy). As I flipped through the pages I discovered that this was a book to play with and play in. It briefly covers tips and tools for art journaling but the bulk of its 160 pages are for journaling. Every page has a different background and a different prompt. The reader is encouraged to follow the prompts and add their own art and journaling. As such, this book is in the style of Keri Smith's Wreck This Journal.
The book has a graffiti-like feel and the splatters and splashes of brightly colored, painted pages really drew me in. Examples of the journaling prompts include Doodle your Typical Day as a Comic Strip, What I Found this Week, Collaged Alphabet, and Scribble a Cityscape. The book seems to be marketed to children, and to boys specifically. Personally I think that this would appeal to both boys and girls. And, although some prompts are definitely geared toward kids (such as Fave Class Subjects), I believe that adults would also love this book as it appeals to the kid in all of us.
You can learn a lot more about Dawn by visiting her website or by listening to her podcast interview conducted by Rice Zachery-Freeman that was just released today.
One lucky reader will win a copy of Doodle Sketchbook, signed by the author. For a chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by Wednesday 10/26. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact the winner. I will announce the winner on my Facebook page on Thursday 10/27. Good luck!