Thursday, October 20, 2011

Doodle Sketchbook


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.

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GIVEAWAY

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!

52 comments:

Tinkered Art said...

Sounds like a fun sketchbook - thanks for sharing it with us and for the giveaway. Yea! tinkeredart at gmail dot com

Maureen said...

Fun Website; I can imagine her books as being equally imaginative.

jaeartworks said...

that's cool. i wonder if my kindergartner is too young for it? julie@jaeartworks.com

vb said...

This is a great way to encourage boys to be creative.

togetherforgood said...

I love Dawn's work, and I would love one of these for my son whose birthday is coming up soon.

erinkilmer at gmail.com

Melissa said...
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Laura A. said...

If I don't win your copy (!), I'll be getting this for my son who can draw with the best of them, but doesn't do it often enough. Maybe this will get him into it.

qwiksave said...

I would be happy to 'help' my son fill this in! ☺ nickystevenson at gmail dot com

Melissa said...

I like that there is a book for boys I believe they don't have enough creative outlet. I love to get this book.
Mmorstrom@yahoo.com

Angela Nebinger said...

I bought her girls one for my daughter and its awesome.. would love to win this one for my daughter as well.. *psst its not just for boys ya know :)

DellaLuna said...

I, too, love Dawn's work, and would love to win this book.

alteredtome at gmail dot com

Dave said...

Cool! Doodles!!! What fun..please put my name in your hat!!!

Beacee said...

This sounds like fun!!

Marylinn Kelly said...

What I've seen of Dawn's book, added to what you've written, tells me that it is very inclusive. It may say "for boys," but what doodler would pay attention to that? I've very recently gotten back to intentional doodling and it is even more fun than I remember. I know I'd enjoy this book. Thanks, Seth.

mmlkell@aol.com

julie m said...

i think this would be a fun way to journal. i'm not a young boy but i know a 6 yo that would love it. he has been drawing since he could hold a crayon.

Nicole said...

Cool!

Penny said...

Sounds a bit different, love to win it, thanks for the opportunity.

Neefer said...

Pick me, pick me.

The Pen Thief said...

This sketchbook sounds awesome! Count me in for the giveaway. Penthiefmail@gmail.com

roc said...

what a great give away. please add me to the list.

Parabolic Muse said...

Doodling is my technique of choice and have often begged complete strangers for one of her doodle books. As you aren't a complete stranger, you'll be the first friend I've begged.

Yay! Another milestone!

Mary Ellen said...

This seems like a fabulous book. I hope I get the opportunity to win it and really get into it.

bohemiannie! art said...

Sounds verrrry interesting...

letterlady said...

Collaged alphabet sounds good to me.

CJ Long said...

I've just recently found your blog, and I'm enjoying reading it. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

liberal sprinkles said...

Love the idea of putting art and prompts in a book to encourage doodling. Thanks for the chance to win!
liberalsprinkles at gmail dot com

pcarrikersart said...

Would love to win this for my 10 year old boy, but either way I'll be getting it for a Christmas stocking stuffer. Congrats Dawn!!!

Susan Garman said...

Seth thanks for sharing Dawn's info. I love to doodle and look forward to checking out another doodler's blog. Susan

Boot ~C said...

now I have to look for these for my neice & nephew,they will make great stocking stuffers!

jilly said...

What a great sounding book Seth. Would love to win a copy!

lizzie said...

I have always loved Dawn's stuff. Another great little book.

ArtPropelled said...

I have someone in mind who would love this book. Please put me down for the draw. Thanks Seth.

buglady said...

Hey, hey, hey. who wants to win something for free? Me! Thanks for sharing about the book.
Aloha, Kate

Amanda Pinkston said...

Awesome giveaway! Thanks for posting!

midwestdebutante@gmail.com

Lizbethem said...

This book would be great for one of my grandsons. If you pick me, I am at: Lizbethem@comcast.net

Dayna Collins said...

I have a grandson that would be tickled to receive this journal, so I'm entering not only for myself, but in the hopes of being able to pass the journal along to Jackson!

Barbara L. said...

These sketchbooks are great for everyone of any sex or age.

IrelandBrady said...

This post has taken me blog hopping! I went from here to Dawn's blog and then onto Melody's blog.

I love what Dawn has created! It is beyond a blank page journal ... she brings enthusiasm and inspiration to each page in a unique format! I love her work!

Thank you for introducing us to Dawn and her creative imagination!

Yes, I would definitely love to be included in this give away!

donnaj said...

Sounds cool, count me in~

Cynthea said...

Sounds like a great sketchbook! And to have it signed, what a great opportunity! thanks :)
cyntheart@charter.net

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Dawn Sokol is amazing! Love her art! patsy.paterno (at) gmail.com

Robert said...

Thanks for another give-away opportunity, Seth! Looks like a great book for the right kid. . .and I believe I know just the one!

Cindy said...

Love to have a chance on winning this book. I also like the roughness of it. cindygroet@gmail.com
Cindy

sunlite705 said...

I love Dawn's doodling style and would love to be the new owner of this autographed book! Luv that there are 160 pages and so many diff prompts. I am taking her online class NaNoJouMo and can't wait for our first prompt! Thanks for giving this opportunity to win her journal!

sunlite705(at)(aol.com)

audrey said...

Seth, this sounds like a great book. We all have a little kid inside of us ~ it would be fun to have a few prompts that seem to be geared toward the younger side of us.
You are a generous man ~ always giving something away.
audrey
moonsfolly@comcast.net

Barbara I. said...
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Barbara I. said...

Thanks for your review, Seth, and for the chance to win Dawn's doodle sketchbook. I bought Dawn's "girl version" journal for my niece and should I win this one I'll be giving it to her brother!

bkisrael@gmail.com

ginigin said...

Thanks for review and giveaway. I really need this book. I work with boys and know that journaling is important for their emotional development, but most of them think journals are for girls. You can reach me at cooper at swva dot net.

Frugalosity said...

My 6 year old started an 'art journal'(a spiral notebook) that he glues stuff into and colors pictures in. He loves to flip through my copy of "This Is Not A Book" by Keri Smith. This book would be perfect for him.

Rita A. said...

I am very curious about this book. Hope to be able to see one soon.

ackermanresearch@q.com

Nancy Kelley said...

Was just reading this to my husband suggesting it was a great gift idea for our fabulous, doodling 13 year old... and lo and behold... you're giving one away! So here I am saying what a great idea this is - especially for boys who aren't always the 'talk it out' type :)

Sallyt said...

Wow, wouldn't I be extremely lucky to win a copy of this book -- especially with so many folks reading your blog and posting to enter in the comments? I'm willing to try just the same 'cuz I 'd love a copy of the book. You're so generous, Seth.