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How I Draw

Scott McKowen Sketchbooks

by (author) Scott McKowen

Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Drawing, Artists' Books
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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"Scott McKowen is one of the great illustrators of our time."
-- Milton Glaser

"McKowen's mastery of line and texture, gift for arresting juxtapositions and perspectives, and fluency in drawing the human figure make for complex and breathtaking images that are at once old-fashioned and cutting edge. And he writes as crisply as he draws."
-- Booklist

For many artists, drawing is both vocation and avocation. Drawing for pleasure keeps our skills sharp and allows us to expand our horizons by trying new materials and media - to say nothing of providing countless hours of enjoyment.

Scott McKowen has enjoyed a four-decade career as an award-winning illustrator and designer known across North America. Drawing is his livelihood, but he makes a constant practice of observational drawing from life. He always travels with a sketchbook - he draws everywhere from museums, restaurants, theaters and zoos, to cities, parks and on holiday. How I Draw provides an overview of Scott's draftsmanship in various media, with insights and tips guaranteed to help anyone who shares his love of drawing. Sections in this book include:

  • Some Basics
  • Travel Sketchbooks
  • Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Life Drawing
  • Portraiture
  • Animals, Vegetables and Minerals
  • Lucid Drawing
  • Ephemera.

How I Draw is a delightful and inspiring tour through highlights of McKowen's impressive drawing portfolio.

About the author

Scott McKowen is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. He works in scratchboard, an engraving medium in which white lines are carved into a black surface with a sharp blade. McKowen has illustrated a number of titles for a wide range of publishers. Based in Stratford, Ontario, he operates the design studio Punch & Judy Inc., which creates theatre posters and graphics for leading performance art companies across North America.

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