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An Excuse to Draw: Tommy Kane Sketches the World

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Perched on a little camping stool, artist Tommy Kane draws what he sees. His remarkable career has taken him around the world, and he has documented the people and places he’s encountered in his unique painting and drawing style—on location—wherever he goes. He calls New York home, but has a growing international following. An Excuse to Draw is the first book-length collec ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published August 15th 2014 by Heni Publishing
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Bill Lancaster
Nov 18, 2014 Bill Lancaster rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
Tommy Kane is an obsessed drawer. An art director based in NYC, he travels the world recording what he sees. What is distinct about his drawings is the amount of detail that he puts in. His drawings require that he sit in one public spot for three to five hours obsessively drawing a church in Italy, a series of buildings in Morocco or a cottage in Ireland, a storefront in Hanoi or a concert in the Berkshires. Tommy has a wonderful sense of humor, does not take himself too seriously and is very s ...more
Liz
Aug 05, 2014 Liz rated it it was amazing
I can learn something from every drawing, every page - from the Korean manhole to a baseball park. What does he leave out (usually not much), when does he crosshatch, watercolor for shadows. Really interesting...and he's funny. Not to be missed by anyone interested in journaling or drawing. It's OK to be a little squirrely with your drawings!
Kate Merriman
Apr 20, 2014 Kate Merriman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-making-fave
If you have any interest in drawing, you must get a hold of this book! Tommy's humor and insight are great additions to his amazing drawings. You might just get inspired.

This video will give you a glimpse of the humor! http://vimeo.com/90685649
Kate Robertson
Jul 25, 2014 Kate Robertson rated it it was amazing
This book is fabulous. Tommy is an amazing artist. I look at his drawings and I am pulled into each one of them like I was there. I'll be studying his work for a long time. You can learn so much just by looking at how he captured things. I am on awe.
Cassandra
Sep 16, 2014 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-art-books
I absolutely LOVE this book. The artist has captured the entire world with his wit, sarcasm, and his magical ink pen. Three cheers for the squirrel!!!
Megan
Apr 05, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
Kane's sketches are funny and thoughtful. His book is a fun and delightful read. Definitely worth reading for artistic souls and travel bugs.
Katrina
Jun 30, 2015 Katrina rated it it was amazing
Great forward! And I've been gazing at all the pictures and learning so much!
Terri D
May 11, 2016 Terri D rated it it was amazing
Inspirational. Drawings aren't perfect but they are detailed and very characterful. Loved it.
Hope he delivers on his promise on the back cover...."to be continued".
Laura
Apr 04, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
A beautiful perspective of the world, reflected in sweet observations and simply unbelievable sketches.
M Dwyer
May 26, 2014 M Dwyer rated it it was amazing
Fantastic!!
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