(Update July 1: Giveaway has ended) Enter for a Chance to Win a Free Book: Sketchbook Confidential

The giveaway has ended.

Congrats to our winner, Marian Foster!

The Art Colony is pleased to offer you a chance to

win a free copy of Sketchbook Confidential,

a 176-page book that overflows with inspiration, by offering readers a special glimpse into the sketches of over 40 diverse artists - sketches that were never intended for public display, which makes them all the more intriguing and educational!

For a detailed look at Sketchbook Confidential, I encourage you to check out my review on Art-is-Fun.com, where you will find images of the sketches in this book, and learn more about what this inspiring book contains.

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"What do you enjoy most about sketching?"

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The giveaway ends on June 30, 2013 at midnight PST. A winner will be announced within 2 days of the end of the giveaway. The winner must provide their name and mailing address in order to receive the prize. If the winner does not respond within 4 weeks of winning, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.

There is no cost or fee to participate. Any potential taxes, import duties or other fees relating to the receipt of this book are the responsibility of the winner.

This is an international giveaway, so it's open to all of our members from around the world. The book will be shipped to you at our expense.

This book was donated to the Art Colony as a giveaway prize by North Light Books, publisher of high-quality art instruction books. Any trademarks or copyrighted material used in this promotion are the property of the respective owners and are used with permission from North Light Books.

Here are a few images from Sketchbook Confidential to give you an idea of what's inside:

For more info about this book, Sketchbook Confidential, please check out my review at:


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I have always learned best by looking at the examples of other so I think this would be an excellent book for me to have. My quick sketches are not always what I wish they would be and don't give enough detail for me to remember later what I have seen. This book might help me to correct this problem.

There is nothing more fun, stimulating and motivating then taking out a sketchbook; & doodle, sketch, ponder, study, analyse something...
Since full-time job is not art-related and am always on the go, I always carry around my trusted sketchbook and try to do at least one sketch per day (that way I keep my mind open to inspiration and my hands going). Sketching is also something that I find very useful to get my mind off things, and the make good use of time (especially whilst waiting for appointments, in-between sessions etc)
The bulk of my work are sketches in fact: in different styles, media, and genres :D

I'm a grandmother and this summer's theme for my annual Grammie Camp is ART.   I would love to win this to help give me inspiration on the 8 or 9 ART projects/techniques that I'll be teaching/leading these kids in.  I've got them all each a really nice sketching book from Michaels.  I have lots of lovely drawing pencils, and a beautiful set of ZIG markers as well as various other coloring gel pens.  Now, I just need the ideas.   The mandela is one fabulous technique.  Thanks for that.  I'll be practicing myself before the camp.  Pick me, Pick Me.   I hope I win.  It'll be fun to blog about the various art projects and how the kids differ in their approach.

Hi I'm Sharon and love sketching, I love it's simplicity of method and how it can be done anywhere, it can be easily developed and made into an intricate piece of art with its own beauty. I would love to win this book as I could learn so much from it.

I love drawing and would love to win this book since it's a great book for beginners.  

Im always intrigued by other Artist's work, but his book of sketches sounds fascinating! 

The book looks JUICY! I'd like this book because it's been years since I've sat in a classroom and was 'formally taught" the basics: sketching, painting 101, supplies and care of, etc. It's also hard for me to get out and view the galleries and such, something I've loved to do in the past. Being at home frequently, doesn't afford me the opportunity to  interact and observe other artists, although Philly is an artists' haven. So, a book would put me right in the mix: inspiring and teaching me, and gaining valuable insights and new perspectives of fellow artists.  It appears as a book I could bite on and saturate all of its juicy tidbits: the wonder-FULL world of art.

I enjoy viewing other people's sketches and how they arrived at the finished product. I have always enjoyed sketching. I am 50 and just now decided to get more realistic and serious about what I sketch. And finally picked up my first paint brush. Hopefully it come to me...lol

As a retired person trying to learn how to sketch and draw, I feel intimidated with what I produce and what I see in books. I know I will get better, but it would be good to see some unfinished or not so good work. I enjoy the act of putting a pencil to paper and producing something but in my case it seldom looks like what I am looking at.I would love to win this book.

mayme kemball I think sketchbooks are a very intimate peak at inner growth and ideas of the artist usualy its the birth of ideas  no worries about turning out a finished piece of art  freedom to create magical ideas keep notes and anything you desire to bring into visual existance

i want to brush up my skills

I truly believe that good sketching and drawing skills are essential to create quality artwork. Any book that is designed to help you perfect these skills is an great asset to have. I would like to win this book for that reason.



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