Jim’s sketching book is finally out!

Jim’s sketching book is finally out!

Hello all! Many of you have asked when I would come out with a drawing book. I am delighted to announce that after nine months of writing and another six of book design and production, my book Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers, has been released by John Wiley and Sons.  The book’s Amazon page and the reviews sum it up pretty well…please check it out.  Keep dreaming, and keep drawing!  


Check out some of my sketches I have posted here on Land8:

Top: Spanish Steps, Rome.  Above: Italian Market  View more… Freehand Drawing and Discovery


View down pedestrian street

View down pedestrian street, Santo Domingo.  View more… 3rd International Urban Sketching Symposium – Dominican Republic


Machu Picchu, Peru bw – View more… Urban Sketches South America 2012


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  1. A must have!!!

  2. Congratulations!  Can’t wait to get my copy.

  3. I teach an undergraduate landscape drawing class and picked up this book last week.  It is, without a doubt, the best book on drawing I know of for landscape architects – particularly relevant for design drawing that is most useful in contemporary practice.  Worth reading.

  4. Truly talented. Beautiful!!!

  5. Jim-


    How can I get a signed copy?


  6. Hi Kevin; thanks for the note, and thanks so much for your interest in the book.  I don’t have books for sale here; all that’s handled through the publisher.  Are you coming to national ASLA in Boston in November? I’ll be signing books there at the bookstore in the ASLA Commons.  You could also buy one on Amazon, send it to me with return postage (3344 Hamilton Ave, Fort Worth TX, 76107), and i could sign and send it back.

  7. Beautiful book, amazing rendering

  8. I bought a copy last week and it is a game changer.  I wish I would have had this book in college.

  9. One thing I want to point out is the card in the very back cover that is a series of videos that Jim did showing you various drawing techniques.  Go check them out.  Thanks for pointing these out to me Jim.  I have referenced them multiple times and they have really helped me draw differently.  

  10. Just got the book.  Looking forward to reviewing all the beautiful drawings and using the techniques!

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