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An Excuse to Draw



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An Excuse to Draw represents eight years-worth of drawings. Over these eight years, Tommy Kane travelled across five continents, documenting his adventures in sketchbooks.

His wife Yun Lee’s own passion is exotic travel and at first she balks at his preference to sit on a camping stool on a street corners, pen in hand, instead of visit the museums she had planned to see, but soon realises the zen it provides him and the happiness his sketches bring to those they know.

With a unique and emotive attention to detail in Kane’s sketching and painting style, and inspired by his wife’s wanderlust, he has captured cultural idiosyncrasies with an uncanny humour and tenderness in his valiant attempt to sketch the world. Intricately drawn with pens and often coloured in and accompanied by some text, these drawings showcase Kane’s immense talent and characteristic jest.

Featuring well-known landmarks and hidden gems alike, cities like Amsterdam, London, Prague, Beijing, Seoul, Barcelona, Sydney and New York among many other cities are covered in this book.

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March 2014




280mm x 193mm





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Tommy Kane has worked as a creative director in advertising for over 35 years. Over that time he has cultivated a very particular obsession with squirrels and a catharsis in documenting his surroundings in his sketchbooks with his humble weapon of choice – the Uni-ball Vision Fine Point pen.


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