Giveaway – Drawings from the Film “Beginners”

Hello artists!

Focus Features is offering a copy of the book Drawings From the Film Beginners By Mike Mills plus a copy of the soundtrack from the film for one lucky Illustration Friday reader!

Leave a comment on this post to enter your name in the drawing. We’ll pick a random number on Friday, June 24th to choose the winning comment!

Mike Mills’ films and design work have dominated the visual landscape of the past two decades, through record covers and music videos for bands like Air, Blonde Redhead and Sonic Youth, movies such as The Architecture of Reassurance (2000) and Paperboys (2001) and his first feature-length film, Thumbsucker (2004), starring Keanu Reeves and Tilda Swinton.

2011 sees the release of Mills’ new feature film, Beginners, starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. McGregor plays a character who, as Mills describes, “shares some things with me: we both do graphic design, we both often figure out what we’re thinking by drawing, we both have dogs and we both did record covers for a very real band named The Sads.

This book contains all the drawings which Mike Mills drew, and that Oliver (played by Ewan) works with in the film. Oliver has the unfortunate idea of creating an illustrated ‘History of Sadness’ as a record cover for the The Sads, including such episodes as: Neanderthal man realizes he’s outclassed by homo sapiens man, the pilgrims, industrialization, birth of the novel, pets in general and many more.” This volume also features a new series of drawings: an illustrated History Of Love which includes such chapters as: the first butt to attract, great lovers in film, flappers, free love’s not so easy, internal V.S. external problems and many more.

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Posted by admin on 06/20/11 under artists,design,giveaway

  • Alissa Staples

    Yes please! I would love to win this giveaway!

  • Pablo Lara H

    Great! Count me in!

  • Melissa Gutierrez

    Of course I’d like to win something from you guys :)

  • Kevin Duffy

    I saw this movie last week. I loved it!

  • Sara

    This looks so cool – count me in please! ~ Sara

  • John Roued-Cunliffe

    Sounds pretty cool. I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of this film but it sounds like it would be fun. I’ll have to go and find out about it now :o)

  • Fred

    Is this so Demetri Martin. Or is Demetri Martin so this?

  • katie

    I just saw a preview for this movie last night!

  • Belle

    Thanks for offering the giveaway, would love to win!

  • Finch

    I’d love to win – I’m trying to make a career out of this, as a self-taught illustrator and could use all the help I can get.

  • wanni


  • Kathryn S

    Pick me! Pick me! I’m a book designer and an illustrator and my son’s name is Ewan. That should count for something, right? Fingers crossed.

  • Peter Bangs

    Thanks for the heads up on what sounds like my kind of movie. Winning would be a major bonus

  • Abigail Marble

    I always try, but I never win…maybe this is my lucky day!

  • Joy charde

    Thanks for this giveaway! Woo hoo!

  • Thuy N.

    count me in! :)

  • Evita Rodriguez

    metoo metoo!

  • Dana Loffland

    of course – Love it. Please enter me too!

  • Jessica Poundstone

    Oooooooo!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Tez Lywood

    Great prize! fingers crossed.

  • Leslie Taylor

    Awesome! Would love to win…

  • Michael Tran

    You can count me in!

  • Holly Dawes

    Is there still time to enter? :D

  • littleredhen

    I’m a beginner illustrator, therefore, you should ‘randomly’ choose moi.

  • Carmen Mok

    count me in~ =)

  • Priscilla

    Would love to win as well :D

  • Sheron

    I love a giveaway thanks.

  • mark campo

    just got my creative steam back good times.

  • Bianca

    Would love to win!

  • Kathy

    This could be my LUCKY day!!! Thanks . . .

  • Susan

    The book looks like it would give me great inspiration.

  • Jacob


  • Dustin

    This looks like it will be a great collection of drawings!

  • Jaye Harris

    Save me some cash or I will spend myself broke!

  • sandra santa lucia

    Oh, how I love graphic and illustrative art. I would love to have ‘Drawings from the film beginners’ by Mike Mills

  • Rod MacGregor

    Thanks in advance for the book :)

  • elizabeth

    can’t wait to see the movie AND the drawings!

  • Sherry Tolar

    yes, please! I would love to win this!

  • Pat Langley

    Thank you for IF and everything you do to encourage artists.
    Love drawings!

  • laurel gaylord

    I just saw this fabulous film at the film festival in Provincetown, MA!! I’d love to be entered…thank you!

  • erika

    thank you IF, the movie looks great! would love to win this prize. :)

  • Willie Baronet

    Sounds awesome! :-)

  • bonnie jean woolger

    this would be a grand edition to my library.

  • Kim

    Pick me! Pick me!

  • Monica

    So cool! Count me in!

  • danyell

    Yay for giveaways!!! Thanks IF!

  • Christa Marquez


  • Cat

    Hooray! I want one.

  • Jennifer van der Meer

    I am going to see the movie and I’d love to win that book!

  • nessa dee

    Yes, please!

  • Jamie Hogan

    Gotta see this and would love the book!

  • Helena

    Katten musen tiotusen, jag vill ha en bok! which means: Give the book to me! And happy Midsummers Eve

  • Edgar Borunda

    I don’t know what I wanna see more the drawings or the movie.

  • Cristela

    Thank you for this giveaway. Win win win!!!

  • Maron Craig Bielovitz

    Hey, count me in!!

  • Bruno Pieroni

    I want to win that book and take it into the movie theater with me. Then one day, at home, read the book while the film is in the background, just so that they feel like they’re finally even.

  • Rob Peters

    Sounds like an interesting movie, I hadn’t heard of it before. And enter me in the contest!!

  • Sandra

    I would love to win the book. And thanks for reminding me about midsummers eve.

  • Catherine

    Such a great giveaway! Please count me in.

  • Ewelina

    I’d really love the book!

  • meaghan Ralph

    this movie was beautiful! I would adore winning the book. cheers!

  • stephane lauzon

    Yes, I want to win !!! Thanks to enter me in the contest :)

  • Debra

    Please enter me in the contest.

  • judith Moffatt

    Cool. I love it when there is hand drawn art work shown in a film.

  • Barb

    This is just too much fun! Just the description made me laugh, can’t wait to see the drawings and the movie. The cover illustration, is something most of can really relate to. I know it is Friday, and I should already have a grin on my face, but this really made me chuckle. Would be great to share with my high school students, many of whom will have seen the movie before I do, and are aspiring young graphic designers.

  • Melanie Audet

    Oh this looks really awesome! It’s always nice to see the sketches of a movie!

  • Ira Robbins

    sounds wonderful. can’t wait to win!

  • Narciso Espiritu

    Oh! Fun! :)

  • Melissa Connolly

    Thanks for this offer! I’m seeing the movie this weekend and can’t wait!

  • Nina de Polonia

    me!me!me! i love giveaways!

  • Summer

    Would love to have a little something. Consider this my entry – and I read the whole post! Can I get brownie points for that? ;)

  • Ana Castro

    I didn’t see the movie, but looking forward to see it!
    Hope I win!

  • Lisa

    Count me in! Looks great!

  • Natalia

    Terrific! I would love to win!

  • Fraser

    This looks really good…wonder when it’ll get to Portugal. :)

  • Jody

    The front cover illustration cracks me up! Thanks IF.
    btw,,,, pick me pick me pick me

  • Kerry Schofield

    What a great idea! Sign me up, thanks.

  • Elizabeth Rose Stanton

    Humor me ;)

  • Maria

    :) great opportunity

  • Jessica

    I love it! Yes, count me in!

  • Mehak

    count me in… :)

  • Audz Ang

    LOVE both the book and the film! count me in!

  • ArtSnark

    Wonderful giveaway. Please enter me – thanks

  • Alicia Gorecki

    The book looks beautiful!

  • kateb

    yes please! enter me here!

  • Tiffany Patterson

    Oh yeas please! ♥

  • Brook Gideon

    Thanks for the chance to get some great schwag!

  • michele

    Fun! Thanks for this opportunity! :o)

  • Amanda

    I can’t wait to see the film, and I want this book!

  • Tahirih Goffic

    Looks like fun! I’d love to win:)

  • Julia Mark

    I want to win it!! I love the idea of both themes- Illustrating the history of sadness and love…

  • Tammie

    this book sounds brilliant, such a wonderful give away!

  • laia

    fingers crossed here!

  • Lu

    Can’t wait to see the book of drawings and movie!

  • miz katie

    wow! this is a great giveaway!! i’d love to win!

  • Penny Raile

    I would love to have this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • JP

    Looking forward to the book and the film, groovy bananas.

  • eyecontact

    May the arts uplift our hearts, always!
    Joy to all the artists at IF.

  • Sarah Knuth

    It would be so great to win and share with students!

  • Jenn DesAutels

    Hey fellow IF’ers! Have a good Friday! Count me in – thanks.

  • Kimberley

    What a fantastic prize! Keeping my fingers crossed.
    The movie seems awesome and I also share some some things in common with Oliver as I am a graphic designer and have conversations with my dog.

  • Devon

    i am interested very much! thank you!

  • David R. Vallejo

    What an interesting prize. Count me in too. thx!

  • Ger

    Sorry, I meant to say Happy Friday and Cool PRIZE! not “Price”

  • alecia goodman

    I am a graphic designer too… but I have cats. Cool prize!

  • Wrenaissance Art

    The drawings look very humorous!
    I hope this comment brings me better luck than my last lottery ticket. ;-)

  • Ana Menendez

    I’m in :)

  • Barbara

    Love the image it is definately a true representation of what your past can do to your present.

  • Momo

    This movie was really intriguing and so visually appealing. I really dug it. I got very caught up, and a bit stressed towards the end, but it all came good :)

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