Draw Some Awesome

Book Author & Illustrator Donovan Bixley
Rights Available World excl. NZ and English language
Awards Donovan is winner of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Illustration (Russell Clark Award) 2016 and Tatoulu Children’s Choice Award 2018. Finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards for Faithfully Mozart in 2006.

Donovan brings his unique style to teaching kids (and grown-ups!) to draw. In a book that spans levels of skill, Donovan takes his readers through warm-up exercises, mark making, sketchbooks, imagination exercises, inspirational shapes, drawing animals, faces, character creation, detail, copying, perspective, thumbnails, shading, shadows, composition, making an illustration, and even drawing a unicorn. Of course he does it with humour as well as skill.

About the Author
Donovan Bixley
is an illustrator and writer based in Taupo. Donovan has numerous bestsellers to his name, including the recent Māui series, and Much Ado About Shakespeare. Donovan created Pussycat, Pussycat (2015), Little Bo Peep (2014), The Wheels on the Bus (2010), Old Macdonald’s Farm (2011) and The Great Kiwi ABC (2016).


Upstart Press




Age range
6 – 12 years


Non Fiction

Age range

Publication Date

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ and English language

Rights Sold:
World English

Rights Agents:


Chavon Bringans, Upstart Press

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Draw Some Awesome is great for budding artists, as Bixley creates a jumping-off point for kids to learn how to draw, not like him, but like themselves.

Your Weekend's Best Books of 2021

Donovan has created a magnificent handbook for children who love drawing and for those who are just starting out.

Poetry Box Blog

There is a load of humour in the book and definitely an emphasis on just giving things a go and not trying to get a drawing perfect the first time around.

NZ Book Lovers

This book of drawing tips and ideas is at once sympathetic to kids who feel like they suck, and ambitious for those already confident.

The Spinoff

For kids who love to draw. Donovan Bixley takes budding young artists through tricks of the illustration trade.

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