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Confident Creative: Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
When I got this book I thought it was about the mechanics of drawing. What I found was something even better and that's how the practice of making marks on paper transforms you creatively and spiritually. At the time I read it, I was working on a new book of my own and I found that doing the exercises before I started writing completely enhanced what I wrote about and how I wrote it.

What a lovely gift to bring to the world and some really great images inside it too. I am inspired and am definitely going to sign up for some creative drawing classes now.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2010
Are you creative? Do you harbour a private wish to be creative. It's not just about whether you are a secret Damien Hirst, or a Salvador Dali in Disguise. Creativity can also be seen as a mindset where you are more at one with yourself. This is also not restricted to the `artistic' world. The knowledge-based economy is built upon the vision and mind-freedom that creativity begins. As an engineer by training, I can name Concorde, the Space Shuttle and the Channel Tunnel as great feats that were started by someone with a creative epiphany.

Cat Bennett has written a book, called `The Confident Creative', in which she uses the medium of art to draw out that centre inside you that you wish other people saw, but you were either unafraid or unaware of how to tap it.

I have always wanted to draw, and some of the techniques that Cat uses, such as drawing the object upside down I had heard of before. (The idea is that by drawing it upside down, you break the psychological link between what the object is, and what you actually see so your judgement is not prejudiced). Others, such as contour drawing, were new to me, but there are a whole block of techniques that you can use to draw creatively.

This is not to say that if you are not an artist, this book is not for you. Far from it. The ideas that Cat has written about are readily translatable across into writing, video filmmaking, teaching, science.... any place where exploration is fundamental to the process. The Confident Creative is a gem of a book, that is more subtle than the traditional `How to draw' book, and this is to its credit. It is a book that is thoroughly deserving of being in the possession of anyone who wants to free their mind and be more than a `follow-by-numbers' person.

This book review was originally published on in the Sue Blake Media Online Book Club on LinkedIn, a site for professionals to meet and network.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2011
This book is not a technical book at all. It is rather about creativity. I loved its size, its paper, its illustrations. The author perfectly knows what she is talking about, her writing style makes it easy to read again and again. You will find thousand of tips about creativity, freeing your mind and your hand and some exercices which will help you to get confident. A different book, a helpful book. In one word: it opens your mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2013
I have read many books like this. Creative self help books for the stumped and hapless. This book covers a lot of familiar ground but is set out in a friendly, humourous and accessible manner. A few more inspired and inspiring illustrations would be a great help I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it highly.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
What an unexpected and inspiring surprise! I expected an instruction manual and while, to begin with, there is some straight-forward how to loosen up your creativity muscles suggestions... the book bursts way beyond into how to be confidently creative in the artistic endeavour of your life!

Drawing on eastern and western philosophies and teachings, I was excited by being reminded of old favourite teachers and discovering new ones. And all the while being gently guided to be compassionate with myself as a creative, to say 'Fiddleydee' to the sabotaging 'critic' and be adventurous in my art as well as my life.

The plethora of turned down pages stands as a testament to Cat's power of communication...and my knowing this is a book to which I'll return again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2011
bought as a present for a friend who was delighted with it said "would inspire him in so many ways"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2013
The book is full of nice feelings and encouraging words both for creative and personal life, but if you are looking for a book with a list of drawing exercises to take your skills to the next level, maybe it's not your book.
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A Christmas present that my wife started reading in the afternoon and was really taken with it.
This was delivered very quickly and in perfect condition.
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on 9 January 2015
Excellent book with interesting tasks to try out and inform my teaching of creativity
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on 4 February 2015
Very good book I have learnt a lot from it
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