- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (8 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401307922
- ISBN-13: 978-1401307929
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are Paperback – 8 Jun 2006
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About the Author
Danny Gregory is the author of Everyday Matters: A New York Diary, Hello World: A Life in Ham Radio and Change Your Underwear Twice a Week: Lessons From the Golden Age of Classroom Filmstrips, which was named one of Amazon's top 10 humor books of 2004. His weblog, Everyday Matters, is visited regularly by tens of thousands of creative aspirants form around the world. He is an award-winning copywriter and creative director who has created global advertising campaigns for clients like American Express, IBM, Ford Motor Company, Burger King, Chase, and AT&T. He was born in London, grew up in Pakistan, Australia and Israel, is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Greenwich Village with his wife and son.
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Top Customer Reviews
The style is friendly its informative but not preachy
The illustrations are fantastic , I cant get enough of it
Danny Gregory is the friendly, gentle, encouraging voice I have needed to replace those negative voices. Since taking the plunge to buy the book (spurred on by another reviewer who said he was finally drawing again every day) I have drawn every day for 2 weeks.....and I am enjoying it.All the angst and frustration that blocked me before has gone, and I am back in touch with the peace and enjoyment it used to give me when I was younger.
This is a delightfully friendly book, packed with drawings (which I wasn't expecting)and is not trying to make you a brilliant artist, just someone who is creatively engaged for your own pleasure. He focusses alot on journalling, rather than making works of art to share and impress, and that suits me right now, it takes the pressure off while you find your feet.
If you want the techniques of drawing, you need another book; some of the exercises he uses are basically from Betty Edwards - drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and if you are already well motivated, then you may need a book like that. He admits himself that the book will not take you through all the skills needed for drawing, and makes really good recommendations for other books. This book is more about the joy of it, about getting you to see the place drawing can have in your life, how it helps you to engage at another level with your life and the people and things around you.
If you want to draw and don't think you can, or can and don't, or have some block, like I did, then this is definitely the book for you.
As a beginner I always felt that artists were born, not made. That you were either born creative and artistically gifted, or not. The author quickly proves this is not the case and - incredibly - gets you to prove it to yourself through a series of simple exercises from the very beginning.
I admire the fact that here is an author that has not lost sight of the true value of art - to express deep emotion and meaning - in short, the artist's "truth". It's not a "how-to" book (although there is a chapter that will improve anyone's drawing ability within minutes) but a guide to helping the "ordinary" man/woman in the street express themselves authentically, individually, artistically and to begin making sense of their own world and their own lives. That's an amazing achievement.
The result for me is that I now draw constantly - rarely does an hour pass without me sketching something. I cook more adventurous meals; I'm learning about graphic design; I write stories and articles; I listen to more diverse music (and find myself liking stuff I never thought I would); I've turned my hand at typography, photography - even new languages. In short, I've awoken to the world I live in and have connected to a more authentic me. Life has become far more rewarding and interesting.
One word of advice however. The book does not hold concrete answers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really didn't like this book. I hated the capitalised writing. I hated the tone and style. It didn't inspire me - I'm already taking drawing lessons after 30 years of not having... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Helen L
I love this book... Filled with playful encouragement to enjoy being creative rather than helping you become better at it. This book will get you drawing for fun in no time. Read morePublished 8 months ago by monkey5ive
Bought this originally for myself, being and Artist who lost her flair.
It has definitely thrown me back into the swing of things, now owning my own art based business since... Read more
Good book and an interesting read, very inspiring with some fun ideasPublished 9 months ago by ms j matthews
Self indulgent, with not a lot of food for thought. Unless you have no brain. Disappointing. 2 stars, as it's not actually the worst book I've ever read (although there's not... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rulenska
Excellent. Thank you. Great book diary to improve drawing and be more systematic.Published 15 months ago by Maria
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