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The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to be the Artist You Truly Are Paperback – 8 Jun 2006

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  • 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)
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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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I love this Book! Its funny ,smart ,insprirational.
The style is friendly its informative but not preachy
The illustrations are fantastic , I cant get enough of it
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Gift for friend.
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I am so grateful for this book. I did a textile degree many years ago, and somehow, during it, the love I had for drawing was squeezed out of me by tutors pulling me this way and that. I have missed drawing more and more, yet every time I have tried to begin again, those whining tutor voices invaded my head, I would get upset and give up.

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.
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This is the book for you if you can get over your inhibitions and insecurities and just go with Danny's flow. Anyone who doesn't like Danny Gregory's books has no soul or playful nature. Don't ignore all the lessons in his books because you think it's not cool to draw or write or follow any other kind of atistic venture, because believe me it is sooooh cool to take the advice given here and run with it, taking it in your own direction, producing art work of your own and not having to worry about what other people think of it, or beat yourself over the head with it because you don't think it's any good. As Danny said "there's no such thing as a bad drawing" You just have to enjoy the process of doing it and catch the bug which is easy to do if you keep an open mind and laugh along with Mr Gregory's infectious instructions. This book is absolutely fantastic as were his others and i would recomend it to anyone with a sense of fun and an ability to look at life with a kind and compassionate eye.
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I received this book last week (Feb 09) and I love it! Full of ideas to get those creative juices flowing. I like the handwritten style - it makes you read more slowly to take it all in. Highly recommended to get over any creative block.
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This book has given me back that urge to get drawing, sewing, painting sketching etc etc. Basically it has given me back that enthusiasim that i knew i had, i just needed something (being this book) and someone (Danny Gregory) to kick me up the backside, give me some confidence in my self, and my own capabilities, to get me back on my creative track! What i like about this book is that you don't have to be perfect at drawing, in fact it urges you to get rid of all the reasons why you feel you can't draw and just let yourself go ahead and bloody well do it! The fact that this book itself is filled with his own illustrations from his journal is instantly inspiring. The text may however put people off, as it is all handwritten. I found it quite easy to follow however some others may not get along with it, but it definitely goes along with the journalistic theme that runs throughout the book. I havn't yet fully read all of it, but find myself keep going back and forth searching for new words of inspiration which it certainly does! Bought alondside Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd.
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A great book - it has got myself and many many others drawing, journaling, and sketching! Well Done Danny! It's lay out is itself more like a journal and not a printed written book, but personally I found it great fun, and as stated it got me back drawing after many years absence and plugged me into an on-line community that shares its drawings and general art work. Buy the book get a pen and or pencil ready for its arrival.
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What makes this book so extraordinary? It addresses the three greatest obstacles facing any aspiring artist: 1) "I can't draw/paint/sculpt etc.", 2) "What do I draw/paint/sculpt?" and 3) "Why do I want/need to draw/paint/sculpt?". This book tackles all these issues with great intelligence and simplicity. (In fact, by answering 1 and 2, you'll find 3 takes care of itself).

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.
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