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"For all who want to develop their creativity but just can never seem to find the time, this guide is here to help. Written in an engaging, encouraging voice, the book supplies project ideas that take no more than a quarter hour a day to execute. The author suggests that the reader grab five, ten, or 15 minutes in the morning to draw and that they do this every day until it becomes an ingrained habit. Full of humor and empathy, the book offers advice about just how to carve out that precious time and how to banish self-doubt that can undermine one's best intentions." - Library Journal

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Danny Gregory's blog, Everyday Matters, is visited regularly by tens of thousands of people from around the world. He lives in New York.
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  • Flexibound: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452135479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452135472
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 23, 2015
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I like Danny Gregory's books on sketching. They are always lively and inspiring. I've every single one of them since his first book on drawing, The Creative License. In some ways, Art Before Breakfast feels like a sequel to that.

Art Before Breakfast is a book on drawing with lots of ideas on what you can draw, a few techniques you can try out and suggestions on where you can find time to sneak in a drawing or two on your sketchbook. The tone is enthusiastic and motivating. The example drawings are accessible and fun. Nothing too daunting and the challenge is to move your pen.

This is also a book on the virtues of drawing and Danny Gregory has included many of his personal thoughts on drawing that are bound to inspire.

This book works great as one you can pick up from time to time, flip to a random page to read and recharge your creative cells, and to find something to draw. I like the tips on random techniques, such as mixing media, and there are different ways on how you can approach your drawings, using reference, creating themes, silencing your inner critic and more.

Those who already know the basics of drawing, observational drawing, will get most out of the book. There are some introductory drawing lessons though, such as contour drawing, spotting negative space and using measurements. I feel that if you're a beginner who knows nothing about drawing, those introductory lessons may or may not be enough for you because they are rather brief. So if you're looking for a book to learn how to draw, this is not the appropriate book. This is a what-to-draw book.

Just like other books by Danny Gregory, I enjoy this book and would like to recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration and motivation to draw.
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Danny Gregory has brought the fun of being an artist back to my life. His books and lessons have inspired me to incorporate sketching in all my classes. I tell my students (adults) that my main goal for them is to learn to love their creative spirit and let it rise above self-judgement and become a passion. The only way for that to happen, for myself and hopefully them, is daily sketching. Not great drawing, not long philosophical discussions on art, but every day sketching. Make it fun, make it silly, but do it. I only hope to continue to be as inspiring as Danny Gregory continues to be. I love all of his books, and this one is icing on the cake.

I particularly like how he breaks down some seemingly complex rules and has he says helps us "avoid four years of art school in one day." Not that there is anything wrong with art school, and I wish I had listened more then, but my focus was learning how to make a living, so now i am finally learning how to see, draw and enjoy.

Another critical benefit of keeping a sketchbook for me is being able to look back and really remember what I was seeing or experiencing at the time. When I look at the 6000 photos of my dogs being cute or sleeping, I go - aww. When I look at a sketch I did of my dogs doing something cute, sleeping by the fire, or watching me sketch, I remember the weather, the time of day and the emotion I felt at the time. It cements the memory in my mind.

Needless to say, I love this book so much I bought two (one for my sketching buddy who never buys books!).
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You're a doodler, a procrastinator, a denier of your own creativity? This is your book! Danny Gregory has the heart of Something-So-Big-and-Warm-That-I-Can't-Name-It and is a born teacher. I think of him as The Inspirator. He never runs out of ideas as you'll see when you pick up this book. He's encouraging, thoughtful, smart, and oh, so talented. I waited several weeks to have this wonderful book in my hands and it was worth the wait. Danny knows the way into my creativity like nobody else and he knows how to help me mark the path so that I can remember how to return anytime I want. This isn't a book about doing art by the RULES or learning to be AN ARTIST; it's a book for the rest of us, a place to confirm that we enjoy drawing and playing with paper and pens/pencils/watercolors, whatever. It's a way to center ourselves, to ease ourselves out of the stresses of daily life for a little while, a way to our happy place. I can't recommend it highly enough. And when you're on to the next step, check out SketchbookSkool.com. That's a place of creative miracles at a discount. Seriously.
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I preordered the book and was counting the days until the book will be released. Today I got it in the mail and could not be happier.
I first stumbled upon Danny Gregory's books at our public library when I picked up a copy " A Kiss Before You Go" and since I became entranced by Danny's talent, story , and amazing spirit. I read the first 20 pages tonight and was inspired enough to make the first quick 15 minutes contour drawing, which, as Danny predicted came out better than I could have expected. I can't wait to finish this book, I can't wait to make more art, I can't wait for his next book! - Madison, WI
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A few years ago I read _The Creative License_ and I heartily recommend that book over _Art Before Breakfast_. If you have any exposure to Gregory's writing before, there is very little new in this book, and far less than the claimed zillions of ideas on hand. If you haven't, this one isn't substantial enough to give you a real taste of his inspirational style. The central message (you can find ten minutes a day to draw something) is a good one, but in my eyes it isn't instructional enough for beginners or deep enough for more serious hobbyists.
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