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  • File Size: 806 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Danny Gregory Books (May 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051ZTEF6
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I spent most of my life not believing I had the right to consider myself an artist in any way. But then I started drawing in my mid-thirties and it changed my life. It led me to travel, to meet people, to get books published, but most of all it transformed the way I see the world around me and how I experience every day.

I believe that everyone has the same opportunity. Not to become a Professional Artist but to make art into a regular part of your everyday life. It doesn't matter what your elementary school art teacher said, or your parents, or your boss. You have it in you to draw, to play an instrument, to write poetry, whatever you choose. You can and should express your self. Regardless of what you fear anyone else may thinks of the results, you can become a creative person and achieve a new view of the life you lead.

I often wonder what the world would be like if every adult was as creative and free as we all were as kids. I think it would be calmer, lovelier, more peaceful place. And I'd like to do something about it.

Several years ago, I started writing about my experience of creativity and sharing it on my website, dannygregory.com. Within a few months, the Everyday Matters group was formed and now thousands of people get together regularly to encourage each other in drawing and painting and making beautiful things. They chat on the Internet and they get together in cities and towns around the world to collaborate and share.

Many of my books -- The Creative License, Everyday Matters, An Illustrated Life, An Illustrated Journey, and Art Before Breakfast --were written to help and celebrate the sorts of people I met in our group. Some are students, some were artists and designers. But most were just people like me who had suddenly decided, when they were well into adulthood, that they wanted to return to making creativity a regular part of their lives. Most of them don't want to make a living painting or have their drawings hung in galleries and museums. They just want to have the pleasure and satisfaction of creating things.

If you would like to incorporate more creativity into your life, check out my new book, visit my site and drop me a line. I'd love to be inspired by you.

Meanwhile, here's some more of my story:

I was born in London, which we left when I was three or four. We moved briefly to Pittsburgh, Pa. then to Canberra, Australia. When I was nine, I went to live with my grandparents in Lahore, Pakistan. Next we went to a kibbutz in Israel then moved to a small town called Kfar Saba. As the Yom Kippur War broke out, we relocated to Brooklyn where I went to a Quaker high school. I was editor of the school paper and organized a Marxist study circle. I graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, with a degree in Politics. It was my 21st school.

When I was eleven, I began my first job - assisting the vet at the local slaughterhouse. I've worked in a record store, in one of New York's finest restaurants, and my congressman's office. I was a White House intern (Jimmy Carter lusted for me only in his heart) and a McDonalds' fry cook. I have also worked in a half dozen advertising agencies, and illustrated books, newspapers, and magazines. I now am co-founder of sketchbook Skool an online art and creativity school with dozens of teachers and thousands of students worldwide..

I live in Greenwich Village in New York City. If you are in the area, come draw with me and my group.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Very Bad Cat on May 10, 2012
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This was an entertaining story told with humor and insight. However, the print edition could have benefited from far more thorough proofreading and attention to text flow (e.g., a contraction would break in the middle of the word)--one of the dangers of self-publishing. Perhaps this has been corrected in the Kindle edition. While this was distracting for me at times, the story was still enjoyable and I would welcome further tales of Serbin and the SFE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carrie on February 19, 2013
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Inventive cast of characters and events. Playful creative writing. I would like more background on how the main character was raised by both step parents...and closure on the Ferret
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dranea79 on December 31, 2012
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A school where the bad are taught evil ways. A good boy who looked the part but had a heart of - well not gold - but at least copper. We have Serbin who is a normal kid in an evil world. He just wants to be a normal kid, but his evil parents have plans for him. They sabotage him and get a place secured for him in SFE (School for Evil). In this school, one can learn the fine art of murder, sabotage, manipulation, and believe it or not... band. Because all of the best villains have theme music and, apparently, Motley Crue is an evil band...

I thought this book sounded great from the synopsis, and the look inside feature hooked me on buying the book. But what I got when I dug in further disappointed me. There were idiosyncrasies in the book that, quite frankly, annoyed me. In the beginning, I understand the need for the author to stress the boy wore all black. But for starters, it was done way to often, and then I wasn't really sure why he felt the need to start putting the word black in parenthesis... like it was some sort of interjection or something. For instance, the author would say something like, "He put on his (black) coat and his (black) sneakers, then found his (black) jacket."

There are three other main issues that I had with the book.

The was the author really didn't seem to know who he was writing this book for. The opening paragraph made it come across as a middle grade book - which is great for me, I love quirky MG books. The narrator talked to the audience reminiscent of Lemony Snicket, sort of the, "Now boys and girls" vibe. We have sentences like, "You're a jerk. I can't believe I'm stupid friends with you again." Other kinda quirky, middle grade humor would be where the narrator said someone was vacuuming their clothes every night.
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Serbin, the main character, holds steadfastly to his deeply normal goodness in the face of a world pushing him, relentlessly, to be evil. His parents, his school mates, his teachers peg him as evil because he looks more or less like a cartoon villian. But he's not and so he struggles in a crazy world to make friends, do well, grow up and be himself. As a children's librarian I would definitely recommend this book to Roald Dahl fans or the Lemony Snicket crowd. Very enjoyable.

I know the author is busy with his drawing and painting but I would love a sequel when he gets a chance.
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