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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.
By the way, there's no such thing as having enough books on inspiration. Check out the following books too:
Playing with Sketches
Freehand: Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art
Just Draw It!
Keys to Drawing with Imagination
Sketch!: The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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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