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The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are Paperback – December 21, 2005
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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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He promotes journals, but you have to draw on them, everyday, and put down not only what worrys you but the beautiful things in your life as well . That way not only you have a record of your story, but your drawings improve, and you have a record of your improvement.
Who cares if your drawings are not the way you think they should be. like he says "shut up and draw"; you'll see you start to get better.
The book it self is hard to read,it is not a book to read from cover to end in one sitting. Probably you won't even want to. You might be puting it down to draw your self.
I have kept journals for years, but never art journals. I was amazed at all of the fantastic work that can come from drawing on a daily basis. I even started drawing with pen rather than pencil to allow the mistakes to be there and not be afraid of them.
I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't believe they have any talent in art and for those who do and have been told over and over again that they just aren't quite right for 'today's art market'. Get out there and draw!
The other aspect I did find effective was the way Mr Gregory presses the reader to follow his direction and create a sketchbook journal his way. He commands the reader to draw various things at times and usually is pretty specific. Im not sure how others may learn and grow through drawing but in my case I do not find direct instruction to be overly helpful in growing artistically. This book serves as more of an instruction manual than a creatively freeing process. The drawing are good and the pages are laid out nice, some may have difficulty with the hand drawn font though.
The books title says "giving yourself permission to be the artist you truly are" but after reading through the book it felt more like "Danny Gregory gives you permission to be an artist just like himself".
For a long time I thought only privileged minds with "something important to say" were able to accomplish this almost mythical task. Gregory's book really inspired me to start an illustrated journal myself.
I have been drawing and writing almost everyday since I got the book. I don't know if someone's ever going to read my journal, but I don't care. This book has helped me discover WE ALL have "something important to say."
So do yourself a favor, purchase this book along with a blank notebook and a pen. Trust me, you're going to know what it feels like to be a creative genius and you won't care if someone else thinks otherwise.