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The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be the Artist You Truly Are [Paperback]

Danny Gregory
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Jan. 1 2006
When Danny Gregory's life was turned upside down by tragedy, he learned to cope by teaching himself to draw. The result was a complete transformation of his life, his priorities, his career, and the way he saw the world. In handwritten chapters full of his lush watercolor illustrations, Danny now offers readers a program for reconnecting to their own creative energies, using drawing as an example. He gently instructs us in the art of allowing ourselves to fail, giving up the expectation of perfection and opening our eyes to the beauty around us. The result is the permission to express ourselves fully and take part in the creative process without fear. Artist or not, readers of all stripes will find inspiration in this unique and beautiful book.

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring April 12 2009
Length: 0:18 Mins
This book is full of pointers on drawing, on creating something on paper with ink. There are a lot of ideas on what to draw ,when (now) to draw but not how to draw. Every page feels like a call to put pen to paper.

The text is typeset in a handwriting font, which might make it hard to read for long periods of time. The good thing is this book can be picked up and read in portions from any page.

It's a very inspirational and motivating book to read, especially when in a artist block. As I finish the book, I begin to see objects in life differently. Everyone can have that creative license, as suggested by the book title.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique approach to stimulating creativity! March 24 2008
Danny Gregory's original style, peppered with fresh visuals, layouts and fonts inspired me to keep turning the pages. It is replete with wisdom and wit and even a light spiritual bent to invoke creative energy. Thanks for designing this book and giving me the boost I needed to get started.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even includes pep talks! Aug. 15 2011
I bought this books approximately... 5 years ago. Since then, I've filled more than 25 journals/sketchbooks. Reading this, you feel like you can fill you own journal with drawings, doodles, anything to capture the small details that make our life important. I've bought a second book because I wanted to lend the book but still keep a copy for myself if I ever needed a push, and never regretted it. I consider Danny Gregory my guru, and think everyone that is inclined towards drawing and writing a journal should try it. The more the better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars no time April 15 2014
I don't have the time to write all I want to say about this book.

But whatever you find made by Danny Gregory (books, videos, drawing classes, etc...) get it !!!

Is so much information, so pure advice, no bull..., so much common sense, so much technical advices.
Is all render with humour and subtle feeling "touch". All coming from a talented artist & a sensitive person.

I can talk/write about him for hours...but I have no time. Why? He taught me to use every free minute ...so...I'll go drawing :0)
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