The Creative License by Danny Gregory

The Creative License

The author of "Everyday Matters: A New York Diary" teaches readers to open their lives to creativity and fulfillment by relearning how to draw. Handwritten and illustrated in color throughout.

Details The Creative License

TitleThe Creative License
Release DateJan 1st, 2006
PublisherHachette Books
GenreArt, Nonfiction, Drawing, Language, Writing

Reviews The Creative License

  • Parka
    (More pictures at 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 inspirati...
  • Lisa
    Since discovering Danny Gregory's book, I've filled two illustrated journals. I really love doing it, too. I find that when I take the time to "illustrate", my memory of that particular event/place/whatever is so much sharper. I love Gregory's spirit and enthusiasm; I feel like he really believes in me, personally. I never would have discribed myself as "creative" before owning this book, but when I look back at my journals and the one I'm workin...
  • Chris
    While I didn't always agree with the author, it was a good, thought-provoking book on using drawing to bring more creativity to all aspects of your life. It definitely got me thinking and writing about some deeper things.
  • Black Heart Magazine
    Great book on giving yourself permission to dabble--or even push yourself more seriously--in various artistic spheres. Gregory will teach you to draw (hint: you already know how!), and to journal, giving you your own "creative license" to do what you like and embrace your inner artist. Whether you're a frustrated, failed, first-time or burnt-out artist, this book will help get your creative life back on track. Like he says: "Art ain't fancy or sp...
  • Colby Purcell
    I just wanted to say "amen" a whole lot while reading this book by Danny Gregory, which basically is one big argument for why we should still be artists and why being an artist has gotten such a bad rap in our society. We have been trained by our society several tragic things:1) Creativity is a you-have-it/you-don't issue.2) Great artists are great because they were born with a lot of talent. 3) Art only has value if the artist makes money off of...
  • Amy
    What can I say that others haven't said? If you have the creative urge to draw but can't get past some block, this book will help you out. I was constantly drawing as a child, graduating to water colors & pen and ink in adolescence. Then I entered the world, felt my art wasn't good enough, and stopped. Years later, I still have that quiet urge to draw, to paint, to simply create things of aesthetic value. All these years, I've been a little down ...
  • Bill Lancaster
    Danny Gregory, the author of “Creative License” has carved out a unique niche for himself. Benefitting from the pervasive spread of the internet, Gregory created an influential blog years ago that described his re-entry into the practice of drawing for personal pleasure. And through his books and his blog (and now, his newly monetized online instructional website (“Sketchbook Skool”), he has been quite successful in doing so. I first read...
  • Kristen
    i'm enjoying the experience of "drawing" and thinking about drawing again. I'm really looking forward to work on some art journaling very soon.
  • Lydia
    This book tells you how to start an art journal and gives you mini-assignments so you can get off your but and trust that there is a creative genius inside of you, YES YOU!
  • Apryl Anderson
    This was nice--very enjoyably nice--although it unleashed my inner conundrum. That snippy, snarky "Left Brain" voice insists on damning me whether I do or I don't, so this time it reminded me of the pointlessness of reading about drawing instead of doing the drawing, and LB is such a trickster that she used Gregory's cheerfully encouraging style to really lay it on thick. This book is loaded with excellent suggestions for how to see and communica...
  • Morgan Golladay
    Danny Gregory has spent a life-time with art, artists, art products, advertising, and discussions about art. This book is specific to problems many creative people face - being “ok” with creativity. Whether the reader’s focus is on sketching, crafting, writing, painting, etc, the focus of this book is giving oneself permission to be that creative person we hope to be.
  • Helen
    Couldn't finish it 2/5 stars.
  • Travis
    The first book read for my 2010 reading list. A older selection that jumped out at me in a strange time, after the Holidays, when I received a plethora of books to read. I bought this book in 2006 after reading select passages in a HOW magazine. I was in the early years of design school and trying to regain my confidence to draw after year away from the art board. I grabbed the book and shortly realizing the book was gauged for someone entering t...
  • Pamela
    For some reason the title of this didn't "click" with me, and it turned out to be more of a self-help type book than I was expecting. I give it three stars because I wasn't looking for a self-help book.My expectations aside, the main problem I had with the book was the hand-lettered print. This was very difficult to read (too small? all caps? too much on a page?). Otherwise, a nice but short bit on how-to-draw, and lots of encouragement on drawin...
  • Jenn.
    I used to drawn a lot in my teens, but like many others then suddenly quit. Now, years later, I started drawing again... because of Danny Gregory's wonderful book. The book is incredibly inspiring and encouraged me to pick up the pen again, just draw and keep drawing. Now, I carry my Moleskine sketchbook and a pen *everywhere* and whenever I have a chance, I try to draw. It's fun, it's great... The only downside of this book is the all capital fo...
  • Cathryn
    I credit this book with getting me (properly) back into drawing after a hiatus of something like 15 years. I found it motivating, inspiring and maybe for the first time I felt that it was ok to just create, and was able to more or less put to one side my perfectionist tendencies. Danny encourages you to keep drawing but simultaneously go easy on yourself. The book isn't a formal drawing course but is more about learning to really truly see what y...
  • Ctk
    This book is awe inspiring. I have read it twice this year already. The author feels like a mentor and a friend. The tasks are comprehensible and manageable for even the busiest lifestyle and most procrastinating of individuals. The wording of this book is magical, as though this person is truly thankful to write a book about something he believes in so much. If drawing is not your prime creative endeavor, this book and it's soulful wisdom can be...
  • Amanda
    Let me admit that I did not really finish reading this book but already within the first day of reading it I had returned to some of my creative roots and began drawing again. I have since spent my weekends outside, enjoying the spring time while sketching into a composition book. I am thankful for having the courage to pick up this book and admit that I missed the creative side of myself. I will definitely pick this book back up and keep reading...
  • Armando Alves
    Coming back to drawing, the book seemed an interest introduction, even if the amount of sketches and handwritting instead of typesetting were suspicious.How wrong could I be ... Danny Gregory's book is much more than a book about drawing or journaling, it's a journey into the world of creativity.Not only my love for drawing has reborn, but the mundane things now seem an opportunity to be creative.
  • Sherry (sethurner)
    Danny Gregory is a force of nature when it comes to creativity and especially creating illustrated journals. This book works as a sequel to Everyday Matters, and has looks of support for the aspiring sketcher. His argument, if you can learn to drive a car, you can learn to pay attention to the ordinary aspects of your life and draw/write about them. There are lots of illustrations and motivational quotes, lots of suggestions for getting started a...
  • Mary Kenyon
    Beautifully illustrated with the author's drawings, this book made me want to go out and purchase a thick, handmade journal and start drawing again. I read this book to inspire myself as I begin writing another book, this one about creativity. It didn't make me finish up my proposal, but it did make me take some quiet time to contemplate just what creativity entails. Lovely, inspiring book~
  • Erin
    There are so many great ideas for nudging your creative muscles in this book. I didn't read it straight through, but jump around. I find it a great way to rest and think about something different at the end of the day.
  • Mii
    This book was a great read!
  • Brendan
  • Katrina Sark
    p.88 – Be good to yourself • Draw things that make you glad. Catalog your blessings. • Commit a space to your art. A corner, a desk, a shelf, a tackle box, a space that says, “What I make matters.” • Collect things to draw. Scour flea markets, thrift stores, hardware stores.• Buy yourself the biggest box of crayons available. • Reward yourself with art supplies. Meet a goal, buys a pen. p.91 – There are many different ways of wr...
  • Camila
    Danny Gregory never disappoints, this is the second (or third) book I read from him and I find it so helpful. I'm a Graphic Designer and lately I find it hard to devote some time to drawing and keeping a journal which I used to do frequently for quite some time.Since none of the people I normally relate/hang out with consider themselves artists I don't get to have someone to question why i haven't been drawing lately, which I think is what I need...
  • Erin
    Danny Gregory claims that we are all artists, but that the world has convinced us that we are not and cannot be creative. His purpose with this book is to correct that notion. We can all be creative. We can all make art, it just takes practice. He gives some very practical pointers for how to start on this creative journey to becoming an artist. You just have to take the first step and just do it.
  • Tami
    This book was so much more than I thought it would be. Gregory connects the practice of drawing what you see with the practice of mindfulness, which really resonated with me. He offers a lot of insight on creativity, and gives a ton of suggestions to jump start yourself out of a rut. Plus there's some really practical advice on drawing. I may just buy a copy of this for myself. I'm also interested in checking out his other works.
  • Deborah
    Coming back to drawing, the book seemed an interest introduction, even if the amount of sketches and handwritting instead of typesetting were suspicious.How wrong could I be ... Danny Gregory's book is much more than a book about drawing or journaling, it's a journey into the world of creativity.Not only my love for drawing has reborn, but the mundane things now seem an opportunity to be creative.