- By Danny Gregory

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are

  • Title: Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are
  • Author: Danny Gregory
  • ISBN: 9781452135472
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • Art Before Breakfast A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are Packed with the signature can do attitude that makes beloved artist Danny Gregory a creativity guru to thousands across the globe this unique guide serves up a hearty helping of inspiration For aspir

    Packed with the signature can do attitude that makes beloved artist Danny Gregory a creativity guru to thousands across the globe, this unique guide serves up a hearty helping of inspiration For aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can t seem to find time in the day, Gregory offers 5 to 10 minute exercises for every skill level that fit into any schedule Packed with the signature can do attitude that makes beloved artist Danny Gregory a creativity guru to thousands across the globe, this unique guide serves up a hearty helping of inspiration For aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can t seem to find time in the day, Gregory offers 5 to 10 minute exercises for every skill level that fit into any schedule whether on a plane, in a meeting, or at the breakfast table along with practical instruction on techniques and materials, plus strategies for making work that s exciting, unintimidating, and fulfilling Filled with Gregory s encouraging words and motivating illustrations, Art Before Breakfast teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art.

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    1. Can I tell you something I hate? I hate that Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hours theory.For anyone who's avoided it somehow, the way it works is that Gladwell, who we'll get to, poses the theory that 10,000 hours of concentrated, limits-pushing practice is what separates the successful from the amateur, the pro from the bro.First of all, no shit. If I just picked a huge, giant number, and if you worked on something that long, there's almost no way you're gonna be worse. 10,000 hours, that's over a yea [...]

    2. Super motivating book with creative prompts to get you creating. The overall message of positivity and the beautiful illustrations make me happy. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative is equally as wonderful. Don't miss either.LOVED. Recommended.

    3. Art is a business, an industry, a rackett is about passion, love, life, humanity—everything that is truly valuable.Artistically, I've been stuck in a rut for awhile now. I have ideas, many ideas, but to execute them and create an actual piece of artw that's a different story.Making art slows us down enough to see the details, the wrinkles, the world within worlds. Without it, life is just a blur of CliffsNotes, movie trailers, and microwaved entreēs.So maybe I should start with small steps as [...]

    4. Meh. I start from a position of loving all of Danny Gregory's books I've read (so far) which is most of them. This one just feels like a money grab :( There are some fun illustrations, as you would expect. There are certainly ideas. But absolutely every topic, idea, what have you, is covered in about three sentences. Where Is The truly insightful writing we have come to expect? No in this one! If you are a complete-ist, I suppose you will want to get it. It is not expensive. But just to read it, [...]

    5. That I started this in early July and just finished it last week should tell you something - comfortable writing style, fun drawings, and yet I just wasn't drawn in.

    6. If you have followed Danny Gregory in Sketchbook Skool and read his past books, this is simply the same philosophy. Nothing new or inspirational that hasn't already been written or spoken about several times. I was disappointed…nothing new here.

    7. A few years ago I read _The Creative License_ and I heartily recommend that book over _Art Before Breakfast_. If you have any exposure to Gregory's writing before, there is very little new in this book, and far less than the claimed zillions of ideas on hand. If you haven't, this one isn't substantial enough to give you a real taste of his inspirational style. The central message (you can find ten minutes a day to draw something) is a good one, but in my eyes it isn't instructional enough for be [...]

    8. A couple of ideas intrigued me but the majority of this book repeats the basic idea that you should carry a sketchbook with you everywhere and draw at any given chance you get. Now I draw and sketch when I truly have to but I find it restricts my creative bent so I do it in extreme circumstances only. This book and the 'ideas' contained were so boring and samey and nowhere near inspirational. An utterly one dimensional effort.

    9. Art should be like breakfast: something you do every day. And if there is anyone who can guide you into seeing art opportunities in your everyday life, it is Danny Gregory.You can spend a day with this book. You can spend a week with it. A month. A year. Probably a lifetime. Full of delight.

    10. I'm a fan of the author, but if you've read his other books, there is nothing new in this one. If the last time you made any art was in Kindergarten, this might be the book for you. This little book, while delightful to peruse, seems rather like the author had all these journal pages, and decided to create a book around them. Check out of the library rather than buy material. I'd highly recommend two of his books - The Creative License and Everyday Matters - to anyone interested in being more cr [...]

    11. Just do it I loved the section on not letting perfectionism stop you. Just pick up the pen and paper and you'll be shocked it will come forth.

    12. "Creativity isn't a luxury. It's the essence of life." The prefaceThis book is for people who don't have time to read it. You don't have a second to catch your breath. To smell the roses or the coffee. Your life is getting more full and more crazy. Which is why you need to add one more thing to your to-do list:Make art. Seriously, art? Yup. art with a small "a", I might add.This book is full of ideas of finding time for art and illustrating the beauty found in everything, every day. It has e [...]

    13. I like Danny Gregory and his approach to drawing very much, but this book seemed to be just a shorter version of The Creative License. There really wasn't much new, though what there is is fine. Even Danny rehashed inspires and encourages me, so I'm not sorry I read it, but if you've read some of his other books, there's really not much added here.

    14. Excellent, another wonderful book by Danny Gregory. Its full of ideas on finding time for art, plus many ideas of things to draw to document your life. Full of humorous anecdotes and fun drawings. If you want to draw this is a great place to start. If you already sketch this is a great resource.

    15. It felt like more of a list of all the things one could draw ("Look! There's stuff everywhere! Now draw it!") than something particularly inspiring. It could be useful to some.

    16. Like, it's fine. it's a fine book. It says what every person who has a secret burning desire to create needs to hear: stop talking about it and pick up your pen. I mean, he's right. Every movie I watch is 2 hours I spent not making art. Time, as I get older, grows increasingly fleeting and precious. So the basic premise of the book is this: hoard your time, snatch fifteen minutes here and there, and spend it like a miser. Make art your wealth, and do it for life. You'll regret living any other w [...]

    17. Good for getting the creative juices flowing, and quench the excuses, like "I don't have time, I can't draw", etc.A quick and easy read, and a great way to get started.

    18. This is a motivational workbook, meant to be a guide. It is for anyone that doesn't think they have time to do anything creative. Perhaps, you have children or a demanding job and keep putting off those things until you retire. Mr. Gregory puts it simply, if you can watch TV, go on a coffee break or spend hours on your computer, you can find 15 minutes a day to draw. He says give yourself a month and see how you feel afterwards. Plainly put a good sketchbook is the price of a pack of cigarettes [...]

    19. Cheerful little book, impossible to dislike. However, I have the impression the artist had all these sketches sitting around and didn't know what to do with them, so he put them together in this book, with the title and intent as afterthoughts. I enjoyed listening to his interview on NPR and hope to sketch more as a result. There is still a stigma, though, of people drawing in public. Our culture, regardless of what our leaders say, is hostile to the arts and views them as a waste of time and mo [...]

    20. Danny Gregory's books are always entertaining and always a visual feast for the eyes. However, this isn't really a book on general creativity as its subtitle makes it sound, but specifically and wholly on drawing. And unfortunately, while it offers many tips and tricks – some of which are used when teaching drawing – as a technique primer, this book only does half the job. People serious about learning to draw would be better served by a more formal approach, and people who don't *think* the [...]

    21. I carry a notebook in my purse to jot down all the things I'd forget otherwise, but sometimes I use it to doodle. I don't draw nearly as much as I used to -- my kids are the ones who always have a sketchbook in their bags and pencil smears on their fingers -- but every now and then, the itch to create something is strong.Danny Gregory's book is a reminder that art doesn't have to be ART! Ten, fifteen minutes of creativity a day, to do something for yourself, is art. It doesn't have to be perfect [...]

    22. This is a super dynamic, entertaining, and helpful guide to get one back into a creative groove. I love, love, love Gregory's art and his philosophy and this is the only one of many guides that I've read that actually made me want to try contour drawing while reading that section. And if you don't like one page, turn to the next--it's totally different!

    23. A few fun ideas that could be applicable, but for the most part they were pretty much logical drawing and creativity ideas. I do like the artistic version of a pub crawl, especially since it could be an adaptation/ combination of a photowalk as well.

    24. MotivatingGreat ideas and inspiration. A reminder to quit trying for perfection and just have fun creating. The rest comes naturally.

    25. I picked this book up rather quickly after reading the front cover. So, I didn't realize how technical it would be. It's laid out with daily lessons (i.e. Monday is contour drawing, Tuesday is negative space), and I already knew the techniques it taught. But for someone who really doesn't have artistic experience, but wants to be more creative or just wants use their few spare minutes for activities that are more meaningful, this is a GREAT book! It makes the techniques very simple for someone w [...]

    26. I’m a new fan of Danny Gregory and I really enjoy his approach to creativity. This book inspired me to start devoting time each day to making art (with a small “a”) and not worry so much about whether I have the time or talent. Fun book to read. Nothing earth shattering, but a good refresher if you are feeling stuck.

    27. So approachable, so clever, so creative, so much fun! I loved this book because it really made things simpler. I could really see myself doing these art exercises! I also like how the pages were broken up and all the imaginative & expressive drawings.I definitely recommend picking this book up to read while having breakfast! Happy Eating & Drawing!

    28. As an art teacher, I rarely make time to create my own art, mostly because I feel like my creativity is zapped by the end of the day - I’ve expended it all thinking of creative ways to deal with my students all day! But, this book provided the jump I needed to just keep making something! Because anything is better than nothing! :)

    29. Really inspirational-loaded with great ideas and advice. I especially liked the idea of chunking time into short managable bits, no pressure to make a perfect drawing or even finish it, just an exploration. I liked the focus on how simple and portable drawing can be - a notebook and pen, nothing fancy- an easy way to get a creative fix.

    30. Since reading this, I've started a daily sketch journal--seven tiny boxes on a page each week, with one quick sketch and caption every day. So the book must have been fabulous if it got me to actually draw. (I'm scared of drawing.) This book is all about small "a" art -- add some to your life.

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