Above: A spread from one of Danny Gregory's visual journals—this one contained grey paper. It's included here as an example of the quirky and delightful sketches you'll see in his new book "Art Before Breakfast." In the post below you'll find a link to a trailer announcing the book. It gives you a flip through of the actual book. Image ©Danny Gregory.
Do you think your day is too busy for Art? Do you wish you kept a visual journal or daily sketchbook but don't seem to be able to get up a head of steam to do so?
Danny Gregory has got your back in his new book: "Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are." (I've included a link here to the Amazon listing of this book—but I'm not invested in Amazon—think about your local booksellers too.)
This is the latest in a series of inspiring books on keeping a visual record of your life. You may already have "Creative License," or "Everyday Matters." A copy of "An Illustrated Life" and "An Illustrated Journey" may already be found on your bookshelf.
If you have any of those books you'll already know that Danny writes in an inspiring and engaging way. He wants to convince you to sketch your life on paper, understand the benefits sketching brings into your life, and encourage you to tap into your creativity. His new book "Art Before Breakfast" is geared to motivate you to sketch throughout your day. The book is filled with quickly digestible suggestions and drawing prompts that you can follow right this minute, without another moment's thought.
Marrying motivating language with his delightful sketches Danny seeks to show you how you can let loose and sketch whatever catches your attention. Whether you have never picked up a pen to capture your life's observations on paper or you have kept a visual journal for years, I think you'll find much to enjoy in this lively book.
If you're still not convinced you can see a trailer Danny made about his new book here.
I also believe, if you have friends who talk about keeping a sketch journal but never seem to take the first step this book is a perfect gift for them. Pair the book with a good pen (I like the Staedtler Pigment Liners because their ink doesn't smell and I can wash watercolor over it immediately on most papers) and a commercially bound journal perfect for mixed media (I favor the Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Softbound journal that's 7.75 x 9.75 inches). You'll be giving them a gift that will keep them busy all summer!
Note: Disclaimer—yes, Danny is a friend of mine. But he didn't ask me to write a review. I wrote this review because this is a fun book. I love every opportunity to look at his sketches and see how his creative mind is editing the world to fit on the page. I believe you'll love it too.