The Creative License: Giving Yourself Permission to Be The Artist You Truly Are

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

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers

b Find Insight and Inspiration for Your Creative Life b br br An artist s journal is packed with sketches and captions some rough some polished The margins sometimes spill over with hurriedly scrawled shopping lists and phone numbers The cover may be travel worn and the pages warped from watercolors Open the book and raw creativity seeps from each color and line The intimacy and freedom on its pages are almost like being inside the artist s mind You get a direct window into risks lessons mistakes and dreams br br The private worlds of these visual journals are exactly what you ll find inside i An Illustrated Life i This book offers a sneak peak into the wildly creative imaginations of top illustrators designers and artists Included are sketchbook pages from R Crumb Chris Ware James Jean James Kochalka and many others In addition author b Danny Gregory b has interviewed each artist and shares their thoughts on living the artistic life through journaling br br Watch artists through words and images record the world they see and craft the world as they want it to be The pages of i An Illustrated Life i are sometimes startling sometimes endearing but always inspiring Whether you re an illustrator designer or simply someone searching for inspiration these pages will open a whole new world to you

Everyday Matters

In the tradition of em Persepolis em em In the Shadow of No Towers em and em Our Cancer Year em an illustrated memoir of remarkable depth power and beauty Danny Gregory and his wife Patti hadn t been married long Their baby Jack was ten months old life was pretty swell And then Patti fell under a subway train and was paralyzed from the waist down In a world where nothing seemed to have much meaning Danny decided to teach himself to draw and what he learned stunned him Suddenly things had color again and value The result is em Everyday Matters em his journal of discovery recovery and daily life in New York City It is as funny insightful and surprising as life itself

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 aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can t seem to find time in the day Gregory offers to 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 em Art Before Breakfast em teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art

An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers

b Travel Sketching Inspiration b br br When we travel we don t want to follow the same itinerary as everyone who s come before us We want to feel like explorers adventurers in undiscovered territory And that s exactly what sketching can bring to the travel experience br br i An Illustrated Journey i captures the world through the eyes of talented artists illustrators and designers You ll experience the wonder of seeing familiar sights through a fresh lens but more important you ll be inspired to set pen to paper and capture your own vistas br br The really wonderful thing about a sketchbook is that it can be totally private You don t have to have an ounce of talent to enjoy learning how to really see what s in front of you But lucky for us the sketchbooks captured here are lovely creative intimate windows into each artist s mind br br So whether you re just returning to the art of drawing abandoned by most of us after childhood or you re looking for inspiration to take your illustration work in a new direction i An Illustrated Journey i will take you on a wonderful trip of the imagination All you need to pack are a pencil and a piece of paper

A Kiss Before You Go: An Illustrated Memoir of Love and Loss

After the loss of his wife in a tragic accident beloved artist Danny Gregory chronicled his grief in the medium he knows best the pages of his illustrated journals This intimate volume reproduces these journal pages in a stirring visual memoir of Gregory s journey towards recovery Uniquely sincere and by turns tender raw and hopeful Gregory s idiosyncratic text and illustrations capture the darkest and lightest moments of his year of magical drawing Gregory s process reminds us that creative expression offers its own therapy and that living each day to its fullest may be as simple as putting pen to paper Anyone who has experienced loss will take solace in this refreshingly candid look at grieving while art lovers will marvel at the artist s beautiful celebration of the power of creation

Shut Your Monkey: How to Control Your Inner Critic and Get More Done

Hear that voice inside your head br The one that nitpicks all your new ideas br That s your monkey br br This hypercritical little critter loves to make you second guess yourself It stirs up doubt It kills your creativity But it can be stopped And acclaimed author Danny Gregory is here to show you how br br After battling it out with his own monkey he knows how to shut yours down Gregory provides insight into the inner workings of your inner critic and teaches you how to put it in its place Soon you ll be able to silence that voice and do what you want to do create br br Now follow his lead and i Shut Your Monkey i

Change Your Underwear Twice a Week: Lessons from the Golden Age of Classroom Filmstrips

In the pre Internet pre VCR oh go ahead call them prehistoric days of baby boomers grade school the high art of audiovisual classroom programming was the filmstrip If you re old enough you remember the darkened room the hum of the projector and the beeep that signaled the teacher to turn to the next frame p If you weren t busy shooting spitballs filmstrips might even have taught you something about science hygiene the great bounty of American farms and factories With simple illustrations and quaint photographs that evoke a more innocent era Change Your Underwear Twice a Week is the first book to collect dozens of these filmstrip treasures together creating a panorama of four decades of overlooked graphic design popular culture and inadvertent humor p p Readers from the Internet generation will get a good chuckle over what appears to be electronic cave art But you ll also discover one of the great subtexts of postwar American life From the mid s until the late s filmstrips were the coming attractions of capitalism and the American way teaching youngsters how society wanted them to view the world p p Filmstrips celebrated our foundering railroads Tommy Takes a Train Trip the space program The Moon Our Nearest Neighbor and our trusted friend the butcher the milkman the mailman and the cop They taught us not to sit too close to our new TV sets and why we should change our underwear twice a week presumably Commies did this only once a week p p A chronicle of America s filmstrip experience Change Your Underwear Twice a Week is also a glimpse into the companies and eccentric pioneers who created these graphic gems and how theyinfluenced several generations of American youth p

Hello World: A Life in Ham Radio

To an outsider the world of ham radio is one of basement transmitters clunky microphones Morse code and crackly possibly clandestine worldwide communications a world both mysterious and geeky But the real story is a lot more interesting indeed there are more than two million operators worldwide including people like Walter Cronkite and Priscilla Presley Gandhi had a ham radio as do Marlon Brando and Juan Carlos king of Spain br Hello World takes us on a seventy year odyssey through the world of ham radio From until his death in operator Jerry Powell transmitted radio signals from his bedroom in Hackensack New Jersey touring the worlds most remote locations and communicating with people from Greenland to occupied Japan Once he made contact with a fellow ham operator he exchanged postcards known as QSLs cards with them For seven decades Powell collected hundreds of these cards documenting his fascinating career in amateur radio and providing a dazzling graphic inventory of people and places far flung br This book is both an introduction to the fascinating world of ham and a visual feast for anyone interested in the universal language of graphic design

School for Evil

Serbin Reek was born looking evil but he was anything but After he is wrongly expelled from his high school Serbin s step parents send him to their alma mater SFE a secret institution deep in the woods of Wyoming There he discovers that evil can be taught studied and graded on a curve