Book2: THE CREATIVE LICENSE (Danny Gregory– 2006)
This is not a book about drawing. This is a philosophy book about achieving happiness through drawing. By slowing down our routine, by putting more attention on ordinary things, and by learning simple things we are interested of, we may see the goodness around us. Only then may we appreciate what we have more and feel content about them.
To begin, this book argues about how all living things are naturally creative, intuitive, and problem-solving oriented in surviving in this world. However, we, humans, tend to be less spontaneous, more restricted, and more shy, judgmental, and insecure about it. As a result, the older we are, the more unconfident we become in creating things, including drawing. This leads to the unexamined life that is not worth living. In the end of the introductory part, this book assures us how this problem can be fixed by start reading and experiencing the content of this book.
The first chapter (Drawing) shows how drawing is nothing so exoteric for those who have talent in it. Drawing is nothing but holding a pen on a paper and dragging it along an angle and length according to the line we are seeing. So as easy and simple as that is, drawing is nothing so extraordinary that anyone can do it. This chapter guides us to perceive proportion, negative space, and contour of objects by perusing them. Once we try and success on this, we may gain confidence to keep doing it again.
The second chapter (Journaling) then introduces the importance of keeping a visual journal. It offers not less than a dozen reasons of why we should do it. It also shows how tenable it is to keep a journal that we can actually spend only minutes between each of our everyday activities to draw. In the end, it argues that our visual journal is a private thing that we may be as free as we can in choosing what to draw and how to draw it. It proves that argument by showing variety of things to draw -such as: maps, typefaces, composition, etc.
Continuing exploring things to draw, chapter three (Shock) shows how shocking, astonishing, and captivating our findings might be through drawing. It introduces us to draw in themes, in many degrees of details, from many angles of perspective. Not only that may we realize overlooked aspects in our everyday life, we may also feel fulfilled in finally knowing and appreciating them.
Chapter four (Sensitizing) invites us to be more present in whatever we do. By being more sensing when we draw, our drawing will contain memory of our story and feeling. We can remember the reason why we draw one object instead of the others, the importance of one detailed part of a thing we draw, and at last what we learn through that drawing process. Not only that, one article in this chapter interestingly compares drawing to showering; it shows how both –if done in a more sensing way – may offer a paradoxical blend of tranquillity and creativity useful in our day. By doing both we can be more intuitive – to suspend our judgement of problems and to set our imagination free as – to associate subconsciously one thing from another in our head. Finally, we may bring those ideas to our next activities.
Chapter five (Resistance) prevents us from stopping the habit. It suggests us to keep a deadline and to keep reassuring ourselves that we will have never learnt the world enough. As a learning process, chapter six (Judgement) argues that we shouldn’t judge our drawing commercially but based on our feeling of fulfilment.
Chapter seven (Identity) and eight (Expanding), related to one another, argue that we shouldn’t limit our identity, but experiment on more types of objects to learn, on more drawing media, with more people, through even other forms of art.
Chapter nine (Next), ends the book by telling the true stories of some people in their search of creativity in their life. It shows how we can do the same and be happier in our life.