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Danny Gregory: I help you make art again

by Danny Gregory

Each Friday, I send advice, ideas, stories and tips to 20K creative people like you. Author of 13 best-selling books on creativity. Founder of Sketchbook Skool w 50k+ students

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⚠️ Why So Sensitive?

Creativity is an incredible gift. But it’s also a heavy burden. Like Peter Parker, whose spidey-sense makes him alert to any danger around him, we artists feel everything. It’s our job. We have a deep awareness of the world around us, tuning in on every nuance. We see hidden patterns, details, emotions, sensations, and impressions that others never notice. We are deeply empathetic to other people’s feelings. And we train ourselves to become even more sensitive. If I sit and draw a portrait, I...

3 days ago • 3 min read

💖 May Stuff I like and think you might too Hi Reader: Snip, snip. Maybe it’s because we don’t get that many magazines anymore, but I forget about the possibilities of collage. Revue Collé is a wonderful resource that reminded me of all the possibilities. An inspiring library and a weekly newsletter. Now, where's my glue stick? Link Color Me Curious. I never tire of self-examination. “How Are You Doing?” is a tool designed to help you understand your emotions and reactions through color...

6 days ago • 1 min read

Four letters that send a chill down any writer's spine: TLDR. Too Long. Didn't Read. I recently read an article that suggests writers should write five times more often — but five times less. I'm good with a). Hate b). Sometimes, nay often, I get so exuberant about an idea I go on and on. My wife warms me about it daily. I tell myself that this is just my way — windbaggery, bloviation, mansplaining — and that people who don't like it can lump it. I yam what I yam. Love me or unsubscribe....

10 days ago • 1 min read

Art Supply of the Month: misteaks. Hi Reader: The things I make the most: mistakes. TYpos. Inaccurate lines. Ink splatters. They’re just an inevitable part of my creative process. On my laptop, it’s easy to backspace and delete. But on the pages of my sketchbook, not so much. If I made preparatory pencil sketches, I could erase them. But I work in ink most of the time, so I need strategies and tools to handle my blunders. The easiest thing to do is just scratch out the offending error. I...

13 days ago • 3 min read

When people undergo what, for lack of a less awkward term, I’ll call a “creative reawakening,” they often experience a surge of synchronicity. Serendipity abounds. Opportunities bounce into their laps. Like-minded people just show up. Connections are forged, sparks fly, light blink on. Life gets spicy. Some attribute this to a greater power: “God loves those who create.” Maybe so. I have a more down-to-earth hypothesis. When you allow yourself to be creative, to make things, to smell roses,...

17 days ago • 1 min read

The Golden Journey Hi Reader: Over the past four years, I have become more of a homebody. Some part of my brain just won't come out of lockdown. I’m hoping this domesticity will wane in time, and I will soon take down my suitcase, dust it off, and get on a plane to someplace, anyplace. One of the key reasons I have always loved to travel was the pleasure of keeping a travel journal. The pleasure works in two reciprocal ways: A) Everything is so interesting to draw when you go somewhere new,...

20 days ago • 3 min read

This weekend, my family beat me. Brutally. We were playing cards, and I lost by 85 points. Crushing loss. But I didn’t care. My wife often marvels at (i.e., complains) that I have zero interest in being competitive when we play. Sometimes, I lose, and sometimes, I win. I always shrug. Now, as a New Yorker with a long business career, I understand competition. I am capable of being ambitious, but I don't particularly enjoy it. It can be absurd. And counter-productive. I started practicing yoga...

24 days ago • 2 min read

“Genius is not a possession of the limited few, but exists in some degree in everyone. Where there is natural growth, a full and free play of faculties, genius will manifest itself.” — Robert Henri I have always been a fan of Walt Disney. Not just of his animated films but of a certain image I have of the man himself. It’s not the dictatorial egomaniac that some biographers have depicted but the gentle, welcoming character who appeared at the beginning of each episode of The Wonderful World...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Procrastinate like a pro. Hi Reader: I create things all the time. Usually, something small like a page in my sketchbook, a lesson for a class I’m teaching, a video for my YouTube channel or one of the essays I write twice a week. But every year or so, I work on a big project. Previous projects include books, courses, video series, and learning new skills in depth. Last year’s big project was publishing a book of essays, You Do You. My current project is an online course called Your...

about 1 month ago • 6 min read

What I've learned from all this. Hi Reader: Every essay I send you is a lesson for me. Here's what I've learned so far. Starting in 2003, I began publishing posts on dannygregorysblog.com. It was an uneven affair — there were stretches in which I’d write every day, but at other times, I’d leave it fallow for months and then resurface with a long apologetic post. Some of the essays were pretty good, others were careless, self-promoting, or glib. Finally, after almost two decades, I abandoned...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read
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