If you want to give “yourself permission to be the artist you truly are”, I recommend reading The Creative License by Danny Gregory. I also recommend this book if you want to make a habit of drawing and journaling regularly.

I find this book inspiring because it is an illustrated journal, written in Danny’s handwriting and illustrated by his own drawings. He experiments with different pens and styles and painting on the drawings, which makes it feel very personal.

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LIKES: I like how he practices what he preaches (making a habit of daily drawing) by illustrating and handwriting the entire book.

DISLIKES: I can’t think of any.

Favourite Quotes

“The most important part of drawing is seeing.” Danny Gregory

If you like this book, try:

  • Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory (which I also own and recommend)
  • Danny has written other books, including one that I would like to buy, which is An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers.


  • 5 Stars: I think you should buy it! It’s a book I will re-read.

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