Danny Gregory is an artist, author, teacher and co-founder of Sketchbook Skool. He taught himself to draw in his mid-thirties after a tragic accident changed his life, bringing with it a new peace and perspective. One that informs his creative habit everyday.
Danny has written nearly a dozen internationally best-selling books on art and creativity including Art Before Breakfast, Everyday Matters, The Creative License, Shut Your Monkey, An Illustrated Life and many more.
Before starting Sketchbook Skool, he spent three decades as one of New York’s leading advertising creative directors and has created award-winning, global campaigns for such clients as Chase, JPMorgan, American Express, IBM, Burger King, Ford and Chevron amongst others.
Danny resides in New York City.
In this episode, Danny discusses:
-The importance of your partner understanding your creative needs.
-Creative postpartum depression that often occurs when we are finished with a project.
-Why he left the advertising industry.
-Meeting Koosje Koene and how Sketchbook Skool started.
-The value in seeing how many different artists make art as well as seeing where they make it.
-The role that community plays in developing as an artist.
-The difference in motivation when you are paying for something as opposed to getting it for free.
-Going to clown school.
-Giving yourself constraints or challenges.
-What it means to clear space in order to start new things (or finish old things).
-How he got past imposter syndrome (and his advice for Youngman in getting past his).
Danny’s Final Push will inspire you to stop listening to podcasts and start creating something new!
“I think that having a partner that understands you and your creative needs is essential to be able to focus on your work.”
“If you want to start something new, you need to clear some space for it to happen.”
“Thinking you know yourself too well can be limiting. Sometimes you’ve got to just jump off the cliff and see what happens.”
“I think it’s really important to have skin in the game. If it’s too easy to walk away from, you will.”
“I always find that if I have that glimmer of an idea, if I have that grain of sand to put in the oyster, I’m on the way. I’m going to get to the end just by having a beginning.”
“There are people out there waiting for your art. Give it to them.”
“Every time you have the impulse to distract yourself, instead try to focus that energy into making something new.”
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