Drawing Bread: Danny Gregory’s Creative License

Drawing of a slice of bread

(Re)learning to Draw

Following a recommendation from members of the Sustainably Creative forum I went to the library a couple of weeks ago and borrowed a copy of Danny Gregory’s The Creative License, which I’ve been very slowly working my way through and I’m really enjoying it.

At school I always enjoyed Art and had originally planned to work towards a creative career of some kind but in the end went down a slightly more academic (but still enjoyable)  path.

I did, however, do an A Level in Fine Art but unfortunately haven’t really done much drawing or painting since then.

Danny Gregory’s book has been really encouraging because it’s all about allowing yourself ‘to be the artist you truly are’, without worrying about making mistakes along the way, which is helpful if you’re totally new to drawing (or a perfectionist).

I’m going to buy a copy of this book now so that I can keep referring back to it, as there’s a lot of really useful and interesting stuff in there.

Black and white outline of a slice of bread
The original drawing before I added colour.

Posting my Progress

I’m also planning on posting on here as a way to document my progress as I work through this book.

That’s why there’s a slice of bread at the top of this post! This was a task from chapter 1 of The Creative License, which suggested drawing a bagel but anything bread-like (and with lots of seeds/bits) was ok and I had a slice of granary bread so went with that.

I found it quite painstaking and had to keep taking short breaks to avoid losing patience and concentration but I was pleased with the result so I scanned it into my computer and used Gimp to add some colour to it.

Doing the colouring part was a steep learning curve in itself but I think it’s turned out ok, especially for a first attempt at that kind of thing.

Have you used any of Danny Gregory’s books or come across any other useful books on drawing/creativity?

6 thoughts on “Drawing Bread: Danny Gregory’s Creative License

  1. Dr Cornelius Snorter Reply

    Hello Cathryn,
    Great drawing! I saw your post on EDM so I thought I wold take a peek.
    It would be nice to see the original drawing BC (before colour).
    As for books, I have the Urban Sketchers book and there is info in there about….err….well urban sketching. Visiting EDM members blogs is a treasure trove of information and ideas.
    Anyway, have fun 🙂

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I’ll post the original uncoloured line drawing at some point soon so you can compare the two.

      I’d been reading something online about Urban Sketchers just yesterday (I think). Thanks for the book recommendation, I’ll hunt it out. A couple of years ago I bought a copy of Betty Edwards’ ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’. It’s the workbook version so you can do all your drawings within the book, which is nice. I seemed to have a very short attention span at that point, though and didn’t get very far with it. I like the Danny Gregory book as it’s more about journalling and not worrying too much about ‘perfection’, although I think I’ll go back to the Edwards book, just for a refresher of some of the more ‘technical’ aspects of drawing.

      I’m already realising that I’m going to be kept very busy visiting the various blogs of other EDM members and I’m looking forward to seeing what other like-minded people are up to :).

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  3. Tamara Reply

    Hi, I’m also a member of Sustainably Creative. I have to admit that I’ve never really felt I could draw, but seeing this post and some of your other progress, I have to say I feel inspired and motivated to perhaps give it another chance (like you, I was going to do art at some point ‘in the future’ but never put in the work to make it a reality). I’m definitely looking forward to more pictures from you.

    1. Cathryn Worrell Reply

      Hi Tamara. I’m really pleased you feel like giving drawing another go and I’m very flattered that you’ve been inspired by what I’ve been doing! Things are a little quiet on here at the moment as I’m doing some work behind the scenes with the blog but I’m trying to keep up with some drawing and photography in the meantime so I’ll be posting again soon. I’ll also be keeping an eye on your blog to see what you get up to :).

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