As a member of Michael’s Sustainably Creative site, I am a huge fan of his gentle, funny and encouraging approach. This book is all of that in something you can carry round with you (perhaps in the portable studio Michael suggests). It contains lots of space for drawing (naturally), ideas for simple drawing missions based on everyday life – such as drawing your cup of tea – as well as some more unusual missions, like the portrait party. There are tips on how to draw, encouragement to not worry about getting things ‘right’, and also Michael’s ideas on including drawing in your life even when time and energy are short. If, like me, you were scarred by a critical art teacher at school, Michael’s approach will help you come back to drawing as fun. And through it, to appreciate the small things that you notice as you draw.


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Review written by Alison Clayton-Smith and first posted on

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