Will Roney

Book Review – The Confident Creative, by Cat Bennett

In Non-Fiction Writing on October 24, 2010 at 17:34

Confident Creative: Drawing to Free the Hand and Mind

Are you creative? Do you harbour a private wish to be creative. It’s not just about whether you are a secret Damien Hirst, or a Salvador Dali in Disguise. Creativity can also be seen as a mindset where you are more at one with yourself. This is also not restricted to the ‘artistic’ world. The knowledge-based economy is built upon the vision and mind-freedom that creativity begins. As an engineer by training, I can name Concorde, the Space Shuttle and the Channel Tunnel as great feats that were started by someone with a creative epiphany.

Cat Bennett has written a book, called ‘The Confident Creative‘, in which she uses the medium of art to draw out that centre inside you that you wish other people saw, but you were either unafraid or unaware of how to tap it.

I have always wanted to draw, and some of the techniques that Cat uses, such as drawing the object upside down I had heard of before. (The idea is that by drawing it upside down, you break the psychological link between what the object is, and what you actually see so your judgement is not prejudiced). Others, such as contour drawing, were new to me, but there are a whole block of techniques that you can use to draw creatively.

This is not to say that if you are not an artist, this book is not for you. Far from it. The ideas that Cat has written about are readily translatable across into writing, video filmmaking, teaching, science…. any place where exploration is fundamental to the process. The Confident Creative is a gem of a book, that is more subtle than the traditional ‘How to draw’ book, and this is to its credit. It is a book that is thoroughly deserving of being in the possession of anyone who wants to free their mind and be more than a ‘follow-by-numbers’ person.

This book review was originally published on in the Sue Blake Media Online Book Clubon LinkedIn, a site for professionals to meet and network.

Have you enjoyed this review? If you have, click through and buy the book HERE!


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