Portraits of 50 Creative Folks

What couldn’t Ernest Hemingway eat? What car did he drive?

Who said, “I don’t take drugs, I am drugs?”

Sigmund Freud



Did you know that Sigmund Freud was superstitious of numbers like 51?

In our insatiable appetite to learn more about celebrities and notable people, James Gulliver Hancock’s new illustrated book delivers hand-drawn portraits of great minds and famous folks, from Barack Obama to Andy Warhol.

Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers will delight the young and old, as you uncover weird and fascinating stuff, which made them human. The author believed that by reducing these 50 famous folks to basic equations of ordinary life, it’s fascinating to see how much their everyday choices make them more human.

When you apply that thinking to marketing and advertising, it makes perfect sense. When your consumer is someone you have taken the time to know and understand, then you can deliver a product or service that works to their needs, rather than just shoving one down their throat. In this manner, you grow a brand following that is loyal and respects your business acumen.

It’s nice to look at some of the everyday obsessions of the world’s most notable thinkers. It feels like we can relate to them. Obviously not everyone played the banjo as a child like John Lennon, but it’s lovely to uncover another relatable fact about him such as he drank lots of tea and was blind without his glasses. Perhaps now aspiring musicians (and everyone who wears glasses) can believe that they too can become the next great Lennon.

Charlie Chaplin



“Look up to the sky; You’ll never find rainbows if you’re looking down.” ~ Charlie Chaplin




Buzz Aldrin



Did you know Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon? 





And for you Harry Potter fans out there, do you know who else had read these books. None, other than Barak Obama.





Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers by James Gulliver Hancock, is published by Chronicle Books and distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books.


Review by Shilpa Raikar.

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