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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Paperback – February 28, 2012
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"Austin Kleon is positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet... Kleon makes an articulate and compelling case for combinatorial creativity and the role of remix in the idea economy."
"Breezy and fun and yes, scary. Scary because it calls your bluff."
"A quick, easily digestible read that is particularly relevant in today's digital world."
"Filled with well-formed advice that applies to nearly any kind of work."
“Immersing yourself in Steal Like an Artist is as fine an investment in the life of your mind as you can hope to make.” – TheAtlantic.com
“Steal Like An Artist is an actually readable manifesto on how to properly squeeze your brain-juices and unlock your potential.” -- Thrillist
From the Back Cover
- Steal like an artist.
- Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.
- Write the book you want to read.
- Use your hands.
- Side projects and hobbies are important.
- The secret: do good work and share it with people.
- Geography is no longer our master.
- Be nice. (The world is a small town.)
- Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)
- Creativity is subtraction.
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"Steal Like An Artist" began as a lecture given by Kleon at Broome Community College that later emerged as a viral blog post. Kleon makes no effort to hide the fact that the blog post forms the skeleton of "Artist". But even if you've memorized the post, Kleon layers enough muscle and flesh on it that you feel like you're encountering his core ideas all over again. The same rush of discovery and energy awaits.
Kleon describes himself as "a writer that draws," and "Artist" is proof of that. He designed the book himself and his voice and style shine through. "Artist" feels unified, innovative, balanced, and, above all, intimate. The book is small, like a big cocktail napkin. It's full of illustrations by Kleon and little flourishes that keep things brisk as you read. The small size makes the book feel approachable, ready to provide a quick inspiration burst if need be. Kleon describes ten basic principles to boost your creativity.Read more ›
What Kleon does in this book is take a lot of the mystique out of creativity and show how you can use the idea of mixing what others have done to come up with great ides that take the concepts to a new level not before envisioned.
The book is full of information about how to work with your own creative instincts and bring forward excellent new ideas even if your skills have been dormant for a long time or you have been caught in in a dead end job that does not seem to give an outlet for your finer instincts.
This book is well on the way to becoming a classic in the field, and with good reason, I highly recommend it!
Many of his comments and advice I had learned along my journey as an artist before some professors "knifed my muse" [metaphorically speaking] in college and the corporate world finished it off.
While I didn't find Kleon's words new, he is correct, no one tells you the little bits of wisdom contained within, you learn it for yourself the hard way.
Basically, harken back to your time as a child, when your creative juices were flowing and there was no limit to your imagination; embrace your inner child, go forth and CREATE! Create something everyday, be it a doodle while talking on the phone, making a journal a work of outsider art, or grabbing some clay, paint, or what have you and create. Just do it!
Like he says, there's nothing new under the sun. The book gives you license to steal what is worth stealing "artistically" and then placing your own spin on it to make it something more.
So, go forth and Steal Like an Artist.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed reading it. Found a could of pages at the Columbus art museum, and thought it deserves a look. Yep. As he points out, take some advice, leave the rest. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by W. L. Hunt
Fun and Insightful perspective and advice. Easy read, could read over and over. Applies to everyone, not just artists.Published 2 days ago by AliceOfelia
Rating would be much higher if it was just about the written content. It is manufactured terribly and the pages literally came out during the first read.Published 2 days ago by Charles Billingham
I found so much validation for the artistic journey I'm on in this book. This book is a quick boost of inspiration for the creative who needs to recharge.Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
It's an Okay book, but really you could just do the work journal (which is a lot of fun) and be fine. They have the same material, but the journal i much more interactive.Published 3 days ago by SamG
I read this one in about an hour. It was a quick, entertaining read with a lot of great tips. I think it's hard to come up with totally original things to write about and this book... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lori L. Clark
Charming book, full of positive, feel good advice, just not precisely what I had anticipated. Put it on your shelf to read on days of low creativity.Published 3 days ago by Jill Brandush
Steal Like An Artist sparks good ideas and provides direction for people who want to keep their creativity flowing. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Doctor Lorraine