- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (February 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452118884
- ISBN-13: 978-1452118888
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists Paperback – February 18, 2014
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"Creative Block is a get-out-of-hell free card. Read this book and the dark nights with your creative soul may go more gently." - Jerry Saltz, senior art critic, New York magazine
"Creative Block is a vital reminder that, as we move forward on our creative paths, the obstacles we encounter along the way don't have to be overwhelming. We can tap into our community and draw inspiration from one another-plowing forward and breaking new ground. " - Faythe Levine, author, director, and artist
"What makes the project particularly noteworthy is that while it features reflections from visual artists, most of their insights apply just as usefully to other creative endeavors, from writing and to entrepreneurship to, even, science." - Brain Pickings
"This title is a great resource for any type of visually creative person working in any medium at any level to call upon when the inevitable artist's block strikes." - Starred Review, Library Journal
"Danielle Krysta's Creative Block is truth-telling balm for all of us who wonder if we're the only ones who get stuck, second-guess ourselves, and dance with gremlins. I loved every page-the art, the interviewes, and the unBlock challenges." - Brene Brown, author Daring Greatly
About the Author
Danielle Krysa is the artist and writer behind the blog The Jealous Curator. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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Two critiques (that would have added two more stars): First, by the author's admission, the interviews are formulaic. It's swell to hear many of the subjects' take on the questions, but, at half-way through the book, it'd be nice to have some variety of Q & A. Second: Most everybody in the book looks a lot like me. In this day and age, diversity kind of goes without saying... working to find willing, able, and qualified participants whose backgrounds go beyond the "White" experience would have been beneficial.
I like the book and I'm glad to own it.
Creative Block features the advice and artworks of 50 successful artists. Each artist has a short profile and then move on to talk about where they find inspiration, how they handle creative blocks, challenges and criticism. At the end, there's a short project idea to get your hands and brain working.
I love the artworks featured. The artists work with different medium so you get to see stuff like illustrations, collages, paintings, installation art, sculptures, paper art and more.
The interviews come across as casual and candid, and there are always surprising things to read about, such as the jobs that those artists imagined they would end up in.
As an artist myself, I find it interesting to learn about what other artists are thinking and doing. There are many new artists to check out also.
This is a book you can read from cover to cover, or just hop in to any page for some inspiration.
Highly recommended. This book should appeal to artists from any background.
(See more pictures and the book review on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
But i'm still blocked. 😢My adhd is a bit tough to focus with, Getting something on paper isn't the problem for me, it's the longer works. Staying with the piece when into the fine detailing part. Before I'm putting it down, and chasing another project.