Steal Like An Artist

Steal Like An Artist

10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Book - 2012
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You don't need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That's the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist , the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring--the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.
Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., Co., 2012
ISBN: 9780761169253
Characteristics: 140, [12] p. : ill. ; 16 cm


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Oct 09, 2018

At first glance this book looked like a quickly written messy hodgepodge of ideas. After reading 10 pages I realize it was a valuable well thought out tool to think outside the box. 4 stars out of 5 as this library app is not accurate in touch.

Feb 26, 2018

I was stuck and found this book to be the nudge I needed to get my creative juices flowing. Easy to read, humorous and very practical advice that anyone can follow.

Aug 10, 2016

Super easy quick read. Though it had a LOT of thought provoking moments. I love it when a book puts complex ideas or philosophies into simple, understandable words. Showing how something so intense really isn't so hard to understand from the right perspective.
I really enjoy this guy's sense of humor as well as his take on artistic creativity. HIs basic principle is definitely easy to figure out from the start of the book.
Anyway, without giving too much away, I would definitely recommend this book to any artist from any area or stage of life who wants to be reminded of the stunning beauty of being creative!

Jul 16, 2016

Basic wisdom for art and for life. A quick read not full of extraneous fluff. 5 stars.

May 11, 2016

If you are a creative of any sort and you struggle with your art or should I say the practice of your art then this book is for you. Simple and elegant...if this small book doesn't get you off your backside and motivate you to do your craft then nothing will. Highly recommended.

Feb 02, 2016

A quick read; partway through I realized there are a lot of my artist-friends I want to give it to!

ravenheart Oct 21, 2015

This is poorly bound so be careful because the pages will fall right out.

It's probably too small to be truly helpful as it doesn't go into any depth at all in its recommendations, but its tips are still very useful for any artist (anyone in a creative field), especially students.

MrDrProfessorPatrick Oct 08, 2015

This book concisely reiterated a lot of sentiments I took away from several art professors while working on my degree, and I can confidently say that they are 100% conducive to my creative process. Kleon kindly reminds us that we don't have to be revolutionary artistic prodigies to be great artists. I would highly recommend this to anyone that ever gets artists' block or anyone that feels discouraged by trying to become a "successful" artist. Human and kind, this book is both comforting and inspiring.

Sep 04, 2015

Honest, simple read. Totally absorbable and insanely inspiring. Love it!

Jun 15, 2015

Very interesting book... It is a little confusing but funny at the same time.

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Aug 30, 2017

The question every young writer at some point asks is: “What should I write?” And the standard answer is, “Write what you know.” This advice always leads to terrible stories in which nothing interesting happens. . . . The best advice is not to write what you know, it’s to write what you like. Write the kind of story you like best – write the story you want to read.

Aug 30, 2017

One thing I’ve learned in my brief career: It’s the side projects that really take off. By side projects I mean the stuff that you thought was just messing around. Stuff that’s just play. That’s actually the good stuff. That’s when the magic happens.

Aug 30, 2017

If you have two or three real passions, don’t feel like you have to pick and choose between them. Don’t discard. Keep all your passions in your life.

Aug 30, 2017

It’s so important to have a hobby. A hobby is something creative that’s just for you. You don’t try to make money or get famous off it, you just do it because it makes you happy.

Jul 20, 2013

“if you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism, but if you copy from many, it’s research.”

Jul 20, 2013

“The artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there's a difference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively. They only collect things that they really love.”

Jul 20, 2013

“If you ever find that you're the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room”

Jun 01, 2013

You don't want to look like your heroes, you want to SEE like your heroes.

Jun 01, 2013

You're only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.


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Jul 14, 2013

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