Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Austin Kleon
Who ever had this one checked out before me left a some sticky arrows in the front cover, which was good, because I ended up using them.
This book is a short read--lots of graphics, fun typography, and white space, with some good advice about how to be creative and make your art.
Kleon’s basic point is that nothing is new anymore, so steal inspiration from things you enjoy. As he reminds us, even the Beatles started as a cover band. Also, if you steal from 1 person, that’s plagiarism. Stealing from many is research.
He tells the reader to think about the flaws you see in your favorite artists work--what could have been done differently? If they were still alive, what would they make today? If your 5 favorite artists got together and made something, what would it be? And then he tells us to go make those things.
I also like that he tells us to give our secrets away. Part of it is building a name for yourself, but he also reminds us that Martha Stewart built an empire on telling the world how she does stuff.
It was a great read and well-designed, with a lot of advice and inspiration on how to go out and make art. I really loved it and now I need my own copy to mark up and reread on a regular basis.
Book Provided by... my local library
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