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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Awesome e-book, not-so-good formatting!!

I read the original post done by Austin Kleon a few years back and loved the ideas that he presented, so when I heard that there was going to be a book, I was estatic! Of course, I immediately had to preorder it for my nook. I also took a look at the book in paperback a...
I read the original post done by Austin Kleon a few years back and loved the ideas that he presented, so when I heard that there was going to be a book, I was estatic! Of course, I immediately had to preorder it for my nook. I also took a look at the book in paperback at my local B&N, and after some thought, I came up with some of its strong point - and one of its weakest.

All of the content was exactly what I was hoping to see. Not only was there a reiteration of the information in the original blog post, but there was also new information that I was happy to see. His examples made a lot of sense and the diction was great. The only complaint I would have would be that I wished it was longer - I didn't want to stop reading, yet I finished it in about an hour! That was disappointing, but that is minor considering the obvious time and effort put into the content and ideas.

I LOVED the pictures in the book! The white handwriting on black background will forever remind me of this book. It's a very simple thing, yes, but I believe it made a huge different. It stood out!

Sadly, the formatting in the e-book version of this was not exactly stellar. It was perfect in the paperback; there wasn't any space wasted, for sure! But I didn't get the same feel with the e-book, and I'm not sure if that's because it's simply too complicated to program it better or not. Mostly it was just that all the pictures were on separate pages with no other text for the most part, and the opening two pages in the paperback had to be compressed into one (you'll understand what I mean if you compare them). I understand that sometimes something that seems so simple can be a headache to put together in a computer program, but it really bothered me. Other than that, about three times while reading, it glitched and wouldn't let me go to the next page, meaning I had to jump ahead with the go to buttons. This, I hope, would be easily fixed; I had this preordered and just read it, so it's natural for there to be some glitches.

Overall, this was a G-R-E-A-T book! I loved everything that was shared and the cohesiveness with which Kleon explained his thoughts, and applying them to my own life, I can see the sense it makes for an artist to emulate their heroes. Despite the formatting issues within the e-book and the short book altogether, I think that what Kleon has presented is a thoughtful, informative, and awesome collaborations of ideas. Great job, Kleon! I recommend this book to anybody who is an artistic soul!

posted by 10226482 on February 29, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Only 45 pages on the nook. I don't understand how you can go fro

Only 45 pages on the nook. I don't understand how you can go from 160 pages to 45. I wouldn't be too upset if the book had been cheap but $10 just for 45 pages...

posted by LizzieJeanK2 on January 29, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Awesome e-book, not-so-good formatting!!

    I read the original post done by Austin Kleon a few years back and loved the ideas that he presented, so when I heard that there was going to be a book, I was estatic! Of course, I immediately had to preorder it for my nook. I also took a look at the book in paperback at my local B&N, and after some thought, I came up with some of its strong point - and one of its weakest.

    All of the content was exactly what I was hoping to see. Not only was there a reiteration of the information in the original blog post, but there was also new information that I was happy to see. His examples made a lot of sense and the diction was great. The only complaint I would have would be that I wished it was longer - I didn't want to stop reading, yet I finished it in about an hour! That was disappointing, but that is minor considering the obvious time and effort put into the content and ideas.

    I LOVED the pictures in the book! The white handwriting on black background will forever remind me of this book. It's a very simple thing, yes, but I believe it made a huge different. It stood out!

    Sadly, the formatting in the e-book version of this was not exactly stellar. It was perfect in the paperback; there wasn't any space wasted, for sure! But I didn't get the same feel with the e-book, and I'm not sure if that's because it's simply too complicated to program it better or not. Mostly it was just that all the pictures were on separate pages with no other text for the most part, and the opening two pages in the paperback had to be compressed into one (you'll understand what I mean if you compare them). I understand that sometimes something that seems so simple can be a headache to put together in a computer program, but it really bothered me. Other than that, about three times while reading, it glitched and wouldn't let me go to the next page, meaning I had to jump ahead with the go to buttons. This, I hope, would be easily fixed; I had this preordered and just read it, so it's natural for there to be some glitches.

    Overall, this was a G-R-E-A-T book! I loved everything that was shared and the cohesiveness with which Kleon explained his thoughts, and applying them to my own life, I can see the sense it makes for an artist to emulate their heroes. Despite the formatting issues within the e-book and the short book altogether, I think that what Kleon has presented is a thoughtful, informative, and awesome collaborations of ideas. Great job, Kleon! I recommend this book to anybody who is an artistic soul!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

    Only 45 pages on the nook. I don't understand how you can go fro

    Only 45 pages on the nook. I don't understand how you can go from 160 pages to 45. I wouldn't be too upset if the book had been cheap but $10 just for 45 pages...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

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    A spark of creativity...a must read.

    What a great read and I do suggest not only creatives to read this book. It gives you ten easy suggestions to help you being creative and in a non-textbook type of way. Mr. Kleon has a great and easy approach to his writing and you have to love the quotes, drawings and photos that represent his suggestions. Bottom line, this book is for everyone on this planet who would like to get out of the norm and create something they are proud of. If you don't pick this up - how can you start your day with new knowledge on great tips into the creative mind. What are you waiting for...go and pick this book up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Liberating look at "original" art!

    Its true, there is nothing "new under the sun". Our personal and unique way of "seeing" is what makes ART an ever changing calling. I loved this book. Witty, informative and guilt removing!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Awesome

    I love this book, it has helped me become more confident at school and in my work.

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Really inspiring!

    Really a fun book to help you get into a creative swing! Contains lots of exercises written with a great sense of humor very enjoyable read!

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

    Great Book!

    highly recommend - lots of great life lessons and illustrations are fun

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