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

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

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by Austin Kleon
     
 

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Artist Austin Kleon’s beautifully illustrated bestseller teaches readers how to use their surroundings and their own creativity to discover their own artistic paths. Filled with clever infographics and words of wisdom from Kleon, and peppered with quotes from other successful artists, Steal Like an Artist, is an inspiration for both accomplishedSee more details below

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Artist Austin Kleon’s beautifully illustrated bestseller teaches readers how to use their surroundings and their own creativity to discover their own artistic paths. Filled with clever infographics and words of wisdom from Kleon, and peppered with quotes from other successful artists, Steal Like an Artist, is an inspiration for both accomplished and aspiring artists everywhere.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Greene
If you could give your 19-year-old self advice, what would you say? In this book, poet, musician, blogger, artist, writer, and businessman Kleon draws on his life experiences to give autobiographical advice from which any person seeking a little creativity in their ventures will undoubtedly benefit. The advice is genuine, with interesting tips like how using materials to create a sense of play before moving to a digital medium inspires creativity, how to let other creative hobbies flourish because they ultimately add to instead of detract from your main pursuit, and how to network online by creating a blog that is useful and gives away some of your secrets or processes. Some of the photographs of modified street signs, or those based on Kleon's signature newspaper articles that have been blacked out to leave only a few choice words readable seem like they were made for a different project and arbitrarily included here. Nevertheless, for the most part the art is well chosen and exceptionally laid out. Kleon's stylized white on black chalkboard diagrams are particularly clever and a true highlight. Peppered with quotes from people as diverse as Conan O'Brien, Jay Z and Kobe Bryant to Goethe, Shakespeare and Duchamp, there is inarguably something for everyone. Older audiences will appreciate the wide variety of pop-cultural icons; however, the personalities featured are not necessarily current celebrities that teens will recognize. The book also spends a long time urging people to identify what ideas are good and to ultimately borrow these ideas, but the distinction between stealing and plagiarizing is never clearly delineated and may prove problematic for younger readers. Inviting perusal with its fun format and tone, this book's substance will stick with high school and college age students, as well as older readers, for years to come. Reviewer: Jennifer Greene

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761169253
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
27,771
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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HOW TO LOOK AT THE WORLD (LIKE AN ARTIST)

Every artist gets asked the question,
“Where do you get your ideas?”

The honest artist answers,
“I steal them.”

How does an artist look at the world?

First, you figure out what’s worth stealing, then you move on to the next thing.

That’s about all there is to it.

When you look at the world this way, you stop worrying about what’s “good” and what’s “bad”—there’s only stuff worth stealing, and stuff that’s not worth stealing.

Everything is up for grabs. If you don’t find something worth stealing today, you might find it worth stealing tomorrow or a month or a year from now.

“The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from.”
—David Bowie


NOTHING IS ORIGINAL

The writer Jonathan Lethem has said that when people call something “original,” nine out of ten times they just don’t know the references or the original sources involved.

What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original.

It’s right there in the Bible: “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

Some people find this idea depressing, but it fills me with hope. As the French writer André Gide put it, “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”

If we’re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from it.

“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.”
—William Ralph Inge

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