Steal Like An Artist

Steal Like An Artist

10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Book - 2012
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Workman Press.
Unlock your creativity.

An inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, Steal Like an Artist presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.
Nothing is original, so embrace influence, school yourself through the work of others, remix and reimagine to discover your own path. Follow interests wherever they take you&;what feels like a hobby may turn into you life&;s work. Forget the old cliché about writing what you know: Instead, write the book you want to read, make the movie you want to watch.
And finally, stay Smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring in the everyday world so that you have the space to be wild and daring in your imagination and your work.

 &;Brilliant and real and true.&;&;Rosanne Cash
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 veteran and aspiring artists everywhere.

Baker & Taylor
Offers advice and encouragement to help readers foster creativity and be artistically productive in a wide variety of endeavors.

Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., Co., 2012
Description: 140, [12] p. : ill. ; 16 cm
ISBN: 9780761169253
Branch Call Number: 153.35 Kle


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Aug 09, 2020

It's like reading someone else's notes. My take, don't plagiarize, but remember there's no such thing as (intellectual) property unless that's the world you want to live in.

Oct 02, 2019

Great, quick and encouraging read with some quality and innovative tips on being creative. Austin reminds the reader that our very being is one of artistry and in every engagement that should be our focus.

Sep 09, 2019


Dec 17, 2018

I absolutely LOVED this little book! In fact, the only reason I gave it a lower rating was because the library version doesn't hold up well in the hands of so many patrons. It's definitely a book to buy, though. It's a fun little book filled with great advice and information. Whether you're a painter, a writer, or a graphic designer, there are tidbits in this book that you're sure to love. Don't let the "artist" part fool you, though. The information within can be applied to daily life for everyone. Buy it, read it, and give it to a friend!

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.

Nov 01, 2017

A quick and pithy read about living a creative life and what to do when inspiration evades you. Encouraging, practical, funny and immediately useful for me. I enjoyed it and bought a copy. I have referred back to if often.

Apr 25, 2017

I can't believe it took me this long to read this book. It was a birthday gift from a friend years ago and it came at the perfect time right now. What a lovely, beautiful, inspiration of a book. I can't recommend it enough for a quick, dose of get off your butt and go make things. It's perfect for just that.

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.

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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.

Jun 15, 2015

No body is born with style or taste

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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