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

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

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 w...

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Title:Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Author:Austin Kleon
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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Reviews

  • Wil Wheaton

    Steal Like an Artist is essential and required reading for all artists, regardless of the type of art you create.

    It's a quick read that you can finish in one sitting, but the ideas and advice it contains will stay with you long after you've put it down. Some of Austin's suggestions will validate what you're already doing, some will challenge you to fundamentally change a creative practice, others will inspire you to grab a notebook and get to work immediately.

    Because it's such a small and access

    Steal Like an Artist is essential and required reading for all artists, regardless of the type of art you create.

    It's a quick read that you can finish in one sitting, but the ideas and advice it contains will stay with you long after you've put it down. Some of Austin's suggestions will validate what you're already doing, some will challenge you to fundamentally change a creative practice, others will inspire you to grab a notebook and get to work immediately.

    Because it's such a small and accessible book, you'll want to go back to it from time to time. Just like Stephen King's

    , as you change and grow as an artist, it reveals new ideas and inspirations to you that you may have missed on a previous read.

    This is a fantastic addition to your library, and a wonderful gift for any creative person in your life.

  • Ariel

    I read this after reading "Show Your Work!" which is the opposite order of publication, and while I definitely preferred the latter, this was also really great. Sometimes it just has to be one idea, one quote, one line, that can make a book for you. This book was solidly consistently good, but for me it was the push to start using a notebook that really made a change for me.**

    So personally I liked the other one more, but I've heard a solid chunk of people that like this one more.. certain ideas

    I read this after reading "Show Your Work!" which is the opposite order of publication, and while I definitely preferred the latter, this was also really great. Sometimes it just has to be one idea, one quote, one line, that can make a book for you. This book was solidly consistently good, but for me it was the push to start using a notebook that really made a change for me.**

    So personally I liked the other one more, but I've heard a solid chunk of people that like this one more.. certain ideas will click more with different people. I recommend reading both .. I read them very close together and they feel like one project.

    ** (I wrote a blog post about it, check it out:

    )

  • Nat

    This was such a phenomenal and much needed read for me.

    gives ideas that apply to anyone who’s trying to inject some creativity into their life and their work. It really inspired me and I can’t wait for what’s next.

    Also, can I just quote everything? Because I really need and want to:

    This was such a phenomenal and much needed read for me.

    gives ideas that apply to anyone who’s trying to inject some creativity into their life and their work. It really inspired me and I can’t wait for what’s next.

    Also, can I just quote everything? Because I really need and want to:

    (Those were some of my personal favorites.)

    And this book also included pictures within, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

    It's a very quick and honest read. I highly recommend it!

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  • Peter Derk

    These kind of books are like candy. They make me feel better in the moment, but ultimately don't do much towards building a full picture of happiness.

    The inherent problem in any book that's a how-to for something artistic, whether it be writing or painting or making music or the artistry in tailoring a custom Voltron costume, the problem with the how-to book is that when you're reading the how-to book you're not doing the actual thing you're being taught to do. In other words, a book ABOUT writi

    These kind of books are like candy. They make me feel better in the moment, but ultimately don't do much towards building a full picture of happiness.

    The inherent problem in any book that's a how-to for something artistic, whether it be writing or painting or making music or the artistry in tailoring a custom Voltron costume, the problem with the how-to book is that when you're reading the how-to book you're not doing the actual thing you're being taught to do. In other words, a book ABOUT writing is probably less helpful to a writer than a book that's just plain good. A how-to book about painting is probably of less use than a book of paintings you enjoy.

    I'm not saying there's no place for these types of books, and this one is smart because it's a quick read and it sticks pretty well to the motivational side of things as opposed to the nuts and bolts. It's good to read motivational stuff, especially because creating art can be a pretty lonely process. It's just hard to pack away the awareness that while you're reading about creating art, you could spend that time creating art.

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    this book was incredible. i feel so inspired and motivated!

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