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
"The book is filled with engaging anecdotes and helpful tips taken from Kleon's experience learning to walk on his own creative feet, as well as quotes and stories from big names, ranging from Gide to Goethe to Questlove. - Fast Company co.Design
"Immersing yourself in Steal Like an Artist is as fine an investment in the life of your mind as you can hope to make." - TheAtlantic.com
"Steal Like An Artist is an actually readable manifesto on how to properly squeeze your brain-juices and unlock your potential." -- Thrillist
When asked to talk to students at Broome Community College in upstate New York in the spring of 2011, Austin Kleon wrote a simple list often things he wished he'd heard when he was their age: 'Steal like an artist. Don't wait until you know who you are to start making things. Write the book you want to read. Use your hands. Side projects are important. Do good work and put it where people can see it. Geography is no longer our master. Be nice (the world is a small town.). Be boring (it's the only way to get work done.). and, Creativity is subtraction.' After giving the speech, he posted the text and slides to his popular blog, where it quickly went viral. Now Kleon has expanded his original manifesto into an illustrated guide to the creative life for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, designers, photographers, musicians, and anyone attempting to make things - art, a career, a life - in the digital age. Brief, direct, and visually interactive, the book includes illustrative anecdotes and mini-exercise sections calling out practical actions readers can take to unleash their own creative spirits.
Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of a trilogy of illustrated books about creativity in the digital age: Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work!, and Keep Going. He's also the author of Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poems made by redacting the newspaper with a permanent marker. His books have been translated into dozens of languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons. Visit him online at www.austinkleon.com.
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.'
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
- Publisher : Workman Publishing
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780761169253
- ISBN-13 : 978-0761169253
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.42 x 15.39 cm
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