Book Review: Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
Title: Steal Like An Artist
Author: Austin Kleon
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication Date: February 28th, 2012
You may think that because you are not an artist, you should not pick up “Steal Like An Artist”. Well, think again. Creating something out of nothing is a version of art, so if you are a homemaker or an entrepreneur you are using your creative vision to create something – a wonderful home for your family, or a great business that serves others and brings value. You may find that this book will take your creativity to the next level.
Steal Like An Artist teaches you that it is okay to find your own vision by trying on the vision of others, and it does so by being very creative in its pursuit. Without being preachy, or pushy, the Author suggest that you should have fun with that journey and loosen up, while enjoying other people’s creative endeavors, and using them to create your own.
How you exactly turn them into your own vision, is laid out in detail, and with wit and humor, that makes this book a fun, short and pleasant read, that is worth revisiting on occasion.
Steal Like An Artist encourages you to think outside the box. And it is outside of that box, in the midst of unexpected inspiration where art is created.
5 out of 5 Stars
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 with their artistic side.
When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination