Steal like an artist – 10 things nobody told you about being an artist by Austin Kleon
“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.”
Like many books before, I was intrigued into this book due to its pure black and white aesthetics. With not doing much research into this book I didn’t know much about the author or about what I was about to read! However what a good read it was, full of insider knowledge and wonderful quotes, this book is one to read for when times are a little hard and you need direction or inspiration.
Two of my favourite pieces of text within the book are;
- ‘Nothing is original it’s right there in the Bible: “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)’
- ‘Distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed and that changes everything.”- Jonah Lehrer
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