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Steal Like An Artist [Paperback]

Austin Kleon
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Book Description

1 April 2012
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.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Workman (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761169253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761169253
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buzzing 1 April 2013
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Read in one hit. As soon as put it down wanted to start creating and exploring. Thoroughly recommend especially if you find yourself stuck in a rut.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 2 Dec 2013
By Yiann
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It's very difficult to cope, in this day and age, with a perceived lack of creativity. This book has put me in from a different perspective that I'm sure was just under my nose. Thank you Austin, just what the doctor ordered. Highly recommended to anybody struggling with coming up with "new ideas".
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Left empty 27 April 2012
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At first look, it's high energy and born out of love. The drawings are fun and there's some sage advice about getting started and working with others and keeping a day job and being physical in a digital world. And yet...after... I still felt hungry. No big take-away from the work. Perhaps I've been round the block too many times: I gave it to my painter-photographer son; he thinks it's cool. What do I know?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good one! 17 Mar 2013
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Exceptional little book which you would probably finish in one sitting. Includes many small ideas that can have a big influence.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power and achievement of "artistic theft" 2 Oct 2012
By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER
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A 12th century French monk, Bernard of Chartres, once observed, "We are like dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants." I thought of that observation as I read Austin Kleon's brief but insightful discussion of ten "things nobody told you about being creative," with the first serving as this book's title. There are dozens of quotations throughout the narrative that reaffirm Kleon's thesis: Almost anyone can become more creative in what they do and how they live by applying the lessons that Kleon learned during the past decade. What he learned, of course, is what he stole from others and then applied...and the world wisdom they possessed had been stolen from still others and then applied...you get the idea.

In his thought-provoking book, Ignore Everybody, Hugh MacLeod identifies and discusses a total of 40 "keys to creativity" and, of course, the first is to Ignore Everybody. Taken literally, that would include both MacLeod and Kleon. However, in each of his several books, MacLeod duly acknowledges his appreciation of countless others who have helped him to become the best Hugh MacLeod he could be. My own opinion is that Kleon has a similar objective: To help his reader think more creatively about becoming more creative by introducing his reader to a variety of different perspectives that will help the reader to become more alert, more aware, of how to live a more productive, a more enjoyable, a more fulfilling life.

The quotations he includes are indeed excellent. Several have become classic insights. Here is a representative selection:

o "Art is theft." Pablo Picasso
o "The only art I'll ever study is stuff that I can steal from." David Bowie
o "What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read!! 16 Oct 2013
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This book has given me the confidence to get back into the flow of making work. I feel it breaks things down and destroys all the enemies of self doubt!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect teachings 12 Oct 2013
By toyz
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Excellent lessons to cherish!
You can always recite this book whenever you loose courage
As an artist. I certainly would recommend it to graphic designers
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliche and Boring 24 May 2012
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It's a book full of cliches. I found nothing new in this book. If you want to be inspired or inspire other people yu should read Paul Arden's Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars yeah! some good ideas and really rather inspirational!
A few things I've read in this book have really made sense. I'll be passing it onto others to read :)
Published 7 days ago by trude
5.0 out of 5 stars My daily check book
It's interesting that once you finish reading this book, you wanted to read it again - just in case you missed out any ideas you can actually start realising today!
Published 1 month ago by Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars A different take on creativity
This was recommended but a friend and I can see why. I like alternative thinking and this is just that. Very refreshing even if you don't agree with all of the writer's views. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. D. Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite books
I love the fact its such a quick read. I love the premis of the book (that nothing is completely original - all artists steal/borrow/evolve. And I love the advice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Every creative needs this for a little boost/reminder
I loved this book. So creative in itself and fun to read. Packed with great ideas; some new, some old but presented in a fresh and compelling way so I didn't mind at all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
I really loved reading this book, its quite short it only took about an hour (and I'm a slow reader). It made me rethink my style and how I work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This book explains very well how the artistic world works for people who work in the art industry but did not study art. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maria
4.0 out of 5 stars Bump Starter?
Reading Austin's book was like buying a set of jump leads for my creative mind. I haven't scribbled down that many notes and doodled thoughts to action in quite a while.
Published 3 months ago by WelshEye
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Stars?
If I could give this great and fun book six stars I would.
It's a breath of fresh air 100% recommended.
Published 3 months ago by Geoff White
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as interesting as describe
Boring... Nothing much special. Just some general tips that I don't think it helps. Not as good as I was expected
Published 3 months ago by Tee Joo Tong
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