Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Steal Like an Artist

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.


Details Steal Like an Artist

TitleSteal Like an Artist
ISBN9780761169253
Author
Release DateFeb 28th, 2012
PublisherWorkman Publishing Company
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages160 pages
GenreNonfiction, Art, Language, Writing, Self Help, Design
Rating

Reviews Steal Like an Artist

  • Peter Derk
    2012-11-26
    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 bein...
  • Natalie
    2016-05-03
    This was such a phenomenal and much needed read for me. Steal Like an Artist 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: “Always be reading. Go to the library. There’s magic in being surrounded by books. Get lost in the stacks. Read bibliographies. It’s...
  • Nancy
    2014-03-12
    Posted at Shelf InflictedThis eye-catching little book was wedged into the corner of one of the couches in the student lounge where I work. I was there for a cup of coffee, and since it was a rather slow day, I decided to pick up the book and read. There’s a lot of common sense stuff in here for all types of creative people. You don’t have to be an artist or writer to benefit from these inspirational bits. They can help those who want to be m...
  • Ariel
    2015-05-05
    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...
  • El
    2014-03-04
    (This review is longer than the book itself.)Here are the Top Ten Points that the author makes in this teeny book:1. Steal like an artist2. Don't wait until you know who you are to get started3. Write the book you want to read4. Use your hands5. Side projects and hobbies are important6. Do good work and share it with people7. Geography is no longer our master8. Be nice (the world is a small town)9. Be boring (it's the only way to get work done)10...
  • Kathryn Patterson
    2012-08-12
    I find it difficult to review "Steal Like an Artist" because the book is an amalgamation of advice, anecdotes, and uncommon sense. Austin Kleon writes in an easy-to-follow style, instructing readers about how to be creative without talking down to anyone. In fact while I read the book, I felt like I was part of some secret creators club, with this book as the secret club manual. The book focuses on 10 rules for people to follow in order to be cre...
  • Carmen Sisson
    2012-06-13
    I'm undecided on this book. While I appreciate the premise — draw inspiration from people you admire and surround yourself with good role models — I'm uneasy with the "steal" concept.The title grabs attention, but I think it overshadows the actual point, which is not to become a replica of someone else but to create more authentic work by creating work you love.It's a bit overly simplistic, and definitely a short, fast read. For those who sta...
  • Hanne
    2012-11-19
    Reading this book might be the fastest thing my bosses ever asked me to do.This is a wonderful little book with advice on creativity that makes you think. I'm pretty sure i didn't grasp the whole thing right now. I think i'll take a few things out of it. And in a few months I might read it again (really only takes like 30 minutes) and take a few more things out of it.It's nicely written, it's got some nice napkin-sketches in there so it stays a l...
  • Ler com Lobos
    2016-08-21
    Recheado de referências a vários artistas e de citações de outros tantos, este livro é um dos que planeio reler sempre que duvidar daquilo que quero criar! Toca a olhar à nossa volta e a roubar!
  • anaïs
    2012-03-02
    In an age where even in art there seems to be a focus on the final product or end result, Kleon's manifesto on creativity is refreshing. At a slim 100-something pages, it is a fast engaging read, filled with doodles and quotes and functioning the way zines your internet friend would send you. I say this because it is the equivalent of a whole body approach to creativity as opposed to the spot treatment of fixing one specific area of your art, wha...
  • Greg
    2012-11-14
    Oh fooey. Wrote something, then accidentally clicked and lost it. Let's get this over with:-Loved it. Was awesome. Will reread, often.-Too much quoting. Isn't the whole point, reappropriate, don't rip off? Excessive quoting seems to go against that.-Figures=awesome and funny. Add anything? Sadly, I don't think so.-Good direct voice.-Moves well, but chunks are so small that they feel slight. It is a manifesto that outlines main points, rather than...
  • Gail Klanchesser
    2012-06-10
    This book is amazing! It's not condoning plagiarism, it suggests sharing of ideas and the process behind the product created by other artists. While you can easily sit and read it completely, I think it is best to read in small sections and think about what you've read and how it applies to your own form of art.
  • Martyn
    2013-01-09
    The sub-title of this book is '10 things nobody told you about being creative'. Yeah, probably because they thought you already knew them.This book is packed to the brim with platitudes such as: try to do good work, there are lots of different things to consider when choosing a place to live, it's important to be careful who you marry, money is really important, try to find a day job that you like and, my favorite, take $10 to the stationers and ...
  • Jenn
    2012-11-23
    This is a quick, funny how-to book that offers artists (the kind who paint, writers, filmmakers, etc.) tips on "stealing" other artists' art. Author Austin Kleon points out that no artist's work is ever completely original, and that trying to be completely original will daunt an artist and eventually smother her/his creativity. He suggests artists embrace the inevitability of influence, celebrate living outside of a vacuum, relax, and have fun wi...
  • Carmel Elizabeth
    2014-04-19
    "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." -Howard AikenTwo hours and a few thickly inked pages later, I feel inspired enough to write a five-pound work of fiction and maybe paint a masterpiece on my bedroom walls as well.
  • Darren
    2013-08-04
    I don't often go the 1-star route. But this is such a blatant attempt at brand-building that I could feel the "speaker's fees" right there between every page. Read Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird" instead for a true creative boost.
  • A Nelson
    2012-07-17
    This book could have been a pamphlet. But, despite its brief insights--it is thought provoking.• Nothing is original• Learn the history of your craft: one artist at a time. This is your creative lineage.• School yourself--be curious "School is one thing. Education is another. The two don't always overlap."• Keep a "swipe" file. Things you like for later inspiration.• Get started--perfect your craft along the way.• "The human hand is ...
  • Joy C.
    2015-03-03
    Aw, what a delightful, creative, inspirational read! :D Filled me with writerly cheer and the desire to create stuff! (yay, that's also my 50th book of the year!)
  • Ali
    2015-11-29
    What a fantastic read. I don't have anything else to add to that. Read it, get inspired and create something'new'.
  • Abduraafi Andrian
    2016-10-08
    Ulasan ala-ala listicle yang panjang nan membosankan: http://bibliough.blogspot.co.id/2016/...Bisa tidak sih rasa sesal itu dimunculkan ketika suatu hal belum terjadi? Misalnya kau tahu kau akan menyesal ketika memesan satu makanan karena makanan tersebut tidak enak atau terlalu asin. Atau misalnya kau tahu kau akan menyesal ketika tidak membeli sebuah buku dan malah meminjamnya dari seseorang. Yah, seperti itulah saat kututup halaman terakhir bu...
  • Hissa Reads
    2015-11-18
    This book is so good, this book is a must read for every artist, for anyone who wants some inspiration and for every one who just wants a good book to read. Steal like an artist makes you want to pause everything and be creative. It makes you want to sit alone and produce something beautiful. Ugh. I loved it. It's literally like eating a scoop of ice cream in a hot day.
  • Sarah (Starry Night Reader)
    2015-11-17
    There was nothing that inspiring or enlightening about this book, but hopefully it will give me the kick in the ass I need to finish up/ begin projects.
  • Sulis Peri Hutan
    2015-05-31
    suka banget, kelar sekali berbaring :))"Apa orisinalitas itu? Plagiarisme tak terdeteksi."
  • Schuyler
    2015-01-30
    When I picked up Steal Like An Artist, I was in an artistic murk of anonymity, enjoying my art itself, but detesting a lot of the side demands that art creates. I emerged with faith revitalized (or at least, faith in Austin's book, which is a step in the right direction.) I just laid on the couch and ate up all the inspiration in its pages, and laughed, and read bits to my mom, and finished it in an excited glow of inspiration and creativity. It ...
  • Annerlee
    2016-05-04
    Inspiring little book for creative people, or those who would like to become more creative. Full of fun illustrations and diagrams, tips, good ideas, inspirational quotes and lots of good advice for day-to-day creativity.Highly recommended and so short and packed full of ideas that you can read it again and again.This caught my eye at the library... I'm going to buy myself a copy!
  • Tamara
    2015-07-12
    3,5 stars “Every artist gets asked the question,“Where do you get your ideas?”The honest artist answers,“I steal them.” A short, easy read that puts creativity into perspective. Not a rationalization to rip-off; just how creativity works. No very deep inspirational messages either; the book has some good advice but a lot of things that were mentioned are actually just common sense. I'd still want to send this book to some people I came ...
  • Ananya
    2015-08-30
    Recently, I read an answer given by Vint Cerf to the question “How did Robert E. Kahn and Vint Cerf create/found the Internet?” in Quora where he says that it was a cumulative effort of generations :"Of course, our work benefited from the predecessor network: the ARPANET, and the work of many others who invented the transistor, the computer, time-sharing, packet switching, multiple programming languages, and a long list of other things. Thing...
  • Kevan
    2013-12-08
    The book is a one-sitting read, a simple flip 'n browse through scribbles, notes, lists, drawings and quotes. As my daughter scrambled around her Duplo sets, I read "Steal Like An Artist" and took my own notes in another notebook-- and there were some awesome ideas and takeways. Here's one: In your office, keep 2 different desks: one for analog work, one for digital work. Computers are great for editing and publishing, but not for having new idea...
  • Alex Ristea
    2011-12-11
    Some neat concepts which I agree with whole-heartedly, but it treads a lot of familiar ground.Here are the 10 things nobody told you about being creative:1. Steal like an artist2. Don't wait until you know who you are to get started3. Write the book you want to read4. Use your hands5. Side projects and hobbies are important6. The secret: do good work and share it with people7. Geography is no longer our master8. Be nice (the world is a small town...