Why you should steal like an artist to become great
Steal Like An Artist is a book about things no one told you about being creative. The author, Austin Kleon, is a writer that draws.
The idea for the book came when a slide from a presentation he was giving went viral. Austin Kleon wished he had known about these earlier in his career. The book expands on these points.
Every great artist is a thief
The idea of original creative work is a myth. All art is a product of existing art. Which means that the greats steal good content.
This doesn’t mean that you can plagiarise though.
[Tweet “If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room -Austin Kleon”]
How do you steal good content?
Kleon comes up with an artistic family tree. Start with your favourite influencer and see who they were inspired by and so on. This will inspire your work and allow you to create something without the pressure of trying to do something no one has done before.
When you’re ready to become well known, start sharing your work
Your work space should inspire you but don’t be chained to your desk
Get outside or travel to different places
Value the praise you get and ignore the criticism
Read this book if…
You work in a creative industry, want to create better art (content) or get out of a rut. This book will inspire you and make you feel brand new (I was clearly listening to Alicia Keys’ New York when I wrote this). But seriously, one, if not all of these points, will resonate with you. Austin Kleon also gives practical advice that is very easy to implement. Plus its just a really cool book with awesome fonts and pretty diagrams.
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