Steal Like an Artist

Every once in a while, I run into a book that comes at the exact right time in my life. This was one of those moments. I've thought about reading this for years but never have gotten around to it. On a complete whim, I picked it up last week and read the whole thing in one sitting. I really loved Steal Like an Artist and I'm still thinking about it long after I finished reading it.  I basically found myself nodding in agreement with everything the author said. Great little read for anyone who is thinking about creativity.


Here's an excerpt from the official description of the book:

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, col- lect 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.

I read this one on my Kindle app which was nice for me because I could highlight and save my favorite quotes and ideas. Here are 3 quotes that really resonated with me. I turned them into little word art pieces so I can save them on my Pinterest quotes board.

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I'd love to know if you have read this book and what you thought of it. Also, has anyone read his other book Show Your Work? I'm wondering if I should read that one as well? If you love books, you might enjoy following me on Goodreads. I love to connect with friends there!

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