Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Paperback – Feb 28 2012
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“Immersing yourself in Steal Like an Artist is as fine an investment in the life of your mind as you can hope to make.” – TheAtlantic.com
“Steal Like An Artist is an actually readable manifesto on how to properly squeeze your brain-juices and unlock your potential.” -- Thrillist
From the Back Cover
- Steal like an artist.
- Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.
- Write the book you want to read.
- Use your hands.
- Side projects and hobbies are important.
- The secret: do good work and share it with people.
- 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.)
- Creativity is subtraction.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
The ideas presented are simple: write every idea down, take naps, collect ideas to steal, get outside, and find hobbies as examples. All easy to implement no matter who you are and what you do.
If you buy this book expecting a fun little read then you will be happy. It is a great reminder of some basic creative principles many of us forget as we get busy in our businesses/lives.
I enjoyed Mr. Kleon's illustrations, the concept of creating a family tree by studying the people that inspired the people that inspire you, and the knowledge that nothing we create is original (save maybe the manner in which we combine and present ideas).
The book is advice from an older man to his younger self, based off the hit internet post.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a book I think I will read at least yearly...great find, glad it was recommended.Published 2 months ago by Jill Mandy
Not what I was expecting but even better. Simple ideas. Great quotes. Can be read in a sitting and revisited 1000 times.Published 3 months ago by Gord McKenna
Great! A must read for all artists. Currently lent to a friend right now.Published 4 months ago by Douglas St. John
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