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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative [Paperback]

Austin Kleon
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Feb. 28 2012
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.

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About the Author

Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is the author of Steal Like an Artist and Newspaper Blackout. He speaks frequently about creativity in the digital age for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas, and online at 

Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He is the author of the found poetry collection, Newspaper Blackout (“brilliant,” New York Magazine), and his work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS NewsHour, The Wall Street Journal, and the art website, He speaks about creativity and being an artist online for organizations such as SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He lives in Austin and online at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steal this book if you can! April 17 2012
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Only joking about the stealing. A fantastically short and simple read with lots of great advice on how to be creative. Ideas like copying artists (the right way), sharing what you have created with others. The best quote in the book: Conan O'Brien in his commencement speech: "It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Easy to Read with Basic Ideas July 28 2013
By J. A. Broad TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a fun,easy and visually appealing book with lots of images, graphics, quotes and words with handwritten appearance. There are some good ideas and useful reminders (i.e. get outdoors to get in touch with your creative side - nobody ever really gets inspired at a keyboard).

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power and achievement of "artistic theft" Oct. 2 2012
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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read for creative thinking March 17 2014
By Wendy
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Lots of goodpoints. Pick your 5 close friends average their income = close to your income. Stress's the importance of selection in all aspects of life & creativity. How to use jobs to increase your skills for moving your passion forward as a business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Oct. 1 2013
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A great inspiration for anyone who is involved in a creative process at work or in their personal life! Austin Kleon has a very unique and visual way of delivering his tips. After the reading you will want to get your hands dirty, literally!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Smart, sweet, concise, inspirational, and to the point. This book is a pleasure to read, or even just to look at. Loved it, and I'm planning to buy a load to give to my friends as gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome indeed Dec 2 2013
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Great read and illistration. This book was uplifting and just a positive feel from front to really is a must read if you are looking to add to yoyr awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Dec 19 2013
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Encouraging and entertaining--loved it. Bought it for my nieces and nephews as gifts. A great book to share and pass on to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with the product
Very happy with the product. It was exactly what I wanted. This book was recommended to me by a friend.
Published 14 days ago by Hector Bunyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Yepppp!
thoroughly enjoyed this read!

Quick , super easy and intriguing outlook on creativity (that also happens to be 100% relevant ).

thanks !
Published 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tips, One needs to read it more than ...
Some good tips,One needs to read it more than once,
Published 1 month ago by adele steinberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine little book
Short and to the point with lots of good ideas. Bought it for a creative teenager but found great stuff for a creative senior.
Published 4 months ago by Geoffrey Gammon
5.0 out of 5 stars very inspiring read!
I really enjoyed this book, loved all the graphics and the easy to read layout. I found it to be quite inspiring!
Published 4 months ago by Lizzy Love
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun book
Like the format and the thoughts about Art. Some of the stuff represents what many artists believe, but are afraid to say out loud.
Published 6 months ago by sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep it beside my Bed!
How refreshing to read this book and reconnect to my dreams. Thank you Austin Kleon! I'm giving lots this book as gifts…Yayeee!
Published 7 months ago by SkyGoddess Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Mind
I loved this book. It made me think all things are possible. What you do is your kind of art. If you can publish a book with art as primitive as this book's (and obviously here's... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Color Me Butterfly
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