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Title: Κλέψε σαν καλλιτέχνης: 10 αλήθειες που δεν σου έχουν πει για τη δημιουργικότητα
Author: Austin Kleon
Publisher: Published October 11th 2013 by Key Books (first published February 28th 2012)
ISBN: 9786188090804
Status : FREE Rating :
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Ένας εμπνευσμένος οδηγός για τη δημιουργικότητα στην ψηφιακή εποχή, το "ΚΛΕΨΕ ΣΑΝ ΚΑΛΛΙΤΕΧΝΗΣ" θα σε βοηθήσει να ζήσεις μια πιο γεμάτη και δημιουργική ζωή. Τίποτα δεν είναι πρωτότυπο, γι' αυτό αγάπησε τις επιρροές σου, γίνε καλύτερος παρατηρώντας τις δουλειές άλλων, συνέθεσε διαφορετικά στοιχεία και φαντάσου το δικό σου μονοπάτι. Ακολούθησε τα ενδιαφέροντά σου όπου κι αν σε Ένας εμπνευσμένος οδηγός για τη δημιουργικότητα στην ψηφιακή εποχή, το "ΚΛΕΨΕ ΣΑΝ ΚΑΛΛΙΤΕΧΝΗΣ" θα σε βοηθήσει να ζήσεις μια πιο γεμάτη και δημιουργική ζωή. Τίποτα δεν είναι πρωτότυπο, γι' αυτό αγάπησε τις επιρροές σου, γίνε καλύτερος παρατηρώντας τις δουλειές άλλων, συνέθεσε διαφορετικά στοιχεία και φαντάσου το δικό σου μονοπάτι. Ακολούθησε τα ενδιαφέροντά σου όπου κι αν σε πηγαίνουν - αυτό που ονομάζεις σήμερα χόμπι, μια μέρα μπορεί να γίνει η δουλειά της ζωής σου. Ξεχνά το παλιό κλισέ που λέει "γράφε για ό,τι γνωρίζεις καλά": Αντί γι' αυτό, γράψε το βιβλίο που θέλεις να διαβάσεις, φτιάξε την ταινία που θέλεις να δεις. Τέλος, ρίσκαρε να είσαι βαρετός στην καθημερινότητά σου, ώστε να μπορείς να είσαι τολμηρός στο πνεύμα και στη δουλειά σου. Περιεχόμενα - ΚΛΕΨΕ ΣΑΝ ΚΑΛΛΙΤΕΧΝΗΣ - ΜΗΝ ΠΕΡΙΜΕΝΕΙΣ ΝΑ ΒΡΕΙΣ ΤΟΝ ΕΑΥΤΟ ΣΟΥ ΓΙΑ ΝΑ ΞΕΚΙΝΗΣΕΙΣ - ΓΡΑΨΕ ΤΟ ΒΙΒΛΙΟ ΠΟΥ ΘΕΛΕΙΣ ΝΑ ΔΙΑΒΑΣΕΙΣ - ΧΡΗΣΙΜΟΠΟΙΗΣΕ ΤΑ ΧΕΡΙΑ ΣΟΥ - ΕΙΝΑΙ ΣΗΜΑΝΤΙΚΑ ΤΑ ΠΡΟΣΩΠΙΚΑ ΠΡΟΤΖΕΚΤ & ΤΑ ΧΟΜΠΙ ΣΟΥ - ΤΟ ΜΥΣΤΙΚΟ: ΚΑΝΕ ΚΑΛΗ ΔΟΥΛΕΙΑ & ΜΟΙΡΑΣΟΥ ΤΗ ΜΕ ΚΟΣΜΟ - Η ΓΕΩΓΡΑΦΙΑ ΔΕΝ ΠΑΙΖΕΙ ΠΙΑ ΚΑΝΕΝΑ ΡΟΛΟ - ΝΑ ΕΙΣΑΙ ΚΑΛΟΣ. (Ο ΚΟΣΜΟΣ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΜΙΚΡΟΣ) - ΝΑ ΕΙΣΑΙ ΒΑΡΕΤΟΣ. (ΜΟΝΟ ΕΤΣΙ ΓΙΝΕΤΑΙ Η ΔΟΥΛΕΙΑ) - ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΙΚΟΤΗΤΑ ΣΗΜΑΙΝΕΙ ΑΦΑΙΡΕΣΗ

30 review for Κλέψε σαν καλλιτέχνης: 10 αλήθειες που δεν σου έχουν πει για τη δημιουργικότητα

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    this book was incredible. i feel so inspired and motivated!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    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 being taught to do. In other words, a book ABOUT writi 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 being taught to do. In other words, a book ABOUT writing is probably less helpful to a writer than a book that's just plain good. A how-to book about painting is probably of less use than a book of paintings you enjoy. I'm not saying there's no place for these types of books, and this one is smart because it's a quick read and it sticks pretty well to the motivational side of things as opposed to the nuts and bolts. It's good to read motivational stuff, especially because creating art can be a pretty lonely process. It's just hard to pack away the awareness that while you're reading about creating art, you could spend that time creating art.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wil Wheaton

    Steal Like an Artist is essential and required reading for all artists, regardless of the type of art you create. It's a quick read that you can finish in one sitting, but the ideas and advice it contains will stay with you long after you've put it down. Some of Austin's suggestions will validate what you're already doing, some will challenge you to fundamentally change a creative practice, others will inspire you to grab a notebook and get to work immediately. Because it's such a small and access Steal Like an Artist is essential and required reading for all artists, regardless of the type of art you create. It's a quick read that you can finish in one sitting, but the ideas and advice it contains will stay with you long after you've put it down. Some of Austin's suggestions will validate what you're already doing, some will challenge you to fundamentally change a creative practice, others will inspire you to grab a notebook and get to work immediately. Because it's such a small and accessible book, you'll want to go back to it from time to time. Just like Stephen King's On Writing, as you change and grow as an artist, it reveals new ideas and inspirations to you that you may have missed on a previous read. This is a fantastic addition to your library, and a wonderful gift for any creative person in your life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    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 not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads yo 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 not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to.” “School is one thing. Education is another. The two don’t always overlap. Whether you’re in school or not, it’s always your job to get yourself an education.” “Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self.” —Yohji Yamamoto “Nobody is born with a style or a voice. We don’t come out of the womb knowing who we are. In the beginning, we learn by pretending to be our heroes. We learn by copying.” “We learn to write by copying down the alphabet. Musicians learn to play by practicing scales. Painters learn to paint by reproducing masterpieces.” “You don’t put yourself online only because you have something to say—you can put yourself online to find something to say. The Internet can be more than just a resting place to publish your finished ideas—it can also be an incubator for ideas that aren’t fully formed, a birthing center for developing work that you haven’t started yet.” “If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.” “garbage in, garbage out” (Those were some of my personal favorites.) And this book also included pictures within, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It's a very quick and honest read. I highly recommend it! *Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Steal Like an Artist, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with http://Ko-fi.com/bookspoils This review and more can be found on my blog.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    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 of people that like this one more.. certain ideas 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 of people that like this one more.. certain ideas will click more with different people. I recommend reading both .. I read them very close together and they feel like one project. ** (I wrote a blog post about it, check it out: http://arielbissett.com/notebook-expe...)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Posted at Shelf Inflicted This 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 more creative at work, or find room in one’s life for a Posted at Shelf Inflicted This 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 more creative at work, or find room in one’s life for a hobby when time is in short supply. There are other tips for managing one’s life in order to be able to spend the time doing creative and fulfilling work. I really like this advice: "Your brain gets too comfortable in your everyday surroundings. You need to make it uncomfortable. You need to spend some time in another land, among people that do things differently than you. Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder." It’s a short, fun book, and not a bad way to spend 30 minutes. Perfect to read in the student lounge, on the bus, or on the toilet.

  7. 4 out of 5

    El

    (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 artist 2. Don't wait until you know who you are to get started 3. Write the book you want to read 4. Use your hands 5. Side projects and hobbies are important 6. Do good work and share it with people 7. Geography is no longer our master 8. Be nice (the world is a small town) 9. Be boring (it's the only way to get work done) 10. Creativity is subtraction It's all very good advi (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 artist 2. Don't wait until you know who you are to get started 3. Write the book you want to read 4. Use your hands 5. Side projects and hobbies are important 6. Do good work and share it with people 7. Geography is no longer our master 8. Be nice (the world is a small town) 9. Be boring (it's the only way to get work done) 10. Creativity is subtraction It's all very good advice. It's all great reminders. But that's what these are - reminders. The beef I have with self-help or how-to books is that the information inside the covers is stuff you already know. You just haven't thought about it before. This isn't to say that these books aren't helpful for many - but for people who are too busy (or, in extreme cases, too lazy) to think for themselves. They can read the books and their third eye can open and they can think they've just broke new ground... and then they don't go off to do what it is they were learning how-to do. What is good about Kleon's book is that he acknowledges almost immediately that there is no such thing as originality. Had he not written that very early on I'd be calling him a hypocrite right now for trying to pass any of this off as original. But that wasn't his intention - he saw a market for his advice and he went with it, so I give him props for that. It's just that I'm such a cynical person anyway, I'm wary of these sorts of "guides". I'd much rather a person just muddle through on their own based on their own experiences, learning from all the good and the bad that happens, and creating something out of all of that. This is a Hot Topic sort of creativity - mass marketed, polished, packaged. So why did I read it? Great question, because this is not at all my thing. I was curious, primarily. I came across his name because I came across someone's blog where the author was writing about her journal, which led to her discussion of Kleon's log books, and I was curious to see what he could possibly say about creativity. That's One. Two: I'm fascinated by the creative process. What works for me and my creativity is going to be completely different from my boyfriend's creative process, or my best friend's creative process, or the stranger down the street. I like reading about the daily process that my favorite writers/musicians/artists/people to get into their creative groove because it's fascinating, not because I want to copy them (though Kleon recommends a lot of copying; and this isn't to say there's anything wrong with it, per se, but it's not my motivation). The information here isn't just necessary for the stuff people generally consider "creative" - some of stuff is helpful just in your daily life. People think a 9-to-5 job is energy-sapping and you can't be creative in your boring white-collar job, and those people sit back and do... well, very little of anything... and judge the rest of us who have to work for what we want and say we're not creative. I am creative in my job as much as possible and on paper it's not a very creative position. I have to be creative to find ways of being creative. And when it works, it works well, and it comes up in my annual reviews regularly, so I'm occasionally doing something right. This book is a good reminder for people in those positions too, who think they aren't in any position to be creative. Don't get all stuck on what you or are not doing, don't compare yourself to other people. (That's not even a part of Kleon's advice. That one comes from me. And a bunch of other people.) The part I like the best is #5. Hobbies are important. I always have a side project of some sort, but I have yet to figure out how to consistently have energy after my stupid 9-to-5 job (actually it's a 7-something-to-4-something job, but that's beside the point). I was hoping for some insight from Kleon on that, but it wasn't really there. He basically just said "Hey, you can do this!" which, yeah, okay, thanks, I tell myself that every day, but I'm still tired and sapped. Probably from all that creativity I do at work - coming up with ways not to kill people or worry about backstabbing takes a crapload of energy and creativity. So, again, great reminders here, and really great for Millennials and Gen Y and whatever generation comes after those kids (have they been named yet??). It's a fast read, hopefully inspiring, even if for just the moment. But don't get bogged down by it. Read it because it's fast and easy, feel good for a few, and then go on and do your thing. Do you. That's all you can answer to regularly anyway. The other thing I fully 100-bajillion% agree with Kleon about - keep a journal. Do whatever you want in those pages, but keep something. If you want to be creative in any way, that's going to be your rock. I fill mine with everything. EVERYTHING. You could flip through them, but you'd think I am a serial killer. I mean it's all very insane in these journals. (And I would have to kill you after you flipped through them, so.) But that's what works for me. Figure out what works for you and do that. You'll appreciate it later. A little heavy-handed with all the quotes, but again, feels more geared towards younger readers anyway, and hopefully many readers will want to know more about those quoted people which is certainly Kleon's point. And on that note (I can quote too!), I'll share one of my favorites from David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: Be a Student of the Game. Like most cliches of sport, this is profound. You can be shaped, or you can be broken. There is not much in between. Try to learn. Be coachable. Try to learn from everybody, especially those who fail. This is hard. Peers who fizzle or blow up or fall down, run away, disappear from the monthly rankings, drop off the circuit.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    Austin Kleon's "Steal Like An Artist" is a fun little book. Given that I'm not an artist - I wasn't seeking 'words- of -wisdom'. This book just landed in my hands - and I couldn't resist reading it. Austin says "every artist gets asked the question, "where do you get your ideas?" Austin says....'The honest artist answers', "I steal them"...... ............as in RIPS THEM OFF? Perhaps a more 'kind' way to answer the question --- is an artist draws inspiration from others. But what do I know. I'm no Austin Kleon's "Steal Like An Artist" is a fun little book. Given that I'm not an artist - I wasn't seeking 'words- of -wisdom'. This book just landed in my hands - and I couldn't resist reading it. Austin says "every artist gets asked the question, "where do you get your ideas?" Austin says....'The honest artist answers', "I steal them"...... ............as in RIPS THEM OFF? Perhaps a more 'kind' way to answer the question --- is an artist draws inspiration from others. But what do I know. I'm not an artist. This little book is filled with fun engaging anecdotes.....with a list of 10 things to do to unlock our creativity. #9 is BE BORING!!! I've got that one down!!! I'm a master of boring!!!......but creative? I have my doubts! He recommended 10 books we should read: I've only read 1 on his list. "Bird by Bird". By Anne Lamott. -- Proof: I AM NOT CREATIVE?/! But..... Austin listed THINGS WE MUST DO: Take a walk --- works for me!!! Start your swipe file --- What the hell is a swipe file? Go to the library --- I DO! Buy a notebook and use it ----Done! Get yourself a Calendar ----Done! Start your logbook---For what? Give a copy of this book away-----More sales for Austin Kleon - ok - I'm willing! Start a blog --- You've got to be kidding: Goodreads takes enough time. Take a nap!!!!!!! ---- Favorite advice in the book!!! This is a great book to read 'while' being lazy - boring - sleepy - in your pj's -when you need something 'little & lightweight' to hold in your hands!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Soheil

    "تنها هنرى كه براى هميشه خواهم آموخت،چيزى است كه بتوانم آن را بدزدم"-ديويد بووى چگونه يك ايده پرداز خلاق و اصيل شويم؟ اول بايد يك دفترچه براى يادداشت يا دوربين براى عكسبردارى يا...(بسته به اين كه در چه كارى مشغول هستيد) تهيه كنيد. "اصالت چيست؟دزدى كشف نشده"-ويليام رالف اينگ قدم بعد، دزديه!چنتا راه داره:بريد سراغ قهرمانانتون،تا حد ممكن راجبشون تحقيق كنيد و ذهنيتشون رو درك كنيد،بعد تا ميتونيد ايده هاشون رو بدزديد.بعد بريد سراغ قهرمانانِ قهرمانانتون،همين حركت رو واسه اونا هم انجام بديد.ايده هارو ذخيره "تنها هنرى كه براى هميشه خواهم آموخت،چيزى است كه بتوانم آن را بدزدم"-ديويد بووى چگونه يك ايده پرداز خلاق و اصيل شويم؟ اول بايد يك دفترچه براى يادداشت يا دوربين براى عكسبردارى يا...(بسته به اين كه در چه كارى مشغول هستيد) تهيه كنيد. "اصالت چيست؟دزدى كشف نشده"-ويليام رالف اينگ قدم بعد، دزديه!چنتا راه داره:بريد سراغ قهرمانانتون،تا حد ممكن راجبشون تحقيق كنيد و ذهنيتشون رو درك كنيد،بعد تا ميتونيد ايده هاشون رو بدزديد.بعد بريد سراغ قهرمانانِ قهرمانانتون،همين حركت رو واسه اونا هم انجام بديد.ايده هارو ذخيره كنيد. "جدا ازينكه به مدرسه رفته ام يا نه،هميشه در حال يادگيرى ام"-رابرت فيتز جرالد راه بعدى اينكه هميشه در حال يادگيرى و جستجو باشيد.كتاب جديد،موسيقى جديد،فيلم جديد...؛گوگل رو فراموش نكنيد،هر سوالى داريد ازش بپرسيد.به هر چيز هيجان انگيزى برخورديد،اونو بدزديد و ذخيرش كنيد. "تمام كسانى كه نمى خواهند كپى كنند،چيزى توليد نخواهند كرد"-سالوادور دالى ايده ها در عمل با هم تلفيق ميشن نه درون ما و تفكرات ما؛موسيقى قهرمانانتون رو عينا بنوازيد،نقاشيشون رو عينا بكشيد،ايده هاى دزدى رو به كار بگيريد و تقليدشون كنيد. "ما دوست داريم كه از ما چيزى بگيريد،مى خوايم از ما چيزى بدزديد،چون نميتونيد اين كار رو كامل انجام بديد؛آنچه به شما مى دهيم رو خواهيد گرفت و آن را صداى خود قرار خواهيد داد و آن گونه است كه صداى خود را مى يابيد"-فرانسيس فورد كاپولا بالاخره ميفهميد كه هيچ وقت نميتونيد عين قهرمانتون بشيد؛چون او،اوست و شما،شماييد؛دو شخصيت و طرز فكر متفاوت.نقطه اى رو پيدا ميكنيد كه نميتونيد عينا تقليد كنيد؛اونجا جاييه كه ايده ها با شخصيت شما برخورد ميكنن و ايده اصيل شما بوجود مي آيد.اون نقطه يا ويژگى رو تقويت كنيد. نكته:از ايده ها يا كسانى تقليد كنيد كه قلبا بهشون علاقه داريد-حتما از چند نفر تقليد و دزدى كنيد،اگر از يه نفر باشه سريع لو ميريد! حالا بايد ايده ى نابتون رو عملى كنيد.اين مرحله از تكنولوژى و وسايل ديجيتال دور بمونيد و دستى كار رو انجام بديد (كاغذ،قلم،ماژيك،تخته و ...) و فقط موقع ويرايش نهايى از وسايل ديجيتال استفاده كنيد. هميشه به تمام علايقتان توجه كنيد.فرد خلاق،بايد زمانى را بيكار و الّاف باشد.پس پروژه تان را به تعويق بيندازيد و به سرگرمى هايتان توجه كنيد.گاهى علايق ديگرتان با ايده ى اصلى برخورد مى كنند و متصل ميشوند و اتفاقات جالبى ميفتد. موفقيت شما دو قدم ساده دارد:اول اينكه كارِ خوب خلق كنيد(كه در بالا گفتيم چجورى!) دوم اينكه اونو به اشتراك بزاريد،كه بهترين راهش رسانه ها(مخصوصا اينترنت) هستن.نكتش اينه كه سعى كنيد راز ها و تكنيك هاتون رو(البته نه همشون) راجب يه موضوع خاص با بقيه به اشتراك بزاريد(باب راس تو "لذت نقاشى" رو يادتونه؟)از مردم بخواين كاراشونو باهاتون به اشتراك بزارن،چون كلى ايده واسه دزديدن گير ميارين! خودتون و كارتون رو محدود به جغرافياى محل زندگى نكنيد و ارتباطات جهانى برقرار كنيد.كارتون رو با مردمان و جوامع ديگه به اشتراك بزاريد؛ايده هاى اونارم بدزديد! گاهى بايد مدتى از خانه و كاشانه خود فاصله بگيريد و تفاوت ها را ببينيد تا بتوانيد به كارتان ادامه دهيد؛از مسافرت غافل نشويد،با اقشار مختلف جامعه معاشرت كنيد،تفاوت هارو ببينيد. "ورودى نامطلوب،خروجى نامطلوب دارد"-مامانِ نويسنده كتاب چه در دنياى واقعى و چه در مجازى،با افرادى بيشتر معاشرت كنيد كه از شما بااستعدادتر و بهترن. نكته آخر اينكه از محدوديت ها نترسين،در كار خلاقانه محدوديت ها حكم آزادى رو دارن و خلاقيت رو بيشتر تحريك ميكنن!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Patterson

    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 creative. Rule number one is "Steal like an artist." 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 creative. Rule number one is "Steal like an artist." The other nine are printed on the back of the book, but simply knowing the rules does not give you an edge in creativity. You need the explanations, the stories, the logic behind the rules that Mr. Kleon provides to get that tingly feeling (figuratively speaking, of course). I recommend this book for anyone over the age of 10, anyone who loves to create but feels stifled in today's world, anyone who loves to think, and anyone doing anything at all creative.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Sisson

    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 stand on the precipice, afraid to answer the call of crea 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 stand on the precipice, afraid to answer the call of creative spirit, it will serve as a "soft entry" to better books, like Anne Lammott's "Bird by Bird," Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Down the Bones," and Julia Cameron's "The Sound of Paper." For tired, disillusioned creatives, it may also reinvigorate. Those in the thick of creating will probably want something meatier. Reading Kleon's book, I can see some of his influences, particularly a heavy nod toward bloggers-cum-authors like Seth Godin and Hugh MacLeod. I also drink the Kool-Aid offered by Godin, MacLeod, Johnny B. Truant, Brian Clark of Copyblogger, Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity, and others. I like them all and find inspiration often in their words. But if you're young and impressionable, if you are on the edge of your art and not fully-formed, it's easy to miss the deeper points they make. It's easy to miss the parts where they say it's hard and often sucks and sometimes seems pointless and sometimes is a colossal failure. Their passion for what they do is so charismatic that it's easy to get swept away, missing the part where they learned — through trial, error, mentors or schooling — how to market themselves effectively, how to manage money, how to lose the "romance" of being an artist and still find pleasure when the passion grows cool. It's not enough to love what you do. Perhaps that sounds harsh, perhaps it's a cynical, jaded worldview. It's tempered by experience. Loving your craft is fine if you want it to be a hobby. But if you want to keep a roof over your head with the work you produce, if you want to make a living at it until the end of your days, love will not keep you alive. I worry for the writers, journalists and photographers who load up on humanities courses in college, the ones who believe suffering for your craft is noble — or eventually successful. Please, please, creative types ... take a few business classes. Maintain a broad skill set. Don't tangle your identity up in your art or your profession, because if anything takes those away, you will be left rootless, drifting, and the road to recovery will be very, very hard. I know I sound jaded and bitter. I'm not at all. I'm still passionate about what I do. But that passion is tempered by the pesky "reality thing" I always preferred to ignore. I never wanted to be bothered by the "boring" things like money, accounting, contracts, marketing. But these are the things that provide the income to keep DOING your art. If you're going to steal like an artist, steal the business sense they bring to the table as well. I promise, you will never regret the time you spend learning the mechanics behind the career. With any luck, it will enable you until the end of your days to create wonderful things only you can bring to the world. Starving artists living in garrets can produce great work. But smart artists will find the road so much easier and equally as fulfilling.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carlos De Eguiluz

    Bien dijo George Orwell en "1984": "Los mejores libros son los que nos dicen lo que ya sabemos". Fue bastante agradable comprender que no estoy solo en esto de la escritura, que todos tenemos problemas, y que al final, lo que importa es hacer las cosas bien, aunque a veces no haya inspiración o lo que más amas se torne aburrido y tedioso. Austin nos regala una serie de consejos que nos permiten desarrollar nuestro proceso y no morir en el intento. ¿Quien dijo que robar era malo? (Léan el libro para Bien dijo George Orwell en "1984": "Los mejores libros son los que nos dicen lo que ya sabemos". Fue bastante agradable comprender que no estoy solo en esto de la escritura, que todos tenemos problemas, y que al final, lo que importa es hacer las cosas bien, aunque a veces no haya inspiración o lo que más amas se torne aburrido y tedioso. Austin nos regala una serie de consejos que nos permiten desarrollar nuestro proceso y no morir en el intento. ¿Quien dijo que robar era malo? (Léan el libro para entender, por favor).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hanne

    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 light read. And it also makes me very curious about 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 light read. And it also makes me very curious about the authors poetry book Newspaper Blackout. So aye, he's smart! "Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Filmmaker John Waters has said, "Nothing is more important than un unread library"." Ouch. This one kind of hit home. Although i do always plan to read the books i buy (almost) straight away, it just never ends up that way. But it's true though, my library reminds me that the world is full of undiscovered territories and opportunities. I like that! Having bookshelves with only 'read' books would be quite boring, no? "The computer is really good for editing your ideas, and it's really good for getting your ideas ready for publishing out into the world, but it's not really good for generating ideas. There are too many opportunities to hit the delete key. The computer brings out the uptight perfectionist in us - we start editing ideas before we have them (...) because once the computer is involved, things are on an inevitable path to being finished. Whereas in my sketchbook the possibilities are endless." (that last bit is by Tom Gauld, it's hard to quote this book, because he already stole so many quotes himself) I find this actually true. To be effective and productive i often immediately start working on my pc (whatever it is: ideas, presentations...) and at one point i'm typically stuck. I take a piece of paper and i start writing random ideas on there. Drawings things, with lots of arrows. And somehow the ones that went through the random paper process always end up being better, much better. I figure i'll immediately start on paper as of now. "Take time to mess around. Get lost. Wander. You never know where it's going to lead you." See? this one is the best advice of all. And so true. I actually didn't need this book to tell me this, I already know. I never get good ideas when on a deadline or when I'm busy-busy-busy. The best work I do is when i think i'm just fiddling around. And yet somehow my bosses insist on piling work on top of work on top of work. Maybe i should tell them to read this book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erin Bowman

    About a year ago, I was at the day job (web design), when a link to a blog post made it’s way around the office via AIM. The post was basically one man’s manifesto when it came to creativity. He listed out ten things he wished he knew when he was starting out as a writer and artist. I remember the simplicity of his statements — practical, to the point — but also incredibly insightful. Small things we often forget when we are knee-deep in The Creating or overwhelmed by The Doubts. I remember noddin About a year ago, I was at the day job (web design), when a link to a blog post made it’s way around the office via AIM. The post was basically one man’s manifesto when it came to creativity. He listed out ten things he wished he knew when he was starting out as a writer and artist. I remember the simplicity of his statements — practical, to the point — but also incredibly insightful. Small things we often forget when we are knee-deep in The Creating or overwhelmed by The Doubts. I remember nodding my head in agreement to nearly everything in that blog post, and then just the other day, while I was at B&N, I saw his book on the shelf. That blog post (by Austin Kleon) has been turned into a lovely little book: Steal Like an Artist. I bought it, took it home, read it in under an hour, and experienced the euphoria I had reading the original blog post all over again. I wanted to jump up and shout, “Yes! This! Exactly this!” This book is a little piece of genius and I think that Every. Single. Person. leading a creative life ought to read it. Or at least flip through a couple pages. Why? Let me give you a sampling. The book opens with a quote from Pablo Picasso –”Art is theft.” — and then goes on to discuss how nothing is truly original. How every idea is simply a re-imagining of previous works. Kleon says: “Some people find this idea depressing, but it fills me with hope…If we’re free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running away from it.” Oh my goodness, yes! Nothing is new. Everything is borrowed and expanded upon. From here, the idea of “stealing” is introduced. And not stealing as in plagiarizing. That is bad. BAD! Plagiarizing is trying to pass someone else’s work off as your own. Kleon instead talks about “copying” as a method of practice, as a way of finding yourself. “Nobody is born with a style or a voice. We don’t come out of the womb knowing who we are. In the beginning, we learn by pretending to be our heroes. We learn by copying.” He talks about surrounding yourself with the work of the artists you love, and the work of the artists those artists love, and studying everything. Embrace those artists. Emulate them. Try to create not only as they create, but to see as they see. Get inside their minds. The goal of copying is to see the ways in which you can’t be those artists because they are them and you are you. Kleon says this much better than me: “Copy your heroes. Examine where you fall short. What’s in there that makes you different? That’s what you should amplify and transform into your own work.” And then Kleon gives the most basic advice: Start making stuff. Just start! He talks about how “imposter syndrome” often holds people back. (I know for a fact that I struggle with this daily.) So what is “imposter syndrome?” “The clinical definition is a “psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.” It means that you feel like a phony, like you’re just winging it, that you really don’t have any idea what you’re doing. Guess what: None of us do. Ask anybody doing truly creative work and they’ll tell you the truth: They don’t know where the good stuff comes from. They just show up to do their thing. Every day.” YES! It’s like he’s in my head. I do feel like a phony, a hack, a sad excuse for a writer. I don’t know what I’m doing, and that’s OK. No one does. Every writer face doubts and fears. They sit down and create without knowing the answers — from the NYT Bestselling author, to the child picking up a pencil to draft their very first story. The rest of the book became a sort of surreal reading experience for me, where I felt like Kleon was sitting in my office, speaking directly to me. Everything I need to hear when I’m lost in revisions or slogging through a first draft or swimming in the Vortex of Self-Doubt and Loathing for any number of reasons was in this book. Sometimes these words of encouragement were written: “There are no shortcuts. Make stuff every day. Know you’re going to suck for awhile. Fail. Get better.” “We’re drawn to certain kinds of work because we’re inspired by people doing that work. All fiction, in fact, is fan fiction. The best advice is not to write what you know, it’s to write what you like…write the story you want to read.” “Don’t worry about a grand scheme or unified vision for your work…What unifies your work is the fact that you made it.” “You can’t go looking for validation from external sources. Once you put your work into the world, you have no control over the way people will react to it…Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored–the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care.” And then there were the doodles — you can see a bunch more here — interspersed between all the brilliance: While I’ve summarized the book in this post, it’s nothing like the actual experience of reading it. Between the simple statements, sketched visuals, and conversational tone, it’s almost as if Kleon is speaking directly to you. This book is honest. And beautiful. And real. And it’s just good advice. For a creative life, but for life in general. But of course, as Kleon points out on the very last page: “Some advice can be a vice. Feel free to take what you can use, and leave the rest. There are no rules.” Isn’t that the truth? Originally reviewed here.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Martyn

    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 buy some stuff - then you can write your ideas dow 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 buy some stuff - then you can write your ideas down. Genius. The contradictions here are irritating also. He says that computers are soul suckers and time wasters and then says that it's great to create blogs and that it's important to have an online community of friends, he says ignore your critics and then recommends keeping a praise file to use at times of insecurity. It's all a little weird. It's not that I disagree with the guy, although he has a few ideas that seem strange to me, it's just that everything here is so bland that I wonder what the purpose of this book is, except that it might have something to do with 'money being really important' to the author. Maybe the main title of the book should read 'Steal Like An Artist...from gullible readers'.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roya

    I usually don't go for self-help, but this seemed like it would be different. No disappointments here! This is a great book for you creative folk out there. Personally I think everyone can benefit from what this book has to offer.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    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 a substantive work that discusses things. Still, a 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 a substantive work that discusses things. Still, awesome. Oh yeah, loved title, but that's like, duh.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Close Enough

    #Booktube_A_Thon_2018 📚6th Book #Steal_like_an_Artist This book is addressed to people who are seeking creativity in their work and their lifestyle, and this magical concept (creativity) is a result of being a wise and intelligent thief!; literally a perfect one who steals thoughts and ideas from several successful folks, random conversations, Tv shows, scientists, inspiring books, and even ordinary people. I really like his style of writing and his motivated thoughts and the drawings as well. Readi #Booktube_A_Thon_2018 📚6th Book #Steal_like_an_Artist This book is addressed to people who are seeking creativity in their work and their lifestyle, and this magical concept (creativity) is a result of being a wise and intelligent thief!; literally a perfect one who steals thoughts and ideas from several successful folks, random conversations, Tv shows, scientists, inspiring books, and even ordinary people. I really like his style of writing and his motivated thoughts and the drawings as well. Reading this book brought me the same feeling as enjoying a delicious piece of chocolate cake; it is brief, simple, deep and amusing! But what I like the most about this book is its writer's creativity and his boundless imagination, this is the kind of books that breaks the stereotypes and replace them by originative ideas. I took some useful notes instead of rereading the book: 💡You are not bound to create  something original because the word original literally doesn't exist ,so free yourself from the burden of being original and embrace influence  instead of running from it. 💡Just as you have a familial genealogy , you also have a genealogy of ideas. 💡The books we read and people we are surrounded with and friends we pick determine our vision and the quality of our ideas because we are a mashup of what we opt in our life. 💡Be aware of the ideas you collect and the people you deal with because we will be influenced by them indirectly. 💡Be curious about anything and everything and get your own education don't wait for school to teach you. 💡 Be a genuine nerd, google everything; you may find the answer to your question or you will get a better question. 💡Jot any thought comes to your mind, and copy useful quotes from the books you read and even record overheard conversation! then collect them in a "swipe file". 💡Making things paves the way to explore yourself and your capacities but the reverse is incorrect. 💡 Glenn o'Brien said: "start out as a phony and became real" thats means pretend you are a successful person until you can achieve it , or fake that you are doing something you want until you can really make it. 💡Observe successful people and start to mimic their style of thinking and doing things, don't just emulate theirs looks from outside but their way of looking at the world. 💡In any field you are intrested in do your work the way you want to see it done . 💡Find a way to bring your body into your work; use your hands intead of just staying in front of your computer; share your hands in the work of your brain. 💡Be an expert of the productive procrastination by doing more than one project at once , move from one to another when you fell broed until you finish them all. 💡Having a hobby is really helpful for your career and your spirit. 💡Share a little glimpse of your process with people. 💡Get rid of social media for a while, isolate yourself from people, pick up a book and enjoy your own company . 💡Be nice to everybody and ignore your enemies to vanquish them. 💡Surround yourself with positive people , and pay attention to the ideas and the quality of thoughts you are influenced by in the social media. 💡Make friendships and be helpful to talented people . 💡Whatever your work is, keeping a file of praise that you heard or read from people who appreciate your work is a wonderful boost when you need the lift. 💡Save your energy and your money as much as you can . 💡You really need a calender to organize your work and a logbook to tackle your progress. 💡Creativity should be restricted or related by limitations or less potentials to be revealed. In the end he adds some suggestions of useful books as Egnore Everybody by Hugh Macleod, Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud and Make a World by Ed Emberley. The book is pretty easy to read and very enjoyable. I recommend it to everyone :).

  19. 5 out of 5

    anaïs

    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, whatever your medium may be; to put it simply, it's s 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, whatever your medium may be; to put it simply, it's seeing the forest for the trees. Kleon encourages living a creative life in which you make and play while allowing yourself opportunity to work and grow at your own pace. Creativity is less about what you make than the process it took to get you there. You might not even end up making what you intended when you began but you will make something and you will find yourself in the process. Highly recommended for the overly stimulated, easily hopeless creative minds.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gail Klanchesser

    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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sebastien

    Quick read. It is full of what I consider basic, sensible advice for creatives and people looking to practice creativity in their daily lives. Although I would consider the ideas presented merely suggestions because you know what, just do what works for you. There is absolutely no perfect template for creation. Kleon touches on several things like "imposter syndrome" that affects a lot of artists, no matter their level. Hehe, hard not to relate! I see it with a lot of my friends too, just the oth Quick read. It is full of what I consider basic, sensible advice for creatives and people looking to practice creativity in their daily lives. Although I would consider the ideas presented merely suggestions because you know what, just do what works for you. There is absolutely no perfect template for creation. Kleon touches on several things like "imposter syndrome" that affects a lot of artists, no matter their level. Hehe, hard not to relate! I see it with a lot of my friends too, just the other day one of my favorite, incredibly successful friends was talking about this! We're all just figuring it out as we go along. Imo one of the potential good things about this feeling is it forces you to challenge yourself, to keep trying to evolve beyond where you are and what you are currently creating. Some of the key things he mentions which I try and practice: do anything you can to carve 0ut time to do your creative work. Build a schedule. Maintaining a discipline is important. Do not be afraid to be influenced by artists you admire. Look at and study their work. Even if you start off by imitating, you practice long enough you will generally end up making it your own. That said, always have to be careful not to just blindly copy or follow rote patterns. Although I do think copying is a great practice tool allowing you to reverse-engineer and learn other peoples' problem-solving methods. I do quite a bit of digital work but I also agree with his view on computers. Having a glass screen in front of you is stultifying in certain ways. I always work with physical materials to start projects, the possibilities seem more limitless with those materials. Once the work has gotten to the point of being on the computer the endpoint is more-defined, the work is more tracked, and an element of perfectionism can creep in (partly because it is so easy to constantly erase). This is merely how it works and feels for me, I'm sure it might be different for others. The other book in this vein that I'm planning on reading is Twyla Tharpe's The Creative Habit. Heard it was good, from what I understand one of its main points of emphasis is the discipline required to consistently create.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Maloney

    This one is short-and-sweet but filled to the brim with good advice. Definitely worth keeping on your bedside table or work desk if you're an artist of any kind (writer, musician, dancer, etc). Probably the piece that stuck out the most for me was Kleon's discussion of constraints. I've known that putting constraints on, say, a piece of writing - putting a box around what I was trying to create - actually made the piece better and, strangely enough, made me feel more free. It was refreshing to h This one is short-and-sweet but filled to the brim with good advice. Definitely worth keeping on your bedside table or work desk if you're an artist of any kind (writer, musician, dancer, etc). Probably the piece that stuck out the most for me was Kleon's discussion of constraints. I've known that putting constraints on, say, a piece of writing - putting a box around what I was trying to create - actually made the piece better and, strangely enough, made me feel more free. It was refreshing to hear this bit of advice from someone else. And that's really why this book is great. Kleon takes the things artists know but rarely articulate and he articulates them. Really a book to keep on hand whenever you're feeling stuck.

  24. 4 out of 5

    A Nelson

    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 incapable of making a perfect copy." Your "copy" will never be 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 incapable of making a perfect copy." Your "copy" will never be the same as the original! • "Steal from many"--then you transform your work into an original. • Make the stuff you like. • Start with hands-on / Perfect with screen time. • "Side projects and hobbies are important." They widen your sphere of acquaintances and feed creativity back to your primary craft. • "Practice Productive Procrastination" "It's the side projects that really take off." "Take time to mess around." Don't be afraid of being bored. • Step 1: "Wonder at something." Step 2: "Invite others to wonder with you." • "Build your own world" -- If you admire someone's work, insert yourself into their sphere. Geography is no longer a hindrance. -Write fan letters. • "Leave Home" -- be inspired by other places and cultures. • "Make friends-ignore enemies" "Be nice. The world is a small town." • "Keep a praise file." Use for a quick boost--don't dwell there. • Keep a regular "boring" schedule and stay out of debt. • Get a calendar and schedule incremental work on projects (he recommends daily work) • Keep a log book. A daily calendar where you keep details. • Look on the bright side. Ask: What's the best thing that happened today? - Nicholson Baker

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sushi

    Providing an insight into what it takes to be an artist, this book does more than just going behind the scenes. It gives you an honest and humorous take. It was off to a very strong start, but most of what I read wasn't new. But it was still a great read because of the way he arranged everything. The creativity and effort the author put into this really shows. It's filled with sketches and graphs and doodles and newspaper clippings, making the reading an enjoyable one. Plus, it's barely 150 page Providing an insight into what it takes to be an artist, this book does more than just going behind the scenes. It gives you an honest and humorous take. It was off to a very strong start, but most of what I read wasn't new. But it was still a great read because of the way he arranged everything. The creativity and effort the author put into this really shows. It's filled with sketches and graphs and doodles and newspaper clippings, making the reading an enjoyable one. Plus, it's barely 150 pages long, and that's exactly how I like my nonfiction, light and funny. A+ for creativity

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carmel Elizabeth Elizabeth

    "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 Aiken Two 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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    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 with their art. Beyond that, he offers tips on how t 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 with their art. Beyond that, he offers tips on how to stay focused, upbeat, and receptive to incoming inspiration. True to its subject, this book features an abundance of quotes and tips from artists who aren't the author. I like that. Instead of this book feeling like one guy talking about what works for him, it seems more like a panel of successful artists sharing their processes (which also happen to work for the one guy). Advice I like in particular: - Every night, before going to sleep, think about one thing that made you happy that day. - Jerry Seinfeld's calendar idea: keep a year-at-a-glance calendar, and every day that you do everything you were supposed to, mark an X on the calendar. See how long you can get a row of Xs.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    What a fantastic read. I don't have anything else to add to that. Read it, get inspired and create something'new'.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stanislav Lozanov

    Тази книга е първият ми допир до нехудожествена литература и съм много радостен да кажа, че ми хареса много. Мисля че е подходяща за всеки, които се занимава с изкуство или твори каквото и да е. Авторът дава много добри съвети за това как да вършим работата си без да се съмняваме в нея, как да намираме хубавото и забавното в малките неща. Лично за мен, книгата беше много полезна като се има предвид, че съм човек с определени щели за бъдещето. Надявам се от издателство AMG Publishing да издадат и Тази книга е първият ми допир до нехудожествена литература и съм много радостен да кажа, че ми хареса много. Мисля че е подходяща за всеки, които се занимава с изкуство или твори каквото и да е. Авторът дава много добри съвети за това как да вършим работата си без да се съмняваме в нея, как да намираме хубавото и забавното в малките неща. Лично за мен, книгата беше много полезна като се има предвид, че съм човек с определени щели за бъдещето. Надявам се от издателство AMG Publishing да издадат и другите книга на Остин Клиън защото предполагам, че са точно толкова добри, колкото беше й тази.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maha

    4.5 Amazing highly recommended

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