Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon is a must-read for anyone who wants to tap into their creativity and find inspiration in the world around them. The book is a manifesto for artists, writers, and other creative individuals who want to improve their craft and develop their own unique voice.
Kleon’s central premise is that all creative work is essentially a remix of existing ideas. He argues that nothing is truly original and that the best way to be creative is to steal from other artists and then remix those ideas to create something new and unique.
Kleon’s approach is refreshing and empowering. He encourages readers to let go of the myth of the lone genius and embrace the idea of collaboration and creative borrowing. He believes that by stealing from other artists and remixing their ideas, we can create something truly original and transformative.
The book is divided into ten chapters, each of which focuses on a different aspect of the creative process. Some of the key topics covered include:
Embracing your influences: Kleon encourages readers to identify their creative influences and to study their work in depth. He believes that by understanding what has come before us, we can better understand ourselves and our own creative potential.
Stealing like an artist: Kleon argues that we should all be shameless thieves when it comes to creative inspiration. He provides practical tips for how to borrow from other artists without plagiarizing or infringing on their intellectual property.
Remixing: Kleon emphasizes the importance of remixing ideas to create something new and unique. He provides examples of how this has been done successfully in the past and provides exercises for readers to try it themselves.
Building a creative community: Kleon believes that creativity is a social activity and that we should all be part of a creative community. He provides tips for how to find like-minded individuals and build relationships that will support and inspire your creative work.
The book is written in an engaging and accessible style. Kleon uses a combination of text, illustrations, and examples from his own creative work to make his points. The book is also peppered with quotes from other artists and writers, providing additional inspiration and food for thought.
Overall, “Steal Like an Artist” is an inspiring and practical guide to creativity. It challenges readers to think differently about the creative process and provides practical tips and exercises for improving your own work. Whether you’re an artist, writer, or simply someone looking to tap into your own creative potential, this book is a must-read.