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Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (Austin Kleon) Paperback – 1 April 2012

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"The book is filled with engaging anecdotes and helpful tips taken from Kleon's experience learning to walk on his own creative feet, as well as quotes and stories from big names, ranging from Gide to Goethe to Questlove. - Fast Company co.Design

"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

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Unlock your creativity.
  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. The secret: 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.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0761169253
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Workman; 1st edition (1 April 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780761169253
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0761169253
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.4 x 1.43 x 15.24 cm
  • Customer reviews:
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Austin Kleon is a writer and artist living in Austin, Texas. He's the author of two bestselling books: Steal Like an Artist, a manifesto for creativity in the digital age, and Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker. He speaks about creativity for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. Visit him online at www.austinkleon.com.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book if you're questioning your place in the creative world
By Bec Webb on 5 January 2020
This book was recommended to me by a few fellow creatives in an amazing community I'm part of on social media.

I needed this book, but didn't know about it until it was recommended.
I'd reached out to the group about the fact that as an illustrator I felt a bit lost in the creative world, like I hadn't found my place, because I didn't have a 'style' by which people could recognise my work, and no particular style that I favoured illustrating over others, I just felt like I wasn't a real illustrator if I didn't produce consistent work that was clearly 'me', like everyone else seems to do. I would (and still do really) trawl through the art by others I admired, and be able to say oh that's by so and so, they're so good!
No one could do that with me, as my illustrations are so random, there's no cohesion. Should I stop putting my art out there until I know who I am as an artist?

So this book was one of two recommended to me to read (find your artistic voice by Lisa Congdon is the other).

And I'm so glad I did buy this. It all made sense, it all seemed so relatable, in particular section 2 - Don't wait until you know who you are to get started.

If you're an artist just starting out, or one who already creates a lot of art (any kind of creation really) and are unsure you belong in the creative world yet because you're not good enough, or you're not original enough, or you don't know your style yet - get this book.
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By Penny the story reader on 28 June 2017
Fabulous book with great quotes. Bought this for an A'level student who is off to University but who lacks creative inspiration. This is ideal as it tells her it's ok to rip off other people's ideas.
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