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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creativeby Austin Kleon
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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.
The act of creating art, in all its forms, offers us a path to our souls. But the path can be confusing, and getting lost along the way is inevitable. However, maybe thatand#8217;s the point.
In The Tricksterand#8217;s Hat, bestselling author of the Griffin and Sabine cycle Nick Bantock invites you to lose yourself in order to become a better creator. Inspired by Nick's popular and mischievous workshops, the book's forty-nine perceptive exercises will encourage you to forget your destination while you meander through the wondrous world that awaits you in the periphery of your mind's eye.
If youand#8217;re willing to be lead hither and thither down unlikely paths by a fellow of dubious reputation, if youand#8217;re prepared to keep a sense of humor and not be phased when he plucks the unexpected out of a mischief-stuffed hat, if youand#8217;re ready to zigzag, detour, and wander in search of a better understanding of your artistic core, then, let the Trickster be your guide.
About the Author
Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He is the author of Steal Like an Artist and 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, 20x200.com. 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 austinkleon.com.
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