Keeping it real short and sweet for this one.
“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.” From Goodreads)
Rating: 5/5 Crowns
Comparable Book(s): Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith
Steal Like An Artist has been on my TBR for two years now, which is a bit embarrassing since I’m in art school. Thankfully, it ended up being required reading for my English Comp. class (good on you, Prof!).
One of the most beautiful aspects of this book is that it isn’t just for professional artists – the advice in this book can apply to any career field or to any individual who wants to lead a more creative life. Almost everyone has at least one “creative” outlet (music, dance, art, writing, etc) and it’s amazing to know that there are ways to train and grow these skills when you “steal like an artist”.
I also really liked the compactness of the book. It’s very small with large font and illustrations. I read the entire book in an hour and half, and I’m a slow reader. But despite its petite nature, it was very powerful and inspiring. Every sentence seemed to be quote worthy advice. Below are a few of my favorites.
“If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.”
“Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else–that’s how you’ll get ahead.”
“Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.”
These tidbits serve as reminders on how to achieve a successful, artistic life. This book was everything I ever wanted from a book on creativity. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I wish there were more books in this series (I believe there is a sequel called Show Your Work, but I want more). I don’t want the book to be any longer than it is, because I do believe it’s size is a positive aspect. I just want another book!
If you’ve read Steal Like An Artist I’d love to know your thoughts and opinions!
– Queen Celine