Steal Like an Artist — Revisited

Be Yourself… That’s what the motto behind this book is. This small wonderful book talks about being creative and provide practical tips on “stealing” other artists’ art. Austin Kleon, a young writer, designer and artist, advocates that creativity is everywhere and is for everyone. He takes you on a ride with the basic notion that nothing is completely original.

Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon is a book whose positive cum introspective message, simple graphical illustrations, examples and numerous quotes will turn your artistic instincts on.

His ideas, I found personally, addictive and contagious. When he discusses any topic, let say collecting and remixing ideas, he basically takes us on a personal ride, bringing forth the very ways we happen to live our daily life.

Some of the quotes presented in this book that I loved are:

  • “Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.” —Jim Jarmusch
  • “Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Filmmaker John Waters have said, “Nothing is more important than unread library”.
  • “Take time to mess around. Get lost. Wander. You never know where it’s going to lead you.”

Highly recommend for those who loves the sight and the idea of creation but feels stifled in today’s world, for those who loves to think, think differently and think beyond obvious. And that’s where the creativity begins…


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