I was stuck and found this book to be the nudge I needed to get my creative juices flowing. Easy to read, humorous and very practical advice that anyone can follow.
I can't believe it took me this long to read this book. It was a birthday gift from a friend years ago and it came at the perfect time right now. What a lovely, beautiful, inspiration of a book. I can't recommend it enough for a quick, dose of get off your butt and go make things. It's perfect for just that.
Super easy quick read. Though it had a LOT of thought provoking moments. I love it when a book puts complex ideas or philosophies into simple, understandable words. Showing how something so intense really isn't so hard to understand from the right perspective.
I really enjoy this guy's sense of humor as well as his take on artistic creativity. HIs basic principle is definitely easy to figure out from the start of the book.
Anyway, without giving too much away, I would definitely recommend this book to any artist from any area or stage of life who wants to be reminded of the stunning beauty of being creative!
Basic wisdom for art and for life. A quick read not full of extraneous fluff. 5 stars.
If you are a creative of any sort and you struggle with your art or should I say the practice of your art then this book is for you. Simple and elegant...if this small book doesn't get you off your backside and motivate you to do your craft then nothing will. Highly recommended.
A quick read; partway through I realized there are a lot of my artist-friends I want to give it to!
This is poorly bound so be careful because the pages will fall right out.
It's probably too small to be truly helpful as it doesn't go into any depth at all in its recommendations, but its tips are still very useful for any artist (anyone in a creative field), especially students.
This book concisely reiterated a lot of sentiments I took away from several art professors while working on my degree, and I can confidently say that they are 100% conducive to my creative process. Kleon kindly reminds us that we don't have to be revolutionary artistic prodigies to be great artists. I would highly recommend this to anyone that ever gets artists' block or anyone that feels discouraged by trying to become a "successful" artist. Human and kind, this book is both comforting and inspiring.
Very interesting book... It is a little confusing but funny at the same time.
A cute short book to spur one's creativity. Lots of practical advice...how- to suggestions for creative people. Worth the couple of hours it takes to read it.
Tiny book, HUGE heart and wisdom behind it!! This book is amazing and is the most inspiring thing I have read in a LONG time. I recommend it to anyone who's a musician, artist, writer... anyone who wants to create and needs encouragement.
I'd picked this up at the book store at one point to take a look at it. I wasn't impressed. It's already a small book, and the pages were mostly empty. Entire pages devoted to a single quote. Or a two page spread with nothing more than "Steal Like an Artist" written in white on black pages. It looked thrown together and sparse, like many of the books that I see at the book store these days. The funny thing is, he actually talks about this in the book. He was at one point selling a book that was only 25 pages. People got exactly what they wanted out of the book, and it was well worth what he was selling it for, but people were upset that it was only 25 pages long. Then my mom recommended it to me. I was over at her house and saw it sitting on the table and started reading it. To be honest, it's tough for me to even get past him using "steal" and "artist" in the same sentence. Which is funny because one of my favorite quotes used to be "Good poets borrow, great poets steal." though I found out in this book that is a misquote. I've seen too many things get completely ripped off. Take someone else's design, alter it slightly (if at all) and sell it as your own. I've seen it happen to me. I've seen it happen to others. He's not telling you to do that; it's more like he's saying "Don't be afraid to have influences." That said, there are actually some pretty good ideas in this book. If you've been doing art for a while, there's a pretty good chance you're doing a lot of these things already. Some of it, if you're not already doing, you're probably not going to do it. If you're the kind of "creative genius doing drugs and running around sleeping with everyone" I doubt that the two short paragraphs following the heading "Take Care of Yourself" are going to be very convincing. On the other hand, maybe you'll be convinced that you don't have to completely give up one passion to effectively pursue another. This book does what it's supposed to do, inspire you to be creative. I wouldn't buy it though. Check it out from the library. Or just sit down and read it there. Shouldn't take more than an hour or two. Bring a notebook and a pen so you can jot down the couple inspiring ideas you run across. Then be on your way and create your art.
LOVE this book... the title alone got me. Really gives you permissions to steal... and by all means... do it well! and procrastination is alright, in fact, it's encouraged =) Great advice that ALL artists can learn from
Very inspiring. I renewed it for as long as I could until people started catching on. Its short, very direct and inspirational to anyone going into the arts.
Great book with inspiring ways of getting you to unblock creativity in whatever your inspired about