Yay!! So yesterday I finished Austin Kleon’s bestselling book ‘Steal like an Artist: 10 Things nobody told you about being creative’ and it was a really fun read! I really just chewed it up. I would find myself reading an amazing point he would raise, and just stare off into space for a while and just let the idea sink-in and marinate in my mind…LOL!! I must have looked so weird on my morning train rides to work.
And, I know it might have been strange to read ‘Show you Work’ first before ‘Steal like an Artist’ since ‘Show your Work’ is kinda the follow-up to ‘Steal like an Artist’ but hey, sometimes I roll like that :P And I didn’t find it confusing at all.
I would definitely recommend reading ‘Steal like an Artist’ even though at times I felt that some of his points seemed a little common sense, there were still insightful life lessons to be had about time management and there were still plenty of helpful tips on giving you a starting-off point to begin your search to discover your voice as an artist, whilst also offering you tools to help you filter your world for your own art-making.
What really resonated with me were his views on utilising the Internet and social media in sharing your work and passions and the importance of connecting with like-minded people and giving back to the online community. Also, I whole-heartedly support his emphasis on combining analogy techniques with digital techniques in your design/art-making process, to the point where art-making almost becomes a whole body experience.
Now go on, and make stuff!! WE ARE READY :)
“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.”