If you are in need of a little artistic inspiration, Austin Kleon’s book, Steal Like An Artist, is sure to deliver. Austin spurs our creativity with his message that nothing is completely original and all creative work builds on what came before. He writes, “If we’re free from the burden of trying to make something original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing and we can embrace influence and stop trying to run away from it.” Here are a few ideas from the book to help awaken our inner artist:
- Steal like an artist.
- Don’t wait to know who you are to get started.
- Write the book you want to read.
- Use your hands.
- Side projects and hobbies are important.
- The secret: Do good work and share it with people.
- Geography is no longer our master.
- Be nice (the world is a small town).
- Be boring (it’s the only way to get work done).
- Creativity is subtraction.
Main takeaway…start copying. He quotes Yohji Yamamoto, “Start copying what you love. Copy, copy, copy, copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself”.
Visit Austin’s website, www.austinkleon.com, to learn more about his work as an artist and writer.