Book Review: Steal Like an Artist

This interesting little square book caught my eye at the library. On first glance I was a bit put off by the title, but author Austin Kleon presents an interesting and thoughtful examination of “creativity.”

The title by the way, comes from the concept that nothing is original. We learn by mimicking others, “borrowing” from others and making it your own. Kleon also refers to creativity in a general sense – whether it is writing, drawing, painting, cooking, engineering, marketing, etc.

Kleon says it is a book for ANYONE trying to “inject some creativity into their life and their work” and includes 10 things he’s learned on his journey. It’s a quick read and jam packed with insights on creativity. It definitely caused me to step back for a moment and look at my own creative practices and where I find inspiration. 

Austin Kleon is a New York Times best-selling author and writer who also draws. Steal Like an Artist is the first in his trilogy of illustrated books about creativity in the digital age. The other two books are Show Your Work! and Keep Going.

I would recommend Steal Like an Artist to everyone and I hope it boosts your own creativity.

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