This is a book that might very well be misinterpreted by its title. As I did on my previous post, I insist on the fact of always, reading from beginning to end. This concise and illustrated work: Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon is quite original in the way to see the process of creativity.
“It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique.”
Kleon basically encourages us all not to be afraid to imitate when we truly admire somebody’s creations. He claims a lot has been done already, so if you expect to do something original from the beginning, you’ll never take off. You always start by existing work (from writers, painters, athletes, any professional in any area you can think of.) You begin by admiring their art, imitating their tactics or techniques and as you go through that journey, you’ll start discovering your flaws, your strengths, your needs. In other words, your original work will emerge from that search.
The arena of the sun (1954) Oil painting by Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid
“Copy your heroes. Examine where you fall short. What’s in there that makes you different? That’s what you should amplify and transform into your work.”
You’ll get practical advice on diverse areas ranging from finding a place and a routine that suits you in order to organize and boost your energies, to down-to-earth financial tips that come really handy when fear starts taking over.
I wish you an insightful reading!