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Steal Like an Artist - 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

An inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, Steal Like an Artist presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.

Book: My thoughts, notes, and takeaways on this particular book

Link to book: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative (Austin Kleon)

This book is a MUST read for those of you that are stuck creatively.

Here are some notes on key ideas that I gained from this book...

Embrace your influences

In "Steal Like an Artist," Austin Kleon argues that all artists are influenced by the work of others, and that it is important to acknowledge and embrace those influences rather than trying to hide them. Kleon suggests that by embracing your influences, you can learn from them and use them as a starting point for your own creative work. He also encourages readers to find inspiration in unexpected places, such as in the work of other artists or in their everyday surroundings.

Start copying what you love to find your own style

Practice regularly

To improve your skills and develop your artistic voice, Kleon suggests setting aside time for regular practice and experimentation. He advises readers to experiment with different techniques and materials, and to try new things even if they are outside of their comfort zone. By practicing regularly, you can improve your skills and find what works best for you.

Don't worry about perfection

Kleon advises against striving for perfection, as it can hold you back and prevent you from creating and sharing your work. He argues that perfectionism is a form of fear, and that it is important to let go of the fear of failure and embrace the process of creation. Instead of striving for perfection, Kleon suggests focusing on the process of creation and learning from your mistakes.

Find your voice

Kleon encourages readers to find their own artistic voice and style by experimenting and trying new things, rather than trying to copy the work of others. He advises readers to be themselves and to find their own unique style by exploring and trying different techniques and materials.

Share your work

Kleon advocates for sharing your work with others, as it can lead to feedback, collaboration, and opportunities for growth. He suggests sharing your work online or with a community of fellow artists, as it can help you connect with others and get valuable feedback on your work.

Keep a sketchbook

Kleon suggests keeping a sketchbook or journal to document your ideas and creative process, as it can serve as a source of inspiration and a record of your progress. He advises readers to make time for sketching and writing regularly, as it can help them capture ideas and reflect on their work.

Share your work - Austin Kleon

Take breaks

Kleon advises taking breaks and stepping away from your work to recharge and find inspiration, as it can help you stay fresh and avoid burnout. He suggests taking breaks to do something unrelated to your work, such as going for a walk or reading a book, as it can help you come back to your work with a fresh perspective.

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