You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.
When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, col- lect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.
about Austin Kleon
Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Steal Like An Artist, which spent six months on the list, and Show Your Work!, as well as Newspaper Blackout. His work has been featured on 20×200.com, NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The Atlantic called him “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet.” He speaks frequently about creativity in the digital age for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He grew up in the cornfields of Ohio, but now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons. See his work at austinkleon.com.