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
I usually don’t read such books but when my friend told me about this book and she lent me her copy to read, I didn’t say no because it sounded good.
This book is one of those motivational, inspirational books that want you to do something with your time, and most of the time, I find such books overrated a little bit. However, I loved this one, the writing style was simple that I felt as if the author was talking to me, and I just love such writing styles.
I loved all the tips and advice that were offered in this small book. I bet if you read it, you will have that feeling like someone has told you this at some point of your life because I had that feeling. But, the way that the book presented all these advice and reminders made me want to just go and do something creative and productive with my time.
The references of all the artists that the author referred to were great and to the point, and I Googled some of them and I found them really interesting. This book is really great. Sometimes, all you need is one small idea to wake that creative person that’s been living inside you, and this book did that to me. A great bunch of people love this book and I definitely can see why.
I loved this advice the most:
“Your brain gets too comfortable in your everyday surroundings. You need to make it uncomfortable. You need to spend some time in another land, among people that do things differently than you. Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder.”
The only thing that bothered me a little bit is that sometimes, I felt that the author was saying the same thing but in another way. Not a big issue, but it can make the book sound a little bit repetitive.
Honestly, this book is hard to review, but I hope you give it a chance and read it. And here are the ten advice that the book offered, and I will cross the ones that I already did:
1- Take a walk
2- Start your swipe file
3- Go to the library
4- Buy a notebook and use it 5- Get yourself a calendar (I’ve been using my Mac calendar, but I need a physical one)
6- Start your logbook
7- Give a copy of this book away
8- Start a blog
9- Take a nap
I still have a lot to do, but I am planning to do everything on this list, which is not very hard. I hope this review and book encourage you to make small tweaks and adjustments in your daily creative routines.
It’s a fun little book that inspired me to just try different stuff. It’s not for artists only, it’s for everyone who want to create something.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.