Saturday, August 1, 2015

Steal Like An Artist

One of the best art books I have read is, Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon.  I have set out to read the sequel, Show Your Work.  Making a video of a step-by-step in this book should be fun - or a horror!  It's coming, but until then, Steal Like An Artist has been reviewed, slightly, by adding bits of its wisdom and book quotes to A Glimpse At Botanical Art, posted, below.  A concept I am practicing now, that the book covered was Wonder and Invite Others to Wonder with You.  I guess that is what this blog and the new vlog playlists, Art Notebook and Art by the Book are about.

Austin Kleon knows his step-by-step processes, but they are not about adding the right color, paint, or technique to your artwork, they are about the art you are doing becoming the work you do.  This book helps create a life as an artist, with the art that you do, rather than change the way you hold your brush.  It does help you hone a style, however.  And it suggests that you do this by mimicing, faking, and yes, even stealing (sort of - by taking from a style, a movement, an artist, an idea) until you make it to a style of your own.  The most important aspect of this concept is in the video review, below.

5 star, must-read for artists who hope their work becomes their art or living off their artwork.

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

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

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