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About the book
When I was asked to talk to students at a community college in upstate New York in 2011, I sat down and wrote a talk based on a list of 10 things I wished I’d heard when I was starting out:
- Steal like an artist.
- Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.
- Write the book you want to read.
- Use your hands.
- Side projects and hobbies are important.
- The secret: do good work and share it with people.
- Geography is no longer our master.
- Be nice. (The world is a small town.)
- Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)
- Creativity is subtraction.
The text and slides from the talk “rocked the creative world” (GalleyCat) and went viral. I expanded the post into a book-length work stuffed full of brand-new writing and illustrations, published by Workman Publishing in February 2012.
The book now has over half a million copies in print and has been translated into over twenty languages.
Praise for the book
“Brilliant and real and true.”
“Immersing yourself in Steal Like An Artist is as fine an investment in the life of your mind as you can hope to make.”
“Filled with well-formed advice that applies to nearly any kind of work.”
“Equal parts manifesto and how-to, Steal Like An Artist aims to introduce readers to the idea that all creative work is iterative, no idea is original and all creators and their output are a sum of inspirations and heroes…”
“The book is filled with engaging anecdotes and helpful tips taken from Kleon’s experience learning to walk on his own creative feet.”
“Skip about 10 years of trial and error as an artist.”
—Chris Anderson, curator of TED
“A short, easy, very personal read that’s packed with practical tips to help kickstart creativity.”
“ Breezy and fun and yes, scary. Scary because it calls your bluff.”
“Engaging, inspiring and practical advice on becoming a successful artist, advice that applies well beyond artistic pursuits… This is a quick, easily digestible read that is particularly relevant in today’s digital world.”
—School Library Journal