Summer is the perfect time to do some reading, especially creative reading! This time of year I’m always traveling and getting out in nature, which inspires my creativity. I just got back from a trip home and on the plane ride I did some reading. I had a copy of Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon, perfect for the hour flight. It’s a quick read, but also one of those books you’ll find yourself going back to time and time again.
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One of my college instructors told us “nothing is original.” Everything has been done. Every color combination, every pattern, every style, everything. That discouraged me for awhile until I started to realize it may have been done, but it hasn’t been done by me. In this book, Austin Kleon talks about this in a much kinder way than my college instructor had. Austin’s outlook is very encouraging and empowering.
Creative fields can be tough and you’re bound to feel frustrated if you stick at it long enough. Steal Like an Artist is a great little book to have on hand for when that happens and a reminder that you’re not alone.
If you’ve been looking for insight on how to find your own style, pick up this book. Everyone stresses how important it is to find your individual style but Austin actually gives you advice to get started. If you’ve been in a creative field for awhile like me, his advice is worth a read for you too… everyone can use a creative boost.
Get it: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative then read it and come back and tell me what you think!