I recently picked up a great little book by Austin Kleon entitled, Steal like an Artist : 10 things nobody told you about being creative.
It’s a beautifully designed collection of quotations, musings and advice, presented with a lovely mix of handwritten type and imagery.
I’m also delighted to see it includes what I think is my favourite quote of all time, from film director Jim Jarmusch:
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.
How to steal like an artist is an essential read for a short trip if only to reinvigorate your creative juices.
The ten steps to ‘unlock your creativity’ are worth the cover price – I promise you.
You can also get the Steal Like an Artist Journal, which combines unique ideas on being creative, with the physical quality that makes journals so popular.
It is page after page of ideas. Prompts, quotes, and exercises are like a daily course in creativity.
A portable workshop and sourcebook of inspiration. Each spread has one page offering a prompt or exercise, and the other blank for writing, drawing or doodling.
There are lists to fill in, 10 Things I Want to Learn, 10 Things I Think About More Than the Average Person.
Challenges to take. Illustrated creative exercises. Make a Mixtape and Fill the Speech Balloons.
Pro and con charts. What Excites You?/What Drains You?
And finally, since it's getting close to a new year, why not grab the Steal Like an Artist Wall Calendar for 2017?
Would make a great gift for one of the creative people in your life!
Unlock your creativity! You don t need to be a genius you just need to be yourself.
From Austin Kleon, comes a calendar that inspires creative kleptomania.
The wall calendar combines positive messages, spot-on advice, and lively graphics with pure inspiration. In a yearlong exploration and guide to getting in touch with your artistic self.