Steal Like a Artist By Austin Kleon

Visual in depth: The visual I chose a person stealing an art work. This represents how everyone steals each others ideas an there is no such things as originality.

Summary: Steal Like an Artist is written for anyone who wants to think deeper, and is having a hard time to thinking creatively while working on project. The author explains the real truth on where our actual ideas come from which is that we steal them. Nothing that we create is actually original because we get our inspirations from everything we see. Therefore, embrace it. Take those ideas and make it your own but make sure you give the artist credit. 140 pages

Discussion 1: The author began his book with the thought of where does our actual creativity come from? We steal them. The author states, "As the French writer Andre Gide put it, 'Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one one was listening, everything must be said again"'(Kleon 8). The author is trying to get across that we don't actually take account on where our ideas come from because we don't pay attention or listen to others are time, so we may haven stolen an idea without knowing.

Discussion 2: "Fake it 'til you make it... Pretend to be something you're successful, until everybody sees you want them to; or... Pretend to be making something until you actually make something" (Kleon 30). The phrase "Fake it 'til you make it" can be viewed into two ways; pretend that you know what you're doing (successfully) until you're acknowledge by people or make do of what you have until actually make into something.

Discussion 3: "Don't just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don't want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes" (Kleon 36). As creators and regular, we like to admire others and aspire to be them. And to see that, we have to put ourselves in their shoes to steal their thinking. If we want to get better creatively and be influenced by someone, we have to look through what others see because they may have better ideas. ALso if you copy someone's ideas without fully understanding, you won't see eye to eye with the idea.

Discussion 4: "The thing is you can cut off a couple passions and only focus on one, but after a while, you'll start to feel phantom limb pair" (Kleon 71). This analogy shows that if you cut off something you're passionate in you start to have pain and this feeling of lost. We all need to realize that it's okay, to have something you love because it can inspire you and can make you happy.

Discussion 5:"...limitation means freedom"(Kleon 137). Sometimes we need to give ourselves limitation while working because it brings out our creative juices flow. Limitation lets our minds have a challenge to create whatever we want to but also give us guidelines, so we don't sit there with writer's block.

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