Austin Kleon

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Austin Kleon at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

Being creative means having originality and a unique spin on the newest ideas, right? As Austin Kleon explains in Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, the truth is just the opposite. He dictates in layman’s terms 10 steps for unlocking creativity through what every artist has always been told not to reveal—that there are no more new ideas, and every object in creation is merely a reworking of something earlier. Kleon’s advice is all simple and understandable, ranging from "productive procrastination" to urging readers not to work out ideas exclusively through technology. Kleon arranges his ideas in bite-sized chunks interspersed with illustrations and eye-catching designs. As an artist and writer, Kleon exercises his cartooning skills within Steal Like an Artist. Important tidbits and asides are pulled from the text and highlighted in a loose, relaxed style of drawing that keeps each piece of advice light and almost playful. He assures readers that originality is not the monstrous roadblock it’s made out to be. Ideas, both artistic and ordinary, come from being inspired by the objects and happenings around you. Kleon teaches the principles of how to be truly creative in ways that can be applied to any occupation, from business to art. The Philadelphia Tribune calls Steal Like an Artist "inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining." Kleon is a writer and artist from Austin whose work has been featured on NPR, the PBS NewsHour, and in the Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of Newspaper Blackout.

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