Steal Like An Artist

A couple of weeks ago, I came across this book. Actually, I can’t even remember how I came across this book or where I saw it.

Regardless, I wanted to read this book, pretty much from the first moment I saw it. The guy that wrote it, is the same guy that came up with the idea of creating poetry by blacking out newspaper articles.

The book came about from a blog post, that just blew up in popularity. But, the book is more than just a long blog post.

There are some really good ideas inside the book, and even though I’m not done with it yet, I can tell you that this is one of my favorite books.

The first lines in the book are:

Every artist gets asked the question,

“Where do you get your ideas?”

The honest artists answers,
“I steal them.”

Austin Kleon delves into the difference between plagiarizing and copying in such a way that even a middle schooler can understand it. All I can say, is buy the book. It’s worth the time and effort.


Rafael is an aviation geek, a consumer advocate, a dad, a multiple personality blogger, a photographer, politically opinionated, a videographer and many other things as well.