Steal Like an Artist - Austin Kleon

Steal Like an Artist

By Austin Kleon

  • Release Date: 2012-02-28
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 570 Ratings


You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.


  • It’s never too late

    By Little Joey the Wrangler
    I’m 66 years old, about to retire in three weeks and always wanted to make abstract photography. Now I got a clue.
  • Inspiring

    By Dsh13
    This book is amazing for those who use creative outlets and the book also has stuff that can pertain to the world outside of those outlets as well. It was really interesting and hard to go long without trying to finish!
  • Awesome

    By slimbackatit
    Awesome book, easy to read & very inspiring , not just art but in life in general
  • Steal Like an Artist

    By Millyad
    Great read for practical inspiration. Easy to inspire and include in my day.
  • Pressure is now off

    By 46 Bear
    This was a recommendation and I have to say I was a bit skeptical. I finished the book today and feel like I have been rejuvenated. I have started a blog and this book has guided me to relieve some of the pressure to create new ideas, but to put my spin on the concepts. Glad that I picked this book up.
  • Druh

    By DruhKayce
    Loved it-
  • Read it now!

    By Julio fix
    Powerful message, simple reading, great quotations.
  • Right on time!

    By WCuyler
    Art was always my go to for let's say... therapy. Growing up I was able to be creative but never had formal training. I went to high school in a small town that offered no art classes. So what I had I learned on my own. Then one day after high school and no direction, my mom said I was going to art school. The next week I found myself in the big city of Dallas at art school. To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement! Everyone had talent! Due to financial difficulties, I had about 6 months of training and had to leave to support myself. Tucking away my painting and creative side, I moved on. One thing leads to another and I become a wife and mother. Time and priorities take over. Now that my kids are growing and leaving to go to college I feel like I can devote time to art and finally setting a course to fueling that side of me. For me I knew that I would get so consumed with art that my job as wife and mother would suffer. All that being said, I needed to find this book! It gives me the permission I needed to gather and steal from all around me. I was at a stand still and overwhelmed by the thought of an "original idea!". Reading this book has breathed into me a fresh perspective. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this all down so that someone like myself could gain perspective. It's time to see where this creative side takes me.
  • Inspiring.

    By @vdixonn
    Great book! Highly recommend for anyone with any profession.
  • Miss at your own peril

    By jcolearyiii
    If you are an artist that is serious about your work, this book is an absolute must. Everything about it is inspiring. You will learn to develop your own voice in your field.