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Steal This Idea

As a cartoonist, I like to try and keep my creativity on at least a steady simmer all the time.  While my weekly comic strip helps keep those fires burning, I also enjoy seeing what other artists do to keep their creative juices bubbling…

The latest book on this topic I’ve discovered is poet Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist.  At 140 heavily-illustrated pages, it’s a quick read … which is a good thing, because after finishing it you’ll still have time to put some of his energizing tips right to use!  He even includes a page of “what now?” ideas to help get you started.

While some of Kleon’s advice reminded me of that presented in James Kochalka’s “Craft is the enemy” (“Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started”, “Write the book you want to read”), he offers lots of practical tips (“Use your hands”, “Keep a log book”) mixed in with inspirational and entertaining quotes from others (“We don’t know where we get our ideas from.  What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops”—John Cleese).

If you’re in need of a dash of inspiration to energize your own creative endeavors, place a request on Steal Like an Artist. But don’t just wait until you rise to the top of the hold list—you can browse in 153.35 for our whole selection of items of the topic of creativity right now!

Dale – Tech Services


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