22 thoughts on “Steal Like An Artist: Austin Kleon at TEDxKC

  1. As an artist of poetry… this is NOT how i create. This is just re-inventing. He doesn't know what a real artist is. Be careful who tries to TEACH you something. You can create by emptying ones mind and letting the artistry FALL into your head.

  2. The hardest thing to do as an artist is deferentially seeing with a new fresh eyes the same work you have just finished.
    Abdullah Nasher
    3d artist

  3. Yes it's just the stealing of ideas. Of course ripping off someone else's art or style is not cool and doesn't feel good. Mashing ideas that resonate with you that you like and then turning that into a new thing is how to do it. When referencing from other art asking permission (see Andy Warhol) is generally a good idea too.

  4. What is original though is what truly resonates with each one of us. That is what makes us unique. That is our unstealable fingerprint. Who you are can be mimicked and you can mimic others but that does no one justice.

  5. That's how we learn and grow…. From everyone and everything around us! Hahahaha! I absolutely love this!!! So basic to human existence!
    Sooo INSPIRING!!!

  6. "Nothing is completely original" the same meaning of my saying "ideas don't exist in only one mind'" I have said that because of the teachers saying "plagiarism".

  7. I was going to buy the book then I got into this review saying that the whole book was explained here in this video.

  8. Brandon Sanderson wrote in his book, The Way of Kings, spoilers "What is it that men value in others? . . . If an artist creates a work of powerful beauty – using new and innovative techniques – she will be lauded as a master, and will launch a new movement in aesthetics. Yet what if another, working independently with that exact level of skill, were to make the same accomplishments the very next month? Would she find similar acclaim? No. She'd be called derivative. . . . in the end, what must we determine? Is it the intellect of a genius that we revere?
    If it were their artistry, the beauty of their mind, would we not laud it regardless of whether we'd seen their product before? But we don't. Given two works of artistic majesty, otherwise weighted equally, we will give greater acclaim to the one who did it first. It doesn't matter what you create. It matters what you create before anyone else. So it's not the beauty itself we admire. It's not the force of intellect. It's not invention, aesthetics, or capacity itself. The greatest talent that we think a man can have? . . . Seems to me that it must be nothing more than novelty."

    Go read that book. It's fantastic and Sanderson is great.

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