Austin Kleon

Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon

One of my daily business is surfing the internet, reading the news, following some blogs and get inspired of other artists work. 

A couple of months ago I came a long an article about the writer / artist Austin Kleon and his book "Newspaper Blackout". Instead of starting with a blank page, Austin Kleon grabbed a newspaper and a permanent marker and eliminated the words he doesn’t need, to form a poet.

I was hooked up with his art and idea and visited his website. There he announced his brand new book "Steal like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative".
Amazon wrote about his book "Steel like an Artist":

"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."

Steel like an artist.png

This book inspired me a lot and kept me up while dealing with a creativity blockade. Last year I was travelling 6 months around the world. I was working permanently on my portfolio and photography skills. When I got back home I was a bit burned out living outside a suitcase and needed some rest.  After a while I was going through my portfolio... I could see a huge development I have made from years before... The way of seeing and composing has changed a lot. 

I love seeing the process I am going through - it is full filling to see that my work is improving and that the hard work I am putting through is worth it. Being an artist means you are permanently in a process of development to find your own way & style. This process can be fun, but it also can be tough.

.. well, I have to admit, I am currently dealing with the tough part. I am looking for a deeper meaning of my work and I'm trying to find out in which way it will lead me. 2 years ago I started doing street photography - I got very much inspired of the work of my friends Draycat, Rinzi Ruiz and Eric Kims Website. The first reason of becoming a street photographer was just to document life and capture "real & private moments" of people without being pushy. In the beginning I captured everything which was supposed to be interesting - but now after 2 years I can see that my work is good, but it is repeating itself in a kind of way... 

So, I am currently working on finding my path to go deeper in becoming a visual storyteller and thinking about using mixing media in the future... I just bought an analogue film camera and started to draw again... I am curious what the next months will bring.

For all of you who are currently on their own journey I highly can recommend the follow up video of Chase Jarvis Live and Austin Kleon.