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How to "Steal Like an Artist"

Post by TheGildedCat on Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:26 pm

“It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.”
— Jean-Luc Godard

Bad artists imitate. Great artists steal.

"Nothing is complete original. All creative work builds on something that has been done before." Feeling discouraged about your creative process? Don't. Just read this book.

If you haven't purchased this book - do so. It's fantastic - and completely relevant to our process.
http://www.austinkleon.com/2011/03/30/how-to-steal-like-an-artist-and-9-other-things-nobody-told-me/

Here's a TED talk by the Author, Austin Kleon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oww7oB9rjgw

Here's a Podcast from Duct Tape Marketing (another great book) interviewing Austin:
http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/blog/2012/05/02/how-to-steal-like-an-entrepreneur/
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Post by Astrid on Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:39 pm

love this thanks for sharing!
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Post by TheGildedCat on Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:28 pm

Glad you liked it, I think we can get so carried away with our fear of being copied as well as a desire to replicate exactly that we forget good art is born out of stealing and making something our own.
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Re: How to "Steal Like an Artist"

Post by Jessica Musick on Sat Nov 03, 2012 1:19 am

Actually just bought this book last week and love it! You can get it on Amazon for less than $10 Smile

There are so many inspiring tips I recommend it to everyone!
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Post by Rebons on Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:54 pm

Love it Julie! Thanks for a great resource
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Post by MariasFF&BA on Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:39 am

I've always heard that 'copying is the greatest form of flattery". And that in the beginning we all copy copy copy to learn.

At FABAIC this year the Wolfe Brothers told us in a class that EVERYTHING has pretty much been done and that just because one artist put a book out doesn't mean they invented it, they just exploited it. They also said that they are always looking for things and when they find something they really like, they take it and put their own skills to it and may publish it, that it's all out there for everyone and everyone needs to stop being so hung up on what is who's design.

The best thing they said was "Have FUN with it, it's JUST FACE PAINT PEOPLE!" And that was the best thing I've heard yet.

One more thing while I am at it. In my area I get 100.00 per hour and that's because I'm a newbie. On days when I get less or a lot less I have to remember something my best friend said to me one day when I was not too happy about making 65.00 per hour. She said "Yeah, well I can see why THAT would upset you, I mean making 65.00 per hour really SUCKS doesn't it." I had to laugh and think "Wow, well I guess that really put THAT in perspective now didn't it". Everytime I am getting paid less then the usual or becasue I am working for another painter in the area, I always here her voice in my head.

I get to copy and be trained and follow the best in the business, I get to paint and put smiles on 100's of faces of all ages, entertain and be entertained by my customers and get paid GREAT money for doing it. I AM BLESSED!!!

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Post by Coral3 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:15 am

^yeah but by the time you deduct out all your expenses you're really making a whole lot less than that $65 an hour. So many people who just earn a regular hourly wage don't think about that.
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