Steal like an artist.

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A small liberating book that gives a kick in the ass of every creative in any field whatsoever. To be an artist, one must begin by wanting to. Even pretending that he is a before realizing anything. Acting as if and you’ll end up doing something personal. Although it is not always clear where this will lead. No artist knows, at first, that he is creating a master piece of art. We do not know where that will come from. We just must go forward day after day.

What artists do intuitively is well described here in black and white: surround yourself with mentors you admire or that you really like, collect them in notebooks, copy, copy, copy. « And at the end of the copy you will find yourself », Yohji Yamamoto. « Who to copy is easy, writes Kleon, what to copy is a bit trickier. Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes. (…) Then examine where you fall short. What’s in there that makes you different? That’s what you should amplify and transform into your own work. »

The main thing to remember, among all the sentences throughout that book, is that we make art because we like art. « All fiction, in fact, is fan fiction. » Oh, one last tip from John Cleese: « We do not know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them front our laptops. »



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