I see the journey of being an Artist or in the Art world as a personal one. So, when I was told that there was a ‘self-help, how to be an Artist’ book; my view was immediately pessimistic. However, the most controversial of books can be the best reads. Beginning and ending with a (in other words) ‘its my journey’ disclaimer, Kleon’s methodology of layout is exactly what diverts this book from being instantly perceived as a personal diary. Packed with bold (and true) handwritten statements, famous quotes and personal pictures, makes the reading experience quite casual. It’s definitely a book that I believe is to be carried around, almost like a book of reference. The large black and white hues truly captivated me. I can see how this method of authoring,can be more beneficial, as the colossal writing and hand-drawn images is a redirection to a forceless read. The pages are small notes of inspiration, that cleverly, you can cut out and stick on your wall. It is an interesting fact that there are many ways in which one can create a book; a book that gives the impression of privacy but can relate on a wide platform. However,there is something very unsettling to me about reading an unfinished “how to” journal (as it were) of a practising Artists who is still on his journey. Also, there are plenty of contradictions within the book, for example, being advised to “google everything” then later he expresses that staying away from a computer is beneficial to growth, some things do not add up. But I guess it can be argued that what in the life of an Artist does? I suppose this book made me question the value of creativity and a truthful experience. In my opinion creativity is immensely introspective, everyone lives their own creative lifestyle. This book was New York Times Bestseller so it seems to be helping a lot of people in general. And thats what its all about really. Though I haven’t seen any of his Art work, I believe that he really is doing this job as an Artist. Inspiring and sharing.
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