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Thoughts on New Perspectives

I just finished reading #StealLikeAnArtist by @austinkleon and there were so many good nuggets in there! It’s a quick read, but I took my time going through it because I wanted to apply his suggestions as I encountered them.

One of my favorite takeaways from the book was his description of research. He, and the many quotes he pulled from people cosigning his point, explained why it’s important to have many sources of inspiration and how to incorporate them into your work. At one point he said, “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. Internalize the way they look at the world.”

That certainly gave me a new perspective on research. Getting into the minds of my inspirations to see why they interpreted the world the way they did/do takes a lot more thought than simply admiring their work. Studying my heroes and my heroes’ heroes will definitely affect how I create.

What books have given you inspiration lately?

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