Austin Kleon's Blog
December 3, 2014
I had a nice chat with Jeff O’Neal on Reading Lives, a “podcast with interesting people who love books.”
We talk about the endurance of physical book browsing,the difficulty of coming back to comics as an adult,being who you are at a young age, and much more.
December 1, 2014
If you order any of my books fromBookpeoplehere in Austin, Texasbefore midnight December 11thI’ll sign and personalize them!They’ll even wrap and ship the books anywhere you want.Awesome, easy holiday gift.
Last year, I wrote a piece about the importance of not spending all of December in retrospection.(One of Ed Ruscha’s friends once said to him, “I don’t want no retro spective.”) We still have 30 days or so left in the year. Make them count. Keep going!
The folks at Confab just posted video of my chalktalk based on Show Your Work! It’s my last talk of the year, the culmination of all the speaking I’ve done for the past eight months or so. It’s about 50 minutes long, there’s a drawing lesson at 8:14, and the real meat of the talk begins around 13:44. Enjoy!
November 30, 2014
Yesterday I was browsing the Instagram account of one of my favorite artists, and I was struck by how entitleda few of the comments from fans were. I was inspired to write down the guidelines above, not as an artist myself, but as a fan. A few notes:
1) “Give them money”is pretty self explanatory. The Renaissance had to be funded.
3) Send words of praise and encouragement, sure, but don’t feel that by supporting them you are automatically owed a response, or a personal r...
November 17, 2014
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October 30, 2014
Last weekend at the Texas Book Festival I had the pleasure of interviewing Joshua Wolf Shenk, the author of one of my favorite books of the year, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs. I had a hunch that we’d have a lot to talk about, so I recorded our discussion and edited it down (liberally) to the post below. Enjoy.
AK: Let’s start out with The Lone Genius Myth.
JWS: I argue in the book that the lone genius is a mythical creature. Which is not to say that we don’...