The above image is two pages from Austin Kleon’s book, Steal Like An Artist. If you haven’t read this yet, definitely go grab a copy quick. Now that I have given credit where credit is due, on to my real point (hopefully).
I have seen too many posts recently from creatives on social media touting how unique or original they are (I think I have been spending way too much time perusing social media…) and somehow it has really gotten under my skin for some god awful reason. It shouldn’t really bother me since it has no bearing on what I am doing, but it still does; something terrible.
Before I go too much further though… this isn’t a diss to some of my fellow creatives out there. I have some friends in my community who truly are being “original” and recognize and even throw heavy attention to the other artists that they are inspired by to put their own twist on their work. I have many friends that have honed their craft and fully own that the have “stolen” a technique, a lighting style or inspiration from another creative, yet still maintain and create solid work that has their unique DNA to it; because they studied what was done before them and learned how to remix that to make something that was their own