Think Like an Artist: and Lead a More Creative, Productive Life
How do artists think? Where does their creativity originate? How can we, too, learn to be more creative? BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz seeks answers to these questions in his exuberant, intelligent, witty, and thought-provoking style. Think Like an Artist identifies 10 key lessons on creativity from artists that range from Caravaggio to Warhol, Da Vinci to Ai Weiwei, and profiles leading contemporary figures in the arts who are putting these skills to use today.
After getting up close and personal with some of the world’s leading creative thinkers, Gompertz has discovered traits that are common to them all. He outlines basic practices and processes that allow your talents to flourish and enable you to embrace your inner Picasso—no matter what you do for a living.
With wisdom, inspiration, and advice from an author named one of the 50 most original thinkers in the world by Creativity magazine, Think Like an Artist is an illuminating view into the habits that make people successful. It’s time to get inspired and think like an artist!
Includes a full-color pull-out insert featuring works of art discuessed.
was the moment Pablo Ruiz y Picasso metamorphosed and became Picasso. “I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.” Auguste Rodin Since which time plenty of people have stolen from Picasso, ranging from the sculptor Henry Moore to Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. Jobs even quoted the “good artists copy …” line, before going on to say, “We [Apple] have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” Such as Picasso’s famous series of illustrations collectively known as
opposite number back in late medieval Italy was a Florentine architect called Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446), who was responsible for placing the magnificent dome on top of Florence’s cathedral. It was a feat of engineering made possible by his extensive knowledge of mathematics, which he used to calculate infinitesimal technical details. Like J. J. Abrams, Brunelleschi believed that using logic was the best way to produce concepts that were functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. To
air: the ultimate illusion. And in doing so he demonstrated that the Socratic process of questioning is not designed to make creativity more difficult and complicated, but the reverse: to bring clarity and brevity and purity to our ideas. A “THERE IS NOTHING WORSE THAN A SHARP IMAGE OF A FUZZY CONCEPT.” Ansel Adams 6. ARTISTS THINK BIG PICTURE AND FINE DETAIL Right. It’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. To get stuck into the practicalities of making, and what it takes. We’re not
upstart known to all as Raphael, who had recently arrived on the scene. “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” Emily Dickinson Michelangelo had hoped his return would see the tomb commission reinstated, which, for him, was a dream job. Even for a sculptor as skilled and quick as he was, the task would have taken him at least twenty years to complete. And that, for a man in his early thirties at the beginning of the sixteenth century, was tantamount to a
be any better if all schools were art schools? I think so. But whatever your view, there are few more exciting areas than education in our digital age. I know tech and media and neuroscience are sexier, but for sheer untapped potential that is waiting to be realized by a new generation of thinkers and doers, I doubt there’s anything to beat education as a place to work right now. So much is about to change, including, I would have thought, our relationship with academia. A combination of an