Zilch – Steal Like an Artist – China


Lunch Near the Yangtze River, China   charcoal on paper

Steal Like an Artist  by Austin Kleon was given to me for Christmas. It  gave me permission to do this. So here I go Rommel stealing your idea. http://thesophomoreslump2.com/2013/01/06/

But in a week I may really have zilch, zero, nothing.

I signed up for The Sketchbook Project


I’m to make an Artists’ Book and have it in the mail going to Brooklyn by the 15th of January.

(Haven’t started it yet.)

Packing my clean empty sketchbook I’ll fly to some exotic land and fill it with wondrous images. (Stayed home.)

I’ll create a book titled Christmas in San Francisco. (Got busy getting ready for Christmas.)


I’ll put together a book collaborating with my grand-daughter  (Did one drawing in ten days.)


She was drawing this painted garage across the street. Click to see doves of peace in eyes.


This painting was my favorite. We wandered around the Mission District which is filled with murals organized by Precita Eyes. http://www.precitaeyes.org/tours.htm

I have seven days to create a book. Here you can follow a work in progress. We’ll see if in a week I have a finished product. If not  – zilch.

19 thoughts on “Zilch – Steal Like an Artist – China

  1. Many thanks for reminding me of this book – I too got it for Christmas but I forgot to look at it and in a fit of tidiness I filed it away ! I will now read it and attempt a response (or two). Have a creative New Year and enjoy ! : ) }


  2. Oh so cool murals! I have a love-hate relationship with these in California. But what you’ve should shown here are clean, no vandalism over the art, exactly what I just want to see. Why Zilch? 😀


  3. Hi Carla, rommel let me know about your blog. The sketch book project sounds fun! I missed this round but hope to make the next one. I just finished Mike Rohde’s new book Sketchnotes and am really enjoying the resulting fun with sketches. Good luck on your sketch book! Jennifer


    • Hi Jennifer! Just last night my husband and I were talking about the next phase on organizing a book I started with the sketchbook project , which I missed the deadline on. This was a blessing in disguise because I’m into a more substancial book project now. I was going to buy a notebook and make notes on how this book is going to grow. I think sketchnotes is a good idea. I write half written notes that later I have no idea what they mean but I can read my drawings. Thanks, And nice to meet you. I remember spending all day in a photo lab in college with film strips. Interesting we are coming back to that after digital or putting the two together. Carla


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