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May 12, 2012

I’m on book tour promoting Steal Like An Artist.See all upcoming datesor follow me on Twitter


Portland had the best gloomy weather


Portland, a lot like I pictured it... The clouds!


The bookshelves at the Heathman Hotel — now including Steal in the collection! Great agency sign — a good life is when it's hard to tell the different


Portland: Love, love, loved the gloomy weather. Felt like the kind of weather you could actually get some work done in. Ate a ton of Vietnamese food, a Portland Cream from Voodoo Donuts, an incredible soft-shell sandwich at Clyde Common, drank a bunch of Ninkasi IPA, had my first morning TV taping, gave not one but two talks at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, saw the greatJohn Frame show at the P...

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May 4, 2012


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When I was in San Francisco, the folks at Google recorded a version of my Steal talk for their Authors at Google series.


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When I was in Kansas City, the folks at TEDxKC had me give a 10-minute version of my Steal talk at the Nelson Atkins Museum after the TEDxChange simulcast. Watch below.



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May 3, 2012



Last week I had the new-to-me-and-slightly-surreal experience of being on three local TV shows — in Phoenix, they did something out of the ordinary: they asked me to draw! The producer found a room with a wall-sized chalkboard, and I talked about Steal Like An Artist while drawing some of the concepts in the book in chalk, and the team later edited the clip and sped up the tape to show me drawing. The effect is really cool:



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April 15, 2012


I’ve spent the past three weeks on the Steal Across America tour — other than my iPhone, my sketchbook is the most important thing I carry. I use a large Moleskine sketchbook because it has heavy bristol-like pages that don’t tear, it’s big enough to stick a boarding pass in the pages, and it has an envelope flap in the back for travel receipts.


I’m on the move a lot, so I don’t have a lot of time to sketch while I’m walking around, but I do have time to collage when I’m back in the hotel room...

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Published on April 15, 2012 13:48 • 16 views

I’m on book tour promoting Steal Like An Artist. See all upcoming dates→


on tour


How To Steal Like An Artist poster Speaking at Kentucky


Lexington, KY: grabbed some great Cajun on paper plates at Bourbon n’ Toulouse, stopped by Morris Book Shop and signed some books, then gave a talk at the University of Kentucky.



flyleaf books


flyleaf books chalkboardNC Museum of Art Krispy Kreme! those pretty NC trees...


Chapel Hill, NC: upon my arrival I demanded a pulled pork sandwich, admired the beautiful trees, visited the NC Museum of Art, met my internet friend @ayse in person, and had a really great audience at the marvelous Flyleaf Books.


OK Cafe


burgers at Bocado SCAD - Ivy Hall Self-portrait at the High Museum crowd at the Decatur Library


Atlanta, GA...

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April 14, 2012

Calming Area


de-Signs = iPhone photos of signs with some of the words erased.






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April 8, 2012

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the old Long's bookstore in Columbus

the arch from the old Union Station My parents Me and my first art teacher, Mrs. Helsel room service

After a flight cancellation and some major delays, Columbus, OH was a whirlwind, but the event at the Ohio State Barnes & Noble was a kind of homecoming — I grew up just 20 miles south in Circleville, so I got to see my parents, my best friend, my college roomate, aunts, uncles, cousins, my 7th grade English teacher, and even my kindergarten art teacher! Signed a lot of books. Got some Max & Erma's room service...

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