Sharing Your Art Process: Part 2

This week, I continued to read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. The first post can be found here, and the book can be found here. 

The book is all about reasons, inspiration, and strategies to sharing your artwork via the internet. Clearly, I also believe this to be important. For me, I enjoy sharing my process because I like seeing other artist's process. I'm inspired when I see what people make and how they address challenges. It makes me want to create more and helps me overcome creative challenges I face.

Here are some of my take aways from the book about sharing your artwork online:

  1. Don't just focus on the end product. Feature your process as well. 
  2. You won't have time to update your social media status... you have to MAKE time.
  3. Focus on the social platforms that work best for what you do.
  4. Own and update a website as well. As trends in social media change you can retain control of your content on your site.
  5. Think of your posts as part of a documentary. 
  6. Your posts should answer questions like "What are you working on?"...Or think of it as if you were interviewing yourself. Then address those questions.
  7. Put little relevant bits out there. Eventually, they will add up to one big piece. 
  8. Share your influences and inspirations.
  9. This is one I think I need to work on: Tell stories.

I was happy to see the author encourage the development of a website in addition to social media. I was surprised recently to see a famous YouTuber didn't own their own website. If YouTube loses popularity or changes their structure that will have a major impact on all they've built...that would be sad.

I also liked the idea of thinking of the information put out there like a documentary. I've never kept a journal so thinking of it that way doesn't help but I do enjoy a good documentary. 

I liked that the author encouraged the sharing of inspiration as well. That's half of what I do [Discover and Make Art]