As I sat on a plan from Norfolk, VA to Charlotte, NC to then go home to Milwaukee, Wi, I knew it was the perfect time to read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. I’ve been carrying this book in my backpack for about a month but hadn’t gotten around to it.
My favorite part of the book was when he encouraged artists to share the process of this journey.
Many of us don’t show a lot of our work, and especially not our process. I think this has to do with the accountability factor of someone knowing what we are working on and then the ever-popular self doubt we all have.
I feel like I need to stop being so damn proud to show my work. Deep down, I know my work doesn’t measure up to the level I wish it did, but my work does pay the bills so it can’t be THAT bad.
I want to be able to look back and look through my process and my inspirations. I know I am horrible at being consistant, but using the advice in Show Your Work, I hope I can be better.
Another thing in the book that inspired me was how Kleon spoke about social media. In it, he mentions Myspace and that really hit home because it brings me back to all of the work I put into my page that is now lost. Fun fact: Myspace is the reason I chose my degree of Graphic Communications – Web Media.
I have owned Kristinpearson.com for a long time, and I am happy that I am carving out my own space of the internet that I control and know it will stay.
This post may not pass the “So What?” test that Austin Kleon talks about, but I hope that it will be the start to something that betters myself and my design.
Note: I HIGHLY recommend everyone reads Austin’s book Steal Like An Artist, the first book in this series. If you are wondering if I like it, check out the picture of all the inspiration I took from it.
When I have any kind of creative block, all I have to do is flip through this to get excited and inspired.