Book Review: Show Your Work

This is the second book by Austin Kleon, I reviewed his first book "Steal Like an Artist" back in April 2012. This new book Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered is tips and suggestions about how to share your work online.

Finding an Audience

As frequent readers of my blog know I write a lot about finding an audience for your work. In this day and age when there are so many artists sharing their work on the internet it can be difficult to get seen and find those people who will truly connect with your work. This gives a lot of tips on how to find this audience and while a lot of them are common sense, listen to your audience, don't hoard your work, don't spam, it never hurts to be reminded.


More important than giving me tips on how to find my audience, this book provided me with motivation. It makes we want to get out there and share my work more, connect with fellow creatives, and just get out. This is exactly the sort of thing that also makes me more creative and want to create more. It's a self-perpuating cycle that happens to be going the direction I want to go.

This is an easy read and well worth the time. Pick up a copy and then let me know how you liked it.




Book Review - A Beautiful Anarchy

A Beautiful Anarchy: When the Life Creative Becomes the Life Created by David duChemin is probably one of the best books I have read this year. It talks about where creativity comes from, why the muse often leaves us, and how do we get her back. This is a very personal book and it mirrored many of the creative issues I and all creatives are plagued with. It is not about photography per se, although there are a fair number of references to photography, it applies universally to any artist. This book gives a road map so you can take charge of your creative life and become more focused in your art.

If you have read any of David's other works there will be some repetition, but repetition is a good thing. It is so easy to forget the lessons and fall back into feeling uninspired and not knowing where your art is taking you. This is the sort of book I will re-read over and over until the lessons are a part of who I am.

In case you haven't figured it out I found this book inspiring and I highly recommend it to all creative artists.