Show Your Work Book Review

Show Your Work book review from The Handcrafted Story. (inside the book)

If you want to know why you should share your creative work, even your ideas in process, I recommend Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered.

I didn’t like this book as much as Austin’s Steal Like an Artist. I didn’t underline anything in this book, which is interesting because I’ve read it now at least twice. It’s not that I didn’t like it, but that I really, really liked Steal Like an Artist. 

My favourite concept from Show Your Work was the daily dispatch. It’s the idea of sharing one piece of your work every day:

If you’re in the very early stages, share your influences and what’s inspiring you. If you’re in the middle of executing a project, write about your methods or share works in progress. If you’ve just completed a project, show the final project, share scraps from the cutting-room floor, or write about what you learned.

I like the illustration he made to go with the daily dispatch concept:

Show Your Work book review from The Handcrafted Story.

LIKES:

  • Same as his book, Steal Like an ArtistI love the size of this book and the feel of the cover. Yes, I’m a geek.
  • I also love all the relevant quotes he included.
  • I also liked his hand lettering and illustration, which you can see on the cover and on most pages in the book.
  • I liked his newspaper blackout poetry that was included throughout the book. Blackout poetry is made by crossing out words from a newspaper with a sharpie to make a poem of the words that remain. You can buy some of his blackout poetry here.

DISLIKES: It’s short (140+ pages), which is nice because it’s a fairly quick read but I want to read more! I guess that’s not really a dislike.

If you like this book, try:

Rating

  •  4 Stars: I own both Show Your Work and Steal Like an Artist. If I had to pick only one, I would buy Steal Like an Artist.

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