On showing your work


When I start to overthink sharing sketches, I remember Austin Kleon’s words: show your work. 

So here it is. A naked sketchbook page. I was about to upload this post with a 30% prettier version, but realized that was kind of lame. It’s like the college girl who does her makeup, straightens her hair and chooses hoop earrings, only to put on Pink sweats, Uggs and a messy bun. Are you dressed up or are you not? It’s non-committal and it’s confusing.

That’s why I’d rather eat raw broccoli than look at some of my previous drawings. At least broccoli knows what it’s about.

Now I’m getting dramatic.

I think first drafts are good and worth sharing. If we let our guards down a tiny bit, we will see that the greats weren’t so great and the journey to the the final is a product of its own. We produce more if we don’t have to save it for perfection.

Let’s show our work.

Our process.

This is a safe place.

Either way it’s not a big deal, so just do whatever.

*Words from Common Prayer

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  1. Posted 07/12/2013 at 2:04 AM | Permalink | Reply

    I think sometimes we’re too harsh on our first drafts/behind the scenes glimpses. Rarely are they as horrible as they seem inside our own heads. And often the brief moment that’s shared of the process has its own beauty, whether it’s found in the admitting of imperfection or in getting the chance to see how someone takes a seed of an idea and nurtures it to that moment you get to see it unfurl.

    Which is to say, 1) this is no raw broccoli! It’s pretty rad, even if it isn’t all gussied up. And 2) thanks for making a safe place and for the reminder to let the rough stuff see the light of day now and then.

  2. Posted 07/29/2013 at 8:33 PM | Permalink | Reply

    I like this sketch. I too read Austin’s post on show your work and have been posting to my Tumblr page. Scary/liberating!!

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